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Who was Responsible for January 6th?

January 28, 2021

By Michael Klarman

President Trump was the proximate cause of the violent assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021. His words of incitement to a crowd of thousands of angry supporters -- including “[y]ou’ll never take back your country with weakness” -- may well qualify for criminal punishment notwithstanding the First Amendment. And those presidential words inciting...

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EDITOR'S NOTE

January 20, 2021

On this cold January day, as the sun beamed through the grey clouds, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. took the oath of office as the 46th President of the United States, expressing infinite hope and representing strong winds of change blowing through a Washington, DC, locked down, yet still proud. American flags were dancing on the steps of the Capitol and all along the great stretch of the National Mall. Today, on the very Capitol steps where two...

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POST-ELECTION SERIES: A Passion for Prevention and a Warning for the Unprepared - An Interview with Howard Koh, M.D., MPH

November 19, 2020

By Matt Nathan, M.D., and Susan Carney Lynch, Dr.PH

Dr. Howard K. Koh is one of the most influential healthcare leaders in the world today. He is the Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School....

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POST-ELECTION SERIES: A 2020 Presidential Candidate of Color Reflects on the New President-Elect - An Interview with Governor Deval Patrick

November 19, 2020

By Mary Jo Meisner

Originally from the South Side of Chicago, Deval Patrick came to Massachusetts at 14, when he was awarded a scholarship to attend Milton Academy. After Harvard College & Law School, he clerked for a federal appellate judge and then launched a career as an attorney and business executive, becoming a staff attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, a partner at two Boston law firms and a senior executive at two Fortune 50 companies. In...

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POST-ELECTION SERIES: Over 74 Million Votes for Trump and Party Polarization is Stronger than Ever - An Interview with Dr. Robert Blendon

November 19, 2020

By Sally Bagshaw

Dr. Robert J. Blendon is currently the Richard L. Menschel Professor of Public Health and Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis, Emeritus, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He holds appointments as a Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis at both the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health...

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Immigration Reform: Yes it’s Complicated, But We Can Change It If We Don’t Look Away

November 3, 2020

By Linda Dakin-Grimm

As a lawyer for more than thirty years, I represented financial institutions and corporations of one sort or another in disputes against other similar parties. I did this in courts all over the country. I live in a safe town with clean water, fresh air, and excellent local services. I have never had to run from a life and death situation or consider emigrating. I felt no hostility toward migrants, but in truth, I rarely thought...

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Thinking For Yourself: Intellectual Self Reliance in an Hyper-Connected World

November 3, 2020

By Vikram Mansharamani

Fundamentally, self-reliance in the twenty-first century is about thinking for yourself. And even though it was written in 1841, the wisdom of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay on this topic rings as true today as it did then. Consider the following quote, taken from “Self-Reliance”: “a man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of...

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Election 2020: Loneliness, the Art of Healing and our Democracy

November 3, 2020

By Robin Strongin

The COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the protests over the recent murders by police of people of color including George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor, have sparked outrage across the country. Summer 2020 bore witness to pent up frustration as anger spilled over and onto the streets - streets painted in neon yellow reminding the world that Black Lives Matter.

The reality of the seemingly endless pandemic...

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It’s our Financial Regulators’ Job to Protect us from Climate Change. It’s our Legislators’ Job to Make Them.

October 13, 2020

By Steven M. Rothstein and Veena Ramani

We are under siege. As climate-induced wildfires ravage the American West and hurricane after hurricane hit our Southern border, our lives, our livelihoods, and the stability and security of our markets are in danger. While the physical risks are worsening, the economic transition risks that accompany them are already...

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COVID’s New Leadership Challenge

September 30, 2020

By Joseph S. Nye, Jr.

COVID-19 has produced a health crisis, an economic crisis and a social crisis. But it has also exposed a crisis in American foreign policy leadership.

Under the influence of the information revolution and globalization, world politics has changed in a way that means that even if the United States remains the...

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