The cover story describes Israel's potential shift away from coal toward a greater reliance on efficiency, natural gas, and renewable energy. Another feature story considers three responses to the U.S. economic crisis: family support, switching to credit unions as alternatives to commercial banks, and combining the forces of housing and health advisers to counsel homeowners undergoing foreclosure. A third feature story examines the web of influential personalities, networks, and institutions in the Iranian leadership. News items discuss the cost-effectiveness of modernizing the U.S. Air Force's KC-10 air refueling fleet, the prospect of reducing hospital costs by reducing air pollution, the unintended consequences of no-fault auto insurance, and the collapse of silica litigation. Other stories laud the use of randomized controlled trials in fighting poverty in developing countries and lament the ideological polarization across U.S. congressional districts.

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