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Foreign Policy

Our Bully Pulpit Is Still Pretty Impressive

By David Dittman - Dec 20, 2016

Donald Trump controls an incredibly powerful global force… and that’s just his Twitter account. Wait until he takes the oath on January 20, 2017, and becomes commander in chief of U.S. military forces.

Trump Presidency

Does Donald Trump Really Hate Science?

By David Dittman - Nov 15, 2016

Donald Trump ran a campaign on hyperbole and vagueness. Now as he prepares to take office, we take a closer look at his contradictory statements on science to make sense of the future of our favored industries.

Trump Administration

Trump Administration: Has The Donald Gone Legit?

By David Dittman - Nov 14, 2016

Having won the election, how will a Trump administration look? One name being floated at Treasury Secretary smacks of same-old Establishment status quo.

Military & Defense

Trump’s Muscular and Modern Peace

By David Dittman - Nov 11, 2016

America’s role on the international stage hasn’t been this uncertain in nearly a century. What we do know, however, is that military spending is about to spike.

2016 Presidential Election

Trump’s First Task: Close the Wall Street-Washington Wormhole

By David Dittman - Nov 10, 2016

Donald Trump’s first job when he takes office should be to reach out to Stanford University professor of finance and economics Anat Admati. Here’s why…

2016 Presidential Election

Presidential Election: The Science of Polls

By David Dittman - Nov 8, 2016

As America votes, we look at the science of polling in projecting election results, as well as what’s in store for America in the aftermath of the bitter campaign.

2016 Presidential Election

Presidential Election: Who Benefits Most From the “Establishment’s” Status Quo?

By David Dittman - Oct 25, 2016

In two weeks, Americans go to the polls to elect a new president. But does the outcome really matter? We look at the “establishment machine” and who benefits most from its stranglehold on power.

Nuclear Weapons

Nuclear Weapons: Is the United States About to Shift Policy on “No First Use”?

By David Dittman - Oct 18, 2016

Three weeks from the general election, we look at a potential change to the “No-First-Use” nuclear weapons policy – a decision that would reverse a guiding principle in place since World War II.

2016 Presidential Election

Presidential Debates: Entertainment Over Education, Soundbites Over Substance

By David Dittman - Sep 26, 2016

The first presidential debate takes place at 9:00 p.m. tonight —the latest opportunity for the Mainstream Media to make entertainment out of civic duty.

2016 Presidential Election

U.S. Presidential Election: What Clinton and Trump Say About Science and Technology

By David Dittman - Sep 12, 2016

Amid the muck and the mire of the presidential election campaign, we look at what Clinton and Trump have said on five top science and technology issues.

U.S. Politics

Why Hillary Clinton Will Be the Next U.S. President

By David Dittman - Aug 9, 2016

A closer look at the Trump “cult of personality” versus the “establishment” position of Hillary Clinton — and why the latter will win the U.S. presidency.

Financial Regulation

Dodd-Frank: Reform or Restriction?

By David Dittman - Aug 3, 2016

We look at the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and assess whether it’s triggered real financial reform, or merely squeezed regional banks.