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…]


Snapshot of Polling and Public Opinion on Immigration Executive Action & Larger Debate
(January 20, 2015 – America’s Voice)

Examining a range of recent polling and public opinion research on immigration finds a few consistent takeaways:

  • On executive action: A majority of the American public backs the president’s executive actions on immigration, while simultaneously opposing Republican attempts to block or overturn the step forward.  As is true for any new issue, the question wording matters hugely and can influence the specific poll results.  In particular, recent poll questions that describe the substance of the president’s announced immigration executive actions and the requirements for eligibility for the DACA/DAPA programs receive broader levels of support than questions lacking context and/or those more focused on the process rather than the substance/beneficiaries of the announcement.
  • On the larger immigration debate and a pathway to citizenship:Questions that ask respondents’ views on the larger immigration debate, in particular regarding policies to treat undocumented immigrants, find broad support for a pathway to citizenship.  Americans’ support for immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship remains durable, with a consistent two-thirds or more of the public backing a path to citizenshipboth before and after the executive action announcement.
  • On Latino voters: Latino voters back immigration executive action by huge margins and the president’s approval rating among Latinos has shot back up.

Most Americans Support the Substance of President Obama’s Immigration Executive Actions, Oppose Republican Attempts to Block/Overturn, & Strongly Back a Comprehensive Reform Package Including a Pathway to Citizenship
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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…]


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…]