Trump’s Criticism Of Drug Approval Process

President Donald Trump has called the approval process “slow and burdensome” and said he wants to speed it up. Dr. Mark McClellan, director of the Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke and a former FDA commissioner, talks about whether that’s feasible.

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Future of Military Raids, Other Foreign Policy Insights

Public policy professor David Schanzer discusses the future of military raids under the Trump administration, the implications of Kim Jong Un’s assassination of his half-brother, and the need to anticipate future crises, such as the rapidly failing state of Venezuela.

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Russia’s Meddling in US Election Will Backfire

Political scientist Peter Feaver says the questions around Russia’s interference in the U.S. election will not end until there is an independent commission investigating what happened, and that for Russia, the meddling was a “tactical success, but a long term strategic blunder.”

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How to Use Trump’s Travel Ban at Business School

Politics can be a thorn in the side of companies and universities. Bill Boulding, dean of The Fuqua School of Business, thinks he can use it to build better leaders. “It’s not our job to take a political position on these decisions as a business school, and I’m not doing that on this particular issue,” Boulding says. “However, the political decisions that get made will affect your ability as a business leader to create great teams, to create a sense of belonging on those teams.”

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Singling Out Crimes by Illegal Immigrants

President Trump’s speech Tuesday alarmed many observers who say focusing on the misdeeds of a small minority of immigrants will foster a climate of fear and animosity that puts others at risk. “It’s tough to make parallels (with Nazi Germany) when the scapegoat is so different. But the process is the same,” says history professor emeritus Claudia Koonz.

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Just How Abnormal Is the Trump Presidency?

Of the 20 news events rated by a New York Times panel, President Trump’s order to close the nation’s borders to people from seven nations was considered the most important. Timur Kuran, professor of political science and economics, says the order “violated the U.S. Constitution, and it has raised the danger of global war based on religion.”

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The U.S. Constitution, Constitutional Conventions, and Trump

What is most concerning about the conduct of Donald Trump during and since the 2016 presidential campaign is not any potential violations of the U.S. Constitution.  Most concerning, writes law professor Neil Siegel, are his disregard of norms that had previously constrained candidates for president and his flouting of constitutional conventions that had previously guided occupants of the White House.

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The Case for Welcoming Immigrant Families

Research shows Hispanic children in the U.S. worry a lot more than their non-Hispanic peers. Some told researchers they feared their parents would be taken from them and sent away. Given that more than one in four U.S. children live in a family with at least one immigrant parent, associate professor Anna Gassman-Pines argues we should work toward helping parents and their children feel integrated into U.S. society rather than isolated.

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Trump Foreign Policy, New National Security Adviser

David Schanzer, director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, discusses the flurry of foreign trips undertaken in the past week by Trump cabinet members, the duties and responsibilities of his new national security adviser and the progress in the fight to retake Mosul.

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When Trump, Cabinet Diverge On Foreign Policy

A tip for leaders who are confused about whether to trust the president or his emissaries is to watch how Trump reacts when Cabinet secretaries appear to contradict what he’s said. “They are not being rebuked by the White House for doing what they’re doing,” says political scientist Peter Feaver, a former member of the National Security Council staff under President George W. Bush. “That is a very important fact.”

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Politics In The Pulpit: Where To Draw The Line?

A proposal by President Donald Trump would change a law that says churches and other religious organizations risk losing tax-exempt status if they endorse political candidates. Such restrictions “are designed to keep churches and government at arm’s length,” says law professor Richard Schmalbeck. “We don’t want IRS agents sitting in churches taping sermons.”

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Twitter and Facebook are Politicizing the Military

The military has polled high since the administration of President Ronald Reagan, following a low point in public perceptions after the Vietnam War, says Peter Feaver, a political science professor. “The Supreme Court used to rank high, too. What happened? The Supreme Court increasingly took on a partisan appearance and looked like a group of Republicans and Democrats arguing with each other.”

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