It may sound like the setup to an old joke, but we have a plan – starting in Virginia this year – for electing the next generation of American leaders. Voters are fed up. The dominance of corporate special interests and partisan bickering have created a political crisis. In every party and region of the [...]

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NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The United States needs its own set of long-term goals for addressing such issues as climate change and hunger like those enacted by the United Nations, said a group on Monday as it launched a bid to elect candidates who back such an agenda. Read more on Reuters.

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Economist Jeffrey Sachs, former New York state senator Daniel Squadron, and Adam Pritzker of the wealthy Pritzker family will fund candidates — currently all Democrats running for state office — who commit to a range of policy targets for 2030. They start in Virginia with 10 House of Delegates candidates. Read more on BuzzFeed News. 

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Economist Jeffrey Sachs is joining with a scion of the wealthy Pritzker family and a former New York state legislator to fund candidates for local offices in the hope of reversing a conservative tide that has put Republicans in control of most US state governments. Read more in the Financial Times.

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BARCELONA, Sept 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A global push to end poverty and hunger, and combat climate change by 2030 is at risk from American “militarism”, powerful business interests and the actions of President Donald Trump, said leading U.S. economist and U.N. special adviser Jeffrey Sachs.  Read more at Thomson Reuters Foundation News.

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President Trump’s remarks to the UN general assembly last week made me shudder. And I think I speak for a lot of people who were in the room that morning. I’ve never heard of a US president standing at the assembly’s podium saying “If you threaten us, we will totally destroy your nation” which is what Trump [...]

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At the United Nations, President Trump’s chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, said Monday the U.S. would withdraw from the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord as planned. His comments came as U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said climate should be a top priority at this year’s General Assembly. Our guest, economist Jeffrey Sachs, notes that the “agreement [...]

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President Trump’s comments at the United Nations General Assembly urging the withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal sounded familiar to our guest, Jeffrey Sachs. “The last time we had this kind of rhetoric was George W. Bush with the axis of evil,” Sachs said. “It was immediately followed by the Iraq War, which was the [...]

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On Tuesday, President Trump gave his first address to the United Nations General Assembly, boasting about the size of the U.S. military and threatening to “totally destroy” North Korea. “[N]uclear war is a real threat,” says Jeffrey Sachs, leading economist and director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University. “It’s not some idle [...]

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Professor Jeffrey Sachs has been awarded the UCD Ulysses Medal for his global contribution. He is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on economic development, global macroeconomics, and the fight against poverty. His work on ending poverty, overcoming macroeconomic instability, promoting economic growth, fighting hunger and disease, and promoting sustainable environmental [...]

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