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Ocean acidification and policy failure

The Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI) invites everyone to a free public lecture as part of the Sustainability in the Anthropocene series. Event date: Wednesday, 10 September 2014 Event time: 1-2pm Event location: Theatre...Show More Summary

California Crushed by Texas Job Creation

The America Enterprise Institute seldom has much positive to say about the impact of California’s leftist public policies on business and job growth in the less-than-Golden State. But AEI’s blog pointed to Monday’s Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment report to show that conservative Texas continues to crush liberal California in job growth. Show More Summary

In medicine, the patient is not always right

Beginning with the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) landmark Quality Chasm report in the late 1990s, the health policy establishment, the medical profession and the American public began to hear a new and disconcerting message: American health care was not patient-centered. Show More Summary

Majority of Californians Support Water Restrictions

A new poll by the Public Policy Institute of California found that 54 percent of Californians say the water supply is a big problem where they live, and 75 percent support regulations on water usage. When asked an open-ended question...Show More Summary

Kashkari Far Behind in Poll, George Will Calls Him the 'New Goldwater'

A new poll released by the Public Policy Institute of California shows Gov. Jerry Brown with a huge 19% advantage over GOP challenger Neel Kashkari in the 2012 gubernatorial race. The poll shows 52% of likely voters favor Brown in the November election, while 33% support Kashkari. Show More Summary

Meet Sam Blakeslee: The Policy Entrepreneur

As a person with a keen interest in politics, I recently read about the Institute for Advanced Technology and Public Policy (IATPP). This non-profit organization, civic-orientated think tank seems to be unique in its purpose: harnessing...Show More Summary

Millions of Informal Caregivers at Risk for Chronic Pain, Injury Trying to Help Disabled Family Members

According to a recent report from AARP's Public Policy Institute, unpaid, informal caregivers provide almost half a trillion dollars' worth of support to individuals with disabilities each year. These caregivers - usually family members...Show More Summary

The segregation of kindergartners — by the numbers

Here, from the non-profit Economic Policy Institute, is a snapshot of how segregated public schools are, starting in kindergarten. It was written by Elaine Weiss and Emma García. Weiss  has served as the national coordinator for the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education since 2011. García,  who joined the Economic Policy Institute in 2013, specializes in the […]

Baptists, Bootleggers, and Public Squalor: Light Rail Isn't a Good Public Investment

(June 9, 2014 11:45 AM, by Art Carden) The Cato Institute's Randal O'Toole has recently released a Policy Analysis arguing that low-capacity light rail is a bad deal for cities. I found it especially interesting in light of Scott's post last week on "private affluence and public squalor,"... (0 COMMENTS)

25 years after Tiananmen Square, China tightens grip on religious freedom

Opinion by William McKenzie, Special to CNN Editor's note: William McKenzie is editorial director of the George W. Bush Institute, a public policy center in Dallas. (CNN) - Early on the morning of November 28, 2007, Jia Weihan was forced to think the unthinkable: Was her father really a bad man? At the time, she […]

Wary on welfare

The city’s new welfare commissioner predicts that the rolls could climb, reversing a two-decade downward trend, as he institutes policies that he hopes will help more people get off public assistance and into jobs.

Why law enforcement was powerless to stop Elliot Rodger from buying guns

Philip Cook is ITT/Sanford Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics and Sociology at Duke University. An honorary Fellow in the American Society of Criminology and an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, Cook is one of America’s leading experts on crime policy and on efforts to […]

Did Lennart Bengtsson Know Global Warming Policy Foundation And Heartland Institute?

The Global Warming Policy Foundation ( GWPF ) has recently gotten worldwide publicity. It proudly announced that well-published climate scientist Lennart Bengtsson had joined its Academic Advisory Council ( AAC ), finally adding someone...Show More Summary

A decade after bishops’ policy, Catholic commencement scandals make sudden return

by Matthew Archbold May 7, 2014 (The Cardinal Newman Society) - One decade after the U.S. Catholic bishops prohibited Catholic honors and honorary speaking platforms for public opponents of Catholic teaching at Catholic institutions, The Cardinal Newman Society has identified at least 20 Catholic colleges and universities…

Energy-subsidy reform can be achieved with proper preparation, outside pressure

HOUSTON – (May 5, 2014) – Reform of energy subsidies in oil-exporting countries can reduce carbon emissions and add years to oil exports, according to a new paper from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. read more

Support for boosting California school taxes drops

By Wayne Lusvardi | Cal Watchdog Proposition 13 still garners broad support across California 36 years after the tax-limitation measure was passed. According to the latest opinion poll conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California, support for loosening Prop. 13?s two-thirds vote requirement for approving local parcel taxes for schools has dropped from 46...

Study: California's 'Jungle' Primary Boosts Independents

California's new "jungle" primary system does not boost turnout, but does raise participation by independent voters, the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) reported Thursday. According to the PPIC's Eric McGhee, the new system,...Show More Summary

Conservatives and Climate Policy

(Steven Hayward) Not long ago the journal Issues in Science and Technology (a consortium publication of the National Academy of Sciences, Arizona State, and three other institutions) challenged me to write a piece about “Conservatism and Climate Science,” and the long piece is just now available online. Show More Summary

New patenting guidelines are needed for biotechnology

HOUSTON – (April 22, 2014) – Biotechnology scientists must be aware of the broad patent landscape and push for new patent and licensing guidelines, according to a new paper from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. read more

Supreme Court Upholds Michigan’s Affirmative Action Ban

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In a 6-2 ruling announced on Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a 2006 ballot initiative in Michigan that banned affirmative action policies in publicly funded institutions, including state universities. Read more...

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