Washington Times

Sens. John McCain and Marco Rubio are poised to win primaries Tuesday as the Republican establishment rallies to defend its embattled members against Donald Trump-style insurgents, setting up Election Day tests that could determine whether the party keeps control of the Senate. “They can try, with difficulty, to chart a middle path between outright rejection or outright embrace of Trump,” said Geoffrey Skelley, of UVA’’s Center for Politics. “Both McCain and Rubio are running well ahead of Trump at the moment.

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Education Week (subscription) (blog)

New research, however, suggests that the trend is changing: The children starting their first days of kindergarten may arrive better prepared than prior generations – and students in poverty will arrive at less of a disadvantage compared with their wealthier peers. Daphna Bassok, an associate professor at UVA’s Curry School of Education, said, "Parental investments have gone up quite a bit. Parents are more likely to report reading to their kids, playing with their kids, taking them on outings to the library or the zoo."

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GoDanRiver.com

Two UVA graduates will be helping Dan River Region high school students review college options, explore careers and plan for the future as part of the Virginia College Advising Corps program. The program, which is sponsored by UVA and Americorps, is sending 22 UVA graduates across Virginia to advise high school students with the perspectives of someone fresh out of college.

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Augusta Free Press

An expanded lineup of speakers is now available for the fourth annual TEDxCharlottesville event, “The Power of One,” taking place Nov. 11 at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville. Recently announced speakers include 2016 Olympian (and UVA alumna) Meghan O’Leary.

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Inside Higher Ed

A number of College Republican organizations have either refused to endorse Trump or have declared themselves on the fence. Republican groups at campuses including Harvard, Penn State and Princeton Universities have decided not to endorse the candidate. And the College Republicans at the University of Virginia are deliberating whether they will do so.

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Los Angeles Times

Trump is casting a shadow over local races more than any presidential candidate in recent memory. “That’s the story all across the country. Democrats want to tie their down-ballot opponents to Trump, and Republicans don’t want to talk about Trump at all,” said Kyle Kondik with UVA’s Center for Politics.

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The Fiscal Times

The political field is littered with potential landmines, and a sleeper issue that could explode in the Democrats’ faces is the Obamacare premium rate hikes. UVA political scientist Larry J. Sabato agrees that Obamacare premium sticker shock could make a difference in very tight elections. “Things that happen right before the election can have a disproportionate effect for an obvious reason,” he said. “If something is on the voters' minds, and is bothering them, they are likely to include it in their voting calculation.”

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Virginian-Pilot

Friday was a good day for the University of Virginia, the General Assembly and what constitutes democracy around here. The state auditor’s report showed that the school’s investment program complied with the law and that its Strategic Investment Fund pooled funds in a way “similar to pooling of resources by the Commonwealth’s Treasury for the General Account.” In other words, UVA was doing intelligent things in ways consistent with the practices and intents of the General Assembly.

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Daily Caller

For many campuses, like the University of Virginia, this fall marks the first time a Students for Trump group led campaign activities. Sabrina Kim is the Students for Trump ambassador at UVA, and she told The Daily Caller News Foundation that she plans to get students organized for Trump this fall.

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WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

In Charlottesville, volunteers did some quick training before hitting the streets to start speaking with people. Over the next few weeks, the Clinton campaign plans to tap into the student volunteers at the University of Virginia.

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Charlottesville Daily Progress

Bronco Mendenhall needed to learn a new culture just as much as those in the new culture needed to learn about him.

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WIRED

Astronomers found a planet as close by as a planet could possibly be – in the nearest star system, Alpha Centauri. The planet orbits its star every 11.2 days. That puts it in the “habitable zone,” where liquid water could exist on the surface. In light of all this uncertainty, the squee over this planet feels premature, or even just outright incorrect.

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U.S. News & World Report

Whether it's President Obama's signature health care law or an expansion of LGBT rights, groups on the right are fighting back against policies they say are infringing on their right to practice religion. "In some cases you have unsophisticated patients in emergency situations, and if the Catholic hospital refuses to treat or doesn't provide referral, then that patient may have no way to find out [their options]," says Douglas Laycock, a UVA law professor and a leading expert on religious liberty.

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Virginian-Pilot

If Hillary Clinton defeats Donald Trump in Virginia this fall by 16 points, as one poll indicated this week, she would dwarf the margin Barack Obama garnered over John McCain in 2008, when the wildly popular then-senator won his first term for president. Larry Sabato’s “Crystal Ball” at UVA’s Center for Politics rated the state as “likely Democrat” in mid-August.

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NPR

Hillary Clinton blasted Donald Trump for aligning with the "alt-right." David Greene talks to Nicole Hemmer, University of Virginia professor and author of a forthcoming book, “Messengers of the Right.”

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Tip


(By Matthew Burtner, professor of composition and computer technologies) Burtner talks icebergs, climate change as a musical instrument, and why field work matters.

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News Sentinel

Trump's Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, said she has not visited Louisiana yet because "the relief effort can't afford any distractions." That's a real concern with high-profile visits, even though they may draw attention to the disaster, said Larry Sabato, director of UVA’s Center for Politics. Presidents did not routinely visit disaster areas until they could easily fly there. "It's a logistical nightmare on top of the disaster itself," Sabato said, noting that visits require coordination with busy police and emergency personnel and sometimes shut down highways.

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News-Medical.net

Treatment with MRI-guided focused ultrasound significantly improves tremors and quality of life in patients with essential tremor, the most common movement disorder, according to a study published in the Aug. 25 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. W. Jeffrey Elias, director of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery at UVA, is the principal investigator and lead author.

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Governing

Physician house calls were once a staple of American life. But over time, reimbursement rates for primary care physicians did not keep pace with those for other medical specialties, and, from the 1980s onward, it generally became more difficult to sustain primary care practices. As that happened, those who made house calls were less able to afford the losses that came with making home visits.

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