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2018 Border Apprehensions Confirm Longer-Term Shift to Families and Children

Cristobal Ramón November 7, 2018

Southwest border apprehensions dramatically increased at the end of FY2018 after reverting to pre-FY2017 levels during the fiscal year.

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Birthright Citizenship: A Primer

Cristobal Ramón November 5, 2018

The latest efforts to eliminate birthright citizenship have renewed questions about its legal foundations and the prospect of eliminating it for the children of non-citizens.

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States are waiting to Spend New Federal Election Money—And That’s a Good Thing

Matthew Weil, Joshua Ferrer November 2, 2018

The federal government has opened the spending spigot for the first time in a decade by sending $380 million to the states to secure their elections. It is a great first step that will impact the 2018 midterm elections, but…

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Direct Air Capture – Key Takeaways from the National Academies Report on Negative Emission Technologies

Erin Smith October 30, 2018

There is growing global momentum for low-carbon technologies, which present opportunities to protect our environment and grow our economy, and decision makers are heeding these political and market signals.  Policymakers on both sides of the aisle are beginning to look…

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The Central American Migrant Crisis Tests the Limits of Mexico’s Humanitarian System

Cristobal Ramón October 29, 2018

The influx of refugees has pushed the limits of Mexico’s humanitarian immigration system, requiring attention on the system’s fragility and its implication on the U.S.

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Autonomous Vehicles Benefit from Asset Inventories

Jake Varn October 23, 2018

State and local leaders can better prepare for the emergence of autonomous vehicles with one step: create a comprehensive asset inventory.

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Matching Needs and Skills Through Public Service

Matthew Weil October 22, 2018

All Americans would benefit from an influx of short-term public service appointments to ensure the most informed and trained workforce

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The Transition From LIBOR: No Time for Complacency

Finance October 11, 2018

While there are legitimate concerns that the transition to these new reference rates will be disruptive, LIBOR’s persistent fragility makes reform critical.

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Physical Impacts and Policy Implications of Hurricane Florence

Jake Varn October 10, 2018

Hurricane Florence has reiterated what was already proven by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria: America’s infrastructure is not prepared to withstand major natural disasters. 

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Evidence-Building Capacity Important for Effectively Implementing New Law on Program Management

Diana Ramos, Nick Hart October 9, 2018

While good program management seems like a simple concept, in practice, the suite of federal laws, regulations, and policies for contracting can limit effective implementation.

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