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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Rubenstein Fellow Jack Matlock, a former U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union during the Cold War, talks about future U.S.-Russia relations.

Former Amb. to Soviet Union on How Trump Should Deal With Russia

The Trump administration should convince Vladimir Putin that NATO won’t add more members near Russia, Rubenstein Fellow Jack Matlock, a former U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union during the Cold War, said during a talk at Duke. He added that improving relations would help both countries.

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Commentary: Engaging the Trump Presidency

“The spirit of risk-taking has seldom been abandoned in electing leaders that commit to pushing new boundaries. Trump is risk, and progress requires taking risks that deliberately unsettle the usual and the mundane. In electing Trump to the highest office of the land, we have pushed the boundaries of risk-taking to a new high that challenges the democratic system, prevailing moral values and global politics,” writes Mbaye Lo.

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