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[l] at 11/28/22 4:42pm
Los Angeles voters approved the so-called “mansion tax,” Measure ULA, which proponents suggested will raise funds for about 26,000 new units of affordable housing over the next decade. But a key labor provision casts doubt on that optimistic projection.

[Author: Jason M. Ward]

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[l] at 11/28/22 4:42pm
Dutch tech company ASML makes the complex machines required to construct advanced microchips, and it sells many of these machines to China. Harmonization of export controls between the United States and the Netherlands could limit China's development of military technologies and its human rights abuses.

[Author: Jason Matheny]

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[l] at 11/25/22 8:14am
This weekly recap focuses on why China likely won't attack Taiwan anytime soon, Vladimir Putin's “holy war” in Ukraine, why it's time to make rules for space-mining, and more.

[Author: RAND Corporation]

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[l] at 11/22/22 5:05pm
Despite the way it is commonly portrayed, diplomacy is not intrinsically and always good, nor is it cost-free. In the Ukraine conflict, the problems with a push for diplomacy are especially apparent. The likely benefits of negotiations are minimal, and the prospective costs could be significant.

[Author: Raphael S. Cohen; Gian Gentile]

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[l] at 11/22/22 3:16pm
At least six fixed-wing Russian aircraft have crashed over Russian-controlled airspace since September. Sanctions placed on Russia by the West could well be affecting Russia's ability to manufacture and maintain parts needed to keep aircraft safe.

[Author: Michael Bohnert]

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[l] at 11/22/22 3:16pm
Working mothers remain disproportionately responsible for raising children, and no one can work and take care of sick kids at the same time. In the coming months, the tripledemic of COVID, the flu, and RSV will pull a lot of working mothers out of the office for days at a stretch, compounding the obstacles that women already face.

[Author: Kathryn A. Edwards]

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[l] at 11/21/22 5:22pm
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. payers and policymakers broadly expanded payment for telemedicine services and relaxed many regulations. To decide the long-term fate of pandemic-era temporary telemedicine, policymakers should consider the effects of telemedicine on health care spending, patient outcomes, and health equity.

[Author: Ateev Mehrotra; Lori Uscher-Pines]

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[l] at 11/21/22 3:57pm
China dominates global supply chains for nearly all critical mineral resources, including the rare earths that power decarbonization technologies. Seabed mining may be a way to diversify critical minerals supply chains and break China's stranglehold on supplies of some of the world's most important natural resources.

[Author: Tom LaTourrette]

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[l] at 11/18/22 6:20pm
This weekly recap focuses on the decline of dementia rates among Americans, the dangers of deepfakes, data privacy after the reversal of Roe v. Wade, and more.

[Author: RAND Corporation]

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[l] at 11/18/22 3:33pm
Without further cooperation and agreement among space powers, multiple, competing governance systems may end up being established, further increasing potential for conflict. The time to address this issue is now, so that the use of deep-space resources contributes to prosperity, security, and freedom on Earth and throughout the solar system.

[Author: Jan Osburg; Mary Lee]

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[l] at 11/16/22 7:46pm
Over the past decade, the Russian government has taken pains to present itself as a bastion of Christianity and traditional values. Since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, however, there have been noticeable cracks in the receptivity to this messaging strategy.

[Author: Ryan Bauer]

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[l] at 11/16/22 7:46pm
The drifting mine threat is not going away: they are simple, effective weapons that are easily made and deployed even by actors with limited naval capabilities. A holistic approach to tactics, enforcement, and technology development could help counter the threat and maintain future freedom of the seas.

[Author: Scott Savitz]

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[l] at 11/15/22 10:29pm
Rather than start a war, Xi Jinping is more likely to intensify China's use of coercive measures against Taiwan, including diplomatic, economic, and military pressure coupled with cyber and psychological operations. If coercion fails, Beijing might turn to force as a last resort, but this still seems unlikely given the many complicating factors.

[Author: Derek Grossman]

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[l] at 11/15/22 10:29pm
China has a huge stake in producing lithium-ion batteries, and is not above waging disinformation campaigns against U.S. firms involved in the battery supply chain. Extraction sector companies could work with cyber security experts and the U.S. intelligence community to educate their executives and local governments about any foreign disinformation risks.

[Author: Fabian Villalobos]

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[l] at 11/15/22 2:15pm
A new age of naval warfare has been inaugurated in the Black Sea, defined by an emerging weapon. Uncrewed surface vessels could become a centerpiece of naval warfare in the coming decades, one that navies may ignore at their peril.

[Author: Scott Savitz]

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[l] at 11/11/22 4:51pm
Images and videos have been falsified since the first photographs were taken. But deepfakes are fundamentally different. Their realism, and the scale and ease with which they can be produced, make them incredibly potent disinformation tools.

[Author: Jared Mondschein; Christopher Joseph Doss; Conrad Tucker; Valerie A. Fitton-Kane; Lance Bush]

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[l] at 11/11/22 2:16pm
This weekly recap focuses on helping veterans succeed in civilian jobs, a bakery that doubles as a business school, Black Americans’ military service, and more.

[Author: RAND Corporation]

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[l] at 11/11/22 2:16pm
With its army increasingly in shambles, Russia has turned to attacking Ukraine's civilian infrastructure with Iranian-made drones in an effort to destroy Ukrainians' will to fight. These tactics will inflict pain on the Ukrainian population, but if history is any guide, they will not forestall a Russian defeat.

[Author: Raphael S. Cohen; Gian Gentile]

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[l] at 11/11/22 2:16pm
Images and videos have been falsified since the first photographs were taken. But deep fakes are fundamentally different. Their realism, and the scale and ease with which they can be produced, make them incredibly potent disinformation tools.

[Author: Jared Mondschein; Christopher Joseph Doss; Conrad Tucker; Valerie A. Fitton-Kane; Lance Bush]

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[l] at 11/11/22 2:16pm
On October 30th, Dr. David E. Johnson, Col U.S. Army (retired), a principal researcher at RAND and a leading intellectual in the field of national defense and military history, passed away following a long illness. His deep knowledge of military history provided a perspective to analyze problems and make sound policy recommendations that were valued by senior decisionmakers in the Army and elsewhere.

[Author: Gian Gentile; John Gordon IV]

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[l] at 11/11/22 2:16pm
Federal law requires U.S. public schools to serve all school-age children who come to their doors, no matter their immigration status. With thousands of children crossing the southern border each year, schools face complex challenges, foremost of which is simply knowing how many of these new students to expect.

[Author: Brian Phillips; Shelly Culbertson]

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