Daily Policy Digest

Colleges Drift Away from Their Academic Priorities

In a time when state funding for higher education is being slashed, tuition rates are going up, and student debt surpasses $1 trillion, is it wise for universities to divert scarce resources, often at the expense of students and taxpayers, to build luxury amenities?...

Germany's Coal Binge

Germany's coal renaissance is a cautionary tale for policymakers that try to intervene in the market to promote renewables and instead have to face economic realities...

Earth-Friendly Energy Is Anything But

Environmentalists worship solar energy and wind power as Earth-friendly answers to their ecological prayers. Tortoises, bats, butterflies, and bald eagles beg to differ...

Which Medicare Drug Plans to Be Less Costly in 2015?

Medicare Advantage plans will drop 3% amid continued government reimbursement cutbacks, according to a study by Avalere Health...

MIT Study Finds Learning Gains for Students Who Took Free Online Course

"Massive open online courses," or MOOCs, can be an effective way to teach a broad range of people from around the world who want to learn from top-flight universities without paying tuition, according to an MIT study...

Critical Minerals: Rare Earths and the U.S. Economy

The United States is largely dependent on China for critical minerals, posing a serious threat to the American economy...

The Potential of Thorium for Safer, Cleaner and Cheaper Energy

The new generation of nuclear reactors will be fueled by thorium (Th-232) instead of uranium (U-235)...

The Recovery That Left Out Almost Everybody

Despite the fact that the unemployment rate has fallen by almost 4 percent, average Americans continue to remain gloomy about the current economy and anxious about the future...

Big Retirement Fear: Outliving Your Savings

Almost half (46%) of investors in this country are worried they will outlive their savings in retirement, a new survey shows...

The Anti-Vaccination Epidemic

As of Aug. 29, about 600 cases of measles have occurred in the U.S. in 2014: the largest outbreak in 20 years -- in a country that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared measles-free in 2000...


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