The Race to 270: Reforming the Electoral College
Constitution / Politics

The Race to 270: Reforming the Electoral College

The way in which the United States elects its presidential candidates is constantly being debated. Following the 2012 presidential election, many states are reconsidering the rules of the game. The current set-up of the electoral college poses problems for the electorate, as do some of the proposed solutions to these problems. The design of the … Continue reading

Unemployment Benefits: Republican Victory
America / Economy / Labor Force

Unemployment Benefits: Republican Victory

According to the US Department of Labor, the purpose of Unemployment Insurance Extended Benefits is for “workers who have exhausted regular unemployment insurance benefits during periods of high unemployment.” It provides an additional thirteen weeks of benefits for states experiencing high unemployment. From the US Department of Labor again, State Unemployment Insurance Benefits have the … Continue reading

NAFTA Trucking Program Driving Equality for Mexico
Politics

NAFTA Trucking Program Driving Equality for Mexico

The 1994 passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was a major commitment to bolstering the interconnectedness between the United States and Mexico. Since implementation, the two countries have continued to realize increased economic growth and efficiency gains from integrated production. In 2012, Mexico was the second largest goods export destination for the … Continue reading

A Vicious Cycle of Narrow Networks: Trading Cost for Access for the Benefit of Whom?
Affordable Care Act / Healthcare

A Vicious Cycle of Narrow Networks: Trading Cost for Access for the Benefit of Whom?

Broader choice comes with a price. As the Affordable Care Act (ACA) slowly phases in, health policy experts predict a primary care physician shortage gap as well as a deep crack in the patient-physician relationship in the United States to grow deeper over time.  Especially if the President doesn’t keep the promise he made to … Continue reading

EPA Holds Listening Sessions on Carbon Regulations – But Who Are They Listening To?
Energy

EPA Holds Listening Sessions on Carbon Regulations – But Who Are They Listening To?

The EPA recently held 11 sessions for public input on the agency’s new rules to restrict carbon emissions from existing power plants. While large coal interests and major labor unions were represented, the vast majority of attendees represented environmental advocacy groups (or themselves) and favored regulation. Some might suggest that this indicates broad support for … Continue reading

Holiday Spending: Past, Present, and Future
Economy / Fiscal policy

Holiday Spending: Past, Present, and Future

For the past decade holiday spending has begun before Halloween for about 40% of Americans, meaning the 2013 season is already underway. Halloween spending has served as an indicator of things to come, and this year spending decreased slightly (first decrease since 2009). The National Retail Federation (NRF) has projected a modest 2% spending decrease … Continue reading

Tackling Our Attitudes Toward Aging
Aging / America / Culture / Environment / Politics

Tackling Our Attitudes Toward Aging

Age is a sensitive topic in our society. Even Hollywood actress Jessica Chastain has gone on the record saying that she will never reveal her age because she’s an “actress.” (It is widely speculated she is 35 years old.) Another actress Isabelle Huppert rebuked an interviewer for asking a question about her “longevity” in the … Continue reading