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U.S. Domestic Policy

Congress’ Influence on Foreign Policy: For Better or Worse?

Panelists:  Former Sen. John E. Sununu (R-N.H.), senior policy advisor, Akin Gump; David McKean, public policy scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center; James M. Lindsay, senior vice president, Council on Foreign Relations; Gail Russell Chaddock, congressional correspondent, The Christian Science Monitor.

A Better Way to Fund the Government on Time

Congress will not celebrate fiscal new year’s eve Sept. 30. That’s because: (a) it will not be in town; and (b) it will have nothing to celebrate.

For the 15th consecutive time, the first branch has failed its first duty to fund the government for a full year. It will again fall back on a stopgap continuing resolution to keep the government running temporarily.

Book Discussion: "American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation"

The conventional view of the American left has been a story of movements that failed to gain support from mainstream America. In American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation, author Michael Kazin argues that although these movements may not have succeeded on their own terms, many nonetheless made lasting contributions to American society.

Is the Border Broken? Rethinking the Conventional Wisdom

Does border enforcement prevent terrorism? How effectively does it reduce contraband trafficking? To what extent should corresponding investments in physical barriers, technology, and personnel, which have been massive in the past ten years, be directed elsewhere besides the southwestern border? If not terrorists and other national security risks, who is being stopped at the southwestern border? And do the apprehensions of economic migrants from Latin America, who represent the vast majority of apprehensions, improve national security or are they instead distractions from true threats?

Mixed Records of Success for Joint Committees

If a camel is a horse designed by a committee, is a duck-billed platypus a duck conceived by a bipartisan, joint committee of Congress? We may soon know.

The Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction is mandated by the Budget Control Act to report by Nov. 23 additional budget savings of at least $1.5 trillion over the next decade.

In Uncertain Times: American Foreign Policy after the Berlin Wall and 9/11

Melvyn P. Leffler, former Wilson Center public policy scholar and Edward R.