Tensions of the Week

Refugees: Taste the Rainbow

“If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three were would kill you. Would you take ...
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Creating a Power Vacuum

The primary US goal in the Middle East is to restore stability. The power vacuum in the Middle East that ...
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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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RSS The House

  • Study: Trump tops recent GOP presidents in signing bills in first 100 days April 28, 2017
    President Trump has signed more bills into law than his most recent GOP predecessors in his first 100 days in office but still lacks a major legislative accomplishment, a new study finds.An analysis released Friday by Quorum, a D.C.-based...
  • Schumer: Trump's handling of North Korea 'all wrong' April 28, 2017
    Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) sharply criticized on Friday President Trump's handling of North Korea, arguing that he's relying too much on China to solve the problem. A day earlier, in an interview with Reuters, Trump said...
  • Democrats give Trump an F for first 100 days April 28, 2017
    Congressional Democrats are slamming President Trump's first 100 days in office, giving him an F on a number of issues. "The grades are coming due for President Trump after a starkly dismal first 100 days. Budget: F. Creating jobs: F. Draining...

RSS The Courts

  • Policy Shifts Reduce Federal Prison Population April 25, 2017
    A decline in the number of federal prosecutions and in the severity of sentences for drug-related crime in recent years has resulted in a significant drop in the federal prison population, according to statistics from the Judiciary, the U.S. Sentencing Commission (USSC), and the Bureau of Prisons (BOP).
  • New Report on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Issued April 20, 2017
    In calendar year 2016, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court denied 9 applications in full and 26 applications in part. Learn more about the 2016 Report of the Director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts on Activities of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Courts.
  • Moments in History: The Wright Brothers’ Day in Federal Court April 20, 2017
    In 1903, the Wright Brothers’ made aviation history when they flew their airplane in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. They then made legal history in numerous federal patent lawsuits, raising fundamental questions about how far inventors can go in using patent law to ward off challengers.  
  • March 2017 Bankruptcy Filings Down 4.7 Percent April 19, 2017
    Bankruptcy filings fell 4.7 percent for the 12-month period ending March 31, 2017, compared with the year ending March 31, 2016, according to statistics released by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

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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