Editor's note

The Trump administration has outlined its spending priorities for the coming fiscal year and plans to formally submit a budget proposal next week. Highlights include a $54 billion increase in military spending to be offset in other discretionary programs like art, environmental protection and the Coast Guard. But a lack of substance, combined with politically toxic spending cuts, mean Trump’s budget blueprint isn’t going anywhere, writes Roy Meyers, a political science professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a former Congressional Budget Office analyst.

The Congressional Budget Office will play a big role in deciding the fate of House Republicans’ plan to replace Obamacare. Two experts look at how the new plan compares, including its call for incentives rather than a mandate to entice healthy people into buying health insurance.

And in the wake of the latest WikiLeaks release – of documents related to CIA hacking – cybersecurity scholars Richard Forno and Anupam Joshi from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County explain what it tells us, including that we all need to step up our cyberdefenses.

Bryan Keogh

Editor, Economics and Business

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Trump’s budget director, left, says White House spending priorities are straight out of the president’s mouth. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Why Trump’s 'skinny' budget is already dead

Roy T. Meyers, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Trump is proposing a budget with little substance and filled with politically toxic spending cuts, making it very unlikely to go anywhere, even in a Republican Congress.

Science + Technology

  • The WikiLeaks CIA release: When will we learn?

    Richard Forno, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Anupam Joshi, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

    The latest release from WikiLeaks, of information about CIA hacking efforts, is yet another reminder of how Americans and our government must better protect our secret information.

Our analysis also shows that agriculture’s environmental footprint must shrink drastically to safeguard the ecosystems that humans rely on.

Mitch Hunter

Pennsylvania State University

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Mitch Hunter

Health + Medicine

Arts + Culture

  • From the mundane to the divine, some of the best-designed products of all time

    Catherine Anderson, George Washington University; Carla Viviana Coleman, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Craig M. Vogel, University of Cincinnati ; Kalle Lyytinen, Case Western Reserve University; Lorraine Justice, Rochester Institute of Technology

    We asked five design experts – what's your favorite product of all time, and why?

Environment + Energy

Politics + Society

Stories of note

  • Our experiments taught us why people troll

    Justin Cheng, Stanford University; Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, Cornell University; Jure Leskovec, Stanford University; Michael Bernstein, Stanford University

    You might think that trolling on the internet is done by a small, vocal minority of sociopaths. But what if all trolls aren’t born trolls? What if they are ordinary people like you and me?

  • Do you know what the Affordable Care Act does? Here's a primer to help

    Darius Lakdawalla, University of Southern California; Anup Malani, University of Chicago

    Opinions are strong about the Affordable Care Act, but not everyone understands what the nearly 1,000-page law does. In case you missed the high points of the law, here's a primer to help.

  • The truth about Obama's economic legacy and Trump's inheritance

    Christian Weller, University of Massachusetts Boston

    The Trump administration has been trashing Obama's economic legacy lately as it pursues a drastic change of course, but the facts tell a different story.

  • Air pollution exposure may increase risk of dementia

    Caleb Finch, University of Southern California; Jiu-Chiuan Chen, University of Southern California

    New research shows that exposure to fine particulate air pollution may double the risk of dementia in older women by increasing growth of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain.


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