March, 2023

  • 8 March

    Global Diplomacy Breaks the Hard Nexus Between War and Famine

    This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Bengal Famine in India and the less well-known Henan Famine in China, which together killed around 3 million people in Asia’s two most populous countries. Historical memory in India will not easily forget the callousness of Winston Churchill, who declined to intervene in what was then British India to save lives so …

  • 6 March

    Why Walking Through the Countryside ‘Tames’ Our Brain

    El Cares hiking trail in Northern Spain. Shutterstock / SergioNF   “I’m going to the countryside over the weekend to disconnect.” This is a common refrain among people who, overwhelmed by the big city, seek to spend a few days in nature as a means of escape. We all know it works – a couple of days spent in rural …

February, 2023

  • 4 February

    Chinese Spy Balloon: An Expert Explains How Balloons Work and What They Can See

      fficials of the U.S. Department of Defense confirmed on Feb. 2, 2023, that the military was tracking what it called a “spy balloon” that was drifting over the continental United States at an altitude of about 60,000 feet. The following day, Chinese officials acknowledged that the balloon was theirs but denied it was intended for spying or meant to …

  • 4 February

    IL State Hearings and Transparency Needed on Nicor Gas Cost Hikes

    Consumers are reeling over massive increases in Nicor Gas costs, and they can’t get answers because the system is rigged against them. Nicor Gas is owned by a massive conglomerate called Southern Gas, which has four gas subsidiaries serving 4.2 million customers. Nicor is the largest serving 2.2 million consumers in the northern third of the state, excluding Chicago. Nicor …

January, 2023

  • 25 January

    American Tanks for Ukraine Signals West’s Long-term Commitment to Thwarting Russia

    M1 Abrams, a third-generation American main battle tanks, are seen in Poland in September 2022. Artur Widak/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images President Joe Biden announced on Jan. 25, 2023, that the U.S. would send 31 M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine – following Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s repeated requests for more military tanks to help wage its war against Russia. “This …

November, 2022

  • 13 November

    Post-election Thoughts: What Next after Democrats Retain Senate Control?

    No matter which way the final election results go, and to which side the House flips, the next two years will be challenging for both the Republicans and the Democrats.

October, 2022

  • 30 October

    Federal Lobbying Topped $3b Through Third Quarter for the First Time Ever

    Over 13,400 organizations deployed more than 11,900 federal lobbyists during the first nine months of 2022. The 10 clients that spent the most money on federal lobbying during that period accounted for 8% of all federal lobbying spending.

  • 30 October

    Angry American voters is a Good Thing for Voter Turnout, Bad Thing for Democracy

    As American politics becomes increasingly fragmented along racial, religious and ideological lines, the need to form these cross-partisan social ties will become more pressing.

August, 2022

  • 25 August

    As Colorado River Dries, the U.S. Teeters on the Brink of Larger Water Crisis

    The levels in the nation’s largest freshwater reservoir, Lake Mead, behind the Hoover Dam and a fulcrum of the Colorado River basin, have dropped to around 25% of capacity. The Bureau of Reclamation, which governs lakes Mead and Powell and water distribution for the southern end of the river, has issued an ultimatum: The seven states that draw from the Colorado must find ways to cut their consumption — by as much as 40% — or the federal government will do it for them.

June, 2022

  • 26 June

    A Supreme Court Scholar Explains the Impact of Dobbs

    The Supreme Court’s decision to reverse 50 years of constitutional protection for the right to get an abortion is more than 200 pages long. Morgan Marietta, a political scientist at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and editor of the annual SCOTUS series at Palgrave Macmillan, studies the ideas and ideology of the court. We asked him to illuminate the thinking that lies behind the momentous decision.