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March 24, 2015

Politics and Government
Campaign 2016: Senator Ted Cruz, GOP Presidential Candidate

Someone had to be first. When it comes to the 2016 presidential campaign, that person is Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). Yesterday, he formally announced that he is running for president. Cruz’s rise to nat…


July 26, 2012

Morning Brief: Amtrak's $7 Billion Revamp Plan for DC's Union Station

Amtrak proposed a $7 billion project to revamp Union Station (WashPost). The Washington, DC station that opened in 1907 is the train service’s second busiest, and its overcrowded tracks prevent furth…

Travelers walk through Union Station in Washington (Jonathan Ernst/Courtesy Reuters).

June 8, 2012

Morning Brief: Fed Plans to Include Small Banks in Basel III

The Federal Reserve proposed applying “core” Basel III rules to all U.S. banks by 2019 (WSJ). Experts had expected small banks—less than $1 billion in assets—to be exempted from the new international…

A man enters the headquarters of the Bank for International Settlements, which sponsors the international Basel Committee on Banking Supervision that issued the Basel III rules (Christian Hartmann/Courtesy Reuters).

May 14, 2012

Morning Brief: California Budget Deficit Escalates

California is expected to record a $16 billion deficit this year (LATimes). Earlier this year, Governor Jerry Brown submitted a state budget with a deficit of $9.2 billion. Since that time, tax recei…

California Governor Jerry Brown speaks in front of a California flag in Long Beach, California on March 14, 2012. (Lucy Nicholson/Courtesy Reuters)

April 12, 2012

United States
U.S. Foreign Policy and Inflated Threats

On February 15, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the House Armed Services Committee: “I can’t impress upon you that in my personal military judgment, formed over th…

Martin Dempsey

March 21, 2012

Morning Brief: Task Force Issues Report on Education Challenges, Reforms

The CFR Independent Task Force on U.S. Education Reform and National Security released its report describing the threats posed to U.S. prosperity, security, and preeminence by a failing K-12 educatio…

 Teacher Kennis Wong points to Chinese characters on the board at Broadway Elementary School in Venice, Los Angeles (Lucy Nicholson /Courtesy Reuters)

March 9, 2012

Morning Brief: California Freeway is Test Case for Public-Private Infrastructure Development

A group of European investors is financing, designing, building, and maintaining a freeway leading to the Golden Gate Bridge (NYT). California will pay the developers a set amount upon completion and…

A worker displays a new section of roadway on the San Francisco Bay Bridge (Robert Galbraith/Courtesy Reuters).

January 20, 2012

Politics and Government
Friday File: Is It Time to Intervene in Syria?

Above the Fold. Anyone who watched last night’s GOP presidential debate from Charleston, South Carolina could be forgiven for concluding that the United States has no pressing problems overseas. Not …

Lebanese and Syrian protesters in northern Lebanon carry banners and burn a picture of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as they march in solidarity with Syria's anti-government protesters on January 20, 2012. (Omar Ibrahim/courtesy Reuters)

October 21, 2011

Defense and Security
U.S. Troops to Leave Iraq

U.S. Major General Jerry Cannon (R) dedicates a giant key to Iraq's Justice Minister Dara Noor-Eldeen as a symbolic gesture during a ceremony marking the transfer of Camp Cropper, the last U.S. …

U.S. Major General Jerry Cannon (R) dedicates a giant key to Iraq’s Justice Minister Dara Noor-Eldeen as a symbolic gesture during a ceremony marking the transfer of Camp Cropper, the last U.S. detention centre in Iraq, to the Iraqi government in Baghdad July 15, 2010. REUTERS/Saad Shalash

June 28, 2011

International Law
Qaddafi’s Arrest Warrant: The False Peace-Justice Tradeoff

ICC chief prosecutor Moreno-Ocampo arrives at a news conference to comment on the arrest warrant issued for Libyan leader Qaddafi in The Hague (Jerry Lampen/ Courtesy Reuters). Monday’s decision…

Qaddafi’s Arrest Warrant: The False Peace-Justice Tradeoff