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Council on Foreign Relations State and Local Officials Bulletin
July 2014

July 2014

Immigration Reform Is Happening

While the federal government remains paralyzed by partisan politics, states and cities are picking up the slack and making progress on immigration reform, reports Shannon O'Neil, CFR senior fellow for Latin America studies. Read this article on to better understand the policies and reforms that have been adopted at the city, state, and municipal level.


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Standard Deductions: U.S. Corporate Tax Policy

Edward Alden, Rebecca Strauss

"While the U.S. government has stood still on corporate tax reform, most advanced countries have been lowering corporate tax rates, reducing tax breaks, and changing how they tax foreign profits," write Renewing America Director Edward Alden and Associate Director Rebecca Strauss, in this recent CFR report. Download the report »

Explore CFR's Backgrounders Portal

CFR's Backgrounders, one of our most popular resources, have been enhanced with images, graphs, and videos! More than seventy subjects can now be navigated by region, issue, most recent, and curated series. Visit the portal to browse the series. »

CFR Blog: Energy, Security, and Climate

Visit this blog to follow CFR experts as they examine the science and foreign policy surrounding climate change, energy, and nuclear security.

Most recently, CFR Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies Michael Levi discusses U.S. oil export policy.

Curtailing the Subsidy War Within the United States

Each year, U.S. state and local governments waste tens of billions of taxpayer dollars competing for business investment. This Policy Innovation Memorandum outlines incremental steps to curb inefficiencies, including greater disclosure and cost-benefit analyses. Read the memorandum »