U.S. Domestic Policy

Brookings-Wilson Center’s “Fiscal Ship” Awarded Gold in International Competition

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Four Questions to Consider on Orlando Massacre

A comprehensive accounting of the largest mass shooting in U.S. history and the worst terror attack on U.S. soil since 9/11 will take time. But here are four questions worth posing now.

Why not describe the attacks as extremist jihadi terrorism?

“Fiscal Ship” Game Puts Players in Charge of the Federal Budget

The Wilson Center and Brooking Institution have launched a new “serious game” called The Fiscal Ship. The game puts players in charge of the federal budget and provides a structure for taking on the daunting task of putting the nation’s economic books in order. One of the game’s designers, Eric Church, joins Wilson Center NOW to discuss the learning potential associated with playing serious games. Think you have what it takes to fix the debt problem? Can you fund priorities while keeping America solvent?

Can you fix the debt? Play 'The Fiscal Ship' at Brookings

All along the campaign trail, presidential candidates continue to make promises they can’t keep. They promise to give voters trillions in tax cuts while also balancing the budget and protecting popular programs from budget cuts.

Fact-checking journalists and spreadsheet-wielding advocates of fiscal responsibility challenge those assertions, but reach a small slice of the population. So we asked: What else can be done to communicate the scale and scope of the debt problem?

Wilson Center and Brookings Institution Launch New Serious Game: The Fiscal Ship

All along the campaign trail, presidential candidates continue to make promises they can’t keep. They promise to give voters trillions in tax cuts while also balancing the budget and protecting popular programs from budget cuts.

Fact-checking journalists and spreadsheet-wielding advocates of fiscal responsibility challenge those assertions but reach a small slice of the population. So we asked: What else can be done to communicate the scale and scope of the debt problem?

Jimmy Carter in Africa: Race and the Cold War

In the mid-1970s, the Cold War had frozen into a nuclear stalemate in Europe and retreated from the headlines in Asia. As Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter fought for the presidency in late 1976, the superpower struggle overseas seemed to take a backseat to more contentious domestic issues of race relations and rising unemployment. There was one continent, however, where the Cold War was on the point of flaring hot: Africa.

DHS: Progress in 2015, Goals for 2016--A Conversation with Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh C. Johnson

Please join the Wilson Center as Secretary Jeh C. Johnson, the fourth Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, delivers his final State of Homeland Security address, entitled “DHS: Progress in 2015, Goals for 2016.” Secretary Johnson oversees the United States' third largest Cabinet department and leads the nation’s efforts to counter a broad range of threats, from terrorism to natural disasters. Secretary Johnson's remarks will be followed by a question & answer session with the Center's Director, President & CEO Jane Harman.

Speaking Freely: Whitney v. California and American Speech Law

The United States has the world’s most permissive speech laws. That wasn’t always true, however, and leading constitutional scholar Philippa Strum explains how and why it happened. The story involves both a radical descendent of Mayflower Pilgrims named Anita Whitney and Supreme Court Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis. Strum also explores the question of whether such a liberal approach to speech is the right policy in today’s world, given cyberbullying, terrorist recruitment on the Internet, sexting, and the absence of gatekeepers in the world of the Web.

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