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December 12, 2012

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
What Is the Fiscal Cliff?

While congressional action lags, a series of year-end fiscal measures could derail the U.S. recovery.

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October 4, 2013

United States
U.S. Debt Ceiling: Costs and Consequences

As the U.S. approaches the deadline to raise its debt limit, economists warn of a fiscal crisis and steeply higher borrowing costs for U.S. businesses and homeowners, explains this Backgrounder.

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March 2, 2012

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
U.S. Deficits and the National Debt

The Obama administration’s 2013 budget plan has revived debate over the sustainability of U.S. spending. As the United States emerges from a deep recession, it must maintain a tricky policy balance.

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December 22, 2010

United States
The Debate Over Airport Security

New screening measures at U.S. airports are being called overly intrusive by some passengers and civil rights groups. National security experts advise using a system that relies more on intelligence,…

February 3, 2010

Russia
Russia’s Energy Disputes

Buoyed by high oil prices, Russia finds itself embroiled in a number of disputes with foreign firms looking to tap its underdeveloped oil fields and with its neighbors that grew used to subsidized ga…

December 4, 2008

Budget, Debt, and Deficits
Defense Spending During Economic Crisis

President-elect Barack Obama made many promises on defense spending and strategy during his two-year run for the White House. But analysts say economic constraints and political pressure could make i…

December 8, 2006

Iraq
Multiple Iraq Reports to Compete for President’s Attention

As he weighs options on Iraq, President Bush will consider not only the Iraq Study Group report but also pending in-house reports from the National Security Council and the Pentagon.

March 8, 2007

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Rail Security and the Terrorist Threat

Backgrounder: Experts say more should be done to reduce risk on both passenger and freight rail.

February 13, 2007

United States
The 110th Congress and Immigration Reform

Backgrounder: The new Congress shares President Bush’s reform approach but new legislation is by no means assured.

November 3, 2006

Elections and Voting
Congress, Foreign Policy, and the Democratic Party

Polls continue to show Democrats regaining control of at least one house of Congress in the November 7 elections. If this happens, they could exercise greater oversight of executive bodies and trade …