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The recent drone attack targeting Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro speaks to how easy drones are to use — and how difficult they are to defend against. That means terrorist attacks using weaponized drones are no longer just a concern for the future, but very much for the present, says RAND's Colin Clarke.
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Nuclear terrorism has elicited global concern and action. But is it currently a realistic threat? No, says RAND's Antonia Ward. Authorities would be better off focusing on insurgents' frequent use of conventional weapons, such as chemicals and bombs.
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New RAND research finds that many U.S. seniors follow nontraditional paths to retirement, such as switching to part-time work. In fact, less than 40 percent of Americans take the "standard" path of retiring directly and completely from full-time work. Health status and economic preparedness help determine individuals' retirement pathways. But cognitive abilities and personality traits also play a role.
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Facebook, Google, and other tech companies have recently made efforts to limit false, misleading, and mischievous content on their platforms. RAND's James Dobbins says this shouldn't cause concern about First Amendment freedoms. In fact, "the right of media platforms to disseminate or not disseminate whatever they choose is exactly what the Founding Fathers meant by freedom of the press."
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Violent and antisocial behavior at soccer games has been an issue for decades. What's behind these outbursts of verbal abuse, vandalism, and assault? A new RAND report suggests that there is no single cause. Instead, a variety of factors may contribute, including alcohol consumption, sports rivalries, and socio-political factors.
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This new study provides evidence that hiding the tobacco "power wall" in convenience stores might reduce the number of adolescents who try e-cigarettes.
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Millennials are less worried than baby boomers about national security topics. But they worry far more than boomers about "kitchen table issues" like making ends meet and paying off debt. What's driving these differences? RAND experts discuss.
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President Trump reimposed sanctions on #Iran this week. Is there any way this move could be good for America and its interest in keeping the Iranian challenge contained?

Unfortunately, the answer is almost certainly no, says RAND's Dalia Dassa Kaye.
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Does repeating a grade impact student behavior? What effect might it have on dropout rates, credit accumulation, and graduation outcomes? RAND researchers explored these questions in a large-scale study of New York City grade retention policies. They found that repeating a grade had little influence on student misbehavior and absenteeism in high school. However, students who were retained accumulated fewer high school credits on average.
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Instead of promoting regime change in #Iran, the U.S. government should focus on policies that increase the likelihood of a positive outcome from such a change — if and when it comes. That's according to RAND's James Dobbins. Building people-to-people ties — including lifting the ban on Iranian visitors to America — is a better course than seeking to to accelerate a revolution with no way to predict what will happen next.
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