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  • FixGov

    Happy Independence Day!

    REUTERS/Jim Bourg  - Jeffrey Silverstone, dressed as "Uncle Sam," marches in the Takoma Park Independence Day parade during celebrations of the United States' Fourth of July Independence Day holiday in Takoma Park, Maryland July 4, 2012. Millions of Americans headed for parades and fireworks shows on Wednesday to mark a sweltering Fourth of July holiday, some even celebrating as the nation's founders did - without electricity. Parts of Takoma Park, a suburb of Washington, D.C., remained without power during the parade.

    This morning, FixGov saw its 1 millionth visit. With almost poetic coincidence, our blog—dedicated to providing insight on how to make American government function more effectively—crossed this milestone on the 4th of July.

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  • Brookings Now

    What we’ve learned from Brookings experts about the recent SCOTUS decisions

    Tourists watch as television news crews report on decisions handed down on the last day of the term at the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington June 29, 2015 (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst).

    June 2015 was a busy month for the U.S. Supreme Court: from gay rights to congressional redistricting, the highest court in the land handed down historic decisions that will change the course of the nation—and the conversations that 2016 presidential contenders are having about it. 

    Here’s what Brookings experts have told us so far about these landmark cases.


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  • Social Mobility Memos

    Time to make America's founding dream real—for all

    An Uncle Sam figure sits on the hood of a car in a July Fourth parade in the village of Barnstable, Massachusetts July 4, 2014.

    In honor of Independence Day, Richard Reeves discusses the need for more opportunity so that Americans can strive for one of the founding ideals of the country: the American Dream.

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  • Up Front

    Hutchins Roundup: Credit constraints, Fed projections, and more

    The Hutchins Roundup

    Studies in this week's Hutchins Roundup find that firms facing credit constraints are more likely to reduce employment and wages, fiscal multipliers are largest during deep recessions, and more.

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  • The Avenue

    Water systems everywhere, a lot of pipes to fix

    Hinds pumping plant is seen on the Colorado River Aqueduct, in Hayfield Lake, California, United States May 18, 2015.

    From burst pipes in Syracuse, N.Y. to chemical contamination in West Virginia and Ohio, America’s drinking water systems face a growing list of maintenance and investment challenges. Perhaps surprisingly, one big challenge is simply the sheer number of systems.  Read More

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  • Brookings on Job Numbers

    Alternative Seasonal Adjustments Match Official Jobs Totals

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    Each month, many thousands of workers across the U.S. lose their jobs, while others find themselves newly employed. The net number of jobs created or lost in all this activity is an important indicator of the nation’s economic health. But the raw number of jobs created or lost from one month to the next doesn’t say much about the economy. Rather, many of these month-to-month changes are the result of predictable seasonal fluctuations. For example, the fact that the last ten Januarys witnessed the economy shedding over 2.5 million jobs is simply retailers slowing down after the holidays and says nothing about broader economic performance.  Read More

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  • Future Development

    How much does it cost to fall ill?

    Reuters/David W Cerny - Ashya King, a 5-year-old British boy with a brain tumour, lies on a stretcher as he arrives with his parents at Motol hospital in in Prague September 8, 2014.

    Mamta Murthi looks at the impact of rising out-of-pocket health care costs on the poor, focusing specifically on Bulgaria.  Read More

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  • Order from Chaos

    Why would Turkey invade Syria?

    Turkish soldiers stand guard near the Mursitpinar border gate in Suruc, bordering with the northern Kurdish town of Kobani, in Sanliurfa province, Turkey, June 26, 2015. Islamic State fighters killed at least 145 civilians in an attack on the Syrian town of Kobani and a nearby village, in what a monitoring group described on Friday as the second worst massacre carried out by the hardline group in Syria. Fighting between the Kurdish YPG militia and Islamic State fighters who infiltrated the town at the Turkish border on Thursday continued into a second day, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group and a Kurdish official said.

    You were probably just thinking to yourself that the civil war in Syria isn’t complicated enough, that there aren’t enough warring parties, and that the constantly shifting sides have become predictable and tired. Well, don’t despair, there are now rumors emerging out of Turkey that may introduce enough new dimensions to the conflict to keep you confused well into the next decade.

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  • Order from Chaos

    Turkey's unending dilemma in Syria: Will it intervene?

    Kurdish fighters gesture while carrying their parties' flags in Tel Abyad of Raqqa governorate after they said they took control of the area June 15, 2015. Syrian Kurdish-led forces said they had captured a town at the Turkish border from Islamic State on Monday, driving it away from the frontier in an advance backed by U.S.-led air strikes that has thrust deep into the jihadists' Syria stronghold. The capture of Tel Abyad by the Kurdish YPG and smaller Syrian rebel groups means the Syrian Kurds effectively control some 400 km (250 miles) of the Syrian-Turkish border that has been a conduit for foreign fighters joining Islamic State. Picture taken June 15, 2015.

    Less than a year ago, Turkey faced a torrent of criticism for refusing to intervene against ISIS when it besieged the Kurdish town of Kobani. Now, President Erdoğan is apparently pressing hard for a military intervention—both to provide a safe haven for displaced Syrians within Syria and to prevent the emergence of “terrorist statelets” along the Turkish border. What accounts for this 180-degree turn of events?

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  • TechTank

    Cuba slowly expands Internet access

    Young people use the internet via the free wifi at the studio of Cuban artist Alexis Leyva "Kcho" in Havana

    Cubans have historically had very poor Internet access, but that may be gradually changing.  Read More

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