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Despite operations by African Union and Kenyan forces, al-Shabaab continues to possess a network of cells in East Africa

Earlier this month, BPC's Homeland Security Project released a terrorism threat assessment. In the assessment, authors Peter Bergen, director of the National Security Program at the New America Foundation; Bruce Hoffman, director of the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University; Erroll Southers, associate director of research transition at the Department of Homeland Security’s National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events at the University of Southern California and former FBI special agent; and former CIA operative Michael Hurley, analyzed the terrorist group, al-Shabaab, responsible for the deadly attacks in Kenya.

It is not often that the nation witnesses the creation of a new federal agency, especially one that can impact the lives of all Americans

Today, BPC’s Financial Regulatory Reform Initiative (FRRI) released the first comprehensive bipartisan analysis of the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s actions to date (CFPB). The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Measuring the Progress of a New Agency, was written by the co-chairs of the FRRI’s Consumer Protection Task Force: Rick Fischer and Eric Rodriguez. The paper looks at where CFPB has made progress as well as considering areas in which the Bureau could improve. The paper includes over 30 recommendations on how to improve operations of the CFPB.

A former president sets down his microphone to avoid enflaming an already scorched political terrain

Although his legacy has been considered anew in recent weeks—the Iraq War has cast a long shadow over the ongoing debate about possible intervention in Syria, while the fifth anniversary of Lehman Brothers’ fall has sparked much reflection on the government’s consequential decisions at the height of the financial crisis—President Bush’s voice remains absent from the political arena. "I'm happy to be out of the limelight. I truly am," he told USA TODAY in an interview earlier this year.

A new documentary features unique insights from all 20 living White House chiefs of staff

It’s been called “the toughest job I ever had,” “a heat shield for the president,” “the biggest honor of my life,” and like “walking a high-wire rope with no net below you.” Yet every man, without question, said he would do it again—to serve his country and “be at the center of history.”

Many states differ in the options they offer voters on how to cast a ballot. States in the South and Southeast seem to prefer in-person and early voting, while voters in the West tend to vote in greater numbers by mail or absentee. Some states, Washington and Oregon, don’t even use in-person polls and only conduct elections by mail.

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Through the month of September 2008, a series of failures and bailouts, including Lehman Brothers, American International Group, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and the Reserve Primary Fund led to a near collapse of the global financial system, requiring an unprecedented level of public support to stem a full-scale financial panic. On this five year anniversary of the financial crisis, many leaders have reflected on what happened, its impact on the real economy, and how the financial system has or has not changed since then.

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

Thursday, September 12
8:30AM to 10:30AM

Who: G. William Hoagland, Senior Vice President of the Bipartisan Policy Center
What: With one of the most ideologically polarized Congresses of all time in office, can Washington come to a consensus on controlling the nation's growing $16.7 trillion debt? Join National Journal for a LIVE policy summit, convening members of Congress and other experts to examine what is being done to solve the long-term debt problem.
RSVP here.

The final rule should provide clarity for the mortgage market, promote prudent underwriting, and ensure access to credit

Our time in Washington has taught us that the actions of federal regulators can sometimes have unintended and harmful consequences. That’s why we have watched, with particular interest, developments in the “qualified residential mortgage” or QRM rulemaking that is winding its way through a maze of six federal agencies. How this rule is ultimately fashioned will shape the mortgage market for many years to come.

BPC engagement with the medical community presents a new outlook on nutrition education

As our nation works to rein in rising rates of chronic disease and their associated health care costs, nutrition and physical activity are making strides in the medical world as viable—indeed, important—avenues toward better health and disease prevention. While health care providers can be an important source of information and motivation for patients making behavior changes, currently providers are not always equipped with the training or incentives to provide effective nutrition and physical activity counseling to patients.

Unless the debt limit is increased, there will come a point when Treasury does not have enough cash to pay all bills in full and on time

With updated government financial data and a more extensive analysis of daily transactions that will occur in September, October, and November, BPC has narrowed our projected X Date window to October 18 – November 5. This range will be regularly updated in the coming weeks, as warranted by the data.

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