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Genius Grants & Baby-Faced Pollsters

The latest MacArthur Fellow Program Please Don't Call These Genius Grants Genius Grants have been made public, and at first glance, only one of the 24 Fellows from the class of 2009 has a direct think tank connection.

That person is Esther Duflo, and in addition to her M.I.T. affiliation, she's also director of development economics program at the Washington-D.C. based Center for Economic Policy Research.


For more about Duflo and her fellow Fellows, see here.

For more about CEPR, see here.

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In other, more local tank news:

The influential, baby-faced, Republican-affiliated pollster Frank Luntz will be at a Milken Forum on Wednesday afternoon, 4:30-6:30pm.

Free tickets are here, and a no-charge webcast will take place, most likely from here.

Luntz's talk, same as his most recent book, is titled, What Americans Really Want... Really.

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Desde la manutención de los hijos hasta el fraude de seguros, los casos judiciales se retrasan en todo California. Solo la mitad de los casos civiles y penales se resolvieron el verano pasado en comparación con las cifras anteriores a la pandemia. “La justicia no se ha cerrado. La justicia se ha ralentizado”, según un grupo de abogados.
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