Can Trump win in November?
By: William Frey
Based on the primary elections to date, politicos and pundits are already anointing Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee for president. This begs the question: What will he have to do to win in November?
Win or lose, Trump’s possible candidacy could make the 2016 election a pivotal one with respect to the divide in white and minority politics. According to the study’s long term projections, the nation’s demography will become increasingly favorable to the Democrats if recent voting
Read more: http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/the-avenue/posts/2016/03/02-trump-november-frey
Can China boost its economic transparency?
By Ben Bernanke and Peter Olson
China is just now beginning to explain major policy initiatives—real progress for a government accustomed to secrecy. Ben Bernanke explains why further transparency is needed if China is to fulfill its potential as a global financial and economic leader.
At the recent G20 gathering in Shanghai, three Chinese leaders—Premier Li Keqiang, People’s Bank of China Governor Zhou Xiaochuan, and Finance Minister Lou Jiwei—reassured attendees that the Chinese government had the monetary and fiscal tools as well as the know-how to guide the economy through its current challenges. The success of the communications offensive, which seems to have calmed investor concerns for the moment, stands in strong contrast to the communications missteps that exacerbated adverse market reactions to the Chinese government’s stock market and currency interventions over the past year.
Read more: http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/ben-bernanke
Syrian refugees tell their stories
By Amanda Waldron
For nearly five years, the brutal civil war in Syria has raged on, forcing around 4.6 million Syrian refugees (roughly the population of Louisiana) to resettle in countries all across the world. In recent months, the question of whether to allow more Syrian refugees into the U.S. has collided with ongoing national debates about immigration and terrorism—usually without policymakers or the media ever hearing from Syrian refugees themselves.
That’s why on February 19, the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at Brookings hosted a conversation with four recent Syrian refugees to hear personal accounts of life as a Syrian citizen, as a war refugee, and as an American. These are their stories:
Read more: http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/brookings-now/posts/2016/03/watch-syrian-refugees-tell-their-stories
How digital tools are enhancing journalism's mission
By Terri Rupar
We used to present people every day with a package of information, the news and opinions of the previous day. We reported and analyzed and shot photos and assembled all that into the daily report.
But the Internet, and the many ways people can come to our information, tore apart that package. Someone reading today’s story may not be aware that we wrote one yesterday—or earlier today. We want to get it right, but we also want to make that information easy to find, and then easy to read or watch.
Read more: http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/fixgov/posts/2016/03/03-explanatory-journalism-digital-tools-rupar