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Political Patronage, Democratic Party-Style   The recent dump of DNC emails thanks to Wikileaks has provided the mainstream media with a glimpse inside the functioning of the Democratic Party during an election cycle.  One email that received relatively little attention was this one:
Super PACs 2016 Awash with Cash    As has become increasingly apparent over the past two election cycles, wealthy Americans have become big players in American political theatre, especially after the  July 2010 federal court SpeechNow.org v. Federal Election Commission "gave birth" to Super PACs. Super PACs, aka
The Fiscal Context of Carbon-based Taxation in America    A recent analysis by the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning public policy research organization, looks at the pricing of carbon and how a carbon tax will impact the U.S. economy and the revenue stream for the federal government.  In general, opponents to the imposition of
Terrorism 2015 Part 2 The Impact on Americans   The Department of State's annual report on terrorism includes two aspects of terror; acts of terror that impact the globe as I posted in part one of this two part posting and acts of terror that impact private U.S. citizens located outside the United States as I will discuss in this posting.
Terrorism 2015 Part 1 The Global Impact    The recent release of the U.S. Department of State's Report on Terrorism for 2015 provides us with an interesting statistical analysis of global terrorism during the year that was 2015.  This annual statistical report is part of State's mandate under Title 22, Section 2626f of the
The Relationship Between Government Corruption and Failed Nation-Building    Transparency International has come out with its latest Corruption Perceptions Index (2015), shedding light on the global problem of governments that abuse their power, encourage bribery and use secret deals to enrich themselves.  It is quite an interesting exercise to look through the list
The Cause of Jihadist Terrorism and How to Combat It   A relatively recent publication, "Countering Violent Extremism - Scientific Methods and Strategies", issued by the Air Force Research Laboratory contains an interesting paper by Tawfik Hamid that looks at one of the key reasons why Muslim men join terrorist organizations.  As a bit

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