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U.S. Immigration Policy since 9/11: Understanding the Stalemate Over Comprehensive Immigration Reform

The week before the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the United States had seemed on the cusp of major immigration reform. President George W. Bush and Mexican President Vicente Fox had agreed to a comprehensive framework that included legalization, a guest-worker program, and increased border security. But mere days after that agreement, which seemed poised to win bipartisan support, the terrorist attacks upended substantive policy reform in favor of an enforcement-only agenda.

Liberty's Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from Washington to Obama

Americans are a nation-building people, and in Liberty’s Surest Guardian, Jeremi Suri, Mack Brown Distinguished Professor for Global Leadership, History, and Public Policy at the University of Texas at Austin looks to America’s history to see both what it has to offer failed states around the world and what it should avoid. Far from being cold imperialists, Americans have earnestly attempted to export their invention of representative government.

Book Launch: Pinched: How the Great Recession Has Narrowed Our Futures and What We Can Do About It

While the current recession is causing millions of Americans real and tangible pain today, the wounds inflicted by the current economic climate may prove to be more long-lasting and damaging than originally thought.  This is the argument espoused by Don Peck in his recently released book, Pinched: How the Great Recession Has Narrowed Our Futures and What We Can Do About It.  The book, which is based upon Peck’s cover story from the March 2010 issue of The Atlantic Magazine, details how the lingering effects of this recession will be felt by those hardest h

Debt Deal Shows How Process Becomes Policy

This column appeared in Roll Call on August 2, 2011.

If you got the impression during the debt limit imbroglio that our leaders were creatively trying to extricate themselves from a box of their own making, you’ve been cribbing from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s manual: Crises (fabricated or not) can advance worthy goals—even restoring fiscal sanity. It’s getting there that sometimes seems insane.

New Game Lets American Public Be Budget Heroes

Lawmakers from both parties agree that America needs a national conversation about our debt. At a July 13 event on Capitol Hill, Senators Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), ranking member on the Senate Budget Committee, and Mark Udall, (D-Colo.) embraced the popular game Budget Hero as a way to jump start that discussion.