Environment & Energy

Running on Empty? The Colorado River in Crisis

A combination of environmental issues, states’ authority, and individual water rights linger over the future of the Colorado River. Recently, The Denver Post published an article that called on the incoming Trump administration to protect the Colorado River basin, which said that the country is extremely close to experiencing its first water shortage declaration. To […]

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Politics, Science & Technology

Stringent Cyber Policy Under a Trump Administration?

Over the final years of the Obama administration, cybersecurity had become a top priority of government agencies.  Massive compromises of citizen data have propelled the issue to the forefront of discussions to reshape government, most recently the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).  After campaigning on a robust response to cybersecurity, what will the Trump administration do to improve […]

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Politics, Transportation Policy

Trucking Along: A Future for Speed-Limiting Devices?

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has recently pushed for the Department of Transportation (DOT) to finalize a rule that would require electronic speed-limiting devices for large trucks and buses.  As DOT and other agencies prep for the incoming Administration and industry groups battle over the effectiveness of such a rule, it’s unlikely for the rule to […]

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Economics, International, Politics, Science & Technology

G-7 Cybersecurity Accord Aims to Protect Financial Institutions

The Group of Seven (G-7) leaders recently agreed on a set of guidelines to better protect global financial institutions from cyberattacks.  This non-binding accord recognizes the recent pervasive cyberattacks that have hit accounts of major institutions, including the U.S. Federal Reserve.  While the accord signals attention to this international problem, does it really have the ability […]

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Politics

May it Please the Court…but Mostly the Senate

  Justice Scalia’s recent passing has created a political hailstorm, bringing  the third branch of government into the heat of electoral primary politics. Earlier this month, President Obama announced via SCOTUS blog his intention to fulfill his responsibilities as the commander-in-chief and nominate a justice to the Court, saying that his nominee would have “a […]

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Politics, Science & Technology

Connectivity Error: The Access Gap in Broadband Internet

As part of her campaign infrastructure plan, Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton called for connecting 100 percent of households by 2020 with affordable, high-speed internet access. Her proposal highlights a gap in broadband internet access within lower income and rural communities, and seeks to eradicate it through affordable solutions and investment in free Wi-Fi […]

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Health

End of Life Care in the US: Towards a Patient-Centered Approach

  Within the past few weeks, the Obama administration issued a final rule which allows Medicare to reimburse physicians for engaging in consultations with patients on end of life care. Receiving widespread support from both the American Hospital Association and American Medical Association, the final rule will be effective starting in January 2016, nearly six […]

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Economics, Immigration, Politics

Guest Worker Programs and the 2016 Election

Immigration has emerged as a major issue on both sides of the 2016 Presidential campaign. While Democrats’ sanctuary cities and Trump’s proposed wall along the border have dominated the immigration debate thus far, guest worker programs have also proven to be a key component of candidates’ immigration proposals on both sides of the aisle. Marco […]

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Economics

The Individual and Retirement Security

During the first Democratic primary debate, Bernie Sanders advocated for Social Security to be expanded to provide greater assistance for seniors, as millions of retirees are struggling to survive on that income alone. While Sanders looks to expand the program to help seniors, Republican presidential contenders like Marco Rubio and Chris Christie support means-testing beneficiaries […]

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