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Welcome to “5 on 45”, real-time commentary and analysis from experts at Brookings about the 45th POTUS, his administration, and Congress. Subscribe now to get each new episode as it happens!

Episodes

What did ASEAN meetings reveal about US engagement in Southeast Asia?

Nov 5, 2019 10:33

Description:

Just back from Southeast Asia, Senior Fellow Jonathan Stromseth reports on the outcomes from the annual ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) summit, including the continued delay of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, China's economic influence in the region, and how the Trump administration's rhetoric and actions are being perceived in the region.

Full show notes: https://brook.gs/33kHBDD 

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What’s next after the impeachment process vote?

Nov 1, 2019 08:05

Description:

On Oct. 31, the House of Representatives passed a resolution that set out the procedures for the next steps in the ongoing impeachment inquiry. Brookings Senior Fellow Molly Reynolds explains why the resolution was important symbolically as well as substantively, how the Trump impeachment inquiry is different from the Clinton impeachment, and what other priorities are still on Congress' agenda.

Full show notes: https://brook.gs/2WA6Sas 

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How can Chile resolve public frustration and mass protests?

Oct 31, 2019 10:26

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Mass street demonstrations are a political tradition in Chile, Richard Feinberg explains, but even as the rise of social media as an organizing tool and decline in the power of political parties makes it harder for the Piñera government to negotiate reforms that will satisfy most of the population, Chile's leaders will have to find a better balance between economic growth and social justice to avoid repeating tragedies from Chile's past.

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What does the GM auto workers’ strike tell us about the strength of unions?

Oct 25, 2019 10:08

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As United Auto Workers ratify a new employment contract with General Motors, ending one of the largest auto strikes in decades, Joseph Kane explains what this and other recent strikes indicate about the state of the economy at national and regional levels. Kane also explores the role of unions in supporting workers beyond their traditional collective bargaining power, especially in states with "right-to-work" laws. 

Full show notes: https://brook.gs/2Necv9N 

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What’s spurring the mass protests in Lebanon?

Oct 23, 2019 10:05

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Following several days of demonstrations in Lebanon, Hady Amr explains the fundamental issues underlying these protests and who constitutes the protesters’ coalition. Amr, a nonresident senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings, also details the government’s response and how demonstrations may affect the region.

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What’s the latest on Brexit?

Oct 22, 2019 11:54

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As Parliament debates the latest version of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, Tom Wright explains what the terms of the new deal mean for Northern Ireland, whether the U.K. is still at risk of a no-deal Brexit outcome, and what Brexit means for the future of U.S.-U.K. relations and the broader trans-Atlantic relationship. 

Full show notes: https://brook.gs/2PkTm95 

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What’s driving anti-government protests in Iraq?

Oct 7, 2019 11:40

Description:

As anti-government protests in Baghdad and across southern Iraq escalate, Senior Fellow Vanda Felbab-Brown, who was recently in Iraq, provides necessary context for understanding the situation. Felbab-Brown explains the protesters’ demands, the Iraqi government’s response, and the likelihood protests will spread to other regions of the country.  

Fully show notes: https://brook.gs/2pTAEKW

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What are the politics of impeachment?

Oct 2, 2019 10:24

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As the House impeachment inquiry pushes forward, John Hudak examines the political calculations that drove the decision to launch the inquiry and will shape it going forward, how much (or little) we can learn from past impeachments, and how Republican members of Congress are reacting to the current state of affairs surrounding the president.

Full show notes: https://brook.gs/2nZjk6D 

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Why is the Trump-Ukraine whistleblower complaint so important?

Sep 24, 2019 09:36

Description:

As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces the formal launch of impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, Margaret Taylor explains the significance of the whistleblower complaint regarding White House pressure on Ukraine, and why this scandal has been the one to move the House to action.

Full show notes: https://brook.gs/2mvB1ty 

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Is Netanyahu out as Israel’s prime minister?

Sep 18, 2019 10:53

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With Israel's elections deadlocked between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party and the centrist Blue and White party, headed by Benny Gantz, Natan Sachs explains what's at stake for Netanyahu personally, and the ramifications for Israeli politics, democracy, and U.S. relations.

Full show notes: https://brook.gs/2LYpkV9 

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What does suspension of UK’s Parliament mean for Brexit?

Aug 28, 2019 10:33

Description:

Following British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's move to suspend Parliament, Amanda Sloat explains the extraordinary nature of this usually standard procedure, whether the opposition in Parliament might trigger new elections with a no-confidence vote, and whether this is all a political gambit to strengthen the Conservative Party's hand in the run-up to the October 31 Brexit deadline.

Full show notes: https://brook.gs/2UdFX2E 

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What do the Amazon fires mean for Brazil’s economic future?

Aug 27, 2019 14:22

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Under Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, deforestation of the Amazon has risen, and consequently so have the number of fires throughout the Amazon region. Nonresident Senior Fellow Otaviano Canuto addresses the need for sustainable economic development across the Amazon region, how the fires could affect Brazil's future participation in the global economy, and whether public and political support for Bolsonaro's policies will reach a breaking point. 

Full show notes: https://brook.gs/2PkxX1c 

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Why does President Trump think the US can buy Greenland?

Aug 22, 2019 09:55

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Following Denmark’s rejection of a U.S. offer to buy Greenland, Scott Anderson weighs in on the diplomatic incident prompted by the White House’s cancellation of a meeting between President Trump and Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. Anderson explains the international principles of self-determination that shape Greenland’s increasingly autonomous relationship with Denmark, the failure of the White House’s policymaking process, and how other U.S. allies could react if the administration doesn’t take steps to deescalate.

Full show notes: https://brook.gs/321Q39P 

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After the prime minister’s resignation, what’s next for Italy?

Aug 20, 2019 09:35

Description:

Following the resignation of Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Brookings Visiting Fellow Giovanna De Maio explains what led to the government crisis, the likelihood of Italy's political parties forming a new coalition government, and whether Matteo Salvini's League has enough popular support to win an outright majority in elections. De Maio also examines the "Moscopoli" scandal over the role of Russian financing in Italy's politics.

Full show notes: https://brook.gs/2KNfypH 

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Is China really manipulating its currency?

Aug 8, 2019 07:00

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Amid a turbulent week in the U.S.-China trade war, Senior Fellow David Dollar explains why the value of China’s yuan is falling and whether the U.S. Treasury Department’s designation of China as a currency manipulator is accurate. Dollar also discusses the effect that the yuan’s depreciation had on the U.S. stock market, why markets stabilized on Tuesday, and the prospects of a de-escalation of tensions.

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Will the INF Treaty's demise kick-start a new arms race?

Aug 2, 2019 09:56

Description:

Following the U.S. withdrawal from the Cold War-era Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, Frank Rose examines the Trump administration's reasons for exiting the treaty, steps the U.S. should take to avoid escalating an arms race, and the need for any new arms control treaties to be responsive to the changing security environment in Europe and Asia.

Full show notes: https://brook.gs/2LXwBae 

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What did the Pakistani prime minister’s visit with Trump achieve?

Jul 23, 2019 09:28

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Following Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's meeting with President Donald Trump, Visiting Fellow Madiha Afzal examines whether this visit succeeded at repairing relations between the U.S. and Pakistan, Pakistan's role in talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government, as well as Trump and Khan's personal similarities.

Full show notes: https://brook.gs/32O9mEu 

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What does a new UN report reveal about global hunger and obesity?

Jul 18, 2019 09:29

Description:

A new report from the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization shows that the number of undernourished people in the world has been on the rise since 2015, with more than 2 billion lacking regular access to nutritious and sufficient food. Brookings Senior Fellow John McArthur examines the trends of rising hunger and obesity and recommends using all the sustainable development goals as a North Star to design policies to meet these twin challenges.

McArthur also explores how global momentum toward the sustainable development goals has progressed at the local level even while official intergovernmental cooperation stalls. 

Full show notes here: https://brook.gs/30Gh16e 

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With Acosta’s resignation, how is high turnover affecting the administration?

Jul 12, 2019 05:22

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Following Labor Secretary Alex Acosta's resignation, Kathryn Dunn Tenpas updates her count of the Trump administration's unprecedented levels of senior staff turnover and examines the effect leadership turmoil has on the ability of departments and agencies to govern.

Full show notes available here: https://brook.gs/2l5lPT2 

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What does the debate over school segregation reveal about the Democratic primary field?

Jul 5, 2019 07:54

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In this episode, Jon Valant explains how the sharp exchange between Sen. Kamala Harris and former Vice President Joe Biden during the Democratic primary debate showcased the generational, racial, and ideological divisions within the Democratic Party. He also explores federal policy options to improve school integration that don't involve forced busing, from housing policies to promoting voluntary school choice programs.

Full show notes available here: https://brook.gs/2YAzxMz 

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How will Christine Lagarde lead the European Central Bank?

Jul 4, 2019 11:30

Description:

Christine Lagarde has been tapped by the European Council to be the next leader of the European Central Bank. Brookings Nonresident Senior Fellow Douglas Rediker examines the role of the ECB in the European and global economies and Lagarde's transformative leadership at the International Monetary Fund, including her focus on the role of women as drivers of economic growth.

Full show notes available here: 

https://www.brookings.edu/podcast-episode/how-will-christine-lagarde-lead-the-european-central-bank

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Will protests in Hong Kong continue?

Jul 3, 2019 08:01

Description:

Following the storming of Hong Kong's Legislative Council building by protesters, Richard Bush weighs in on China's moves to undermine political freedoms there, how Hong Kong's government has responded to the ongoing protests, and compares the current demonstrations to 2014's Umbrella Movement. 

Full show notes available here: https://brook.gs/2XnfsIe 

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What does the Supreme Court decision on citizenship status mean for the 2020 census?

Jun 27, 2019 10:41

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In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration from adding a question on citizenship status to the 2020 census. In this episode, demographer William Frey explains the ruling and how a skewed census would affect the political representation of state legislative districts, over-weighing the representation of older, whiter populations.

Frey also cautions that the decision has been turned back to the lower courts, where the Commerce Department still has an opportunity to come up with a more procedurally appropriate reason to include the citizenship question on the census. 

Full show notes available here: https://brook.gs/2FCkPgF 

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Will the Bahrain workshop lead to progress on Middle East peace?

Jun 25, 2019 10:28

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As Trump administration and Arab government officials meet in Manama, Bahrain, Tamara Cofman Wittes examines the likely outcomes of the "Peace to Prosperity" economic workshop based on current Israeli and Arab political contexts, and skepticism from potential private sector investors. Wittes also explains how President Trump's reelection considerations may forestall any further advancement of a political plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Full show notes available here: https://brook.gs/2KCLz4F

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What does Mohammed Morsi’s death mean for Egypt?

Jun 18, 2019 07:52

Description:

Following former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's sudden death in a Cairo court, Shadi Hamid evaluates his legacy and how his passing symbolizes international and regional resignation to the intensifying repression in el-Sissi's Egypt.  

Show notes available here: https://brook.gs/2x36oxm 

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What's on the agenda for Italian Deputy PM Salvini's US visit?

Jun 14, 2019 07:47

Description:

Ahead of the U.S. visit of Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, Visiting Fellow Giovanna de Maio explains the nationalist priorities Salvini and the Trump administration have in common, uncertainties within Italy's coalition government, and what recent EU election wins mean for the likelihood of Salvini making a run for prime minister.

Full show notes available here: https://brook.gs/2FcrnlT 

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Will new documents sway the Supreme Court on Census citizenship question?

Jun 3, 2019 08:27

Description:

As the Supreme Court deliberates whether a question about citizenship status should be allowed on the 2020 Census, Senior Fellow Alan Berube explains the new documents that have come to light regarding the political motivations behind the question. Berube also addresses how such a question is likely to result in the disenfranchisement of immigrant communities and other communities of color, as well as damage the quality of Census data overall. 

Full show notes available here: https://brook.gs/2Mq1FjZ 

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How will the Continental Free Trade Area transform Africa?

May 31, 2019 10:40

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As the African Continental Free Trade Area comes into effect, Landry Signé explains its potential to unlock economic opportunities across the continent, what's delaying Nigeria's participation, and the challenges remaining to implementation.

Full show notes here: https://brook.gs/2wqltJd 

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What do the European Parliament election results tell us about EU politics?

May 28, 2019 08:13

Description:

Brookings Visiting Fellow Célia Belin explains three lessons to be learned from the recent elections for the European Parliament, including how to understand the emergence of a "third voice" between the traditional center-left and center-right parties on one side, and euroskeptic nationalists on the other.

Full show notes here: https://brook.gs/2QsNtFa

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What does PM Modi's landslide win mean for India?

May 24, 2019 07:30

Description:

In this episode, Brookings Fellow Tanvi Madan examines Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's re-election, his party's stunning sweep of parliamentary seats, and the record-breaking turnout, especially of female voters, that fueled it. She also speaks to the economic and foreign policy challenges Modi will need to address in the coming months. 

Full show notes available here: https://brook.gs/2W3YSBh 

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Is the US on a collision course with Iran?

May 15, 2019 10:00

Description:

Senior Fellow Suzanne Maloney discusses the rising tensions between Iran and the United States and the likelihood of an escalation into military conflict or changes in Iranian behavior. Maloney also discusses the severe sanctions the U.S. has imposed on Iran, their effect on the Iranian economy, and whether the Islamic Republic’s situation will remain tenable moving forward.

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Is breaking up Facebook the best option?

May 10, 2019 10:22

Description:

In this episode, former FCC Chair Tom Wheeler reacts to Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes’ op-ed calling for the breakup of Facebook and recommends a broad set of tools beyond just anti-trust regulation to break open Facebook’s monopolization of information and ensure an open and competitive digital marketplace.

Full show notes: https://brook.gs/2V9zswQ 

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Why is the Trump administration pushing to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as terrorists?

May 1, 2019 10:19

Description:

Senior Fellow Shadi Hamid examines the Trump administration's renewed push to label the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, how this move reflects the administration's priorities in the Middle East, and the repercussions of criminalizing the activities of millions of people in U.S.-allied countries. 

Full show notes: https://brook.gs/2GRD80Z 

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Can the administration and Congress move forward on $2 trillion infrastructure plan?

Apr 30, 2019 09:06

Description:

Brookings Fellow Adie Tomer explains what's included in the $2 trillion infrastructure proposal announced Tuesday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer following their meeting with President Trump, and how federal infrastructure programs are woefully outdated. 

Full show notes: https://brook.gs/2GSh070 

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After the Mueller report, will President Trump be impeached?

Apr 19, 2019 10:05

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In the first episode of The Current (formerly 5 on 45), Lawfare's Margaret Taylor explains what's revealed in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on whether the Trump campaign engaged in criminal conspiracy and obstruction of justice, and the political and moral questions that remain for the public and Congress to answer regarding acceptable norms of governance and the rule of law.

Full show notes: https://brook.gs/2vcW5pH 

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Introducing The Current

Apr 18, 2019 01:01

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The Current brings you smart, timely, and quick analysis from Brookings experts on breaking news and changing policies. In under ten minutes, learn not only what happened, but why, and how to make sense of it.

This new show from the Brookings Institution broadens the scope of "5 on 45." If you already subscribe to "5 on 45," you won't need to do anything.

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The Trump administration’s new challenge to the Affordable Care Act

Mar 27, 2019 06:23

Description:

Christen Linke Young, a fellow in the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy, provides an overview of the legal challenges the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has faced since its enactment, recent developments in a lawsuit regarding the ACA’s constitutionality, and what the latest claims could mean for the credibility of the Department of Justice.

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Why did Democrats choose Milwaukee for 2020 DNC convention?

Mar 14, 2019 07:34

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Senior Fellow William Frey uses U.S. demographics and voting records to explain why the Democratic Party chose Milwaukee as the site of the 2020 DNC convention over other contenders like Miami and Houston, and discusses the potential impacts this decision may have on minority voters and candidates.

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Is Trump’s 2020 defense budget excessive?

Mar 12, 2019 08:06

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Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon discusses President Trump’s $750 billion defense budget request for the upcoming fiscal year and recommends more efficient spending with the goal of creating a more modern and ready—but not larger—force.

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Lessons from the second Trump-Kim summit

Mar 4, 2019 05:30

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Jung Pak, a senior fellow and the SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies at Brookings Institution’s Center for East Asia Policy Studies, discusses the lessons learned from the second summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and outlines suggestions for future U.S.-North Korean diplomacy. 

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Netanyahu to be indicted for bribery. What’s next?

Mar 1, 2019 05:55

Description:

Natan Sachs, director of the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings, explains the recent charges against Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and how they could affect the upcoming elections there.

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Is Nigeria’s presidential election result valid?

Feb 28, 2019 06:00

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Senior Fellow John Mukum Mbaku discusses the results of the Nigerian presidential election, which declared incumbent Muhammadu Buhari the winner and have been rejected by opponent Atiku Abubakar. He explains the importance of this election to the prosperity of Nigeria and the international issues it has been outspoken on.  

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Can Congress stop Trump’s national emergency declaration?

Feb 27, 2019 05:30

Description:

Senior Fellow Molly E. Reynolds discusses the vote in the House of Representatives’ against President Trump’s national emergency declaration for border wall funding, explains the procedures behind this congressional review process, and predicts what will happen next.

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Is the Green New Deal biting off too much?

Feb 8, 2019 05:40

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Fellow Samantha Gross discusses the Green New Deal, spearheaded by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, explaining that the ambitious proposal reads more like guidelines for an ideal society than a policy proposal.

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Who is David Malpass, Trump’s nominee for World Bank President?

Feb 6, 2019 08:24

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Senior Fellow Eswar Prasad discusses David Malpass, the Trump administration’s nominee for president of the World Bank, the consequences for the World Bank’s effectiveness, and recommends that the World Bank executive board nominate additional candidates.

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What the demise of the INF treaty means

Feb 4, 2019 09:16

Description:

Senior Fellow Frank A. Rose provides an overview of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, the reasons behind the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the agreement, and the priorities for creating a new arms control framework in its place.

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Why Trump ended the shutdown – for now

Jan 25, 2019 05:14

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After 35 days of a partial shutdown, Senior Fellow Molly E. Reynolds discusses President Trump’s decision to reopen the federal government for three weeks and previews what to expect from upcoming negotiations to fund the border wall.

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Can Venezuela’s new president restore democracy?

Jan 24, 2019 07:37

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Brookings Fellow Dany Bahar explains what’s happening in Venezuelan politics, as several countries including the United States have recognized Juan Guaidó as the country’s new president.

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An update on trans-Atlantic relations

Jan 18, 2019 05:36

Description:

Senior Fellow Thomas Wright describes how U.S.-European relations have changed since the first edition of the Trans-Atlantic Scorecard was published by the Brookings Center on the United States and Europe. Wright also describes the scorecard’s methodology and key events that experts will be watching in the months ahead.

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A federal judge ruled against the census citizenship question. What’s next?

Jan 16, 2019 05:24

Description:

Senior Fellow William H. Frey discusses a U.S. district judge’s ruling against Trump administration efforts to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census and the potential ramifications of the citizenship question if it is included.

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Can Trump declare a national emergency to build a border wall?

Jan 7, 2019 05:39

Description:

Senior Fellow William Galston discusses whether President Trump can legally declare a state of emergency to build a border wall and the obstacles he would face in attempting to do so.

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Will Trump and Congress shut down the government?

Dec 21, 2018 05:10

Description:

Fellow Molly Reynolds discusses the federal budget fight which centers around funding for President Trump’s border wall.

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President Trump’s mad dash out of Syria

Dec 20, 2018 06:49

Description:

Brookings Fellow Scott R. Anderson discusses President Trump’s sudden decision to withdraw U.S. military personnel from Syria, ending their involvement in the military campaign against ISIS that the United States has led since 2014.

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Why the Senate went against Trump on Yemen

Nov 29, 2018 05:56

Description:

Senior Fellow Tamara Cofman Wittes discusses the United States Senate’s recent vote to advance a measure that would cut support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, a reaction to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi despite President Trump’s unwavering support of Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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How will political strife in Israel impact Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’?

Nov 19, 2018 05:58

Description:

 Natan Sachs, director for Middle East Policy, discusses how recent events in Israeli politics, including corruption accusations against Prime Minister Netanyahu, a controversial ceasefire with Hamas, and the cancelled resignation of Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, will impact the upcoming Israeli elections and Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ for Middle East peace.

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Trump-Macron spat exposes clashing US-French interests

Nov 14, 2018 08:11

Description:

Visiting Fellow Celia Belin discusses Trump’s recent visit to France, the Twitter rant that followed it, and the future of Franco-U.S. relations.

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The facts about the ‘migrant caravan’

Nov 2, 2018 07:11

Description:

David M. Rubenstein Fellow Dany Bahar explains why a group of several thousand Central Americans have fled their home countries for Mexico and are potentially headed to the United States. Bahar further describes how these migrants could seek asylum in the U.S. and the significance of President Trump’s plan to send additional military personnel to the southern border.

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Unpacking Trump’s threat to terminate birthright citizenship

Oct 30, 2018 06:33

Description:

David M. Rubenstein Fellow Dany Bahar discusses President Trump’s intention to end birthright citizenship—protected by the 14th Amendment—and how this policy change fits into America’s larger immigration debates.

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The consequences of US withdrawal from the INF treaty

Oct 23, 2018 08:40

Description:

Foreign Policy Senior Fellow Frank Rose discusses the Trump administration’s recent decision to withdraw the United States from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Rose addresses the likelihood of Russia coming back into compliance with the agreement and offers his thoughts on whether the administration handled the announcement correctly.

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How North Dakota is keeping Native Americans from voting in the midterms

Oct 19, 2018 03:23

Description:

David M. Rubenstein Fellow Randall Akee discusses how the recent Supreme Court decision upholding North Dakota’s voter identification requirement could ultimately disenfranchise much of the state’s Native American population and impact the outcome of a close Senate race.

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How is the latest Ebola outbreak in the DRC different than the others?

Oct 18, 2018 03:19

Description:

Reid Wilson, author of “Epidemic” (Brookings Institution Press, 2018), explains why violence, political instability, and distrust in government will make the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo difficult to contain.

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Will the Khashoggi crisis create an oil war?

Oct 17, 2018 04:51

Description:

Fellow Samantha Gross explains why the U.S. reaction to Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the Jamal Khashoggi killing and the Saudi’s response will most likely not involve oil because that would lead to “mutually assured destruction” for both countries.

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The Supreme Court will decide if a citizenship question on the US census is legal

Oct 10, 2018 04:50

Description:

Senior Fellow Alan Berube discusses the question of whether or not it is constitutional to add a citizenship question to the U.S. census, a case that now sits with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Berube explains the contents of the case and the importance of having an accurate census.

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The lasting impact of Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation

Oct 10, 2018 06:57

Description:

Senior Fellow E.J. Dionne analyzes the speedy confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, the controversy that shrouds it, and the likely impact for years to come.

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After Nikki Haley, what’s next for the UN?

Oct 10, 2018 06:38

Description:

Visiting Fellow Jeffrey Feltman discusses Nikki Haley’s resignation as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, analyzes her partnership with U.N. Secretary General Guterres, and looks forward to what might be next for the U.S.-U.N. relationship.

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Did the jobs report show good news?

Oct 8, 2018 05:14

Description:

Ryan Nunn, policy director of the Hamilton project, explains that despite a lack of growth in real wages, household income is rising. He also discusses how these numbers are calculated and what they signify about the health of the US economy.

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Is the U.S. walking away from the World Court over Iran?

Oct 5, 2018 08:09

Description:

 Fellow Scott Anderson discusses U.S. withdrawal from the 1955 Treaty of Amity with Iran that is the claims brought against the U.S. by Iran to the International Court of Justice. Anderson discusses how this decision aligns with the Trump Administration’s disengagement from international institutions and how this actually undermines sovereignty, rather than strengthens it.

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Did Trump avoid paying taxes? Voters won’t like it.

Oct 4, 2018 05:16

Description:

Governance Studies Fellow Vanessa Williamson explains what we know about the origins of President Donald Trump’s wealth, Americans’ views on tax avoidance, and what implications a recent New York Times article on the Trump family’s tax history may have on the president’s support and legislative agenda.

 

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Could Melania Trump’s visit to Africa repair US-Africa relations?

Oct 4, 2018 05:40

Description:

David M. Rubenstein fellow Landry Signé discusses the focus of First Lady Melania Trump’s visit to Africa and the positive implications her actions could have for U.S.-Africa relations.

 

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Will Kavanaugh be confirmed? It’s up to these five senators and the FBI

Sep 28, 2018 07:38

Description:

Senior Fellow Elaine Kamarck explains the Senate Judiciary Committee’s decision to move Brett Kavanaugh forward in the Supreme Court confirmation process, the FBI investigation that will follow, which senators could make or break Kavanaugh’s chances of being confirmed, and the role that Mark Judge could play.

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In UN speech, Trump’s ‘America First’ hurts global human rights

Sep 26, 2018 04:58

Description:

Senior Fellow Ted Piccone analyzes Trump’s speech to the United Nations and discusses how his emphasis on sovereignty could be used by some governments as a shield to avoid being prosecuted for human rights abuses internationally.

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The U.S.-China trade war won’t be ending soon

Sep 21, 2018 06:02

Description:

Senior Fellow Eswar Prasad analyzes the latest round of escalating tariffs between the U.S. and China and the dangerous miscalculations on both sides which threaten to prolong the economic stalemate.

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What’s next for the Kavanaugh hearings?

Sep 20, 2018 06:10

Description:

Senior Fellow Sarah Binder discusses Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination and how the recent sexual misconduct allegations will affect his confirmation. Binder also explains the significance of the hearings’ timing as the midterm elections approach.

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Trump cuts refugee admissions to a historic low

Sep 18, 2018 03:46

Description:

Fellow Jessica Brandt discusses the State Department’s announcement to cut the number of refugees admitted to the United States, including the negative impact it will have on our allies and the lives of those seeking asylum.

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Have US counterterrorism efforts improved since 9/11?

Sep 10, 2018 06:42

Description:

Ahead of the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Senior Fellow Daniel L. Byman reflects on what has gone well and what has gone poorly in US counterterrorism efforts in the seventeen years since the attacks.

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Editor’s note: This conversation was recorded remotely by phone call

Why Trump won’t be removed by the 25th Amendment

Sep 7, 2018 05:45

Description:

Senior Fellow John Hudak explains how the Constitution’s 25th Amendment allows the vice president, Cabinet, and Congress to remove the president from office, and why that it is unlikely to be invoked against President Trump.

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Senate Democrats’ strategy on Kavanaugh

Sep 5, 2018 04:40

Description:

Fellow Molly Reynolds describes how Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are challenging Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, including their focus on transparency, objections over the lack of available documents from Kavanaugh’s previous positions, and how this approach protects more vulnerable Democratic senators up for re-election in the fall.

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The US and Mexico make NAFTA progress, but where’s Canada?

Aug 27, 2018 05:53

Description:

Fellow Geoffrey Gertz discusses the recent NAFTA announcement by the United States and Mexico, and predicts how Canada is likely to respond.

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Arming teachers won’t improve school safety

Aug 24, 2018 04:38

Description:

After news broke this week that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was considering letting states use federal grant funding to buy guns for schools, Senior Fellow and Brown Center on Education Policy Director Michael Hansen discusses the problematic proposal to use taxpayer money to arm teachers and faculty, and offers recommendations for less risky policies to make schools safer.

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Trump tries to cut foreign aid without Congress

Aug 23, 2018 05:38

Description:

 Senior Fellow George Ingram discusses the Trump administration’s attempts to cut foreign assistance funding without congressional approval and how it hurts US international interests.

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New tariffs escalate the US-China trade war

Aug 23, 2018 06:41

Description:

Senior Fellow David Dollar discusses the latest exchange of retaliatory tariffs between China and the U.S. and the risks of further escalating the trade war between the two countries.

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The legal threat Michael Cohen poses for President Trump

Aug 22, 2018 04:37

Description:

Senior Fellow Norm Eisen explains the recent events in the Manafort and Cohen trials, and how they affect President Trump and his likelihood of being convicted of criminal charges.

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How the Manafort and Cohen news could impact the midterm elections

Aug 22, 2018 04:18

Description:

Senior Fellow John Hudak analyzes how the Manafort and Cohen guilty pleas and conviction will affect voting and candidate behavior in the 2018 midterm elections. He also explains why Trump is unlikely to be removed from office, even if he is impeached.

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Is it unconstitutional for Trump to revoke John Brennan's security clearance?

Aug 17, 2018 05:01

Description:

Senior Fellow Norm Eisen discusses President Trump’s decision to revoke former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance, the constitutional issues the action raises, and whether the courts will respond.

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Does the Ohio special election signal a blue wave in the midterms?

Aug 8, 2018 05:30

Description:

Senior Fellow Elaine Kamarck discusses the results from the special election in Ohio’s 12th Congressional District and analyzes why Republicans should worry as both parties head into the midterm elections. Kamarck also explains various ways to use political trends to predict election outcomes.

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Will the Senate’s “minibus” strategy prevent a government shutdown?

Aug 7, 2018 04:50

Description:

Fellow Molly Reynolds discusses the Senate’s “minibus” appropriations strategy—packaging spending legislation in a few small bills rather than one larger “omnibus” bill. Reynolds analyzes whether or not this tactic will successfully keep the government funded and avoid a government shutdown.

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Trump fuel-economy standards roll back environmental reforms

Aug 3, 2018 08:14

Description:

Timmons Roberts discusses the implications of President Trump’s new fuel-economy standards, which roll back Obama-era reforms. Roberts explains that backing out of our carbon commitments angers states with comprehensive regulation, and disappoints our international partners.

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Tensions with Turkey escalate in wake of US sanctions

Aug 2, 2018 07:33

Description:

Robert Bosch Senior Fellow Amanda Sloat explains the complicated circumstances around the U.S. decision to impose sanctions on Turkish officials, and unpacks what’s at stake in the region if the U.S. relationship with NATO ally Turkey deteriorates further.  

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Koch brothers go head to head with Trump

Aug 2, 2018 05:52

Description:

Senior Fellow Elaine Kamarck analyzes the Koch brothers’ decision to pull funding from several Republican candidates in the upcoming midterm elections over disagreements on several policy issues. She explains that the rift in the GOP has been growing for much of the last two years and, as a result, the Republican base has been shrinking.

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Did the US and EU secure a trade deal?

Jul 27, 2018 05:09

Description:

Following the meeting between President Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Douglas Rediker argues that the two were successful in staving off an all-out trade war, but that the lack of specificity in the joint statement means we’re far from a trade deal with the European Union. 

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Making sense of Pakistan’s elections

Jul 27, 2018 09:04

Description:

Nonresident fellow Madiha Afzal explains the results of Pakistan’s historic general election, why the results are being contested, the shifting political dynamics in the country, and what to expect from Pakistan’s prime minister.

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Did the Trump-Putin summit resolve any arms control issues?

Jul 18, 2018 05:50

Description:

Senior Fellow Frank Rose offers his observations on the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki, and explains what the meeting might mean for the future of arms control between the U.S. and Russia.

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What does Putin want from Trump?

Jul 12, 2018 05:44

Description:

Ahead of the Trump-Putin summit, Rubenstein Fellow Alina Polyakova discusses what Russian President Vladimir Putin might be looking to gain, including a reduction of U.S. troops in Europe, an end to NATO expansion, and U.S. recognition of Russia’s Crimea takeover.

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The US-China trade war has begun

Jul 7, 2018 06:19

Description:

Senior Fellow David Dollar gives an update on the U.S. tariffs directed at Chinese steel and aluminum that go into effect today, and makes predictions on how both countries’ economies will be affected by the ensuing trade war.

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Will Mexico’s new president challenge Trump?

Jul 3, 2018 06:11

Description:

Senior Fellow Vanda Felbab-Brown elaborates on some of the challenges facing Mexico’s new president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, including cracking down on corruption, tackling violence in the country, and dealing with President Trump.

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The Supreme Court upheld Trump’s travel ban. Now what?

Jun 28, 2018 04:27

Description:

Fellow Jessica Brandt discusses the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Trump’s travel ban, including what it could mean for other, highly contested immigration measures on the administration’s agenda.

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Would combining the Education and Labor Departments help or hurt students?

Jun 23, 2018 06:46

Description:

Fellow Elizabeth Mann Levesque discusses the proposed merger between the Department of Education and the Department of Labor, including how likely it is that this restructure will occur, what changes the plan proposes, and what the consequences would be.  

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Does the US need a Space Force?

Jun 21, 2018 06:52

Description:

Senior Fellow Frank Rose analyzes the potential benefits and detriments of President Trump’s proposal to create a “Space Force” division of the U.S. military.

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The state of the global refugee crisis

Jun 21, 2018 04:51

Description:

On World Refugee Day, Fellow Jessica Brandt shares three surprising facts about displacement and what they mean for the international community at a time when forced migration dominates headlines.

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US imposes tariffs; China retaliates

Jun 15, 2018 06:24

Description:

In the wake of the Trump administration’s imposition of import tariffs on China, Senior Fellow David Dollar explains the administration’s objectives and the likely economic impacts on both the U.S. and China.

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Tariff tensions left unresolved after G-7 summit

Jun 11, 2018 06:02

Description:

After the explosive G-7 summit over the weekend, Senior Fellow Joshua Meltzer offers some details on how President Trump’s trade policies will affect key partnerships going forward.

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Before the North Korea summit, Japan's Abe has a word with Trump

Jun 8, 2018 06:55

Description:

Senior Fellow Mireya Solís discusses the implications of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit with President Trump ahead of the upcoming North Korea and G-7 summits.

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The good and bad news about the US job market

Jun 7, 2018 03:24

Description:

Senior Fellow Gary Burtless discusses what the recent jobs report can tell us about unemployment, job openings, wages, and the health of the economy.

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Tariff tensions build between US, allies ahead of G-7 summit

Jun 7, 2018 05:13

Description:

Post-Doctoral Fellow Geoffrey Gertz discusses how the Trump administration’s tariffs against Canada and other allies will likely taint the G-7 summit at the expense of other important economic questions.

 

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Don’t compare North Korea’s nuclear program with Libya’s

May 31, 2018 06:25

Description:

Nonresident Senior Fellow Richard Nephew explains why, contrary to statements from the Trump administration, the 2003 nuclear disarmament in Libya is a poor model for carrying out a similar process in North Korea.

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Trump delivers a blow to federal employees

May 31, 2018 04:33

Description:

Vice President of Governance Studies Darrell West explains Trump’s executive order ending legislative support for federal union representatives to help colleagues file grievances, address sexual harassment claims, and gain whistleblower protection.

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Explaining House Republicans’ fight over immigration

May 23, 2018 05:56

Description:

Senior Fellow Sarah Binder explains the cleavage between moderate and conservative House members over the various immigration bills being debated in Congress, including the Dreamers bill.

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A fraudulent election means even more problems for Venezuela

May 22, 2018 09:48

Description:

David M. Rubenstein Fellow Dany Bahar describes the recent fraudulent election in Venezuela, as well as the current state of the economic and humanitarian crisis there.

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Why #LivingWhileBlack Matters

May 18, 2018 07:07

Description:

Governance Studies Fellow Nicol Turner-Lee connects the microaggressions against African Americans documented by the hashtag #LivingWhileBlack to the historical use of lynching in America.

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Why is the Ebola outbreak in Congo so frightening?

May 18, 2018 05:22

Description:

Reid Wilson, author of “Epidemic: Ebola and the Global Scramble to Prevent the Next Killer Outbreak,” discusses the new Ebola outbreak along the Congo River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 

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The Trump administration’s chaotic Taiwan policy

May 16, 2018 06:45

Description:

Senior Fellow Richard C. Bush analyzes the Trump administration’s muddled foreign policy toward Taiwan and how it complicated U.S. regional interests.

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Why is Trump protecting Chinese company ZTE?

May 15, 2018 06:56

Description:

Senior Fellow David Dollar discusses why Chinese telecom company ZTE was penalized by the U.S. Department of Commerce and why Trump might reverse or reduce that punishment.

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Why is HUD being sued?

May 10, 2018 05:06

Description:

Jenny Schuetz, David M. Rubenstein fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program, discusses the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s postponement of an Obama-era initiative aimed at fighting segregation and why the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule is important for tackling long-standing wealth inequality.

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Will Congress pass Trump’s $15 billion spending cuts?

May 9, 2018 04:53

Description:

Molly Reynolds, fellow in Governance Studies, discusses the $15 billion rescission proposal the White House sent Congress earlier this week and the prospects of it passing the House and Senate.

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How will oil markets respond to the US Iran deal withdrawal?

May 9, 2018 04:17

Description:

Samantha Gross, fellow in Foreign Policy and the Cross-Brookings Initiative on Energy and Climate, analyzes how President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal will affect oil markets in Iran and around the world.

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Should US political parties interfere in primaries?

May 7, 2018 05:50

Description:

Senior Fellow Elaine Kamarck responds to criticisms of the Democratic Party for interfering in congressional primaries and argues that helping determine which candidates run under the party banner is one of the party’s most important powers.

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A shared 5G network will benefit more Americans than a megamerger

May 7, 2018 07:58

Description:

Visiting Fellow Tom Wheeler explains why consumers would be losers in the proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile, a recent National Security Council argument for a government-built high-speed wireless network, and the future of 5G in America.

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What we learned from Pompeo’s first few days at State

May 2, 2018 06:25

Description:

Visiting Fellow Thomas Hill analyzes the first few days of Mike Pompeo’s tenure as secretary of state and what they indicate about his intentions to lead the State Department differently than his predecessor, Rex Tillerson.

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What are the United States’ options in Syria?

Apr 26, 2018 05:13

Description:

Ranj Alaaldin, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center, discusses the prospects of peace-building in Syria and what to expect from the Assad regime after the latest airstrikes from a U.S.-backed coalition.

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How Merkel can overcome tensions with Trump

Apr 26, 2018 07:41

Description:

Senior Fellow Constanze Stelzenmüller discusses the current state of US-European relations and what to expect from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s trip to the United States. 

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What to expect from Macron’s visit to the U.S.

Apr 20, 2018 07:14

Description:

Celia Belin, visiting fellow in Foreign Policy, previews French President Emmanuel Macron’s upcoming visit to Washington and analyzes the surprisingly close relationship between Macron and President Trump.

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Earth Day during the Trump Administration

Apr 19, 2018 06:59

Description:

Nonresident Senior Fellow Nathan Hultman reflects on the history of Earth Day, explains how environmental policy developed into a partisan issue, and discusses how this partisanship can have major consequences for the environment and human health.

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What to expect from a post-Castro Cuba

Apr 18, 2018 05:12

Description:

Brookings Senior Fellow Ted Piccone discusses the future of U.S.-Cuba relations after Miguel Díaz-Canel was selected to succeed Raúl Castro as the next president of Cuba.

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What the FBI raid on Michael Cohen means for Trump

Apr 11, 2018 08:26

Description:

Senior Fellow Norman Eisen explains the significance behind the FBI’s raids on the office and hotel room of President Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.

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The consequences of adding a citizenship question on the census

Apr 6, 2018 06:20

Description:

Senior Fellow William Frey discusses the possible negative consequences of the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the US census.

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A more hawkish Pakistan policy

Apr 6, 2018 07:29

Description:

Nonresident Fellow Madiha Afzal describes how U.S. policy toward Pakistan might change given the recent appointments of Secretary of State Pompeo and national security advisor Bolton.

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Four reasons teachers are striking

Apr 5, 2018 06:34

Description:

Senior Fellow Michael Hansen discusses teacher pay strikes in Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Arizona, and predicts which states might be next.  

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What’s wrong with Trump’s plan to send troops to the border

Apr 5, 2018 05:22

Description:

Senior Fellow Elaine Kamarck discusses the legal, economic, historical, and political issues surrounding President Donald Trump’s pronouncement that he will send National Guard troops to protect the US-Mexico border.

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Facebook’s data breach and the future of consumer privacy

Mar 29, 2018 07:31

Description:

Fellow Nicol Turner-Lee discusses privacy laws in light of the recent Facebook data breach in which Cambridge Analytica collected information on over 50 million users in an effort to sway the 2016 presidential election.

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Are marijuana pop-ups legal in DC?

Mar 27, 2018 04:52

Description:

Senior Fellow John Hudak discusses marijuana pop-ups in DC and the contradictory and complex laws that govern them.

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US-Russia relations are on a “downward spiral”

Mar 27, 2018 03:58

Description:

David M. Rubenstein Fellow Alina Polyakova discusses the recent expulsion of Russian diplomats in the U.S. and in more than 20 other countries around the world.

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The spending bill is a rebuke of DeVos’ priorities

Mar 23, 2018 05:58

Description:

Fellow Elizabeth Mann discusses the educational funding outlined in the congressional spending budget bill, which rejected many of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ proposals.

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Can the U.S. actually win a trade war?

Mar 22, 2018 06:37

Description:

Senior Fellow Eswar Prasad describes the Trump administration’s latest tariffs on Chinese imports and analyzes whether these tariffs will act as a powerful negotiating tool for the US, or ignite a global trade war.

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How the Senate banking bill changes Dodd-Frank

Mar 15, 2018 07:44

Description:

Senior Fellow Aaron Klein discusses the Senate’s bill to amend Dodd-Frank regulations, including what the bill does, what it doesn’t do, and whether it will pass through the House of Representatives.

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What we learned from Pennsylvania’s special election

Mar 14, 2018 05:22

Description:

Senior Fellow Elaine Kamarck explains the election results of the congressional race in Pennsylvania’s 18th district, where Democrat Conor Lamb received slightly more votes than Republican Rick Saccone, and how these results can be used to forecast trends in future elections.  

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Tillerson’s out- now what?

Mar 13, 2018 06:42

Description:

Visiting Fellow Thomas Hill analyzes the replacement of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson by CIA Director Mike Pompeo. Hill discusses the events leading up to this move, what Tillerson’s ouster means for the future of U.S. foreign policymaking, and makes predictions for other members of Trump’s cabinet.

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How a new resolution will affect U.S. troops in Yemen

Mar 9, 2018 05:53

Description:

Governance Studies fellows Molly Reynolds, and Scott R. Anderson, analyze the new joint resolution in Congress which encourages President Trump to rescind United States support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen. Reynolds and Anderson delve into the legal premises of the joint resolution, and discuss whether the resolution will prevent the Department of Defense from keeping U.S. troops in Yemen.

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Will Trump's tariffs lead to trade war?

Mar 8, 2018 07:59

Description:

Senior Fellow Joshua Meltzer discusses the new steel and aluminum tariffs announced by the Trump administration. Meltzer warns that these tariffs could set a dangerous precedent for other countries to broadly define their economic security interests and lead to retaliatory tariffs, taxes, and trade war.

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Takeaways from the Texas primaries

Mar 7, 2018 05:27

Description:

Senior Fellow Elaine Kamarck, analyzes the results of the Texas primaries, where a record number of women not only ran for office but also either won their primary or advanced to a runoff election. Kamarck also discusses party faction trends for the Democratic and Republican parties, including the number of progressive, Tea Party, or conservative candidates.

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Why Trump's new steel and aluminum tariffs are controversial

Mar 2, 2018 05:05

Description:

David Dollar, a senior fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center, discusses the new steel and aluminum tariffs announced by President Trump and explains the impact they will have on the U.S. economy and international relations.

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How to make schools safe without arming teachers

Mar 2, 2018 06:53

Description:

Michael Hansen, a senior fellow in Governance Studies and director of the Brown Center on Education Policy, evaluates President Trump’s recent proposal to arm public school teachers. He discusses why he believes arming teachers will not prevent gun violence, and proposes alternative ways the government can make schools safer environments for students.

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How a new generation of activists could shape US politics

Mar 1, 2018 06:03

Description:

William Frey, senior fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program, discusses the role of the post-Millennial generation in the gun control debate and analyzes what their activism and preferences mean for future elections.

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Is culture war getting in the way of solving gun violence?

Feb 23, 2018 06:16

Description:

Via phone, E.J. Dionne, a senior fellow in Governance Studies, discusses the importance of public discourse on gun control and warns Americans not to get sidetracked by the culture war the gun control debate has created. Dionne explains the importance of acting quickly in enacting gun control legislation, and the need for legislators to listen to the continued pleas from students to enact meaningful gun reform. 

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Trump should increase SNAP benefits, not cut them

Feb 17, 2018 04:57

Description:

Lauren Bauer, a post-doctoral fellow in Economic Studies, analyzes the effects President Trump’s proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would have on food security and health across the country. Bauer discusses different potential policy proposals in order to improve the effectiveness of SNAP, thus reducing hunger in the U.S.

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What to expect at the Munich Security Conference

Feb 16, 2018 06:13

Description:

Jamie Kirchick, a visiting fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe, previews the Munich Security Conference, which will take place from February 16-18 in Germany. Kirchick explains the core issues that the different delegations are likely to address and makes predictions for what will happen at the conference.

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Trump’s infrastructure plan is a missed opportunity

Feb 16, 2018 05:11

Description:

Adie Tomer, a fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program, analyzes the Trump administration’s infrastructure plan. Tomer discusses who would benefit and who would be left behind by the administration’s plans. He also explains the politics behind the plan and what to expect over the coming months.

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Will partisan gerrymandering survive the Supreme Court?

Feb 10, 2018 05:26

Description:

Russell Wheeler, visiting fellow in Governance Studies, discusses the recent Pennsylvania gerrymandering decision that requires Pennsylvania lawmakers to redraw the state’s congressional map. Wheeler also examines upcoming Supreme Court cases focused on gerrymandering in Wisconsin and Maryland and analyzes what these decisions could mean for the future of American elections. Wheeler argues that partisan gerrymandering is a threat to American democracy.

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Are Trump’s nuclear ambitions feasible?

Feb 10, 2018 06:13

Description:

Steven Pifer, senior fellow in Foreign Policy, discusses the most recent Nuclear Posture Review, in which the Trump administration took a drastically different approach than the previous Obama administration. Pifer discusses whether the U.S. should rely more heavily on nuclear weapons, whether the United States needs small nuclear weapons, which new nuclear systems were proposed in the review, and the affordability of Trump’s plans.

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Are wages really rising for American workers?

Feb 7, 2018 06:14

Description:

Jay Shambaugh, director of the Hamilton Project, discusses the most recent Employment Situation Report, which showed a slight uptick in wage growth. Shambaugh explains who is benefitting and who is being left behind from different wage and job trends. He also analyzes the state of jobs and wages in the United States and recommends what can be done to generate stronger and more inclusive growth.

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Celebrating black history in the Trump era

Feb 2, 2018 07:42

Description:

Andre Perry, David M. Rubenstein fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program, discusses the legacy of notable black Americans, like historian Carter G. Woodson, the dangers of relegating black history to a single month, and the need to pursue inclusion in America’s shared history and society.

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Has the U.S. lost its way on trade?

Jan 25, 2018 05:56

Description:

Mireya Solís, Brookings senior fellow in Foreign Policy, discusses the new Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a reiteration of the original Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) without the United States. Solís also analyzes international trade policy throughout Donald Trump’s first year as president.

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Will Trump be ignored at Davos?

Jan 24, 2018 07:32

Description:

Douglas Rediker, nonresident senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program, makes predictions for Trump’s appearance at the Davos World Economic Forum.

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Can Congress make compromise great again?

Jan 24, 2018 07:35

Description:

Alice Rivlin, senior fellow in Economic Studies, discusses the flaws in our democratic institutions that led to the government shutdown. She argues that all the problems facing our nation are manageable, but that they are not being managed well by our government.

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The government shutdown is over—for now

Jan 23, 2018 04:49

Description:

Molly Reynolds, fellow the Governance Studies, discusses what happens in Congress after the government reopens. Reynolds explains why the government might shut down again if Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Republicans don’t keep their promises, the chances of an immigration deal passing in the House, and what affect President Trump might have on the process.

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Will Congress avoid a government shutdown, again?

Jan 18, 2018 04:44

Description:

Molly Reynolds, fellow in Governance Studies, explains current House and Senate actions as Congress tries to pass their fourth temporary measure to avoid a government shutdown. Reynolds discusses the hurdles that Congress must overcome and what to expect as the debate goes on.

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Medicaid job requirements would hurt America’s most vulnerable

Jan 18, 2018 07:26

Description:

Henry Aaron, senior fellow in Economic Studies, discusses the Trump administration’s announcement to authorize states to enact job requirements for Medicaid eligibility. Aaron explains that these requirements could be detrimental to low-income citizens who need medication to work or are unable to work because of their medical conditions. He also predicts that this authorization will be reversed by the courts.

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The motivation behind Trump’s immigration policy

Jan 11, 2018 06:24

Description:

Dany Bahar, David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Global Economy and Development program, discusses the Trump administration’s decision not to extend immigration protections for El Salvadorian immigrants in the United States, their earlier decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival Program (DACA), and their other efforts to curtail immigration. Bahar explains the legal and economic aspects of immigration policy and argues that immigration has a positive impact on the U.S. economy.

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Antitrust enforcement in the Trump era

Jan 11, 2018 05:42

Description:

William Galston, senior fellow in Governance Studies, discusses the Trump administration’s antitrust efforts, which are robust for a Republican administration. Galston explains the consequences of increased concentration and decreased competition on the U.S. economy.

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Will the Trump administration block NYC’s new tunnel project?

Jan 9, 2018 05:13

Description:

Adie Tomer, fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program, discusses the Gateway Program, a multi-billion dollar infrastructure project. He also explains a letter sent from the Federal Transportation Agency to New Jersey and New York governors that may halt federal funding for planned tunnels connecting New Jersey and lower Manhattan.

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Jeff Sessions deals a blow to legal marijuana

Jan 5, 2018 04:22

Description:

John Hudak, senior fellow in Governance Studies, discusses Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to rescind Obama-era guidelines on marijuana businesses in states that have legalized marijuana use. Hudak argues that Sessions’ actions favor black market marijuana and drug cartels.

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Trump’s tweet about Pakistan, explained

Jan 4, 2018 06:33

Description:

Madiha Afzal, nonresident fellow in Global Economy and Development, discusses Trump’s first tweet of 2018, which called out the country of Pakistan for the aid it has received from the United States in the past few years, while accusing the country of providing only “lies and deceit” in return. Afzal analyzes what is surprising about this tweet, and how she thinks relations between the two countries will develop from here.

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Why the Iran protests matter

Jan 3, 2018 05:41

Description:

Suzanne Maloney, senior fellow in Foreign Policy, discusses the protests in Iran. She explains how the protests affect Iran and what the United States should do in response.

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Republican tax bill is a boon to the rich

Dec 22, 2017 06:57

Description:

Richard Reeves, senior fellow in Economic Studies, discusses the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and the political machinery behind it. Reeves is critical of the bill, which he says benefits the wealthy while doing little for the middle class.

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Net neutrality is dead. Now what?

Dec 15, 2017 06:59

Description:

Tom Wheeler, visiting fellow in the Center for Technology Innovation in Governance Studies, explains the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s decision to repeal net neutrality rules and move regulatory jurisdiction to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). This is a major win for the telecom industry, since the FTC has less network expertise and regulatory authority.

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Roy Moore's defeat shows the strengths and limits of partisanship

Dec 14, 2017 04:42

Description:

John Hudak, senior fellow in Governance Studies, discusses the results of the Alabama Senate election, which elected Democrat Doug Jones over Republican Roy Moore in a historically red state. Hudak explains what these results say about the strengths and limits of partisanship.

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Global Compact on Migration: Trump wants out, mayors want in

Dec 8, 2017 03:48

Description:

Jessica Brandt, fellow in Institutional Initiatives, discusses the Trump administration’s decision to quit the global compact on migration at a time when migration and displacement are at an all-time high. She explains that mayors are asking for a greater role in the international refugee policy and to be included in discussions on how to approach the migration and displacement crises.

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Will Trump’s Jerusalem decision prevent the ‘ultimate deal’?

Dec 7, 2017 06:33

Description:

Natan Sachs, director of the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings, explains the ramifications of Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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Could spending bills cause a government shutdown?

Dec 5, 2017 05:06

Description:

Molly Reynolds, fellow in Governance Studies, discusses the three upcoming “must-pass” votes in Congress, which focus on government spending. Reynolds explains the political forces at play and describes the factors that will shape the spending bills as Congress tries to avoid another government shutdown.

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The Senate just made it easier for Trump to appoint federal judges

Nov 29, 2017 06:27

Description:

Sarah Binder, senior fellow in Governance Studies, explains the Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee’s upcoming hearing on President Trump’s nominee for a seat on the Federal Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit. By holding this hearing, the chair of the committee is ignoring the “blue slip” practice. Binder explains what surpassing the blue slip process means for this nomination and the precedent it sets for future nominations.

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Why Americans should care about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Nov 28, 2017 03:42

Description:

Makada Henry-Nickie, a David M. Rubenstein Fellow in Governance Studies and formerly a senior analyst with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), says that in the six-year history of the CFPB, its work has resulted in $12 billion in refunds and cancelled debts to more than 29 million consumers. As a battle over the agency’s leadership unfolds, she says “the bureau’s work has never been more mission critical.”

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Trump exerts executive power in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau leadership battle

Nov 28, 2017 04:03

Description:

John Hudak, senior fellow in Governance Studies and deputy director of the Center for Effective Public Management, comments battle between competing interim leaders at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Hudak looks at the competing authorities that govern who can be interim director of the agency following Director Richard Cordray’s announcement that he is stepping down. Does the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 give Cordray authority to name his own interim successor (Leandra English), or does the Federal Vacancies Reform Act grant President Trump even more authority to name the interim director (in this case, OMB Director Mick Mulvaney)?

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Why the FCC’s net neutrality reversal is a “sham”

Nov 22, 2017 05:50

Description:

Tom Wheeler, visiting fellow in Governance Studies and the Center for Technology Innovation, discusses the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) proposal to eliminate the Open Internet rules that promote net neutrality and the implications that decision would have for internet users and providers.

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Bipartisanship makes for better tax reform

Nov 22, 2017 04:25

Description:

William Galston, senior fellow in Governance Studies, discusses the lack of bipartisanship in Congress’s recent tax reform deliberations, compares it to the bipartisan tax reform enacted under President Reagan in 1986, and explains why legislation passed on a bipartisan basis is not only more effective, but also more sustainable.

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How Trump’s Asia trip challenges multilateral trade

Nov 21, 2017 08:15

Description:

Mireya Solis, senior fellow in Foreign Policy, discusses the impact that President Trump’s recent trip to Asia had on trade diplomacy. Solis explains that the Trump administration is fundamentally transforming the role of the United States in international trade and describes how China and other nations have reacted.

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Where the GOP tax bill goes from here

Nov 18, 2017 05:29

Description:

Molly Reynolds, fellow in Governance Studies, discusses the tax bill passed by the House on Thursday, procedural hurdles Republicans will face in the Senate, and what to expect from the tax debate when Congress resumes after their thanksgiving recess.

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What Democratic election victories mean for 2018

Nov 9, 2017 03:38

Description:

John Hudak, senior fellow in Governance Studies, explains what the results of the Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial races mean for the future of the Democratic Party and the 2018 elections.

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Advice to Trump as he travels to Asia

Nov 4, 2017 06:01

Description:

Ryan Hass, David M. Rubenstein fellow in Foreign Policy, foreshadows President Trump’s upcoming trip to Asia by explaining the issues and challenges facing Trump in Asia and offering advice to Trump as he visits Japan, the Philippines, China, South Korea, and Vietnam.

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Four speed bumps Jerome Powell will face as Fed Chair

Nov 4, 2017 06:10

Description:

Sarah Binder, senior fellow in Governance Studies, discusses President Trump’s nomination of Jerome Powell to Chair of the Federal Reserve, passing over sitting Fed Chair Janet Yellen in an unprecedented move. Based on her work with Mark Spindel, Binder explains the challenges that Powell will face in this new role after what will likely be one of the most polarizing votes ever to confirm a new Fed Chair.

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What we learned on Mueller Monday

Nov 1, 2017 05:53

Description:

Norman Eisen, senior fellow in Governance Studies, discusses the recent indictments of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, as well as the guilty plea by George Papadopoulos.

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The state of the GOP: What’s normal and what’s not

Oct 28, 2017 05:32

Description:

Elaine Kamarck, senior fellow in Governance Studies, discusses the state of the Republican Party, which seems to be in turmoil. Kamarck explains the emerging divisions within the Republican Party, the divisive nature of President Trump, and the concerns of Russian social media interference escalating party tensions on both sides of the aisle.

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Why former presidents spoke out against Trump

Oct 26, 2017 05:19

Description:

William Galston, Brookings senior fellow in Governance Studies, discusses the speeches by former president Barack Obama, former president George Bush, and former presidential candidate Senator John McCain that expressed worry about the fundamental orientation of the Trump administration. Galston explains the commonalities between their speeches and the basis of their concerns.

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When to label violent acts as “terrorism”

Oct 17, 2017 05:38

Description:

Daniel Byman, senior fellow in Foreign Policy in the Center for Middle East Policy, explains which acts of violence in the United States fit the description of terrorist acts. He discusses the events in Las Vegas and Charlottesville, and how legal and political forces should respond to terrorist acts in the most effective way.

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Why Trump’s decertification of the Iran deal matters

Oct 14, 2017 05:36

Description:

Suzanne Maloney, deputy director of the Foreign Policy program, discusses Trump’s announcement that he will not certify Iran’s compliance with the U.S.-Iran Nuclear Agreement. She explains that Trump’s actions are a domestic political move that have widespread foreign policy implications.

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How the Trump administration justifies repealing the Clean Power Plan

Oct 14, 2017 06:45

Description:

Nathan Hultman, nonresident senior fellow in Global Economy and Development studies, explains the legal, moral, and technical justifications that the Trump administration provided in defense of the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to initiate the repeal of the Clean Power Plan. He also discusses the actions that states and other actors can take after the Clean Power Plan is rescinded. 

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Trump’s EPA is rescinding the Clean Power Plan. What now?

Oct 12, 2017 06:03

Description:

Philip Wallach, senior fellow in Governance Studies, discusses EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s plan to rescind the Clean Power Plan, and looks at the future of U.S. climate action policy.

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Congress can, and should, establish a 21st century commission on race relations

Oct 10, 2017 06:28

Description:

Nicol Turner-Lee, fellow in the Center for Technology Innovation in the Governance Studies program, discusses the prevalence of white supremacy in America and the Trump administration’s response to it. Turner-Lee recommends that Congress create a bipartisan committee with the goal of eradicating the policies that maintain racial fractions in our society, much like President Lyndon B. Johnson did in the 1960s.

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Why the House budget resolution matters

Oct 6, 2017 06:03

Description:

Sarah Binder, senior fellow in Governance Studies, explains what a budget resolution is, why we should care about the budget resolution just passed by the House of Representatives, and what happens next in Congress.

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Protests, patriotism, and the history of black athletes in America

Sep 30, 2017 05:30

Description:

Governance Studies Fellow Nicol Turner-Lee discusses the history of black athletes’ acts of civil disobedience, President Trump’s reaction to the ongoing protests in the NFL, and the national debate over protests and patriotism.

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After Graham-Cassidy, what’s next for health care and tax reform?

Sep 28, 2017 04:59

Description:

Molly Reynolds, Brookings fellow in Governance Studies and the Center for Effective Public Management, discusses Republicans’ recent failure to roll back major parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). With no plans to vote on the Graham-Cassidy proposal, Republican lawmakers now turn their attention to tax reform.

Reynolds also explains how Republicans can move forward by passing a new budget resolution to restart the reconciliation process, which may include bundling health care with the highly anticipated tax reform, but procedural limits and pervasive political divides may continue to stifle their progress.

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Merkel wins, far right gains: What happened in Germany's elections?

Sep 26, 2017 07:45

Description:

Constanze Stelzenmüller, senior fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings, discusses the results of the German election, which resulted in Angela Merkel being elected for a fourth term as chancellor and a far-right nationalist party being voted into the federal legislature for the first time in over a century. 

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What tax cuts can Congress pass?

Sep 25, 2017 05:37

Description:

Bill Gale, senior fellow in Economic Studies and co-director of the Tax Policy Center, discusses the Republican effort to cut taxes, explaining the effect that various planned cuts will have on Americans at all income levels and predicting the effect that the tax cut debate will have on upcoming congressional elections.

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What US college students think about free speech

Sep 22, 2017 04:12

Description:

John Villasenor, nonresident senior fellow in Governance Studies and the Center for Technology Innovation, discusses college students’ views on the First Amendment, based on a recent survey of 1,300 current undergraduate students. Villasenor finds that a concerning number of students lack essential knowledge regarding what the First Amendment does and does not protect.

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Trump threatens North Korea at the UN. What now?

Sep 21, 2017 04:07

Description:

Jung Pak, senior fellow and the SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies at Brookings Institution’s Center for East Asia Policy Studies, explains that President Trump’s remarks on North Korea in his United Nations address is likely to reinforce Kim Jong-Un’s commitment to his nuclear weapons program. Also, she says that Trump missed an opportunity to reassure his allies by not mentioning them in his speech.

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The humanitarian crisis facing the Rohingya in Myanmar

Sep 21, 2017 06:13

Description:

Lex Rieffel, nonresident senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program, and Jonathan Stromseth, senior fellow in the Foreign Policy program, discuss the humanitarian crisis facing the Rohingya in Myanmar, also known as Burma. Rieffel and Stromseth provide background on the Rohingya, the events occurring in Southeast Asia, and recommend policy solutions to ease the crisis.

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What does the FBI’s surveillance of Manafort mean?

Sep 20, 2017 04:49

Description:

Susan Hennessey, a fellow in the Governance Studies program and managing editor of the Lawfare blog, discusses the latest developments in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, including the recently revealed wiretapping and surveillance of Paul Manafort, which began before the 2016 presidential campaign. She also explains that the Mueller investigation has reached a “critical stage” and that the Special Counsel may soon start making public allegations.

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Facebook's offensive ad targeting

Sep 20, 2017 05:50

Description:

Nicol Turner-Lee, a fellow in the Center for Technology Innovation, explains the recent controversy surrounding Facebook’s offensive targeted advertisement options. She also discusses past digressions by Facebook and the future of regulating social media. Turner-Lee suggests that platforms like Facebook have more conversations with civil rights and social justice leaders, academics, government officials, and others on what to do about speech online and platform violations.

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On terrorists’ shift in tactics since 9/11

Sep 12, 2017 05:20

Description:

Chris Meserole, a fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy reflects on the September 11 terrorist attacks sixteen years ago and discusses the changing tactics of terrorists since then. Meserole explains how the Islamic State has effectively "repackaged jihadism for the smartphone era" while also shifting to low-tech methods. He offers recommendations on how to combat this new era of terrorism. 

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On Trump's debt ceiling deal

Sep 8, 2017 05:19

Description:

Molly Reynolds, fellow in Governance Studies, discusses the deal President Trump made with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to provide $15 billion in disaster aid, keep the government open until December 8, and extend the debt limit until December as well. Reynolds, addressing that the deal was made mostly on Democrats’ terms, evaluates the other options that each political player had available to them and predicts what the budget process will look like this fall.

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On Trump's decision to end DACA

Sep 6, 2017 05:14

Description:

Andre Perry, David M. Rubenstein fellow in Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, responds to President Donald Trump's announcement that he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Perry explains that this decision, especially since it is timed so closely to Hurricane Harvey, "is not ethical or moral and really does not address the issue of a broken immigration program."

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On the NAFTA renegotiations

Sep 2, 2017 06:15

Description:

Dany Bahar, fellow in the Global Economy and Development program, discusses what we can expect from the upcoming NAFTA negotiations in Mexico City. Bahar also evaluates what would happen if the United States pulled out of NAFTA, explaining that this decision would "make life for the average American more difficult."

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On Trump's Phoenix speech and the border wall

Aug 25, 2017 07:29

Description:

Vanda Felbab-Brown, senior fellow in the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence in the Foreign Policy program, discusses Trump's campaign rally speech in Phoenix, where he threatened to shut down the government if Congress does not approve funding his proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, which she calls "foolish." Felbab-Brown also explains the impact a border wall would have on the U.S. economy, crime, Native Americans, the environment, and other issues. 

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On Trump's response to Charlottesville

Aug 19, 2017 04:18

Description:

John Hudak, senior fellow and deputy director of the Center for Effective Public Management at Brookings, says President Trump "choked" in his public comments on the violence in Charlottesville. Hudak adds that if the president pardons former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, as has been rumored, he will "be complicit in stomping on the rule of law."

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On Charlottesville, racism, and President Trump’s comments

Aug 17, 2017 05:58

Description:

Camille Busette, senior fellow and director of the Race, Prosperity, and Inclusion Initiative at the Brookings Institution, says that the recent violence at the hands of neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia has "forced us to confront this ugly history" of racism in America. She calls it "a defining moment for this administration" but says President Trump "has allied himself with bigots and racists."

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On US-China relations as tensions flare with North Korea

Aug 16, 2017 07:00

Description:

Ryan Hass, a fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center and the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings, discusses two important announcements that may be lost in the focus on the U.S.-North Korea standoff: China's announcement that it will ban North Korea's top export items; and the Trump administration's announcement that it will begin the process of determining if China is engaging in unfair trade practices.

Hass says that despite President Trump's "fire and fury" comment, "the fundamentals of the situation on the Korean peninsula have not changed," and that the U.S.-China relationship remains the "most consequential bilateral relationship" in the world.

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On threats from North Korea

Aug 11, 2017 05:22

Description:

Richard Bush, co-director at the Center for East Asia Policy Studies and a senior fellow with the John L. Thornton China Center in Foreign Policy, addresses President Trump's response to developments surrounding advancements in the North Korean nuclear program and offers recommendations on effective crisis management processes for the Trump administration.

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On the leaked climate report

Aug 10, 2017 05:50

Description:

Samantha Gross, fellow in the Cross-Brookings Initiative on Energy and Climate, discusses the findings from the Fourth National Climate Assessment and the why the document is at odds with the views of the Trump administration.

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On Cory Booker's marijuana bill

Aug 4, 2017 04:58

Description:

John Hudak, a senior fellow in Governance Studies and deputy director of the Center for Effective Public Management, provides an overview of the 'Marijuana Justice Act of 2017' introduced by Senator Cory Booker and discusses its importance in framing a new dialogue around marijuana policy, regardless of the bill's political feasibility.

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On NATO expansion and Eastern European stability

Aug 3, 2017 06:12

Description:

Michael E. O'Hanlon, a senior fellow in Foreign Policy and the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, discusses the prospect of NATO expansion and the role of the U.S. in Eastern European stability ahead of his new book Beyond NATO: A new security architecture for Eastern Europe.

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On the failed ‘skinny’ repeal of Obamacare

Jul 29, 2017 04:48

Description:

Molly Reynolds, fellow in Governance Studies, discusses the implications of the late-night health care vote that once again halted progress on Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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On the transgender military ban

Jul 27, 2017 05:33

Description:

Elaine Kamarck, senior fellow in Governance Studies and founding director of the Center for Effective Public Management, discusses President Trump's decision to forbid transgender individuals from serving in the military and considers previous rulings on inclusion in the armed forces.

On the presidential pardon

Jul 22, 2017 05:26

Description:

John Hudak, a senior fellow in Governance Studies, discusses the political legitimacy and risks associated with the possibility of President Trump pardoning his relatives and aides in the midst of the special counsel's investigation.

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On the inaugural U.S.-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue

Jul 21, 2017 06:03

Description:

David Dollar, senior fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center, explains the differences between the modern U.S. and Chinese economies and outlines why the Trump Administration should exercise caution when blaming trade imbalance on China. 

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On the failed health care bill

Jul 20, 2017 04:50

Description:

Molly Reynolds, fellow in Governance Studies, describes why it has been so difficult for Senate Republicans to even begin writing legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare and outlines the uncertainties in the future of national health care policy.

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On the challenges facing the Senate health care bill

Jul 14, 2017 05:27

Description:

Sarah Binder, senior fellow in Governance Studies, lays out what stands between the new Senate health care proposal introduced by Mitch McConnell and the 50 Republican votes it needs in order to pass.

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On net neutrality's day of action

Jul 14, 2017 05:32

Description:

Nicol Turner-Lee, a fellow in the Center for Technology Innovation in Governance Studies, discusses net neutrality's day of action, an online protest in support of the current net neutrality regulation, and outlines the need for cooperation between consumers and Congress in determining the future of communications rule-making.

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On the ethics of Donald Trump Jr.'s Russia meeting

Jul 13, 2017 05:06

Description:

Norm Eisen, senior fellow in Governance Studies, addresses the ethical and legal questions surrounding revelations that Donald Trump Jr. communicated with a Russian lawyer in the hopes of obtaining information that would influence the 2016 presidential election.

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On President Trump's first meeting with Putin

Jul 6, 2017 05:38

Description:

Steven Pifer, director of the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative and a senior fellow with the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and the Center on the United States and Europe, discusses the sensitive nature of President Trump’s initial meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.

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On 'energy week' in the White House

Jul 1, 2017 05:12

Description:

Samantha Gross, fellow in the Cross-Brookings Initiative on Energy and Climate, considers the Trump administration's energy and climate policy following "energy week" in the White House and argues why the administration should shift its focus towards renewable energy and Cleantech innovation. 

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On Modi's visit with Trump

Jun 30, 2017 08:02

Description:

Tanvi Madan, a fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy in the Foreign Policy program and director of The India Project, discusses Prime Minister Modi's visit with Trump and the state of US-India relations under the new administration.

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On the Supreme Court's travel ban decision

Jun 28, 2017 05:21

Description:

Russell Wheeler, visiting fellow in Governance Studies and president of the Governance Institute, examines the Supreme Court's decision to give temporary and limited approval to the Trump administration's travel ban. 

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On the death of Otto Warmbier

Jun 21, 2017 07:40

Description:

Jonathan D. Pollack, Interim SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies in the Center for East Asia Policy Studies and a senior fellow in the John L. Thornton China Center, outlines what we know surrounding the death of detained student Otto Warmbier, its implications for Northeast Asia policy, and what actions Washington should take next. 

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On the Senate health care bill

Jun 20, 2017 04:51

Description:

Molly Reynolds, fellow in Governance Studies, describes the progress of the GOP's health care bill, the reasons behind the secret negotiations, and the policy implications for Medicaid. 

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On Trump's Cuba policy and the future of U.S.-Cuba relations

Jun 20, 2017 05:28

Description:

Ted Piccone, senior fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy and Latin America Initiative in the Foreign Policy program, reflects on Trump's promise of a 'tougher' Cuba policy and its impact on business, Cuban sovereignty, and travel restrictions following Trump's speech in Miami.

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On the Senate passing new Russia sanctions

Jun 17, 2017 06:05

Description:

Steven Pifer, director of the Arms Control and Non-Proliferation Initiative and a senior fellow with the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence and the Center on the United States and Europe, explores the new legislation applying additional sanctions on Russia, the impact on the White House, and the implications for U.S.-Russia relations. 

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On Trump's "Apprentice" model for infrastructure and labor

Jun 17, 2017 05:24

Description:

Joseph Kane, a senior research analyst and associate fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program, discusses the Trump administration's plan for workforce development and infrastructure.

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On the UK general election

Jun 10, 2017 06:39

Description:

Thomas Wright, director of the Center on the United States and Europe and a fellow in the Project on International Order and Strategy, weighs in on the UK general election results and assesses the likely next steps for the Conservative and Labour parties.

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On the CHOICE act

Jun 10, 2017 05:25

Description:

Aaron Klein, a fellow in Economic Studies and policy director of the Center on Regulation and Markets, outlines the CHOICE Act, a House bill that aims to roll back and repeal a large portion of Dodd-Frank. 

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On Saudi Arabia breaking ties with Qatar

Jun 8, 2017 04:40

Description:

Bruce Riedel, senior fellow in Foreign Policy and director of the Brookings Intelligence Project, considers the reasons behind Saudi Arabia's decision to break ties with Qatar and how the United States should respond. 

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On Trump's Paris Agreement withdrawal

Jun 2, 2017 04:01

Description:

Samantha Gross, fellow in the Cross-Brookings Initiative on Energy and Climate, responds to President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement and articulates why this withdrawal is such a mistake. 

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On the CBO scoring of the AHCA

May 26, 2017 06:26

Description:

Matthew Fiedler, fellow with the Center for Health Policy in Economic Studies, evaluates the new CBO score of the AHCA, how it differs from past estimates, and the impact of the MacArthur Amendment. 

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On proposed budget cuts to foreign assistance programs

May 26, 2017 06:39

Description:

George Ingram, senior fellow in Global Economy and Development, outlines the impacted programs in Trump's proposed budget and explains the importance of foreign assistance for U.S. development and diplomacy. 

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On Trump's upcoming visit to Saudi Arabia

May 19, 2017 05:33

Description:

Daniel Byman, senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy, contextualizes Saudi Arabia's relationship with the United States under Obama and considers how this dynamic will change as Trump's visit approaches. 

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On Trump's upcoming visit to Israel

May 18, 2017 06:04

Description:

Natan Sachs, fellow in Foreign Policy and director of the Center for Middle East Policy, explores Trump's upcoming visit to Israel and the opportunities for forming both policy and image. 

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On Iran's presidential election and the future of U.S.-Iran relations

May 18, 2017 05:45

Description:

Suzanne Maloney, deputy director of Foreign Policy and senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy, discusses the upcoming Iranian presidential election and its implications for U.S.-Iran relations as the Trump administration continues developing its policy toward Tehran. 

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On congressional Democrats' response to Comey's dismissal

May 17, 2017 06:20

Description:

Molly Reynolds, fellow in Governance Studies, reviews the options and institutional procedures available to congressional Democrats as they respond to President Trump firing FBI Director James Comey. 

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On Trump's upcoming visit to the NATO summit

May 16, 2017 06:04

Description:

Michael E. O’Hanlon, senior fellow in Foreign Policy and co-director of the Center on 21st Century Security and Intelligence, revisits Trump’s position towards NATO as the summit approaches and explores the alliance's agenda moving forward as NATO faces the future state of European security and its relationship with Russia.

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On shades of Watergate

May 11, 2017 05:15

Description:

Elaine Kamarck, senior fellow in Governance Studies and director of the Center for Effective Public Management, reflects on the similarities between Comey's dismissal and the actions of Richard Nixon forty-four years ago, and considers what may happen next. 

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On Trump firing FBI Director James Comey

May 10, 2017 05:04

Description:

Benjamin Wittes, senior fellow in Governance Studies and editor-in-chief of Lawfare, expounds on the serious implications of Comey's dismissal, where it places the Trump-Russia investigation, and the state of the FBI and the country moving forward. 

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On the AHCA in the Senate

May 5, 2017 04:35

Description:

Molly Reynolds, fellow in Governance Studies, considers what's next for the AHCA in the Senate following the House narrowly passing the bill.

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