Brookings Today, 10/27/14

A roundup of some of the content published today by Brookings.

  • Voters angry at Congress and president. Bill Galston reviews the data showing the voting public’s dissatisfaction with their elected leaders, but also suggests the 2014 midterm elections are a chance for Congress and the White House to “make a new start.”
  • The inheritance of education. Mobility research often focuses on income mobility, but the transmission of educational advantage also matters. Richard Reeves and Joanna Venator look at the data on intergenerational transmission of educational advantage.
  • Europe’s banks are in much better shape. Doug Elliott comments on the latest results of European bank “stress tests.”
  • The missing link in President Obama’s Africa Leaders Summit. This past August’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit marked a turning point in U.S.-African relations. However, Witney Schneidman explains how the U.S. and the European Union may be on a collision course on trade with Africa.
  • What’s next for Ukraine? On Sunday, Ukrainians elected a new parliament. Steven Pifer examines Ukraines election results, writing that Kyiv needs to address urgent reforms to meet the high expectations of constituents and to send a useful signal to Russia.
  • Reviewing Dodd-Frank. David Wessel comments on a new analysis of the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation.
  • Key issues in the Louisiana Senate race. Writing for the FixGov blog series on the 2014 midterm elections, Professor Michael Henderson of Louisiana State University answers questions about the Senate race between incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu (D) and challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy (R).

Charmaine Crutchfield contributed to this post.