Energy is Not a Talking Point – It’s a Critical Resource
Energy / Politics / Presidency / Presidential Race 2016

Energy is Not a Talking Point – It’s a Critical Resource

One of the final questions of the second presidential debate was perhaps one of the more substantive policy questions asked throughout this chaotic election season. While the rest of the internet has focused on Ken Bone and his striking red sweater, the content of his question was equally striking: “What steps will your energy policy … Continue reading

The Extradition Wars: Snowden Edition
Foreign Policy / Politics

The Extradition Wars: Snowden Edition

After leaking details of a classified surveillance program and briefly stopping over in Hong Kong, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has been hanging out in a transit zone at Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow. Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that he will not be extradited, citing the absence of an extradition treaty and the … Continue reading

The Government is Making Money Off Students; Is that a Good Thing?
Economy / U.S. Domestic Policy

The Government is Making Money Off Students; Is that a Good Thing?

The last thing anyone expects the government to do is make money. Every day congressional lawmakers lament budget deficits, and the inability of the federal government to cover its spending with tax revenue is a perennial issue. But while Washington continues to struggle with the debt, there are a few government-affiliated organizations that are actually … Continue reading

Intervention in Syria: Old Problem, New Tactics
Foreign Policy

Intervention in Syria: Old Problem, New Tactics

Events from last week highlight two very different faces of the Syrian intervention movement and how each is evolving: Senator John McCain’s visit with rebel leaders, and the as yet unconfirmed report of an American combatant’s death. These developments have attracted increased attention to the possibility of U.S. intervention in Syria, a prospect which seemed … Continue reading

Regulations: Another Front in the War Between the Branches
Economy / Regulation

Regulations: Another Front in the War Between the Branches

While politics and partisanship are the primary forces driving the discord in Washington today, it is power that will ultimately determine the outcome of such conflict. In our government, power is shared between branches, which in times of divided government like the present, essentially means shared between parties. With each side empowered to block the … Continue reading

Political Death by Chinese Water Torture: The Scandalous Drip
Politics / Presidency

Political Death by Chinese Water Torture: The Scandalous Drip

During the 2008 campaign, then-candidate Obama promised that his administration would be the most open and transparent in American history – in history!  Jefferson be damned.  He’s repeated that sound bite multiple times, stating that they have instituted rules that, for example, disallow registered lobbyists from working at the White House and make White House … Continue reading

Why Senator Warren’s Student Loan Proposal Doesn’t Add Up
Economy / Education / Fiscal policy

Why Senator Warren’s Student Loan Proposal Doesn’t Add Up

Last week, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) unveiled her first piece of legislation on the Senate floor — a proposal to allow students to borrow at the same rates as banks. While this move galvanizes the populist movement, the economics behind it does not quite add up. The interest rate on direct subsidized loans for undergrads … Continue reading

The Heritage Foundation’s Intellectual Dishonesty
Economy / Immigration

The Heritage Foundation’s Intellectual Dishonesty

With gun control stalled and budget negotiations on the back burner, all eyes have now turned to immigration reform. President Obama is seeking (and really needs) a large second term accomplishment to solidify and bolster his legacy.  Republicans, meanwhile, are trapped at the bottom of an electoral well staring up at 70% of Latinos and … Continue reading

A Drop in the Bucket: the Obamacare Application Gets a Reboot
Affordable Care Act / Economy / Healthcare / Regulation

A Drop in the Bucket: the Obamacare Application Gets a Reboot

Flexible and nimble, these are the words chosen by one Obama Administration official as part of the announcement earlier this week that the application to apply for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) shiny new state exchanges would be trimmed to three pages. The presentation of the new form, meant to remind the … Continue reading