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The theme of the RAND Corporation's 2008 Annual Report is "Setting Politics Aside." Examples of recent research in such areas as veterans health, piracy and terrorism, education, and transportation exemplify how RAND, with policy research roots in the scientific method and a commitment to service in the public interest, has to set politics aside.

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