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Calculating the costs of the Afghanistan War in lives, dollars and years

The U.S. invaded Afghanistan in late 2001 to destroy al-Qaida, remove the Taliban from power and remake the nation. On Aug. 30, 2021, the U.S. completed a pullout of troops from Afghanistan, providing an uncertain punctuation mark to two decades of conflict. For the past 11 years I have closely followed the post-9/11 conflicts for the Costs of […]

One of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s favorite cases originated in Mississippi

The mammoth New York Times obituary highlighting the career and accomplishments of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg cited “one of her favorite cases” as M.L.B. v S.L.J. — an obscure case that originated in chancery court in rural Benton County in north Mississippi. Ginsburg, who recently died after serving on the Supreme Court since 1993 where […]

How he did it: Reporter discovers pattern of Saudi students fleeing US amid charges

Annually, the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy awards the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting to a stellar investigative report that has had a direct impact on government, politics and policy at the national, state or local levels. Six reporting teams were chosen as finalists for the 2020 prize, which carries a $10,000 […]

Q&A: ‘Cancer vaccines will not replace surgery or chemo but could give long-lasting immunity’

Arming our immune system to fight cancer has been a long-standing dream for scientists and doctors. However, many cancers have tricks that allow them to hide from the immune system and suppress our immune defences. To unleash our immune system we have to tackle both of these tricks. A revolution in immunology over the past […]

Leuven named the 2020 European capital of innovation

The €1 million cash prize, which every year recognises cities’ innovative solutions to social challenges that engage and empower its citizens, was awarded to Leuven in a ceremony with EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel during the EU Research and Innovation Days in Brussels, Belgium, on 24 September. Speaking remotely at the digital awards ceremony, Mohamed Ridouani, the mayor of […]

How waste CO2 is helping to turn renewable energy into liquid fuel

Methanol can be made from CO2 captured from industrial sources, combined with hydrogen split out of water using surplus renewable energy. And the resulting fuel can be used in cars or ships, reducing the use of fossil fuels as well as emissions of greenhouse gases. ‘We are … transforming renewable energy into a liquid fuel […]

Internal Memo Shows Trump Administration Expects Drastic Drop in Demand for U.S. Visas for Years to Come

The Trump administration is predicting years of dramatically reduced international demand for U.S. visas, and planning for drastic budget cuts to visa services worldwide as a result, according to an internal memo seen by ProPublica. The projections made by the U.S. State Department in a memo signed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday […]

What Happens to New Jersey Officers Charged With Official Misconduct? We Gathered the Cases to Find Out.

As police accountability draws increased public attention around the country, we asked the question: What happens to police officers whose misconduct leads to criminal charges? New Jersey law calls for a mandatory minimum jail sentence when officers are convicted of official misconduct, the criminal charge for public corruption. Guidelines written by the state attorney general’s […]

A Real Vaccine Before the Election? It’d Take a Miracle.

Despite President Donald Trump’s promises of a vaccine next month and pundits’ speculation about how an “October surprise” could upend the presidential campaign, any potential vaccine would have to clear a slew of scientific and bureaucratic hurdles in record time. In short, it would take a miracle. We talked to companies, regulators, scientific advisers and […]

New unemployment claims fall below 1 million for second straight week

(The Center Square) – About 884,000 U.S. workers filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week, the second consecutive week that new claims fell below the million mark and the third time in about a month. The U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday that the number of new claims filed in the week ending Sept. […]