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Safeguarding America’s Democracy: Proposals for Reform

The National Task Force on Rule of Law & Democracy, a division of the Brennan Center for Justice, has published Proposals for Reform, a report concerned about the rapidly decreasing guardrails of unwritten rules and norms that usually underpin the foundation of American democracy. The Task Force is a nonpartisan...

Do NSA’s Bulk Surveillance Programs Stop Terrorists?

The New America Foundation released this morning a report that poses, and seeks to answer, one of today’s most popular questions related to federal surveillance programs: “Do NSA’s Bulk Surveillance Programs Stop Terrorists?” The report analyzed 225 individuals recruited by al-Qaida or like-minded groups, and charged in the U.S. with...

Streamlining and Consolidating Congressional Oversight of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The Aspen Institute and the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania have released their Task Force Report on Streamlining and Consolidating Congressional Oversight of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. “Nearly a decade after the 9/11 Commission issued its report on the greatest act of terrorism on...

Smart on Crime: the DOJ's Plan for Reforming the Criminal Justice System

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has recently released a report detailing the preliminary results of its comprehensive review of the criminal justice system. The report, "Smart on Crime: Reforming the Criminal Justice System for the 21st Century," responds to the original goals of Attorney General (AG) Eric Holder in...

Comparing the Senate Immigration Bill with Individual Bills in the House – Two Sides of the Same Coin

The Senate and House have released a series of bills related to border security. Although they address many of the same issues, the Senate Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S. 744) is a comprehensive act covering a range of immigration issues, including border security, infrastructure...

Economic Benefits of Fixing Our Broken Immigration System

The Executive Office of the President has released a report examining the Economic Benefits of Fixing Our Broken Immigration System. The report details “the range of benefits to the U.S. economy that would be realized from passage of commonsense immigration reform, and the high costs of inaction.” “Last month, the...

Immigration Reform: A System for the 21st Century

Yesterday, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy held a public conference, “Immigration Reform: A System for the 21st Century,” where immigration experts, scholars, and political figures debated issues and solutions related to immigration reform in the U.S. Fourteen working papers were submitted to and presented at the conference, one...

Exploring GAO’s High Risk List and Opportunities for Reform

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing yesterday titled, “Exploring GAO’s High Risk List and Opportunities for Reform.” “Every two years at the start of a new Congress, GAO [Government Accountability Office] calls attention to agencies and program areas that are high risk...

Ready for Another Immigration Debate? President Challenges Congress to Take Action

On Tuesday, January 29, 2013, President Obama challenged Congress “to act on a comprehensive approach that finally deals with the 11 million undocumented immigrants who are in this country right now.” Immigration reform has been a hotly debated issue that has not gone away, an issue that was debated heavily...