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Still Questions on Counterterrorism Fund

By Theo Sitther on 07/21/2014 @ 05:30 PM

Tags: ppdc

The Senate Appropriations Committee rightly raised some questions about the president’s request and reduced the Pentagon portion of the CTPF by more than half to $1.9-billion. This is welcome news.

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Breaking the Cycle of Incarceration: Champions of Change

By Tila Neguse on 07/03/2014 @ 05:30 PM

Tags: criminal justice, incarceration, Domestic

Earlier this week, the White House hosted their Champions for Change event, where they honored leaders from across the country doing extraordinary work to ensure employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated individuals.

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A Place I Never Expected to Be

By Elizabeth Beavers on 06/27/2014 @ 10:35 AM

Tags: foreign policy, war is not the answer, Iraq

When I was younger, I believed in the divine rightness of America’s military might on an almost spiritual level. But as I watched my country invading Iraq, I began to doubt.

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Budget Gimmicks for the Pentagon

By Tila Neguse on 06/26/2014 @ 05:30 PM

Tags: Budget, Domestic, budget news

The President's FY2015 request for the Overseas Contingency Operations account is $58.6 billion. While this war funding request is significantly lower than the Administration’s original placeholder of $79.4 billion, it is still far too high.

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Iraq and Endless War: The Washington Disconnect

By Jim Cason on 06/20/2014 @ 01:00 PM

Tags: war is not the answer, Iraq

The sequence is all too familiar: President Obama announced June 19 that he is sending 300 advisors to Iraq to support the government’s effort to stop the anti-government militants from overrunning the country.

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Appropriations Season is in Full Swing

By Tila Neguse on 06/19/2014 @ 02:30 PM

Tags: Budget, Domestic, budget news, poverty

The summer months mark appropriations season, when Congress determines the amount of money that is granted to federal programs.

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Iraq: The Fall of Tal Afar

By Matt Southworth on 06/16/2014 @ 04:30 PM

Tags: Iraq, Middle East, Weapons, War Is Not the Answer

A decade after the invasion, almost no positive effect of our involvement in Iraq remains intact and yet the talk is almost exclusively around military intervention. Yet he same generals and political figures who marched us down the war path in 2003—and subsequently failed— are now calling for a military intervention yet again in Iraq.

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5 Ways Nuclear Talks with Iran Are Making Progress

By Jim Cason on 06/12/2014 @ 01:00 PM

Tags: war is not the answer, Iran

Diplomatic to guard against a nuclear armed Iran have made real progress, but more work needs to be done. Now is not the time to undermine diplomacy.

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EPA Rules a Step to Reducing Carbon Pollution

By Jose Aguto on 05/30/2014 @ 03:00 PM

Tags: environment, featured

On Monday, June 2nd, the EPA announced the highly anticipated climate change regulations for existing power plants. While Congressional action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is still essential, this is a welcome and necessary step towards U.S. leadership on climate disruption.

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Don't Replace Big Wars with Small Ones

By Jim Cason on 05/29/2014 @ 01:00 PM

Tags: war is not the answer, drones, Afghanistan, Iraq, featured

President Barack Obama rolled out a new vision of the U.S. role in the world this week that is grounded in a shift from fighting large wars in a few places to mounting small scale military engagements in many more countries. The president got this new vision half right.

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