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JULY 21, 2016

A man enters a polling station as voters take part in the final 2016 U.S. Democratic primary in Washington, DC

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A Tough Road Ahead for Trump

With Republicans wrapping up their national convention tonight and Democrats preparing to meet next week, how might Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton fare in November? A new RAND study maps America's ideological landscape and analyzes each candidate's position on the terrain. This suggests that Clinton will likely succeed in uniting her party during the general election. Trump may face a more challenging situation. Read more »

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Quality of Care in the VA Health System Compares Well to Other Settings

The Veterans Affairs health care system generally performs better than or similar to other systems at providing safe and effective care. That's according to a new RAND study that analyzes a decade of research on the VA system across a variety of quality dimensions. Read more »

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting in Golan Heights, near the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria, April 17, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a cabinet meeting in Golan Heights, near the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria, April 17, 2016. Photo by Sebastian Scheiner/Pool/Reuters

Israel's Interests and Options in Syria

Israel has critical security interests that it seeks to advance in Syria. But according to a new RAND paper, its options for affecting the Syrian conflict are limited. Why? Because there is no likely outcome that would be more favorable to Israel than Syria's violent status quo. Read more »

The interior of a Tesla Model S is shown in autopilot mode in San Francisco, California, April 7, 2016

The interior of a Tesla Model S is shown in autopilot mode in San Francisco, California, April 7, 2016. Photo by Alexandria Sage/Reuters

Fatal Tesla Crash: What Now for Autonomous Vehicles?

The first known fatality in an autonomous vehicle occurred in May. This is an occasion to better understand the risks of autonomous vehicle technologies, says RAND's Nidhi Kalra. But this tragedy won't—and shouldn't—stop their development. Read more »

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Millennials and the Intelligence Community

Millennials are now America's largest living generation. How should the intelligence community adapt to interact with them? A new RAND report argues that engaging millennials is essential for intelligence to remain relevant to policy decisions and explores strategies for doing so. Read more »

Judge Merrick Garland speaks after President Obama announces him as nominee to the Supreme Court, March 16, 2016

Judge Merrick Garland speaks after President Obama announces him as nominee to the Supreme Court, March 16, 2016. Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

The Supreme Court Vacancy

More than four months have passed since President Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. In a time of contentious politics, a clear majority of Americans want the court to have a full bench, says RAND's Geoffrey McGovern. But they appear unlikely to get it soon. Read more »

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