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If you live in Arizona, Florida, or Vermont, your primary election is coming up tomorrow. BPC’s Commission on Political Reform seeks to increase voter awareness and overall voter participation, so to achieve that goal we are providing handy links and tools for voters before they head to the polls.

American officials should not expect the behavior of an ally, in spite of Turkey’s NATO membership

As expected, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was elected Turkey’s president in the first round of elections on August 10. This victory—by his largest margin yet—appears to cement Erdoğan’s dominance of Turkey’s political scene for the foreseeable future. It does not, however, herald an end to the political divisions and dissent that have plagued for years. 

While Members of Congress are home, catch yourself up on all of the top immigration debate issues.

Retirement in America: What’s Working and What’s Not?

Defined Contribution (DC) accounts, such as 401(k)s and Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs), make up a large and growing part of retirement security for those employed in the private sector. 

Defined contribution retirement plan

Mexico Opens Energy Sector to Private Investors
By Juan Montes, The Wall Street Journal

“Mexican lawmakers late Wednesday completed an historic opening of the country's energy sector to private investors after 76 years of state monopoly, in a move with far-reaching implications for the sector and the country's economy.

“Completion of the overhaul is a political victory for President Enrique Peña Nieto, who made it the cornerstone of a reformist agenda intended to improve Mexico's competitiveness and stimulate economic growth. The victory seemed unthinkable to many when he took office in December 2012. Over the past quarter century, every Mexican president had tried but failed to secure political support to diminish the state energy monopoly."

Under the proposed bill, all federal loan borrowers will be automatically enrolled in an income-based repayment program

The program, previously in existence but drastically underutilized, directly transfers 10 percent of the borrowers’ annual incomes from their monthly paychecks towards repayment of their debt, with an annual $10,000 income exemption clause.

Tomorrow is primary day in Alaska and Wyoming. This post offers handy links and tools to ensure voters in both states are prepared as they head to the polls.

We gathered a few quick reads to catch you up to speed on pressing foreign conflicts and national security issues.

Peter Elkowitz

The 2014 Housing Summit is one month away. Hear what Peter Elkowitz, president and CEO of the Long Island Housing Partnership is looking forward to discussing with his fellow panelists on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 16. The panel will tackle the questions about how to improve access to mortgage credit for responsible borrowers. Peter also recently contributed to our expert forum about shared equity housing models. You can check out more here

“When Measuring Big Banks’ Subsidy, First Count the Costs,” op-ed in American Banker
By Aaron Klein and Peter Ryan

“Estimates of a funding advantage for large banks need to take into account the full measure of the post-Dodd-Frank legislative and regulatory response. Studies need to account for the impact of all the policy changes put in place after the crisis, as well as the regulatory regime that goes with them. With that broader view, hopefully the debate can shift back towards a conversation about the hard work of making financial reform more effective, boosting economic growth and protecting consumers.”

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