Editor's note

With his first travel ban shut down by the courts, President Donald Trump released a revised executive order limiting immigration into the country yesterday. Iraq is off the list of nations whose citizens are banned from travel to the U.S. Also gone is the indefinite prohibition against Syrian refugees. But constitutional scholar Steven Mulroy argues there’s still reason to be skeptical of the legality of the revised executive order.

Meanwhile, Trump’s January executive orders on deportation priorities and ramping up immigration enforcement still remain in full effect. Penn State immigration lawyer Shoba Wadhia explains how these orders may signal an end to immigration agents exercising discretion even in cases where there may be compelling reasons not to deport people.

Last month a famine was declared in South Sudan, and hunger crises are also occurring in Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria. Tufts University’s Daniel Maxwell explains why the number of people in need of food aid has risen sharply in the past two years – and why governments and aid groups often react slowly, even when they know crises are developing.

Emily Costello

Senior Editor, Politics + Society

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Men watch the TV news in Baghdad, Iraq, on March 6, 2017. AP Photo/Hadi Mizban

Trump's revised travel ban still faces legal challenges

Steven Mulroy, University of Memphis

The revised ban allows entry to citizens of Iraq, but continues to block citizens of six other Muslim majority nations.

Environment + Energy

  • Famines in the 21st century? It's not for lack of food

    Daniel Maxwell, Tufts University

    At a time when poverty and hunger levels are declining around the world, famine is recurring, driven by conflicts and natural disasters. But timely action by governments and aid groups can save lives.

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Health + Medicine

  • Low-income girls often feel unprepared for puberty

    Marni Sommer, Columbia University Medical Center; Ann Herbert, Johns Hopkins University

    In developing countries, many girls feel unprepared when they go through puberty. And research indicates that low-income girls in the US may feel the same way.

  • No doubt about it: smokefree laws cut heart attacks in big way

    Stanton Glantz, University of California, San Francisco

    Smokefree laws save lives quickly, by preventing heart attacks. A recent study showed a drop in heart attack deaths by 12 percent, adding to a growing body of research on benefits of the laws.

Why, in an era of declining poverty and hunger worldwide, are we suddenly facing four potential famines in unconnected countries?

Daniel Maxwell

Tufts University

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Science + Technology

  • What fax machines can teach us about electric cars

    Jonathan Coopersmith, Texas A&M University

    Standards, like electrical plugs, are usually so simple we don't even really notice them. But they're extremely important: Good ones can drive innovation; bad ones can stifle growth.

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