As the Russian-backed Aleppo offensive proceeds, State Department official Brett McGurk testified today that Aleppo is on the verge of “a humanitarian catastrophe.” In the face of that catastrophe, allied complaints about U.S. disengagement and cries at home for U.S. intervention grow louder.
Five years ago, President Obama proudly declared that “some nations may be able to turn a blind eye to atrocities in other countries. The United States of America is different.” Imagine how that must sound to a people whose government has killed more than a quarter million of its citizens and made refugees of 9 million more, who suffer chemical-weapons and barrel-bomb attacks, kidnappings, and torture.
Conservatives have been at the forefront of the battle to defend liberal education against the politicization of the college curriculum, the promulgation of campus speech codes, and the denigration of due process—supported by the Obama administration’s Department of Education April 2011 Dear Colleague letter which advised colleges and universities to circumscribe the rights of the accused—in academic disciplinary procedures.
The accession of King Salman a year ago and the decision to lead a military intervention in Yemen mark a new phase for Saudi foreign policy. That does not mean that there is a new foreign policy doctrine or strategy.
California has something of a migration problem. Yes, the state's population growth rate has been hovering just under 1% for a few years with natural increases and international net migration staying just strong enough for the state to continue growing, but California's consistent net domestic out-migration should be concerning to Sacramento as it develops state policy.
After two centuries of development, economics still lacks a good understanding of how to value things. To be honest, I never realized the gaping hole in the field until recently, despite earning a Ph.D. in economics and teaching Econ 101 to hundreds of students over the years. Adam Smith mentions the “paradox of value” in the Wealth of Nations, but the idea was not original to him.
Many women's rights advocates hail the Department's decision as a step toward equality. In light of the policy change, many have also called for ending the exclusion of women from the selective service. In 1981, the Supreme Court ruled that because women were excluded from combat roles, they could not be compelled to register for selective service.
Debate moderators in the 2016 presidential election cycle have had plenty of data to pose strong questions to candidates regarding climate change. Impacts include mass dislocation, alterations in the spread of infectious diseases, more intense Western wildfires and record-breaking warmth in both 2014 and 2015.
Move over Zimbabwe: Venezuela has replaced you as the poster child for monetary disaster. Citizens of that country are carrying backpacks of cash to buy their daily necessities. Prices there are expected to rise by 720 percent this year, making Venezuela's hyperinflation the most severe on planet Earth.
Donald Trump has climbed to the top of the polls by repeating the simple message that he’s going to help America win again. Trump loves to talk about winning so much that he dropped some form of the word “win” eight times in his 13-minute New Hampshire victory speech.
Law Talk fans rejoice! Richard Epstein and I finally agree on something: the dangers of the over-expansion of the welfare state. Liberty’s Nemesis, which I edited with Dean Reuter of the Federalist Society, brings together more than 30 contributors who chart and critique the untrammeled growth of the federal government during the Obama years.
featuring Sam Nunnvia Georgia Tech College of Computing and Institute for Information Security & Privacy
Thursday, February 11, 2016
The Georgia Tech College of Computing and Institute for Information Security & Privacy announce Senaor Sam Nunn - Co-Chairman and CEO of Nuclear Threat Initiative - as keynote speaker, following a distinguished panel of entrpreneurs, at "Secure Atlanta: Launching a New Generation of Cyberpreneurs."
Join us as we bring POLITICO's South Carolina Caucus members together for the first time for a deep-dive discussion, featuring a variety of perspectives, about the energy policy issues facing the next president.