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BPC's Financial Regulatory Reform Initiative regularly highlights news articles, papers, and other important work which illuminate current and new thinking within financial regulation. We circulate these articles to provide a full view of cutting edge ideas, reactions and positions. The views expressed in these articles do not necessarily represent the views of the initiative, its co-chairs, task force members, or the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Demarquin Johnson contributed to this post.

On June, 13, 2013, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) hosted a conversation [watch the video] on immigration reform between Governors Haley Barbour and Jeb Bush. As former governors and respected GOP leaders, Barbour and Bush shared their unique perspective on immigration and how reform legislation might affect the states, the nation, and the Republican Party.

New survey findings illustrate shifting perceptions of homeownership and rental housing

By Kit Bond and Henry Cisneros

The How Housing Matters Survey, a new national survey conducted by Hart Research Associates and commissioned by the MacArthur Foundation, is a "must read" for anyone interested in developing a relevant, effective national housing policy.

Yesterday, in a speech before the International Insolvency Institute, Federal Reserve Bank of New York General Counsel Thomas Baxter cited Too Big to Fail: The Path to a Solution, a recent report from the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Financial Regulatory Reform Initiative.

Voters appear to have been motivated by domestic issues: personal freedoms and economic stagnation

In this post-election period, U.S. policymakers should keep an eye on what matters most to U.S. national security: Iran’s approaching the point when its nuclear capability is a fait accompli. They should also remain skeptical that the results of Iran’s presidential election will bring meaningful change. By assuming the proper perspective, policymakers can steer a course that takes the diplomatic advantage out of this critical moment without jeopardizing the goal of preventing a nuclear Iran.

On Monday, June 17, the Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission held a symposium on “Housing Finance Reform: Is Inertia Gaining Momentum?” The keynote speaker, Lew Ranieri - considered the “father” of the securitized mortgage market - answered the question by characterizing the status quo as not only unsustainable, but unacceptable! He outlined three reasons for this view: (1) The federal government should not “own” the mortgage market, (2) The current credit box is foreclosing homeownership opportunities for working families across the country, and (3) Tight credit is limiting economic growth.

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Election season now seemingly stretches endlessly from election to election. The public exposure of running for office often forces candidates’ family and personal lives prominently into the judgment of the public eye.

The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Commission on Political Reform is studying the critical role public service plays in our political process and evaluating the ways in which Americans serve their country. Below is a list of a few of our favorite service organizations and information on how you can stay connected with them.

Many great upcoming and recent events have been happening with the BPC Energy Project. As always, if you have any questions or would like to speak with someone affiliated with the Energy Project, do not hesitate to call 202-641-6209 or send me an email.

Hurricane Sandy and Energy Infrastructure. This coming Monday, June 17, the Bipartisan Policy Center will host Thomas King from National Grid U.S. and Christopher Baldwin from the Hess Corporation to discuss what they learned from Hurricane Sandy and what we can do to better prepare for the hurricane season already underway this year. We’ll begin at 10:30AM at the National Press Club. Members of the public and press are invited to attend; online registration is available here. Join the conversation on Twitter - @BPC_Bipartisan, @HessCorporation, @nationalgridus, #BPCEnergy, #sandy

Organized systems of care delivery and payment are essential to building a sustainable, higher quality, cost effective health care system. These systems can come in many different forms, but all share the critical attributes of quality, accountability and coordination. One of the more prominent examples of such a system is an Accountable Care Organization or “ACO,” in which health care providers agree to be held accountable for the cost of care (via spending targets) and the quality of care (via performance metrics) they deliver. 

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