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HKS in the News April 25, 2012

1. Obama tops among young, but less so than in 2008 (Grayson) Boston Globe

2. Senate proposals seek to delay Postal Service closings (Kamarck) Boston Globe

3. Bo Guagua Focuses on Personal Life, Not Family Scandal, in Statement to The Crimson (Guagua) Harvard Crimson

4. What is it that we really know about cyber conflict? (Nye) Daily Star (Lebanon)


Obama tops among young, but less so than in 2008

Boston Globe

April 24

Quoted: Trey Grayson, Institute of Politics

Topic: New IOP Youth Voter survey

The survey was also reported by ABC News , the Associated Press , Bloomberg News, CNN, the Los Angeles Times , MSNBC, NPR, and The Washington Post.

President Obama has expanded his lead over Mitt Romney among young voters, according to a national poll released Tuesday, but the president’s numbers remain far below the overwhelming support he received in 2008.

A Harvard University Institute of Politics survey of 18- to 29-year-old likely voters showed Obama leading the presumptive Republican nominee 43 percent to 26 percent.

The gap, 17 points, is six points wider than it was in November.

“Over the last several months, we have seen more of the millennial vote begin to solidify around President Obama and Democrats in Congress,’’ said Trey Grayson, the institute’s director. “At the same time, there has been effectively no change in their support for Mitt Romney and Republicans in Congress.’’

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Senate proposals seek to delay Postal Service closings

Boston Globe

April 25

Quoted: Elaine Kamarck

Topic: U.S. Post Office closings

WASHINGTON - The Senate has moved to impose new restrictions on the closing of rural post offices.

Under the measure, the Postal Service would be barred from closing post offices for a year if they are located in rural areas, those with fewer than 50,000 people. The exception would be if there was no community opposition....

“Individual congressmen can try to save their post office this year or next year and get some brownie points with the electorate for that, but this thing doesn’t work anymore,’’ said Elaine Kamarck, a Harvard University lecturer who led government modernization efforts in the 1990s, during President Bill Clinton’s administration.

“This is a long-term structural trend, and it’s like buggy-whip makers and candle manufacturers - it’s just going to be mostly obsolete,’’ she said about the decline in first-class mail use.

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Bo Guagua Focuses on Personal Life, Not Family Scandal, in Statement to The Crimson

Harvard Crimson

April 24

Quoted: Bo Guagua MPP 2012

Topic: HKS student releases statement to the media

Harvard Kennedy School student Bo Guagua , son of deposed Chinese Communist Party leader Bo Xilai, addressed the media for the first time in weeks in an exclusive statement to The Crimson. The statement, published in full by The Crimson online on Tuesday, shied away from his father’s political downfall and the recent murder accusation against his mother and instead offered Bo Guagua’s perspective on the rampant speculation in the international media regarding his private life and personal endeavors.

He addressed claims made in the press about his grades, his social life, and even the make of car that he drives.

“Recently, there has been increasing attention from the press on my private life,” he wrote. “As a result of these speculations, I feel responsible to the public to provide an account of the facts.”

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What is it that we really know about cyber conflict?

Daily Star (Lebanon)

April 24

Commentary by: Joseph Nye

Topic: The risks posed by potential cyber attacks

Two years ago, a piece of faulty computer code infected Iran’s nuclear program and destroyed many of the centrifuges used to enrich uranium. Some observers declared this apparent sabotage to be the harbinger of a new form of warfare, and U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has warned Americans of the danger of a “cyber Pearl Harbor” attack on the United States. But what do we really know about cyber conflict?

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