Congress

Wilson Forum - From Cyber to Immigration, Terrorism to Disasters: Securing America in the Next Administration

On this episode of Wilson Forum U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano discusses her department’s plans to protect America in the years ahead from multiple threats including cyber-crime, terrorism, immigration, and natural disasters. The event is moderated by Wilson Center Director, President, and CEO Jane Harman.

 

The Gingrich Senators: The Roots of Partisan Warfare in Congress

The much venerated Senate of the mid-twentieth century is now a distant memory. Today senators routinely electioneer on the Senate floor, play games with the legislative process, and question each other’s motives. Sean M. Theriault documents how one group of senators has been at the forefront of the transformation—the “Gingrich Senators,” which he defines as those Republicans who previously served in the House after New Gingrich was first elected. He shows how the Gingrich Senators are more conservative and more likely to engage in partisan warfare than the other Republicans.

Latin American Program in the News: El futuro de las alianzas 'heredadas' por Chávez a Venezuela

Ahora que Chávez se ha ido, probablemente no haya nadie que tenga la influencia para seguir financiando a esta alianza. El país que más aporta a la ALBA es Venezuela, que contribuye con millones de dólares en asistencia para sus miembros y con petróleo a precios bajos.

Latin American Program in the News: The well-greased vote machine Chavez left

Across the nation, government vehicles cruise streets blasting salsa music and distributing campaign literature. Campaign billboards festoon the roofs of government buildings.

Latin American Program in the News: México y EU revisarán la Iniciativa Mérida

Según escribe Eric L. Olson, Investigador del Instituto México, del Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, en el Atlas de la Seguridad y la Defensa de México 2012, el primero, dedicado a la lucha contra el narcotráfico así como a la seguridad fronteriza acaparó el 64% del presupuesto e “implicó equipo de muy alto costo, como 21 aeronaves para el uso de las fuerzas militares y policiales”.

Building Partner Capacity in West Africa

“There is no better capacity building out there than a strong economy and a strong private sector doing business that people see opportunity in.” -- Congressman Adam Smith

Addressing Local Cooperation & Common Goals

Latin American Program in the News: Anti-US Accusations in Venezuela Seen as Campaign Rhetoric

Filibusters Sometimes Serve Purposes

GOP Sen. Everett McKinley Dirksen of Illinois was asked by a reporter in 1964, when he was minority leader, what he thought of a proposed change in filibuster rules. “Well,” he replied in his distinctive basso profundo, “Ha, ha, ha; and, I might add, ho, ho, ho.”

Rand Paul is Right

Many disagree with Sen. Rand Paul on many issues, but he is spot-on about the need for a crystal clear framework regarding the domestic and international use of drones.

Inside the United States, without exception, an American suspected of plotting a terror attack should never be targeted by an armed drone. Period.

Rand Paul was right to end the 13-hour filibuster after getting a letter from Attorney General Eric Holder that provided modest clarification about presidential authority over drone use in the United States.

Celebrating the Legacy of Daniel Patrick Moynihan: The Launch of "Moynihan's Moment," a New Book by Gil Troy

On November 10, 1975, the General Assembly of United Nations passed Resolution 3379, which declared Zionism a form of racism. Afterward, a tall man with long, graying hair, horned-rim glasses, and a bowtie stood to speak. He pronounced his words with the rounded tones of a Harvard academic, but his voice shook with outrage: "The United States rises to declare, before the General Assembly of the United Nations, and before the world, that it does not acknowledge, it will not abide by, it will never acquiesce in this infamous act."

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