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Protecting Retirement Security: The Future of Public Pensions

Speakers: Bradley D. Belt, Janet Cowell, and Scott Stringer
Presider: Glenn Hubbard

Orchard Global Asset Management's Bradley D. Belt, North Carolina State Treasurer Janet Cowell, and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, join Columbia University's Glenn Hubbard, to discuss the challenges of fulfilling pension obligations in the United States and how these liabilities will affect economic growth and stability.

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Op-Ed

Obama Should Push to Give Workers a Stake

Author: Peter R. Orszag
Bloomberg View

Here's a good idea that I'd like to see prominent in President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech tonight: shared capitalism. That is, stock-ownership plans or simple profit-sharing schemes for corporate employees. These plans have been shown to effectively align workers' incentives with those of the company's equity owners, but they have not received much attention lately.

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President Obama: State of the Union Address

The State of the Union is a speech given annually by the president to Congress, in which the president outlines the current condition of the United States and national priorities for the coming year, based on the U.S. Constitution, Article Two, Section Three. President Obama has delivered his State of the Union Address speeches on January 27, 2010, January 25, 2011, January 24, 2012, February 12, 2013, January 28, 2014, and January 20, 2015.

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Protecting Retirement Security: The Future of Public Pensions

Speakers: Bradley D. Belt, Janet Cowell, and Scott Stringer
Presider: Glenn Hubbard

Orchard Global Asset Management's Bradley D. Belt, North Carolina State Treasurer Janet Cowell, and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, join Columbia University's Glenn Hubbard, to discuss the challenges of fulfilling pension obligations in the United States and how these liabilities will affect economic growth and stability.

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Protecting Retirement Security: The Future of Public Pensions

Speakers: Bradley D. Belt, Janet Cowell, and Scott Stringer
Presider: Glenn Hubbard

Orchard Global Asset Management's Bradley D. Belt, North Carolina State Treasurer Janet Cowell, and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, join Columbia University's Glenn Hubbard, to discuss the challenges of fulfilling pension obligations in the United States and how these liabilities will affect economic growth and stability.

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Op-Ed

What President Obama Should Say About Guantanamo in the State of the Union

Author: John B. Bellinger III
Lawfare

John Bellinger argues that President Obama’s categorical dismissal of Guantanamo as a “facility that should have never been opened” needlessly politicizes the issue, alienating the congressional Republicans whose support he will need to close it.  President Obama should use his State of the Union address the most compelling reason for Guantanamo’s closure: that its existence has now become a recruiting tool for terrorists around the world.

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Central Intelligence Agency (CIA): Final Report of the Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation Network Agency Accountability Board

The CIA accountability board produced this report in response to accusations from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that the CIA had accessed without authorization the Committee's shared computer drive and removed some files, potential violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and the Wiretap Act. The computer drive contained files related to the Committee's investigation of the CIA's "enhanced interrogation" practices. The CIA's report overturned the CIA inspector general's July 31 report that agents had acted improperly in accessing the shared drive.

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Op-Ed

Match Workers to Jobs

Authors: Edward Alden and Robert Maxim
The Hill

The United States once had the world’s most efficient market for matching willing workers with available jobs. As recently as 2000, scarcely one-in-ten unemployed workers had been out of a job for more than six months, compared with more than half of unemployed workers in the major European nations.

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Other Report

A decade ago the United States had the lowest share of long-term unemployed workers among developed nations. But today U.S. long-term unemployment levels are nearly as high as those in Europe, despite stronger overall U.S. economic performance. This Progress Report and Scorecard demonstrates that U.S. federal employment and training programs that assist job seekers do little to help the long-term unemployed prepare for different careers.

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