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Yippee Ki-Yay: It's a Political News Round-up!

It’s been a slow news week in the political world. The only really big events this week were the breakdown of talks with Iran — which I am even more unqualified to discuss than most stuff — and off-year elections [...]

November 10, 2013 Soapbox Blog
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Interview with Congressman Lou Barletta

By Anthony Cruz Republican Congressman Lou Barletta is the representative for Pennsylvania’s 11th District. Congressman Barletta served as Mayor of Hazleton, PA from 2000 to 2010, when he was elected to the U.S. Congress, where he serves on the Transportation [...]

August 19, 2013 Interviews, Online Only
"Laser Focused Commissions: An Effective Alternative to Super Committees" By Monica Kwok

Laser Focused Commissions: An Effective Alternative to Super Committees

Now that Congress is back in session, the first item on the agenda is to avoid another recession by softening the ramifications of looming tax increases and spending cuts. The second order of business is the unsustainable long-run debt trajectory. [...]

November 29, 2012 Soapbox Blog
Fiscal Phrases: An Overly Simplistic Description of Economic Policy by Monica Kwok

Fiscal Phrases: An Overly Simplistic Description of Economic Policy

As a current events enthusiast with a special affinity for fiscal policy, I’ve come across the semi comical phrase “fiscal cliff” quite a few times over the past several months. Odds are this particular term will continue to trend in [...]

November 20, 2012 Soapbox Blog

The Spirit of Compromise

The Spirit of Compromise: Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It by Amy Gutmann and Dennis Thompson Princeton University Press, 2012, $24.95 Gutmann and Thompson begin their second chapter with an interview between John Boehner and Lesley Stahl, in [...]

May 29, 2012 Culture and Campus Issues, National, Online Only

CSI: Crime Scene Incompetence

S. 132: The Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Reform Act of 2011 would establish much-needed national forensic science standards. It would allow the Department of Justice to certify forensic science labs and practitioners. It would give the DOJ authority to [...]

May 16, 2012 Soapbox Blog
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Going Home for the Holidays: A (Temporary) End to the Payroll Tax Cut Fight

Earlier this evening, Speaker John Boehner announced that House Republicans will support a two-month extension of the payroll tax cuts. With a call for a final vote Friday morning, Boehner and the GOP leadership have abandoned their current push for [...]

December 22, 2011 Soapbox Blog

Those Who Sacrifice Liberty for Security

 Last Thursday was the 220th anniversary of the signing of the Bill of Rights. Congress, apparently feeling that 220 years was a nice round number, decided that this would be the perfect time to repudiate most of the basic principles [...]

December 17, 2011 Soapbox Blog


Adam presents: The Adventures of Supercommittee! Disguised as the mild-mannered Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, the Supercommittee in fact has powers far greater than normal subgroups of legislators. Charged with cutting $1.2 trillion from the deficit, the Supercommitte is faster [...]

November 5, 2011 Soapbox Blog

Pols Fight, Markets Fail

As far back as November President Obama was aware that Congress was going to have to raise the debt ceiling. It’s anyone’s guess why he thought it better to wait until the 112th Congress was seated in January, but he [...]

August 4, 2011 Soapbox Blog