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Report: Traditional U.S. Approaches to Middle East Not Working

February 23, 2021 – U.S. policies in the Middle East are built on outdated “legacy” aid packages, massive arms sales, and a disproportionate focus on the Iranian threat that fail to advance American interests—or help the region’s people—and need to be rethought, according to a new RAND Corporation report. The United States devotes an overwhelming share […]

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Seismic safety upgrades may cost CA hospitals billions

March 28, 2019 – California hospitals would need to make substantial investments—between $34 billion and $143 billion statewide—to meet 2030 state seismic safety standards, according to a new RAND Corporation report. After the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, in which 11 hospitals were damaged, and eight were evacuated, the state adopted SB1953, which aims to improve hospital […]

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Truth Decay: Declining trust in facts, institutions imposes real-world costs on US society

Jan. 16, 2018 – Americans’ reliance on facts to discuss public issues has declined significantly in the past two decades, leading to political paralysis and collapse of civil discourse, according to a RAND Corporation report. This phenomenon, referred to as “Truth Decay,” is defined by increasing disagreement about facts, a blurring between opinion and fact, […]