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February 7, 2018

Nuclear Weapons
Ian Dudley/Reuters U.S. Nuclear Weapons Modernization

U.S. strategic and tactical nuclear weapons on land, in the air, and at sea, will undergo costly and extensive modernization in the coming years.

January 4, 2006

United States
What is the Legality of the NSA Domestic Surveillance Program?

Should the domestic spying of U.S. "persons" be permitted? If it is "critical to saving lives," then yes, argues President Bush. He further says that shortly after the September 11, 2001, attacks Con…

January 30, 2017

United States
President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks at Homeland Security headquarters in Washington, DC. Can Trump Carry Out His Foreign Policy Promises?

President Donald J. Trump has wide latitude to enact the sweeping changes to U.S. foreign policy that he has promised, but his executive authority is constrained by congressional legislation, treaty …

August 6, 2014

Labor and Employment
Canadian flags line the road around Parliament Hill during the National Day of Honour ceremony in Ottawa Policy Initiative Spotlight: How Canada Lets Local Governments Pick Immigrants

Comprehensive U.S. immigration reform is dead.  More than a year after the U.S. Senate passed its reform bill, the House has not voted on comprehensive reform.  The upcoming mid-term elections will l…

October 15, 2013

Infrastructure
U.S. President Barack Obama walks past a pumpjack on his way to deliver remarks on energy independence in New Mexico, March 21, 2012. (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters) New Energy and U.S. Economic Vulnerability

One of the promises of the fracking revolution that has sharply increased oil and gas production in the United States is that it might help to free this country from the economic ups and downs associ…

July 2, 2012

Trade
1209 N. Orange Street in Wilmington, Delaware, is the legal address of over 285,000 separate businesses (Wikimedia Commons). Morning Brief: Delaware, the Onshore Tax Haven

Delaware is the legal home of nearly half of all U.S. public corporations, though that home is often a simple dropbox (NYT). In 2011, corporations paid roughly $860 million in taxes and fees to the s…

July 18, 2012

Trade
A local newspaper headline announces bankruptcy in Stockton, California on June 27, 2012 (Kevin Bartram/Courtesy Reuters). Morning Brief: Budget Crisis Bears Down on States and Cities

The State Budget Crisis Task Force examined the fiscal difficulties faced by six heavily-populated states (NYT). The report pointed to an array of escalating costs: Medicaid, retiree healthcare, and …

May 9, 2012

Trade
A highway construction worker is engulfed in a cloud of dust as he works in Royse City, Texas in July 2011. (Mike Stone/Courtesy Reuters) Morning Brief: House and Senate Debate Transportation

Fourteen senators and 33 representatives began meeting yesterday to attempt to hammer out a compromise between two versions of the transportation spending bill (Reuters). Politico discusses the major…

January 11, 2013

Economics
exports to mexico - LAM U.S. Exports Depend on Mexico

Surprising to many Americans is the importance of the United States’ trade with Mexico. While Asia captures the headlines, U.S. exports to Mexico are double those to China, and second only to Canada…

February 9, 2016

United States
Obama-2008-nomination_1.jpg The U.S. Presidential Nominating Process

Every four years, U.S. presidential candidates compete in a series of state contests to gain their party’s nomination. The political process is one of the most complex and expensive in the world.