NC Republicans Take Unprecedented Steps to Curb Dem Gov.’s Power

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signed an unprecedented law passed by a last-minute session of the Republican legislature Friday that would radically curb the power of the incoming Democratic governor, despite widespread protests and a vow to challenge the measure in court. “There’s no precedent in the last 100 years,” says Michael Gillespie, a professor of political science, who compares the current political climate to the legislative tensions surrounding Jim Crow laws. “The goal is to do whatever they can to sustain their dominance in the state legislature.”

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Now, America, You Know How Chileans Felt

“The United States cannot in good faith decry what has been done to its decent citizens until it is ready to face what it did so often to the equally decent citizens of other nations. And it must firmly resolve never to engage in such imperious activities again,” writes Ariel Dorfman, professor emeritus of literature, on reports that Russia interfered in the U.S. election. “If ever there was a time for America to look at itself in the mirror, if ever there was a time of reckoning and accountability, it is now.”

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Why Health Care Leaders are Worried About Their Industry

“However the Trump administration and the Republican U.S. Congress replace or revamp the Affordable Care Act, it is unlikely to halt America’s ongoing move from the rightfully maligned fee-for-service payment system to one that pays for ‘value'” — the quality of outcomes relative to the price, write Dr. Kevin Schulman and a colleague from Johns Hopkins.

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When a President Calls the CIA Unreliable

President-elect Donald Trump is dismissing intelligence reports that point to Russian interference in the election,  and backing away from the daily intelligence briefings. Listen to professor David Schanzer, director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, talk about the implications.

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The Working Class When Millionaires, Billionaires are in Charge

“This is not to say that business people are bad, or rich people are bad, but it’s important to recognize that everyone’s perspective and policy and government is shaped by the kind of life you’ve lived,” says Sanford School professor Nick Carnes. “If you’ve been rich for a long time, it’s easy to forget about the perspectives of those who don’t have so much.”

 

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Legal Scholars to Trump: Abide by Constitution

Neil Siegel, a professor of law, political science and co-director of the Program in Public Law, discusses an open letter to Donald Trump, which was written by several leading constitutional experts who call on conservative constitutional scholars to join progressives in “speaking law to power.”

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Commentary: Trump Has Picked The Most Conservative EPA Leader Since 1981

In tapping Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to be the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, President-elect Donald Trump has selected the most conservative nominee for this post in a generation. Pruitt is an outspoken critic of the EPA who led legal challenges against some of the agency’s recent initiatives, including efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and to define which streams and wetlands are subject to federal regulation, writes Megan Mullin, associate professor of environmental politics, with a colleague.

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Commentary: When Will Trump Get Out From Under Putin’s Heel?

The CIA believes Russia hacked the computer systems of the Democratic Party National Committee, key Democratic operatives and the Republican National Committee. President-elect Trump should endorse the launch of congressional investigations into Russian operations against the election and other U.S. targets, writes political scientist Joseph Grieco.

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CFO Survey: Trump Win Boosts Business Optimism

U.S. CFOs are much more optimistic about the U.S. economy following the election of Donald Trump, particularly with respect to regulatory and tax reform, a new survey finds. But many companies are still waiting to see the details before taking specific actions.

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A Principled Federal Role in Education

Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election is widely viewed as a signal of change for the federal government’s role in society, including preschool through 12th-grade education. In a new paper, Helen F. Ladd, a professor of public policy and economics, and colleagues offer a set of principles to guide the federal role in education policy.

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Roy Cooper is Next NC Governor. Now What?

“We’re moving into uncharted territory here,” says Mac McCorkle, a professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy and veteran Democratic strategist. “I can’t think of a situation in North Carolina where you’ve had a governor of one party having the other party with super-majorities in the legislature.”

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Trump’s Cabinet of Ex-Generals Will Help Keep Him Out of Wars

“Retired generals tapped for high-ranking positions in the Trump administration ought to be subject to the same kind of scrutiny as civilian nominees, but we should not yield to vaguely defined fears that the generals would push Trump into war or wield too much influence simply because they served their country,” writes law professor Charles Dunlap, a retired Air Force major general.

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