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January 19, 2018

Olympics
Lighting the Olympic Torch The Economics of Hosting the Olympic Games

The costs of hosting the Olympics have skyrocketed, while the economic benefits are far from clear. This has led to fewer states interested in playing host and a search for options to lighten the bur…

June 15, 2012

Labor and Employment
The North Carolina state capitol building (DaveCrosby/Flickr). Policy Initiative Spotlight: North Carolina’s Local Government Commission

In this Policy Initiative Spotlight, Renewing America contributor Steven J. Markovich examines the growing problem of municipal bankruptcy, and the heavy-handed approach taken by some states in respo…

March 14, 2012

Education
The Novartis flu cell culture and adjuvant manufacturing facility in Holly Springs, North Carolina (Jason Arthurs/Courtesy Reuters). When Manufacturing Jobs Disappear: What We Can Learn from North Carolina

While it’s not a competition that any state would want to win, no state was hit harder by the collapse of U.S. manufacturing employment over the past two decades than North Carolina. In 1990, more th…

October 11, 2017

State and Local Governments
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper meets with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi, October 9, 2017. Governor Hickenlooper’s Passage to India

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is in India right now, leading a trade mission of around a dozen people, according to early media reports. His traveling party includes business executives as well…

February 11, 2014

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
“It’s the Growth, Stupid” (Or Half of It): Unemployment in North Carolina “It’s the Growth, Stupid” (Or Half of It): Unemployment in North Carolina

In July, North Carolina cut off unemployment benefits for those who have been on benefits for 19 weeks, down from 99.  This made it a test run for what would happen nationally after January 1, whe…

September 18, 2017

United States
Air Force Birthday The United States Air Force Celebrates Its 70th Birthday Today

The United States Air Force (USAF) turns 70 years-old today. On September 18, 1947, Chief Justice Fred Vinson swore in Stuart Symington as the first secretary of the air force, officially founding a …

August 29, 2017

United States
A Louisville, Kentucky, monument to a Confederate officer vandalized in August. Why Battles Over Memory Rage On

Protests over the removal of Confederate monuments show that the U.S. Civil War’s emancipatory purpose remains contested a century and a half later.

August 24, 2017

United Nations
Ambassador Nikki Haley at hearing Welcome to Nikki Haley's era of American diplomacy

In an op-ed recently published in The Hill, I review U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley's tenure thus far, and how she is shaping U.S. foreign policy. As the Trump spectacle enters …

August 16, 2017

Radicalization and Extremism
A militia member rallies in Charlottesville. What Is the Far Right’s Threat to National Security?

Armed protests in Charlottesville highlight how the U.S. government has long devoted insufficient resources toward countering domestic far-right movements.

June 22, 2017

NAFTA
An employee uses a laptop next to a car body at an assembly line at a Ford manufacturing plant in Chongqing municipality April 20, 2012. If NAFTA Ends, Ford's Move to China Will Be Just the Start

Ford announced this week that instead of building its new Focus – the best-selling car in the world – in a new $1.6 billion dollar Mexico-based plant, it will ship cars for North American customers f…