In Space Everyone Can Hear You Compete
Technology

In Space Everyone Can Hear You Compete

  After years of fighting, the Senate has reached a compromise regarding the use of Russian rocket engines for U.S. military space launches.  The agreement lifts the ban implemented in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act until 2022, after which the Pentagon can no longer issue launch contracts to firms using Russian made rockets.  “Firms,” … Continue reading

The Most Extraordinary Aspect of the Election is Not What You think!
America / Politics / U.S. Senate

The Most Extraordinary Aspect of the Election is Not What You think!

Following an election, market participants strive to explore the new political landscape. Pundits are commenting, and slowly but surely, people discover what the new landscape looks like. Interestingly though, if you ask political economists (sometimes called Public Choice economists) the most fascinating aspect of an election is perhaps not what parties gain control of which houses of … Continue reading

Senate Shake-Up: Retirements and 2014 Election Projections
Healthcare / Politics / U.S. Senate

Senate Shake-Up: Retirements and 2014 Election Projections

A wave of high-profile retirement announcements continues to sweep through Congress. Consequently, there will be significant shifts of power within both chambers, as well as electoral developments that have the potential to change which party controls the Senate in the 114th Congress. New committee chairmanships and open-seat elections will have significant implications for both the … Continue reading

Senate’s Iranian Sanctions are Self-Interested
Foreign Policy / Iran / National Security / Politics / Sanctions / U.S. Senate

Senate’s Iranian Sanctions are Self-Interested

Recently,  a new piece of legislation has hit the senate floor; one that entails expanding current sanctions on Iran as well as creating new sanctions for the purpose of impeding Iran from attaining nuclear weapons.  This bill comes at a time when talks and a Joint Plan of Action (JPA) have already been made in … Continue reading

Make Way for a New Monarchy
Politics

Make Way for a New Monarchy

Senate Democrats, led by Harry Reid (D-NV), eliminated the filibuster option in November, killing any chance for Senate Republicans to have a say in executive, appellate and district nominees. In other words, President Obama can put anyone he wants into power with a little help from his friends in the Senate. Traditionally, Senate Rules have … Continue reading

Cruz Control: Long Senate Speeches and How a Non-Filibuster Can Still Wield Power
Affordable Care Act / Healthcare / Politics / U.S. Senate

Cruz Control: Long Senate Speeches and How a Non-Filibuster Can Still Wield Power

While Senator Ted Cruz’s September 24 speech condemning the Affordable Care Act was not technically a filibuster, the length of time he spent talking without yielding the floor is notable in the history of speeches delivered in the Senate. Filibusters are intended to delay or prevent voting on a piece of legislation. A senator may … Continue reading