Despite efforts, Facebook is not ready to take on fake news

This week, Facebook launched an advertising campaign in the U.K. seeking to help the public discern fake news online. The move, which precedes parliamentary elections in Britain, is seen as an attempt to curb the spread of false stories over Facebook ahead of critical political events. Drew Margolin, a professor of communication at Cornell University […]

Texas sanctuary city ban negative to agriculture, key industries

Texas Senate Bill 4 – which bans sanctuary cities – is now the law in the Lone Star state, but it’s impact on public safety and the economy is a matter of brisk debate. Maria Figueroa, director of Labor and Policy Research at the Cornell University ILR School’s Worker Institute, says that SB4 will negatively […]

Le Pen lost, but opposition to French establishment lives on

Mabel Berezin is professor of sociology at Cornell University and author of “Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Cultures, Security, and Populism in a New Europe” and “Europe Without Borders.” Berezin says Marine Le Pen – who lost the race for the French presidency yesterday – has established the Front National as France’s opposition party, pitting […]

To govern, Macron will need more than a victory on Sunday

On Sunday, French voters will decide who will be their next president in the second – and final – round of a critical election. The two candidates – both fringe in French politics – are pro-business, centrist Emmanuel Macron and anti-immigrant, far-right Marine Le Pen. Cornell University experts comment on this race and how the […]

Tips and tricks for dealing with ticks

As the warm weather of spring rolls across the land, ticks are becoming more active. The following Cornell University experts offer an assessment of the 2017 tick season. All are available for comment. =-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann: A relatively mild winter coupled with even greater abundance of deer and mice means that ticks are more plentiful […]

No science and no policy after EPA’s climate-change purge

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decision to remove climate science information from several of its websites triggered vigorous national debate and protests. David M. Lodge, director of the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future at Cornell University, says that changes in policy are expected with incoming presidential administrations, but removal of scientific data is an […]

Three reasons why Trump tax cut plan won’t reduce poverty

Thomas Hirschl, co-developer of the poverty risk calculator, an expert in income insecurity and professor of development sociology at Cornell University, says that President Trump’s proposed tax cuts will not reduce poverty. Bio: https://devsoc.cals.cornell.edu/people/thomas-hirschl Hirschl says: “On April 25 President Trump set forth a proposal to cut taxes on corporations, individuals, and families. While the […]

Raising NYC cigarette prices will ignite illegal street sales

The New York City Council’s Health Committee is scheduled to review a series of bills designed to curb smoking on April 27. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced several proposals this month, including a plan to raise the base price of a pack of cigarettes to $13, the highest in the nation. Don Kenkel, professor of […]

Trump wall with Mexico provides illusion of a solution

Adam T. Smith, professor of anthropology at Cornell University says that the archaeological record is clear: President Trump’s proposed wall on the Mexico-U.S. border offers only the illusion of security – just as similar walls have throughout history. Bio:   http://anthropology.cornell.edu/adam-smith Smith says: “Large-scale barrier walls established in antiquity were created in order to guard boundaries, […]

French election: First round out of the way, second round will be a yawner

Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, two non-traditional candidates who campaigned on opposite electoral platforms, advanced to the second and final round of the French presidential race. Cornell experts offer their views on the election so far, and what we should expect come May 7. Christopher Way, professor of government and director of the Cornell […]