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“In the wake of the current spike in Covid hospitalizations, calling the labor market for registered nurses 'cutthroat' is an understatement,” says Adam Seth Litwin, associate professor of industrial and labor relations. “Even if the health care sector can somehow find more beds, it cannot just go out and buy more front-line caregivers.”

“Mrs. Montgomery’s case presents compelling grounds for clemency, including her history as a victim of gang rape, incest, and child sex trafficking, as well as her severe mental illness,” says Sandra Babcock, clinical professor of law.

Sergio Garcia-Rios, professor of political science, says, “We might … disagree about whether Trump’s economy has really helped minorities, but some of them do believe that for their jobs, for their families, Trump is the answer.”

Karl Pillemer, professor of human development, provides advice on how to handle the various tensions around the table, virtual or in real life, this Thanksgiving.

Provost Mike Kotlikoff is one of the featured guests in this piece. Kotlikoff discusses Cornell’s successful testing regime and the importance of testing asymptomatic individuals.

John H. Blume, director of the Law School’s Death Penalty Project, anticipates that once Biden takes office in January, he will impose a moratorium on federal executions and call for a study of the death penalty.

“There’s a real moral dilemma for many Thais … who have been raised with the monarchy but are also pro-democracy and have a moral code,” says Tamara Loos, professor and chair in the Department of History.

Suzanne Mettler, professor of government, and colleague Robert C. Lieberman, professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University, write this opinion piece about four current threats to American democracy.

Larry Smart, professor of horticulture, discusses how he thinks hemp could fight climate change, if corporations are willing to commit to making more hemp-based products as opposed to those derived from fossil fuels.

“It’s hard to have policies that please everyone and policies that apply to every neighborhood uniformly,” says medical epidemiologist Isaac Weisfuse.

Eswar Prasad, professor of economics, says President Donald Trump’s denial of election results is “whipping up an extraordinary degree of uncertainty that, if prolonged much further, will act as a drag on what is at best a nascent and fickle economic recovery.” 

“I think it’s quite possible,” says James Grimmelmann, professor of law. “Twitter has all along said that the policy that has kept Trump on Twitter is an exception for leaders and political figures.”