April 30, 2017

Super PAC Spending Hits $500m

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Super PACs have led the charge, breaking the half-a-billion dollar mark in spending and making up about 80 percent of total outside spending for the 2016 election. The nearly $530 million is almost three times the amount spent by super PACs in the 2012 election by the end of August. Read More »

Voting Rights Victories Are Pyrrhic but Worth Celebrating

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Courts have overturned several state-level voter suppression laws, but the cases should never have been necessary in the first place Read More »

Trump’s Candidacy Real Test of American Democracy

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Trump's ascendance as Republican nominee has brought American democracy at a crossroads where only American voters can save it from a total disaster. Read More »

Why the UK’s Brexit Vote Should Matter to Americans

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Polls show voters are beginning to lean toward leaving the EU, so it's time to brush up on what will happen if there's a Brexit – and why it matters on this side of the Atlantic. Read More »

Terrorism in Orlando

Law enforcement vehicles near Pulse night club in Orlando during the worst terrorist attack on US soil. (Photo via video stream)

The Orlando LGBTI massacre looks like the work of an individual rather than a planned terror attack, but it's no less deadly for that. Read More »

Final Bell Sounds for Muhammad Ali: The Greatest

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He moved from fearsome warrior to benevolent monarch and then benign venerated figure. Now Ali has moved on again. Read More »

Trump and the Future of US Power in the Pacific

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Donald Trump’s scapegoating, zero-sum economic policies, threats to extort close allies over the continuation of the US forward deployment and his radically laissez-faire approach to nuclear diplomacy, will not only ultimately fail to address Americas’ grievances but also risks the future of the US as a Pacific and global power. Read More »

Security Risks in the Age of Smart Homes

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Smart home technologies have some major security weaknesses that better design and programming could solve. Read More »

Raising the Social Security Retirement Age is a Bad Idea

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As the gap in life expectancy between the richest and poorest Americans continues to widen, now is the time to expand and strengthen Social Security, not cut it. Read More »

Megadonors Capitalize on Offshore Opportunities

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The release of the Panama Papers has brought fresh reminders of the stunning amount of wealth held offshore, but that’s a world these donors and their firms navigate routinely as part of a rarefied investment community far more wealthy and sophisticated than the market to which most people have access. Read More »