Mar. 25, 2014

The Bipartisan Policy Center, in conjunction with USA TODAY, released its fourth joint poll of Americans’ attitudes toward aspects of our political system, this time specifically on the U.S. Congress. The poll, conducted by by Whit Ayres and Mark Mellman, did find a lot of bipartisan agreement, not surprisingly that Congress as an institution is unpopular. In fact, only about 2 in 10 people approve of Congress and this low reading is double what other recent polls have found.

Mar. 13, 2014

Opinions on the extent to which the U.S. enforces immigration laws vary dramatically. Some contend that enforcement is already extremely tough, while others contend that the government fails to enforce immigration law. Rarely are these claims backed by more than one or two statistics.

Mar. 6, 2014

On March 6, 2014, the Bipartisan Policy Center's Financial Regulatory Reform Initiative Failure Resolution Task Force submitted comments on the Federal Deposit Insurance

Jan. 9, 2014

MYTH: The defense budget is bloated with wasteful spending. Sequestration will trim this fat without adversely impacting our national security.

Dec. 10, 2013

In a housing finance system that includes a government guarantee, private capital that stands in the “first loss” position plays an important role in reducing the risk of taxpayer losses.

Dec. 6, 2013

The Government National Mortgage Association (or Ginnie Mae) is a government corporation within the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). It was established in 1968 when Fannie Mae was privatized. Its mission is to expand funding for mortgages that are insured or guaranteed by other federal agencies. When these mortgages are bundled into securities, Ginnie Mae provides a full-faith-and- credit guarantee on these securities, thus lessening the risk for investors and broadening the market for the securities.