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Thinking Big On Syrian Refugee Education
Brookings Institution • Wednesday, Feb 3

Over a hundred people gathered at Stanford University late last week to think big about education for Syrian refugees. It was the first “Innovation Forum” in a series to be organized by the U.S. Department of State. The room was full of app developers, online content curators, corporate social responsibility officers for tech corporations, NGOs, U.N. agencies, and armfuls of Post-It notes. In the lightening talk I gave, I emphasized four critical dimensions of support...

18% Of Americans Say They’ve Seen A Ghost
Pew Research Center • Friday, Oct 30

On Saturday evening, many American children will encounter costumed ghosts as they roam the streets in search of candy and other treats on Halloween. Before bedtime, to avoid nightmares, some parents may try to reassure their kids that ghosts are not real.But not all of those parents may buy their own reassurances:  Nearly one-in-five U.S. adults (18%) say they’ve seen or been in the presence of a ghost, according to a 2009 Pew Research Center survey. An even greater share – 29% –...

Reagan, Trump, and taxes
American Enterprise Institute • Tuesday, Oct 6

President Ronald Reagan is invoked incessantly by conservative commentators and politicians, but never more so than when the subject is taxes. And so it was when Donald Trump released his plan for tax reform. Several conservative commentators have done Trump a favor (and the public a disservice) by vouching for the legitimacy of the plan and saying it is very much in the Reagan tradition.That gives Trump far too much credit. His tax plan bears a superficial resemblance to Reagan’s...

Saving Face In Tehran
Center for the National Interest • Wednesday, Aug 24

Well, that didn't last long, did it? Barely a week after the announcement that Russian warplanes were using a base in Iran to launch airstrikes in Syria, Iran withdrew its permission to use the base. This development underscores how the Russian use of the base did not indicate some new “alliance”, as much commentary suggested. Iranian officials were not using that term. As I wrote after the announcement, Russians and Iranians were still not buddies. Use of the base was instead an...

Putin's Missiles Misfire, Kill Iranian Sheep
Center for the National Interest • Thursday, Oct 8

Unnamed U.S. Defense Department officials are telling U.S. cable news outlet CNN that at least four of the twenty-six Russian Kalibr NK cruise missiles launched during yesterday’s attack on Syria crashed in Iran. The Russian Ministry of Defense immediately and strongly denied the Pentagon’s claims on its official Facebook page. It is not possible to independently verify either side’s claims.That being said, it is not exactly that uncommon for cruise missiles to go astray—especially...

North Carolina Lawmakers Brace For Bathroom Fight
Heritage Foundation • Tuesday, Mar 1

The country’s latest culture war has shifted to North Carolina in recent weeks, where lawmakers are engaged in a tense debate over whether or not transgender people should be given full, unrestrained access to bathrooms that correspond with their preferred gender identity instead of their biological sex. The issue arose last Monday, when the Charlotte City Council voted to expand the city’s Non-Discrimination Ordinance to include protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and...

How The US Navy Can Crush The Biggest Threat To Its Aircraft Carriers: Enemy Submarines
Center for the National Interest • Wednesday, Aug 17

The United States Navy will need to develop an organic carrier-based fixed-wing anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capability to counter the resurgent threat from enemy submarines. The Navy simply does not have enough attack submarines (SSN), cruisers, destroyers or helicopters to adequately protect the its deployed forces from subsurface threats because its ASW capability has atrophied since the end of the Cold War.“It’s a growing threat that will almost certainly influence the...

Judicial Engagement, Illustrated
Cato Institute • Monday, Oct 19

Does the government need to offer you a good reason when it restricts your liberty? Most Americans would likely answer “yes.”  But what’s a “good reason?” Must the government’s allegedly “good” reasons be supported with evidence or should courts just give the government the benefit of the doubt? Both progressives and conservatives often do ask judges to put a thumb on the judicial scales in the government’s favor. Progressives see government as generally a force for good...

On views of immigrants, Americans largely split along party lines
Pew Research Center • Wednesday, Sep 30

Nearly 59 million immigrants have come to the U.S. since Congress passed the nation’s 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which reshaped the face of America. Three-quarters of immigrants in this current wave come from Latin America and Asia. Today, there are 45 million immigrants in the U.S. who make up a near-record 14% of the U.S. population, including an estimated 11.3 unauthorized immigrants.Overall, Americans have mixed views about the impact immigrants have had on American...

Trump Is Dead Wrong That We Need To Go ‘beyond Waterboarding’ (but Americans May Back Him)
American Enterprise Institute • Monday, Feb 8

At Saturday’s debate in New Hampshire, Donald Trump declared, “I would bring back waterboarding and I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.” On Sunday, he doubled down in an interview with George Stephanopoulos:STEPHANOPOULOS: As president, you would authorize torture?TRUMP: I would absolutely authorize something beyond waterboarding. And believe me, it will be effective. If we need information, George, you have our enemy cutting heads off of Christians and...

Greece and the Euro Stagger Towards the Brink
Cato Institute • Friday, Jun 26

Negotiations in Brussels to resolve the Greek fiscal crisis appear deadlocked, with Athens heading toward default. German Chancellor Angela Merkel insisted that Greece make a deal before the markets open Monday. The Eurogroup will meet again tomorrow on the issue. The European Union was supposed to create a de facto United States of Europe. But after last January’s Greek election it was obvious that the EU does not speak for Greece, or perhaps anyone else other than the Eurocrats,...

A Conversation With Juan Orlando Hernández
Inter-American Dialogue • Thursday, Jul 14

On June 13th, 2016, the Inter-American Dialogue held a private conversation with Juan Orlando Hernández, President of Honduras. Members of NGOs, the private sector, and Honduras’ government came together to discuss the condition of rule of law, security, and the economy in the country, with a special focus on the development and implications of the Alliance for Prosperity.With the Alliance for Prosperity pact between El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras supported by the US...

Alternatives to the ACA's Affordability Firewall
RAND Corporation • Monday, Oct 5

AbstractThe Affordable Care Act (ACA) was designed to increase health insurance coverage while limiting the disruption to individuals with existing sources of insurance coverage, particularly those with employer-sponsored insurance (ESI). To limit disruption to those with coverage, the ACA implements the employer mandate, which requires firms with more than 50 employees to offer health insurance or face penalties, and the individual "affordability firewall," which limits subsidies...

Task Force Shows How US Can Cut Prison Population By 60,000, Save $5 Billion
Heritage Foundation • Wednesday, Jan 27

A bipartisan task force created by Congress to develop ways to reduce the costly, overburdened federal prison population is recommending that lawmakers abandon a “one size fits all” approach to sentencing and to invest in programs that help ex-offenders adjust back into society. In a new report, the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections, which includes former lawmakers, corrections officials and academics, says revamping the federal prison system could reduce the number...

The US military’s integration of transgender troops: Another milestone in social change
Brookings Institution • Thursday, Jul 16

This week’s decision to allow transgender individuals to serve in the military is yet one more reminder of how quickly social change happens in the 21st century. Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s announcement comes two years after the announcement that the military was lifting the ban on women in combat and four years since the announcement that it was lifting the ban on openly gay troops.In contrast, the move to end desegregation in the military began with the formation...

Experts Weigh In (part 3): Is ISIS Good At Governing?
Brookings Institution • Tuesday, Feb 9

Will McCants: ISIS-claimed attacks in Paris, Beirut, and Egypt indicate the organization wants to take the fight to its enemies abroad. One reason might be that all is not well in ISIS-land. The nascent state in Syria and Iraq has lost around 25 percent of its territory and tens of thousands of fighters in the year since America and its allies began to their campaign to defeat it. While the state still endures for now, it's under tremendous pressure because of the costs of...

5 questions every presidential candidate should answer: South Asia edition
American Enterprise Institute • Tuesday, Aug 4

With India seeking a greater role in world affairs, Afghanistan and Pakistan in turmoil, and Chinese influence on the rise, South Asia is a crucible for many of the foreign policy questions the next president will face. What can the US do to prevent China’s emergence as a hegemonic power in Asia? Will the Islamic State and its allies gain traction outside the Middle East? Can the democratic gains made in Asia since the end of the Cold War be consolidated?The answers to these...

A Brexit Roundup
Center for the National Interest • Friday, Jun 24

British voters have spoken: they have chosen, by a narrow margin, to leave the European Union. The National Interest has carefully covered both sides of the debate for months, including predictions of a British future with or without the EU.Analyzing the Remain and Leave campaigns in terms of real-life British politics, Peter Harris writes in TNI’s May/June 2016 issue that “Britain’s participation in the European project is highly susceptible to changes in the electoral calculus of...

Viral #ShoutYourAbortion Hashtag Met With Pro-Life Response
Heritage Foundation • Tuesday, Sep 22

A pro-abortion hashtag was met with a pro-life response when it trended on Twitter Monday. The hashtag #shoutyourabortion was created by writers Lindy West and Amelia Bonow. The campaign to defund PP “relies on the assumption that abortion is to be whispered about.” #ShoutYourAbortion pic.twitter.com/r1ilpCVr30 — Lindy West (@thelindywest) September 19, 2015 //

The Daring Escape From a North Korean Prison That Took One Life but Saved Another
Heritage Foundation • Thursday, Oct 15

SEOUL, South Korea—North Korea will be at the top of the agenda when President Barack Obama meets with his South Korean counterpart Park Geun-hye at the White House Friday. Shining light on North Korea’s human rights abuses has been a priority of activist Shin Dong-hyuk for a decade. He wants the international community to know the horrors he suffered in North Korea and spoke to The Daily Signal about his daring 2005 escape from a prison camp there. In the video, Shin reveals the...

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