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  • Afghanistan killings put new pressure on Obama, Republicans
    March 13, 2012
    "Public opinion about the war has moved steadily ... in the direction that we ought to pull out, and the sooner the better. This massacre will certainly enhance that." Mark Rom, associate professor of government, on public opinion concerning the war in Afghanistan.
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    Source: Reuters

  • New study suggests 'Elmo' helps educate kids
    February 27, 2012
    "I think that there is a quantity and a quality issue. So, if you look at quality, anytime your child is exposed to media, you want to be sure they're looking at the right kind of programs and the right kind of content." Sandra Calvert, professor of psychology, on the potential benefits of television programs for young children.
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    Source: MSNBC

  • U.S. should focus on business services, not manufacturing
    February 23, 2012
    "A Washington focus on manufacturing...may lead policymakers to overlook significant opportunities for growth in a much larger part of the economy: the business­ services sector, which includes software, finance, architecture and engineering services," J. Bradford Jensen, professor in the School of Business, on the role of the business services sector in the US economy.
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    Source: Washington Post

  • Are Graduate Degrees Worth The Cost?
    February 23, 2012
    "In general, what's happened in the labor market is that occupational skills are more and more important and more and more lucrative....As the requirements in occupations go up, employers prefer people with graduate degrees." Anthony Carnevale, director of Georgetown's Center on Education and the Workforce, on the growing worth of graduate degrees.
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    Source: NPR

  • US Republican Candidate Debates Define Positions
    February 15, 2012
    "They have been 'free-for-alls' where all the Republican candidates for president have been able to make their best claims, their biggest charges, their strongest attacks on their opponents as a way of lifting themselves up in the polls." Mark Rom, associate professor of government, on the nature of the recent presidential debates.
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    Source: Voice of America

  • For GOP candidates, February lull a time to regroup
    February 5, 2012
    “The more divisive and longer the process, the more it saps the strength of the party and weakens the party in a general election contest.” Stephen Wayne, professor of government, on the duration of the Republican presidential candidate nomination race.
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    Source: The Washington Post

  • Unemployment Drops to 8.3%, but It's 'Premature to Do Handstands'
    February 3, 2012
    "In the last year, productivity growth has slowed down. Over the long term, that's not great. But in the short term, it helps you. Population growth, on the immigration side especially, has slowed down. So even a smaller amount of GDP growth is translating into some drop in unemployment." Harry Holzer, professor of public policy, on the improvement in unemployment rates.
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    Source: PBS

  • I Disclose ... Nothing
    January 21, 2012
    “Disclosure by itself is not the solution to any problem. It’s a path to earn trust. But just saying things is not enough, unless you also do something," Clyde Wilcox, professor of government, concerning issues of levels of disclosure in government.
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    Source: The New York Times

  • What's Fueling Romney's Success?
    January 11, 2012
    "Regardless of the other candidates' performances in New Hampshire or even what happens in the South Carolina primary next week, Mitt Romney is extremely likely to be the Republican nominee," Jonathan Ladd, assistant professor of government and public policy, on the likelihood of Mitt Romney's nomination as the Republican presidential candidate.
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    Source: CNN

  • Is the Stage Set For a Third-Party Presidential Candidate?
    November 24, 2011
    “We have had incumbents in the past who were a good deal less popular than Obama and, even then, third-party challengers haven’t been ultimately successful," Jonathan Ladd, assistant professor of government and public policy, on the likelihood of a successful third-party presidential candidate.
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    Source: ABC News

  • What's the Dow? Ask a Preschooler
    October 3, 2011
    "The key question for kids is whether it's developmentally appropriate. If the focus is on abstract concepts with practical applications and it's easy for kids to relate to the process, it might be a terrific idea." William Gormley, professor of public policy and co-director of the Center for Research on Children in the U.S. (CROCUS), on a new grant from PNC Bank that will teach financial education to children younger than 5 at the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington.
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    Source: Washington Examiner

  • Chemicals in Dry Cleaned Clothes
    September 30, 2011
    "We also asked the simple question: if you repeat dry clean the same piece of cloth multiple times, does [perchloroethylene] build up? And we answered that indeed it does, for wool - it keeps building up quite a bit, as a matter of fact. Whereas for cotton and polyester, it sort of plateaus after two or three dry cleaning cycles." Paul Roepe, professor in the chemistry department, on his recent study which shows that residues of the potentially carcinogenic dry cleaning solvent perchloroethylene remain on dry cleaned clothing.
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    Source: Living on Earth

  • The Strike That Busted Unions
    August 2, 2011
    "More than any other labor dispute of the past three decades, Reagan’s confrontation with the Professional Air Traffic Controllers Organization, or Patco, undermined the bargaining power of American workers and their labor unions. It also polarized our politics in ways that prevent us from addressing the root of our economic troubles: the continuing stagnation of incomes despite rising corporate profits and worker productivity." Joseph McCartin, associate professor of history, on Reagan's actions during the strike and their emerging consequences.
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    Source: The New York Times

  • American Politics - Social Issues v. the Economy
    June 29, 2011
    "Economic issues are going to be at the forefront of this campaign ... I think that the economy is definitely number one, but social issues always mobilize base voters and campaign donors." Michele Swers, associate professor of American government, on the role of social issues during a time of economic uncertainty in the 2012 presidential race.
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    Source: The Diane Rehm Show

  • WHO: Cellphones Possibly Carcinogenic
    June 1, 2011
    "This is nothing like asbestos or smoking, which causes cancer in one of 10 people who smoke cigarettes." Dr. Peter Shields, professor of medicine and oncology at Georgetown's Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, on the possible risk of cancer from cell phone radiation.
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    Source: USA Today

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