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June 26, 2018

El Salvador
Police arrest a woman as they search people for drugs and weapons during a patrol in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Central America’s Violent Northern Triangle

Violence and rampant crime have driven asylum seekers from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to the United States, which is seeking to help address the root causes.

February 3, 2009

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Eric H. Holder Jr., Attorney General

President Barack Obama’s attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr., has criticized some of the Bush administration’s counter-terrorism moves, calling for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center…

November 3, 2017

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
The American flag flies over the New York Stock Exchange U.S. Corporate Tax Reform

President Trump has vowed to pass corporate tax reform in 2017, but Congress must still navigate complex negotiations over how to reduce rates and subsidies, as well as whether to tax profits made ab…

July 18, 2017

Infrastructure
US Water BGR header The Beleaguered U.S. Water System

The U.S. water system, among the safest and most reliable in the world, is central to the nation’s economy, but chronic underinvestment, increasing demand, and worsening droughts have revealed weakne…

February 17, 2017

China
Stacks of newspapers on display at a newsstand in Beijing, January 10, 2013. Media Censorship in China

China’s central government has cracked down on press freedom as the country expands its international influence, but in the internet age, many of its citizens hunger for a free flow of information.

August 28, 2014

Americas
Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in Brownsville, Texas. The U.S. Child Migrant Influx

Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors, mostly from Central America, are arriving in the United States illegally, adding severe stress to an immigration system already in need of a major overhaul…

December 5, 2014

United States
Space Launch Space Exploration and U.S. Competitiveness

U.S. space exploration inspired a generation of students and innovators, but NASA’s role has diminished, and the number of global space competitors is growing.

May 23, 2013

Drone Strikes
U.S. Drone Targeted Killings Targeted Killings

Targeted killings, especially those conducted by drone strikes, have become a central component of U.S. counterterrorism operations around the globe.

November 9, 2011

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Closing Guantanamo?

President Obama vowed in January 2009 to close the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay. Two years later, the White House continues to face challenges to that promise, leaving critics to suggest the facilit…

September 19, 2011

Religion
Muslims in the United States

A decade after 9/11, U.S. Muslims grapple with their place in American society in the face of concerns about homegrown terrorism and questions by non-Muslims over the threat they might pose.