Monthly Archives: September 2011

President Obama and Regulation

It’s everywhere in the news today, particularly in the financial and business news. It’s especially more visible on the conservative networks. Republican leaders and business leaders have launched an assault on President Obama and his agencies over the issue of … Continue reading

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Congressional Partisanship and the Redistricting Process

In the hypercharged political climate of today, we hear a lot of speculation about the causes of such extreme partisanship that political parties no longer seem capable of compromise.  In the “good old days,” we are told, things weren’t like … Continue reading

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A Study on Scandals

With more than half of the 112th Congress still to go, already five members have resigned.  Four of those were due to very public sex scandals: Rep. Anthony Wiener, Rep. David Wu, Rep. Chris Lee, and Sen. John Ensign.  Scandals … Continue reading

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Executive Orders- An analysis of their creation and evolution

This current campaign season has seen an interesting mix of commentary regarding the presidency and role of the presidency. After the September 12th CNN GOP debate, several classmates asked a professor about the creation and nature of Executive Orders and … Continue reading

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Who controls foreign policy?

The United States is the world’s most powerful country, and the president is the most powerful single actor in the U.S. government. Most people consequently assume that the president makes foreign policy. The history of the past 25 years seems … Continue reading

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Are We Still Living with a Bipolar President?

As part of a seminar in constitutional law that I was enrolled in last year, I was given the opportunity to travel to the Library of Congress to conduct archival research in the papers of Supreme Court Justices.  My goals:  … Continue reading

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Foreign Food Aid Policy

I struggle to describe my love for food. I might call myself a foodie, but it sounds so pretentious, and food-lover just smacks of gluttony. Food-appreciator? Most everybody appreciates food though, so maybe it’s not quite strong enough. I love … Continue reading

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The “Wall Street” effect on incumbent electoral success in the US House of Representatives

Before returning to graduate school to obtain my Master of Public Policy degree at Georgetown, I spent several years working in the financial services sector, where I researched the financial markets in general, and the US equity markets in particular.  … Continue reading

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Executive Branch Approaches to Nuclear Proliferation in a Changing Middle East

I have been fascinated with the Middle East – and its security challenges – since my sophomore year of high school, when I sat on a couch in my uncle’s home watching the 2006 Lebanon War unfold on CNN. The … Continue reading

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The Congressional Space Caucus, 1981-1989

The contemporary fears surrounding the loss of American supremacy in space are strikingly similar to the fears that brought about the formation of the Congressional Space Caucus in the early 1980s. The Caucus not only boasted impressive membership statistics, peaking … Continue reading

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