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Congress in danger of losing relevancy as presidents work around it

Jan. 28, 2016—By obstructing most legislation President Obama sends its way, Congress has weakened rather than exercised its power, says a Vanderbilt University political expert.

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Why politicians won’t reach across the aisle

Jan. 11, 2016—Bad feelings about each other rather than competing ideologies keep Republicans and Democrats from encouraging their representatives to compromise and get things done, say the authors of a new book about why Washington won’t work.

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Vanderbilt professor sees another constitutional problem with the Texas admissions plan

Dec. 11, 2015—A Vanderbilt Law School professor says there is a second constitutional battle brewing in the Fisher v. UT-Austin Supreme Court case regarding the use of race in college admissions.

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Vanderbilt Poll-Tennessee: Immigration issue indicative of growing divide between mainstream Republicans, Tea Party

Dec. 4, 2015—The new Vanderbilt Poll finds that Tennessee voters are getting more interested in immigration and strongly support freedom of religion, Muslims included.

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Renegade states redefining stodgy trust fund, saving millions for the very rich

Dec. 1, 2015—A handful of opportunistic states are luring banking business to their economies with relaxed trust fund rules more favorable and flexible for wealthy customers seeking to safeguard their assets for future generations.

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Vanderbilt launches new master of marketing degree program

Nov. 16, 2015—A new one-year program helps students develop skills in areas such as digital marketing and consumer analytics.

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How can hospitals be as safe as aircraft carriers?

Nov. 13, 2015—A new study from Owen Graduate School of Management examines how hospitals can apply the principles of highly reliable organizations to reduce errors and improve patient care.

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Sexism rules in the ballot booth unless voters have more information

Nov. 9, 2015—Female candidates have to be more qualified than their male opponents to prevail in an election because many people don’t see women as leaders, according to research that reveals hidden bias that can emerge in the voting booth.

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Gays face continued discrimination in Jamaica: LAPOP

Oct. 21, 2015—Jamaicans overwhelmingly disapprove of gay citizens running for political office, even more than they disapprove of regime critics doing so.

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New faculty: Joe Fishman studies law at the intersection of entertainment, technology

Oct. 20, 2015—Intellectual property law is undergoing enormous shifts, with the creative community and attorneys striving to catch up to the digital revolution. New Assistant Professor of Law Joe Fishman says this "keeps things exciting and fresh.”

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Vanderbilt Poll-Nashville: Newly elected leadership must find balance between social services, continued economic development

Oct. 13, 2015—Nearly three-quarters of Nashville residents are optimistic about the state of the city, but significant differences of opinion exist, primarily along income--rather than racial--lines.

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New faculty: Ben Munyan examines the growing field of ‘shadow banking’

Oct. 7, 2015—Once a math and science prodigy, Ben Munyan can now be found in his Owen Graduate School of Management office writing computer code mapping U.S. Treasury data to bank and investor activity.

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