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  • Up Front

    Reflections on Defense Secretary Hagel's Tenure

    U.S. President Barack Obama (R) announces the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (L) at the White House in Washington (REUTERS/Larry Downing).

    Michael O'Hanlon was never convinced that Chuck Hagel was the strongest choice for Secretary of Defense when appointed, but now that he is being pushed out, it is possible he is not the fair target.  Read More

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  • FixGov

    Thomas Mann Reflects on Politics and Polarization in Washington

    A U.S. flag flies at half-staff under gray skies at the nation's Capitol for the arrival of Senator Frank Lautenberg's coffin, which shall to lie in repose, in Washington June 6, 2013.

    In the Brookings Cafeteria Podcast released on Friday, Fred Dews interviews Senior Fellow Thomas Mann about how he got his start in Washington, current dysfunction in politics, and what the future holds for 2016. 

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  • The Avenue

    Relieving Congestion to Boost Metro Trade

    The Texas Triangle

    Clogged roads and highways inconvenience millions of commuters, but these same traffic jams also hold back trillions of dollars in goods traveling between different markets every year. As our recent Metro Freight report shows, places matter when it comes to the country’s goods trade, particularly large metro areas like New York and Los Angeles that suffer some of the worst congestion seen nationally.  Read More

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  • Up Front

    Safeguarding the Role of Displaced Communities in Decisions about Relocations

    A frozen beach on the Bering Sea coast is seen near the last stretch mushers must pass before the finish line of the Iditarod dog sled race in Nome, Alaska (REUTERS/Nathaniel Wilder).

    Central to any discussion about planned relocations is the notion that communities who will be displaced or otherwise affected should be involved in the process, says Elizabeth Ferris. 

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  • TechTank

    How Millennials' Use of Social Networks Explains Their Politics

    A model uses her mobile phone as she has a temporary tattoo applied backstage before a presentation of the Tommy Hilfiger Spring/Summer 2015 collection during New York Fashion Week September 8, 2014.

    Many have wondered about the impact that millennials will have on politics. Research discussed at a recent symposium should provide concerned Americans with a sense of cautious optimism about the future civic and political participation of millennials. Millennials are a hopeful generation that believes in communities (both online and digital) and the power of networks.

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  • Africa in Focus

    African Frontier Markets: Debt Ratios Look OK but Fiscal Clouds Loom

    A woman carries her children as she walks past a shop in Nkaneng township, Marikana's informal settlement in Rustenburg, August 15, 2013.

    Amadou Sy examines the entry of sub-Saharan African economies into sovereign debt markets, and in turn, seizing upon the continent's favorable growth outlook.  Read More

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  • Brookings Now

    The Data Show a Diversity Explosion in America

    Diversity Explosion: Median Age for Race Groups, 2010

    In his new book, "Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics Are Remaking America," Senior Fellow William Frey examines the dramatic growth of minority populations in the United States and the profound impact this is having on our politics, economy, and nation as a whole. The charts, maps, and multimedia here demonstrate some of the most important and interesting trends documented in the book.  Read More

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  • The Avenue

    How Places Can Make the Executive Actions on Immigration Work

    U.S. President Barack Obama announces executive actions on U.S. immigration policy during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, November 20, 2014.

    Following last night’s much-anticipated immigration announcement, today President Obama travels to Las Vegas to rally supporters and sign the executive actions that, among other things, make temporary work permits and protection from deportation available to the parents of U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents with at least five years in the country (known as Deferred Action for Parental Accountability, or DAPA). An estimated 4 million people may be eligible.  Read More

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  • FixGov

    Republican Division on an Immigration Response Highlights a GOP Challenge

    Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) denounces the executive order on immigration made by U.S. President Barack Obama during a statement on Capitol Hill in Washington November 21, 2014. Boehner said that House Republicans intend to fight the president's action announced in a Thursday night speech, but did not detail a preferred course of action. He indicated that Obama's decisions to use his executive authority and bypass the U.S. Congress, where legislation has stalled, could taint future efforts.

    In a recent Washington Post article, Tom Mann and Norm Ornstein argue that the biggest challenge for the new Republican Congress is internal strife. In this post, John Hudak examines Republican's differing responses to President Obama's recent announcement of executive action on immigration. On this issue, the new congressional leadership faces an internal battle on how to respond, how to build strategy, and how to deal with the President.

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  • Up Front

    Major Decisions: Graduates' Earnings Growth and Debt Repayment

    Veer/Tom Schmucker

    In a new interactive feature & analysis, THP explores how the current student loan repayment system can create a heavy burden for recent graduates in some majors by requiring payments in the beginning of their careers when their earnings are low.  Read More

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