Barry Burden in the Wisconsin State Journal: Same-day registration could save the day

The national attention on election security shows that sometimes the solution to a complex problem is not high-tech or even new. Election Day voter registration could save the day, even if voter registration databases are compromised.

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In On Wisconsin Magazine: La Follette alum Paul Rusk

“We must always remember that we — the people of this nation — should and can be ‘the powers that be,’ ” said Paul Rusk (BS’77 Horticulture, MA’91 Public Affairs and Administration) in a speech during UW–Madison’s 1977 spring commencement.

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Institute for Research on Poverty in Journal Sentinel: "Study: In 2016, Wisconsin's job market improved but the state's poverty rate increased"

Despite a robust job market, Wisconsin’s poverty rate increased to 10.8% in 2016, compared to 9.7% in 2015, according to a report released Friday by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Andrew Kydd in The Washington Post: Promises on North Korea are easy to make but hard to keep. Here’s why.

The June 12 summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore seems back on the calendar. But it’s not likely to result in the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

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Vacant, but not empty: Geography graduate student explores the use of abandoned properties

Vacant properties are often seen as remnants of the housing crisis or vestiges of industries that are no longer as present as they once were in U.S. cities. But graduate student Elsa Noterman sees more in these vacant properties, including current uses and important histories.

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Thank the moon for Earth’s lengthening day

A new study that reconstructs the deep history of our planet’s relationship to the moon shows that 1.4 billion years ago, a day on Earth lasted just over 18 hours.

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In On Wisconsin Magazine: Parental POV: History course tackles the 1970s-90s through a generational lens

For the sake of learning — and with occasional family healing — a UW history course is asking students to turn their parents into historical subjects. Professor Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen’s History 221 course, The History of Your Parents’ Generation (1970s–90s), tackles a tumultuous few decades, assigning students to interview their parents (“compelling figures in the drama of American life in their own right,” the syllabus states) about their upbringing and their memories of music, fashion, and historic milestones.

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Menzie Chinn in The Hill: Trump applying 19th-century remedies to 21st-century problems

Is it a trade dispute with China, or is it a trade war? If the latter, is it on hold, or not? The flip-flops in America’s trade relationship with China are coming in ever more frequently, as President Trump issues and rescinds threats, writes Menzie Chinn, professor of public affairs and economics at the University of Wisconsin. 

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Gregory Nemet in the Washington Post: Our lives depend on carbon capture, But the tech is far from ready

Meeting the climate goals of the Paris Agreement is going to be nearly impossible without removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere says Gregory Nemet, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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