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    Economic Justice, a Movement of Faith

    Faith in Equality

    This week, Brookings scholars E.J. Dionne and William Galston, along with Korin Davis and Ross Tilchin, will release a new report on economic justice and religious progressives. They argue that despite declining religious affiliation—particularly among young people—religion will remain an integral part of movements for economic change. In this post, Korin Davis highlights the upcoming event and explores how religious progressives will impact poverty, social mobility, and income inequality. 

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    How to Improve Tax Collection

    A man arrives at an H&R Block tax center in New York April 15, 2014. April 15 is the deadline for Americans to file their taxes with the IRS.

    Another tax day has come and gone. This year, the IRS reported its lowest level of audits of individual taxpayers since the 1980s. In this post, John Hudak and Grace Wallack investigate the trends in IRS enforcement, the consequences of declining audit rates, and the future of IRS funding for tax collection. 

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    Innovation: Change Outpaces Continuity

    A man relaxes on the lawn in New York's Bryant Park, July 21, 2011.

    The program of reinventing government in the 1990s inspired advocates of government innovation at all levels. In a new report, Professor Sandy Borins discerns how agencies' innovation goals and methods have evolved over the past 20 years. In this post, John Kamensky reviews the report and explores the evolution of government innovation. 

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    Report from the Third World Forum on Governance

    Flags of the European Union and the Czech Republic flutter on the roof of the Czech government headquarters in Prague October 12, 2012. The European Union won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for promoting peace, democracy and human rights over six decades in an award seen as a morale boost as the bloc struggles to resolve its economic crisis

    On April 9-11, 2014, the Brookings Institution and Zaostreno hosted the third World Forum on Governance in Prague. The conference focuses on countering corruption and improving governance worldwide. In this post, Elaine Kamarck reports on the conference and the increasingly geopolitical approach to combating corruption worldwide. 

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    Better, Faster, Smarter Regulatory Reform - Here’s How

    The headquarters of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) are seen in Washington, July 6, 2009.

    The federal regulatory system has been the target of reform for decades. In a new paper, Phil Wallach argues that regulatory reform faces a critical juncture. Reformers need to preserve a clear bipartisan space to continue to ensure regulatory effectiveness. In this post, Elaine Kamarck reviews the paper and its suggestions for reform. 

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    Why the McCutcheon Decision is Worse than it Looks

    A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington December 3, 2013.

    On Wednesday, April 2, the Supreme Court issued a decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, which overturned aggregate limits on campaign finance contributions. In this post, Tom Mann reacts to the decision and its impact on the integrity of the electoral system. 

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    The Partnership’s Plan for a New and Improved Civil Service

    A man emerges from the Federal Triangle metro station in Washington October 2, 2013. Federal Triangle is occupied by city and federal office buildings.

    The civil service system was last reformed over 60 years ago, and it shows. In this post, John Hudak reviews a new report by The Partnership for Public Service on how to modernize the decades-old civil service system. 

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    TechTank Blog Takes on ACA & Website Technologies

    TechTank

    In a post on TechTank Blog, Niam Yaraghi discusses a hot topic: federal IT projects in the context of the Affordable Care Act and Healthcare.gov. 

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    Mending the Affordable Care Act…and the Democratic Message

    Julian Gomez (R) explains Obamacare to people at a health insurance enrolment event in Commerce, California March 31, 2014. U.S. President Barack Obama's embattled U.S. healthcare law, having survived a rollout marred by technology failures, reaches a milestone on Monday with the end of its first enrolment wave, and with the administration likely to come close to its goal of signing up 7 million people in private health insurance. More than 1 million people have signed up for Obamacare in California, according to the Los Angeles Times.

    The enrollment deadline for Obamacare passed on Tuesday, March 31. Exemptions to the law, the rollout of HealthCare.gov, and enrollment numbers have been the subject of great debate over the last few months. In this post, Elaine Kamarck puts these numbers in the context of other health care expansions—Medicare Part D and CHIP—to provide some context for the Affordable Care Act.  Read More

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    “Strangers in This Land” - the Tea Party’s Lament

    REUTERS/Gary Cameron - The crowd cheers speaker Glenn Beck (not in picture) during a Tea Party rally to "Audit the IRS" in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington June 19, 2013.

    The race for the Republican Senate nomination is already underway, where Senator Thad Cochran faces opposition from Tea-Party candidate Chris McDaniel. In this post, Bill Galston highlights McDaniel's comments that reveal exactly what the Tea Party repesents.  Read More

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