U.S. Domestic Policy

Media, M.D.

After almost two months of screaming newspaper headlines and wall-to-wall cable television coverage about the Ebola outbreak, a calm descended over the media in late October. On Oct. 30, the Washington Post's front page carried the headline, "New Cases of Ebola Declining, WHO Says." The next day, the same real estate carried stories about the war in Syria and the CEO of Apple, Inc. Over the same two days, Ebola was nowhere to be found on the front page of the New York Times.

Congress Rising: Obama, Iraq, Syria and the Use of Force

The Takeaways:

1.      While President Obama was well within his constitutional rights to order airstrikes in early August, he has since claimed that the U.S. is now on “the offensive” against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). As such, the focus is no longer on protecting U.S. citizens against a credible threat and the President must gain approval from Congress in order to continue the U.S. campaigns in Iraq and Syria.

The First Binational Forum on Migration and the Right to an Identity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Woodrow Wilson Center's Mexico Institute and the Be Foundation were pleased to host the First Binational Forum on Migration and the Right to an Identity: The Double Invisibility of Mexican Migrants in light of Potential U.S. Immigration Reform. The forum provided for the analysis and discussion of the phenomenon of immigrants whose births went unregistered and who, as a result, lack proof of identity and nationality.

FDR Was The Last Great President. Let's Never Have Another

Who was the last great president of the United States? Well, if you're not on Social Security, you wouldn't be old enough to have seen one, says author Aaron David Miller, Wilson Center vice president and distinguished scholar. In his new book, The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (and Doesn't Want) Another Great President, Miller concludes that we've had three great leaders:

Teleconference--Ebola: What's Next?

Ebola is now a global crisis and last week it entered the United States. How are healthcare systems and humanitarian groups responding to the crisis and is the virus really under control? 

Below is a summary of the conversation with our experts Dr. Monde Muyangwa, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and Dr. William Schaffner.

The Takeaways:

The Politics and Process of Keystone XL

As the mid-term elections approach, one of the biggest questions this November will be about the future of the Keystone XL pipeline. On October 7, the Canada Institute convened a panel of experts to discuss the reasons for the KXL pipeline becoming the political football it is today, as well as what the proposed project means for the upcoming elections, the legal underpinnings of the approval process, and where the pipeline will go from here, both in Nebraska and in Washington, D.C.

Speakers:

A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida

Washington History Seminar
Historical Perspectives on International and National Affairs

A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida

N. D. B. Connolly
JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY

A Republican for Attorney General?

At this point in his presidency, Barack Obama has an opportunity to build consensus. With Eric Holder’s resignation, he should consider taking this opportunity to mend fences and revive a Cabinet once billed as a “team of rivals.” So how about a Republican for attorney general? I have a candidate in mind: former Solicitor General Ted Olson, who will probably curse me for making the suggestion.

Can America Have (and Does It Want) Another Great President?

Universal agreement on those American Presidents that have achieved “greatness” yields a short list. Most will agree on Washington, Lincoln, and FDR… but then the debate begins in earnest. In his new book, “The End of Greatness: Why America Can't Have (and Doesn't Want) Another Great President,” Wilson Center Distinguished Scholar Aaron David Miller provides a challenging analysis of the nature of presidential leadership and what is required for a chief executive to attain that status. Miller previews the book in this edition of Wilson Center NOW.

Supply and Demand: The Present and Future of U.S. Energy Policy

Daniel Poneman has served as Deputy Secretary of Energy since 2009. As he prepares to leave office (October 2, 2014), he visited the Wilson Center to provide context on U.S. energy needs and the policies designed to meet them.

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