In recent months, the U.S. military has been dispatched to the Middle East to fight ISIS, to Africa to combat Ebola and to Eastern Europe to deter Russia. Yet, automatic reductions to the defense budget, known as “sequestration,” remain the law of the land. Highlighting this tension between national security and fiscal restraint, Michèle Flournoy and Eric Edelman, members of the bipartisan, congressionally-mandated National Defense Panel, warned in a recent op-ed, “without budgetary relief, the U.S. armed forces soon will be at high risk of not being able to accomplish the national defense strategy.”
Calls for breaking up our nation’s biggest banks have been bipartisan. No matter who controls Congress, it won’t be surprising if lawmakers take up the issue again next year. Yet, do we really know the consequences of breaking up big banks? What would it mean for consumers, the economy and financial reform? How would a break-up plan actually work?
On November 4, Americans will set the stage for the final two years of President Obama’s presidency and will unofficially kick off the 2016 presidential election. Our panelists Whit Ayres, Mark Mellman, and Amy Walter, and moderator John Fortier have decades of experience analyzing campaigns and elections and will share their unique insight.