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Evidence of a growing retirement problem in the United States continues to surface. As the graph below illustrates, private savings has fallen significantly in the last 55 years. And the United States isn’t the only nation facing retirement challenges. Last month, the United Kingdom released its budget recommendations and included savings and pension reforms that might prove useful to America as we craft our own reforms in coming years.

Personal savings rate

Envisioning a truce on an aspect of health care whose solution could both chip away at inefficiency and improve the quality of care

As if anyone needs a reminder how far we are from reaching bipartisan accord on health care delivery system reform and cost containment, a quick comparison of the Medicare proposals in President Obama’s budget and the recently released Ryan budget is a quick refresher course in the great partisan divide.

The hope that Turkey would serve as a model for Middle Eastern countries struggling to adopt democracy has all but been forgotten

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) scored a better-than-expected result and substantial victory in the March 30 local elections. But the outcome of this contest, which selected municipal leaders, neither reveals the broad popular support that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan claims to enjoy nor resolves the political tensions that have seized Turkey since last summer’s Gezi protests. 

Yesterday, the Bipartisan Policy Center's Energy Project and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) held the third workshop in a series on greenhouse gas regulation of existing power plants under the Clean Air Act.

Chairman Paul Ryan keeps previous priorities intact

The FY 2015 House budget is largely a restatement of the priorities that Chairman Ryan laid out in his budgets from the past several years – including prioritizing defense spending, repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), phasing in premium support for Medicare, block granting and reducing funding for means-tested programs, and enacting revenue-neutral tax reform.

Demand for H-1B visas has exceeded the annual cap every year since 2004

For the second year in row, employers are expected to file enough H-1B visa petitions to reach the annual limit within days after the filing window opens.

As domestic production of light crude oil increases, imports compensate to maintain balance

One key characteristic of crude oil is its density, which ranges from light to heavy. The density of crude oil–that is, how light or heavy it is compared to water–is often measured by calculating its API gravity, where higher numbers signify lighter crudes and “sweet” or “sour” designations denote the sulfur content of the crude. Lighter, sweeter crudes are generally more valuable from an economic perspective because they are less energy-intensive to refine into finished products.

Congress should keep the most important and ditch the rest

On New Years Eve, while fireworks were going off to celebrate the arrival of 2014, a number of different tax breaks and incentives expired. These tax provisions are collectively known as the “tax extenders,” a set of breaks for activities that range from deductions for higher-education tuition to special treatment for film and TV productions to the research and experimentation tax credit. The extension of many of these tax extenders has become an annual tradition and a cause for legislative fireworks.

A monthly roundup of events featuring Bipartisan Policy Center founders, senior fellows, project leaders and staff

Tuesday, April 1
12:30PM to 1:30PM
Who: Health Innovation Initiative
What: Join the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) and TechNet in App, Map, Cloud, Code, Gadgets, Widgets & Digits: What's Next for the Innovation Economy?, a moderated panel discussion with technology industry leaders to discuss what’s next through the lens of public policy and Washington. Panelists will discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead for the innovation ecosystem.

In wake of the Twitter and YouTube bans put in place by Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, a bipartisan congressional caucus, recently hosted a panel of experts for a discussion of Turkey’s disintegration of human rights and rule of law. 

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