The Common Sense Action (CSA) interns were busy this summer crafting their Agenda for Generational Equity (AGE). With a steering committee comprised of dozens of other Millennials from all over the country who were interning in Washington, DC for the summer, they constructed a framework that focuses on 19 policy objectives pertinent to Millennials. Last month the students returned to their respective campuses and are introducing the AGE framework to their classmates and mobilizing their student bodies to form inaugural CSA chapters. BPC is pleased to partner with Common Sense Action on AGE.
Energy Secretary Moniz to Keynote October 8 Geopolitics Event on Natural Gas and Climate Change
This event, the third in a four-part series on the new geopolitics of petroleum and natural gas, will examine whether natural gas and low-carbon energy technologies can play complementary roles in transitioning the global economy to a cleaner, more sustainable trajectory. Specifically, we will consider the prospects for these technologies, as well as the economic and politically-practical options for deploying them.
Fellow Fridays is a series of profiles of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s roster of nine Senior Fellows. This week, we are sharing five pieces of advice from fellow and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, Trent Lott. He co-chairs BPC’s Commission on Political Reform and Energy Project.
We all make financial decisions every day. Some are riskier than others. Taking your earnings and investing them in a Fortune 500 company is a much safer bet than providing your bank account number to a stranger who promises to wire you millions of dollars. Prudent individuals recognize potential risks, determine how much risk is too much, and make decisions accordingly. As the president and Congress confront the nation’s debt limit – an issue that impacts all Americans, as well as the global economy – they will have to weigh the risks, both known and unknown, of failing to take action.
Two weeks ago, the Bipartisan Policy Center released our projected range for the debt limit X Date – the day upon which the U.S. government would no longer be able to meet all of its financial obligations in full and on time – if policymakers do not take action. We have closely monitored actual government financial data over the past few weeks, and we continue to believe that the X Date is most likely to occur between October 18 and November 5.
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.
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.
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.
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.