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Flight from reason

Thomas Patterson looks at the threat to Democracy in ‘How America Lost Its Mind’

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Even with a major Republican sweep, "It will be difficult for either party to enact major changes, because Democrats in the Senate are perfectly capable of stopping bills from passing," according to David King, a senior lecturer in public policy. "Procedurally, it is unlikely that President Obama will be signing many Republican 'stand-alone' bills, and he’ll be ready to use his veto pen."

Power shift

Kennedy School’s King assesses the post-midterm landscape

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In a panel talk moderated by Harvard Law School Professor Noah Feldman (from left), Meghan O'Sullivan, Nicholas Burns, and Michael Ignatieff assessed the global threat now posed by the Sunni jihadist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Cruel summer

Violence in the Middle East and what it means for the future

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"The system is ill-suited to the needs of today’s returning veteran population," said Linda Bilmes, the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. "This VA system was set up a long time ago in a different era, pre-Internet, pre-all-volunteer force, and at a time when far fewer troops survived injuries."

Disarray at the VA

Kennedy School’s Bilmes has pragmatic proposals for presidential commission, system overhaul

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