Income Inequality

March 19, 2016 –

Income includes the revenue streams from wages, salaries, interest on a savings account, dividends from shares of stock, rent, and profits from selling something for more than you paid for it. Income inequality refers to the extent to which income is distributed in an uneven manner among a population. In the United States, income inequality, or the gap between the rich and everyone else, has been growing markedly, by every major statistical measure, for some 30 years. [click to continue…]


Women stand to gain from the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Taiwan’s recent election of Tsai Ing-wen to the presidency was a reminder that Asia is undergoing an overdue change. Whether it is through concerted efforts like Japan’s “womenomics” initiative or inevitable demographic shifts, more women in Asia are taking leadership roles and joining the workforce. Congress has the opportunity to speed up this process and unleash new opportunities for millions of women by approving the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

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Outside spending for 2016 hits $200m

This election cycle is flush with outside spending. As of today, super PACs, social welfare 501(c)(4) groups, trade associations, unions, parties and others (corporations, individuals etc) have spent $203.4 million this cycle. By this time in 2014, they’d spent less than half that much,  Center for Responsive Politics data show, and in 2012 the number was just $61.9 million. [click to continue…]


The Global Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime

February 02, 2016 – Council on Foreign Relations

Scope of the Challenge

Nuclear weapons proliferation, whether by state or nonstate actors, poses one of the greatest threats to international security today. Iran’s apparentefforts to acquire nuclear weapons, what amounts to North Korean nuclear blackmail, and the revelation of the A.Q. Khan black market nuclear network all underscore the far-from-remote possibility that a terrorist group or a so-called rogue state will acquire weapons of mass destruction or materials for a dirty bomb.

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Obama details executive action on gun restrictions

(January 4th, 2016 – The Washington Post)

The Obama administration on Monday unveiled a series of new executive actions aimed at reducing gun violence and making some political headway on one of the most frustrating policy areas of President Obama’s tenure. [click to continue…]


Iraqi Victory Over ISIS in Ramadi Could Prove Pivotal

(December 28, 2015 – New York Times)

BAGHDAD — Breaking a seven-month occupation by the Islamic State, Iraqi troops on Monday retook most of Ramadi, the most populous city in western Iraq, overrunning a government compound held by the terrorist group at the city center and dealing a setback to its deadly grip on large parts of the country. [click to continue…]


Lawmakers Look To Change U.S. Visa Waiver Program

(December 8, 2015 Update from November 24, 2015 – NPR)

While dozens of governors have announced their opposition to Syrian refugees settling in their states, some senators are focusing their attention on a program they say poses a bigger threat of allowing terrorists into the country: the visa waiver program. [click to continue…]



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