In the Sacklers’ Backyard: The Future of Connecticut’s Opioid Epidemic Response

Liz Fitzgerald had been waiting for this.  It was March 10th, 2022, and she suddenly found herself speaking before the family that had upended her life and robbed her of two children. Fitzgerald has lost two sons to opioid addiction. Kyle, aged 25, died in 2013. Four years later, she lost his older brother, Matthew, …

Heating Up: Miami’s Tech Renaissance Takes Off

Delian Asparouhov was an unlikely origin for an unlikely movement. An MIT dropout, he’s worked for a little over three years at the venture capital firm Founders Fund, led by Peter Thiel and Keith Rabois—two deities of the tech world. Asparouhov, who in 2020 lived in San Francisco, was unconvinced that other U.S. cities could …

The Price of Dissent: National Security Whistleblower Prosecutions in the Obama Administration

John Kiriakou bends over the webcam. He wears a black sweater that matches the top of his salt-and-pepper hair and the outline of his wide glasses. His manner is affable, but he speaks with the intensity that one might expect of a man who would risk imprisonment to leak state secrets to the press.

A Red State Goes Green: Nebraska’s Utilities Plan to Decarbonize

In 2019, as the U.S. experienced its wettest spring on record, the Mississippi River and its tributaries overran their banks. One million acres of farmland flooded — an area the size of Rhode Island. In Nebraska alone, the unprecedented rainfall killed three residents, drowned thousands of cows and pigs, and caused over $1 billion in property damage.

Balancing Act: Big Oil’s Future Amid the Climate Crisis

After purchasing $750 million in equity of energy giant Shell, Daniel Loeb demanded something radical: He wanted his investment dismembered. Loeb, CEO of the hedge fund Third Point LLC, penned a passionate Third Quarter letter to his investors wherein he outlined the competing interests within Shell. To Loeb, Shell’s simultaneous commitments to fossil fuels production and renewable energy sources have resulted in “an incoherent, conflicting set of strategies attempting to appease multiple interests but satisfying none.” Loeb’s solution? Balkanize Shell into multiple companies, each with a narrow focus.

Gerrymandering Today, Unpacked

The argument posited by some Republicans that all gerrymandering is bad — and particularly when it is done by Democrats who claim to oppose it — has transformed the debate over redistricting. No longer just a fight over which neighborhoods are broken up by a new map, the fight over gerrymandering has become another chapter in the war between Democrats and Republicans over the need for reforms to America’s democracy.

Cutthroat: A Battle for the Future of Antitrust

Unlike Black Friday sales, college admissions, and Yale course registration, antitrust law is not commonly described as cutthroat. Indeed, until about five years ago, antitrust, which determines how companies can legally compete in the U.S. market, was a staid regime experiencing a decades-long ossification, or “ice age,” as Lina Khan, chair of the Federal Trade Commission, said in a New York Times interview.