In May of 2010, at a White House event, 16 food and beverage companies stepped forward and made a commitment to reduce calories in the marketplace by 1.5 trillion by 2015, with an interim goal of a one trillion reduction by the end of 2012. This was the first commitment made to the First Lady’s Partnership for a Healthier America.
As Congress continues to look at possible ways to reform our immigration system, one of the key points of contention surrounding these efforts is the cost of reform to the American taxpayers. Although CBO has only recently announced that it will begin its work to assess the current “Gang of Eight” bill, many organizations have begun a healthy debate over the bill’s impact on the long-term and short-term federal budget as well as its wider impact on the economy. BPC hosted a conversation on both the costs and economic benefits of immigration reform.
BPC and Maryland Public Television held a screening of select clips from the American Public Television miniseries, The Reagan Presidency.
BPC's Homeland Security Project convened both members of the media and leaders in the intelligence community for a conversation about how information sharing can both be transparent and secure. Panelists evaluated tackling the balance of sharing the proper amount of information with the public regarding national issues and events (such as last year’s attacks in Benghazi) without compromising sources, methods and other secure information.
After the financial crisis and government bailouts of 2008 everyone vowed ‘never again.’ The passage of the Dodd- Frank Act in 2010 was hailed by its supporters as ending ‘too-big-to-fail’. Yet many on both sides of the aisle remain skeptical that this has been accomplished.
Ridding Syria of President Bashar al-Assad has been the goal of the United States for almost two years. Should this objective be achieved, however, an enormous challenge will still remain: stabilizing and rebuilding Syria in a way that advances U.S. strategic goals and values. However, this will require the cooperation of Turkey—a U.S. ally with keen interests in Syria. Ankara’s interests, however, do not perfectly match Washington’s, posing the challenge for policymakers of finding the right tools to align more closely the two countries’ visions of Syria’s future.
BPC's Homeland Security Project hosted a discussion convening legal and policy experts on the rule of law and war to discuss the use of drones and targeted killings. Panelists evaluated issues like the current frameworks regarding the use of drones, the ramifications of a "drone court," the targeting of U.S. citizens abroad, and whether Congress should examine what these policies mean for the country.
Beginning with the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the first 100 days became the initial marker for a new presidency. Since then, political scientists, media strategists and pundits alike have examined and dissected every aspect of a new Administration - from the Inaugural Address to the first State of the Union of the new presidency. Policy proposals, staff changes, and presidential appointments are just some of the inevitable changes that a new presidency endures in its early months.
Since 2008, the world economy has fought hard to get back on the path to prosperity. The UK, with its world leading financial services sector, historically high levels of public debt and proximity to the Eurozone, has been in a unique position in this regard.
The Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Immigration Task Force held the first of a series of regional events to discuss key immigration issues facing the country. Launched in February 2013, the goal of the Immigration Task Force is to develop consensus policy recommendations and produce objective analysis to further the national debate.