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October 11, 2019

United States
Happy 244th Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 244 years-old this weekend. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with …

U.S. Navy

November 2, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
The “K-word” in South Africa and Proposed New Penalties Against Hate Speech

Following the social media circulation of a video in which a white woman lashes out at black police officers using racial slurs, the Zuma administration is proposing harsher penalties against hate sp…

the-k-word-in-south-africa

March 31, 2015

Israel
Yemen and Gaza: Why the Different Reactions?

The Washington Post reported this today: An airstrike killed dozens of people Monday at a camp for displaced people in northern Yemen, in what appeared to be the single deadliest attack since a Saud…

August 23, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: CBO Warns Fiscal Cliff Will Cause Recession

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicts a recession in 2013 with an economic contraction of 0.5 percent if the "fiscal cliff" is not addressed (TheHill). The CBO director implored …

Congressional Budget Office Director Elmendorf gestures as he testifies before the first Joint Deficit Reduction Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington

August 15, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Streetcar Revival Earns Mixed Reviews

Urban planners and federal grants are increasingly encouraging cities to embrace streetcars (WSJ). Proponents look to Portland's experience and see an opportunity to attract young people and revive n…

A brightly colored streetcar moves past the Ferry Building in San Francisco in May, 2012 (Robert Galbraith/Courtesy Reuters).

August 7, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Fodder for the "Fair Share" Debate

The Wall Street Journal’s David Wessel provides some facts for the debate over what tax rate higher-income Americans should pay. Since the 1980s, top earners have garnered a larger share of income, b…

Morning commuters stroll past the New York Stock Exchange (Brendan McDermid/Courtesy Reuters).

July 31, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Strategies to Keep Good Teachers

The New Teacher Project (TNTP) released a report indicating that many public school leaders are failing to find and support good teachers (Education Week). The study found that both the most and leas…

A teacher reads to first grade students (gibsonsgolfer/flickr).

March 5, 2012

Trade
Morning Brief: Deepwater Oil Drilling Approvals Near Pre-Oil Spill Levels

In the past twelve months, the Obama administration issued sixty-one approvals (NYT) for drilling in depths beyond five-hundred feet, compared with sixty-seven in the twelve months before the Deepwat…

A Norwegian oil rig drilling in the Burin Sea off the shore of Canada (Ocean Rig CD/Courtesy Reuters).

March 21, 2012

Education
CFR’s Education Task Force: A Stark Warning and the Challenge Ahead

Education, perhaps more than any other issue, captures the worries over the precarious U.S. competitive position in the world. It is no exaggeration to say that the United States became the world’s m…

Former New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice discuss the CFR Independent Task Force on U.S. Education Reform and National Security (Kaveh Sardari/www.sardari.com/)

March 21, 2012

Trade
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)