Brookings Today, 12/22/14

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

  • Top economic stories of 2014. Brookings Economic Studies experts offer insights and recommendations on 2015, and weigh in on the economic developments that made news over the last year.
  • Obama’s judicial record. Russell Wheeler looks at the data on President Obama’s judicial nominee confirmation record, observing that it now exceeds the rate after six years for both Presidents Clinton and Bush.
  • Top 10 tech innovations. Joshua Bleiberg reviews the 10 technologies from the past year “that innovators and governments are using to make the world a better place.”
  • The Cuba shift. Ted Piccone writes that “it’s worth taking a moment to understand how both sides got to this point and why it portends a major shift in U.S. foreign policy and potentially, in Cuban society.”
  • Obama elates Cubans. Richard Feinberg describes the mood in Havana when the historic change in policy was announced, and looks ahead to next steps.
  • U.S. military health care reform. Michael O’Hanlon describes a recent event on military health care reform, featuring Jonathan Woodson, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs.
  • Will Obama keep troops in Afghanistan beyond 2016? O’Hanlon predicts that he will.
  • Metro Program year in review. David Jackson looks back at the top reports and blog posts from the Metropolitan Policy Program in 2014.