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Trump acquittal a foregone conclusion, Tulane impeachment expert says

– Tulane University

Domestic U.S. Policy

Middle-Aged Adults Worried About Health Insurance Costs Now, Uncertain for Future

Health insurance costs weigh heavily on the minds of many middle-aged adults, and many are worried for what they’ll face in retirement or if federal health policies change, according to a new study. More than a quarter of people in their 50s and ea...

– Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

JAMA Network Open, Feb. 7, 2020

Embargo expired on 07-Feb-2020 at 11:00 ET

University of Utah Law research questions whether national monument management plans follow federal law

New research from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law’s Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment questions whether the federal government followed the law in finalizing management plans for the Bears Ears and Gr...

– University of Utah

Natural Resources & Environment

Solitary Confinement Significantly Increases Post-Prison Death Risk

Even just a few days of solitary confinement may significantly increase inmates’ risk of death after serving their sentences.

– Cornell University

The Lancet Public Health

Thwarting Hacks by Thinking Like the Humans Behind Them

Research from Michigan State University reveals the importance of factoring in a hacker’s motive for predicting, identifying and preventing cyberattacks.

– Michigan State University

Criminal Justice and Behavior

Warnings can alert consumers to ‘fake’ news

Being reminded about the existence of misinformation disguised as legitimate news can boost news readers’ ability to identify articles that are “fake” or false.

– University of Georgia

UGA Today

U.S. Detention of Child Migrants

Record-breaking numbers of unaccompanied children have been arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, leading the Trump administration to expand child detention policies and sparking debate over how to handle the flow of asylum seekers.

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

CFR Editorial Staff, "U.S. Detention of Child Migrants", Backgrounder,, January 30, 2020.

Sun, wind, and hydrogen: New Arctic station will do without diesel fuel

The Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) has initiated a project of the Russian Federation called “Arctic Hydrogen Energy Applications and Demonstrations” (AHEAD) in the Arctic Council’s Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG...

– Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT)

UCLA Expert available for comment on US family leave policies in comparison to world, and analysis of cost/benefits.

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Expert on #FDA's #Expanded Access program: Cost can be a barrier to critically ill patients, healthcare providers, and others seeking to try experimental treatments as a last resort

– Clinical Research Pathways

36-year-old physician with stage 4 lung cancer offers inspiration

– University of Washington School of Medicine

International Relations

What’s the Purpose of Foreign Aid?

Many Americans question whether the $50 billion the United States spends annually on foreign aid is worth it. CFR breaks down how much of the U.S. budget goes toward foreign assistance and how this money is spent.

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Shannon K. O'Neil, "What's the Purpose of Foreign Aid?"

Panicky Responses to the Coronavirus are Dangerous—Here’s Why

Fear of the virus may spread faster than the virus itself, a potential threat to health, liberty, trade, and the economy.

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Yanzhong Huang, "Panicky Responses to the Coronavirus are Dangerous—Here’s Why", Think Global Health,, February 4, 2020.

Is Lebanon Becoming A Real Nation?

Amir Asmar is a Department of Defense analyst and CFR’s national intelligence fellow. Throughout his intelligence career, his primary area of focus has been the Middle East. He held a wide range of analytic, senior analytic, and leadership position...

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

"Is Lebannon Becoming A Real Nation?"

The Road Ahead With Iran: A Conversation With Tony Blair

Against the backdrop of the recent U.S. strike that killed Qasem Soleimani, Tony Blair discusses the current tensions with Iran and the implications for international policymakers. Mr. Blair discusses the critical role of Iran’s Islamic Revolution...

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Tony Blair, "The Road Ahead with Iran: A Conversation with Tony Blair,", February, 4, 2020

CFR-UNH Election 2020 U.S. Foreign Policy Forum

Watch an in-depth, nonpartisan conversation on critical foreign policy challenges facing the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Former government officials from Republican and Democratic administrations discuss issues central to our national s...

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Council on Foreign Relations, Election 2020 Series, Foreign Policy Forum, January 30, 2020.

Oslo Accords Diplomat Beilin on “Between Oslo and Trump: A Review of the Peace Process”—Feb. 11

NYU's Taub Center for Israel Studies will host Israeli diplomat Yossi Beilin for “Between Oslo and Trump: A Review of the Peace Process,” a public lecture, on Tues., Feb. 11.

– New York University

2020 U.S. Election

Why It Matters: Voter, You've Been Hacked

The aftershocks of Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. election are still being felt today. Is the United States ready for 2020?

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

Gabrielle Sierra, "Voter, You've Been Hacked," Why It Matters, January 29, 2020.

The U.S. Presidential Nominating Process

Every four years, U.S. presidential candidates compete in a series of state contests to gain their party’s nomination. The political process is one of the most complex and expensive in the world.

– Council on Foreign Relations (CFR)

CFR Editorial Staff,, January 13, 2020

Expert Available to Discuss Historical Iowa Caucuses Mishap

– Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Iowa delay underscores need for voting tech oversight

– Cornell University

IU cyber security expert cites three critical lessons from Iowa debacle

– Indiana University

Will delay in results put an end to Iowa caucuses?

– Iowa State University





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