“Uncontrollable world events can tip elections. … In fact, Donald Trump’s election chances may depend on something as seemingly random as a global epidemic.”
As in previous presidential elections, a group of experts at science and engineering organizations submitted 20 questions last week to this year’s candidates, seeking their positions on topics including innovation, research, climate change and the internet. (View the questions at http://sciencedebate.org/20qs). Among the scientists who are part of this effort are Duke professors Michael B. Waitzkin and Nita Farahany. In a Q&A with Campaign Stop 2016, Waitzkin, deputy director of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society, talks about the importance of the candidates’ answers in this year’s election.
In the lead-up to a political cartoon and satire festival on Duke’s campus this fall, members of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists have agreed to let Campaign Stop republish their work. They will take part in a political cartoon and satire festival at Duke on Sept. 21. For more information, visit https://polis.sanford.duke.edu/event/duke-political-cartoon-satire-festival/.
A truck driven into the crowds at a festival in Nice, France, killed more than 80 people Thursday and is suspected to be the third major terrorist attack in France in 19 months. In this Q&A with Duke Today, Duke professor David Schanzer, director of the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security, says while terrorism is a global threat, there are reasons why France is particularly at risk.
"These semi-auto assault-type guns are in the news, and I think most people thought they'd be banned after Sandy Hook, but it can't just be about the assault rifle ban. There's a slow drip of daily handgun deaths in cities around the country every day, and we need to address that too," says law professor Joseph Blocher.
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There’s a new effort to get people with differing political viewpoints talking civilly to each other in North Carolina, called the N.C. Leadership Forum. Participants are meeting at the Sanford School throughout 2016 to consider the question: How can we enable more North Carolinians to earn enough to support their families?
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“There’s no impact (from Trump endorsing U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers) -- that’s apparent to me. That was a district that was disadvantaged to her. She had been challenged well before the redistricting took place, and the redistricting did her in.”
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