Tensions of the Week

The Matryoshka Candidate

This is part 2 of 2 in an examination of shifting US-Russia relations and that shift's impact on the world ...
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Twinkle Twinkle Little Tsar, Putin Put You Where You Are

This is part 1 of 2 in an examination of shifting US-Russia relations and that shift's impact on the world ...
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Trading Up: Lessons for Trump on Trade

The battle between Donald Trump and the current policy on free trade continues to rage on even now that Trump ...
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Protection Money

Since the end of WWII, the United States has pursued a foreign policy aimed at preventing the expansion of rival ...
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RSS The House

  • Dems offer House resolution to force Trump's tax returns March 27, 2017
    On Monday, for the fifth consecutive week, Democrats offered a resolution on the House floor regarding President Trump’s tax returns.Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) brought up the measure, which would direct the House to request 15 years worth of Trump’...
  • Senate takes up NATO membership for Montenegro March 27, 2017
    The Senate is moving forward on Montenegro's bid to join NATO. Senators voted 97-2 to end debate on a treaty backing the Eastern European country's bid. GOP Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.) and Mike Lee (Utah) were the only senators voting...
  • Florida Dems to Trump: Cut back Mar-a-Lago visits or pay up March 27, 2017
    The Democratic lawmaker whose district includes President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate is asking the White House to alleviate the “financial burden” of his near-weekly visits.Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) called on Trump to either provide federal...

RSS The Courts

  • Courts, Justice Department Join Forces to Collect Offenders’ Debts March 23, 2017
    When a defendant is convicted of a crime in federal court, he or she owes many debts to society. In addition to likely prison time, offenders may be required to pay thousands of dollars in restitution, fines, and special assessments after sentencing.
  • Judicial Conference Asks Congress to Create New Judgeships March 14, 2017
    The Judicial Conference of the United States today agreed to recommend to Congress the creation of 57 new Article III judgeships in the courts of appeals and district courts. If an omnibus judgeship bill is enacted into law, it would be first new comprehensive judgeship legislation to take effect in more than 26 years.
  • AO Releases Annual Report and Court Statistics March 14, 2017
    The year 2016 was a time of innovation and progress at the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AO), the agency reported today in two releases detailing its activities and programs over the 12-month period.
  • Judges Highlighted for Women’s History Month March 9, 2017
    The stories of six federal judges, who overcame various obstacles on their paths to the bench, are highlighted as part of the U.S. courts’ observance of Women’s History Month. 

RSS The World

  • A Vision of Trump at War March 22, 2017
    Writing in Foreign Affairs, Philip Gordon offers a vision of how President Trump could stumble—through bluster, wishful thinking, and miscalculation—into war with Iran, China, and North Korea. 
  • World Order 2.0 February 15, 2017
    There is growing tension between President Trump’s America First doctrine and building order in an interconnected world, writes CFR President Richard N. Haass.
  • Egypt’s Nightmare February 13, 2017
    The single-minded pursuit of the Muslim Brotherhood has become the guiding principle of Egypt’s foreign and domestic policies, writes CFR’s Steven A. Cook. These policies, however, are proving counterproductive and destabilizing to the lives of Egyptians as well as Gazans, Libyans, and Syrians.

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