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April 23, 2015

United States
Warren Weinstein, R.I.P.

Today President Obama announced that the American hostage Warren Weinstein had been killed by an American drone strike last January, presumably in Pakistan. Here is part of the White House statement…

June 10, 2015

Trade
A container ship sails underneath the Bridge of the Americas in the Panama Canal in Panama City August 14, 2014 (Rafael Ibarra/Reuters). How Warren Would Expand Trade With Asia

Over the past half century changes in trade infrastructure, such as the growth of container shipping and increases in the size of ports and canals, have had a huge effect on expanding international t…

May 15, 2017

NATO
NATO_6.jpg The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

Russian aggression in Ukraine has breathed new life into the Cold War-era security alliance, prompting allies to reinforce defenses in Eastern Europe and expand cooperation with nonmembers.

February 20, 2017

Elections and Voting
The Presidential Seal in the White House in Washington TWE Celebrates Presidents’ Day

Today is Presidents’ Day. It is a TWE tradition to recognize the forty-four men—and they have all been men—who have been president on Presidents’ Day with the following essay. If you are lucky enough…

January 18, 2017

Elections and Voting
The U.S. Capitol is seen during a rehearsal for the inauguration ceremony of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in Washington Ten Things You Probably Don’t Know About Presidential Inaugurations

To get you ready for Inauguration Day, here are ten lesser known facts about presidential inaugurations. Donald Trump will be sworn in as the forty-fifth U.S. president, but he will be only the…

January 18, 2017

Wars and Conflict
rtr2nl5o-x617 Global Agenda: President Trump and the Laws of War

This blog post is part of a series entitled Global Agenda, in which experts will identify major global challenges facing President-Elect Trump, the options available to him, and what is at stake for …

August 21, 2012

Trade
Renewing-America-Warren-Buffett-Berkshire-Hathaway-Municipal-Debt-20120821 Morning Brief: Is Buffett Worried About Municipal Debt?

The Oracle of Omaha is pulling back from a multibillion dollar bet on the solvency of more than a dozen states (WSJ). Warren Buffett decided to terminate credit default swaps (CDSs) issued by Berkshi…

June 19, 2012

Trade
Pres. Obama speaks with Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Rep. John Mica (R-FL), the chairmen of the transportation bill’s joint-chamber committee, before the 2011 State of the Union address (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). Morning Brief: Congressional Leaders Try to Save Transportation Bill

Congressional leaders will meet today to resolve differences on the transportation bill (AP). House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will join committee chairm…

May 18, 2012

Labor and Employment
A row of slot machines. (Courtesy / Flickr) Policy Initiative Spotlight: Gambling Your Way out of Debt

Thirty U.S. states projected budget shortfalls for FY 2013, and the options for bridging these gaps without major cuts to services such as education or transportation are dwindling. Dollars from the …

March 21, 2012

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