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HKS in the News July 24, 2012

1. Sunday news shows set political agenda, launch Web debates (Jones) USA Today

2. Condo prices in city set a record (Glaeser) The Boston Globe

3. As veteran population changes, services must adapt (Kayyem) The Boston Globe

4. Two insurers see new markets beyond Mass. (Glynn) The Boston Globe


Sunday news shows set political agenda, launch Web debates

USA Today

July 23

Quoted: Alex Jones, Shorenstein Center

Topic: The evolution of Sunday morning news shows

On Sunday morning, the faithful gather to receive the word. Not at church, but in front of the television.

The Sunday morning news shows are such a staple of presidential politics that it's more remarkable when a candidate has not appeared on them than otherwise …

What has changed is the rest of the political conversation. This year, in what Stephanopoulos dubs "the full Twitter election," the cascade of instantaneous, incremental news — driven by Twitter, news sites such as Politico and the Huffington Post, and the constant churn of communication from political campaigns — has cast the Sunday shows into the role of quote factories and meme generators, a jumping-off point for a week of political haggling. The Sunday shows provide not the last word in politics but the opening remarks.

"They used to be the place where you went to hear very important people discuss very serious issues and be cross-examined by serious journalists. Now that function is something that happens in political discourse in all kinds of ways, especially digital," says Alex Jones, head of Harvard's Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. …

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Condo prices in city set a record

The Boston Globe

July 24

Quoted: Edward Glaeser, Taubman Center, Rappaport Institute

Topic: Rising condo prices in Boston

Condominium values in Boston’s core reached a record high during the second quarter of this year as eager buyers drove up sales, according to data­ scheduled to be released Tuesday. …

Even during the worst years of the real estate industry’s decline, condominium prices in some of Boston’s more desirable areas fell only modestly, putting the local market in a better position to rebound. Prices and sales were propped up by higher-income homeowners who were hurt less during the recession, as well as by the increasing popularity of urban living coupled with limited inventory, housing specialists said.

“The city attracts young and old by providing fun and beauty, art and restaurants, all without needing a car,” said a Harvard University economist, Edward Glaeser, author of the book “Triumph of the City.” …

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As veteran population changes, services must adapt

The Boston Globe

July 23

Commentary by: Juliette Kayyem, Belfer Center

Topic: Government services for veterans

The proposed reductions in the Pentagon’s budget have a lot of people worried that smaller will mean weaker. The defense and aerospace industry, which had another year of record profits in 2011, is spending a lot of effort trying to convince Congress that anticipated drawdowns are bad for national security and for the bottom line. Americans, it turns out, know better. A recent nonpartisan survey shows that the public supports cuts overwhelmingly; this is true across the board, regardless of whether a respondent was in a red or blue state or in a district with large defense spending.

This shift in how we plan to fight needs to extend to how we plan to honor those who have already served. All the focus on the challenges facing returning veterans — unemployment, suicide, post-traumatic stress disorder, health issues, and reintegration for a population that has deployed multiple times in the last decade — is important, but those challenges are qualitative, not quantitative. There is another basic fact — a statistical certainty — that should change the way we administer to the needs of veterans. …

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Two insurers see new markets beyond Mass.

The Boston Globe

July 24

Quoted: Thomas Glynn, Malcolm Wiener Center

Topic: Health care

While the political squabble over the federal health care law continues, two Massachusetts health insurers see an opportunity to expand their out-of-state businesses and pick up thousands of new customers who must have coverage or face penalties.

Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, which already operate in some nearby states, are strategizing on how they can boost their market share outside Massachusetts as about 30 million Americans who do not have insurance buy subsidized private coverage or become eligible for Medicaid under the law upheld by the Supreme Court last month. …

But the moves being contemplated by Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim, combined with Steward Health Care System’s planned buyout of a Woonsocket, R.I., hospital and the hiring of Massachusetts chief executives by two larger Rhode Island hospital groups, could signal fresh interest in interstate expansion.

“There’s a new generation of regional exploration going on,” said former health care executive Tom Glynn, a public policy lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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