Evan Hope

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The Perils of Immigration Federalism

Giving states more control over immigration policy carries some huge risks.<p>Last week, Senator Ron Johnson (R., Wisc.) and Representative Ken Buck …

These grandparents deserve the support of Congress

Pardon the interruption.<p>But may I have your attention for a moment about some serious legislative business that affects family finances? It hasn’t gotten much attention during the chaos involving the Russia investigation, the White House and the now-fired FBI director.<p>Across the country, there are …

Trump adviser Leonard Leo details plans to overhaul judiciary

The nation's judicial branch is headed for a massive overhaul under President Trump, according to Leonard Leo, an adviser to Trump on the Supreme …

Forget political parties — here’s the real division responsible for recent election results

In the first round of voting on April 23, voters rejected candidates from the country's established parties, lifting former investment banker Emmanuel Macron and nationalist Marine Le Pen to the runoff.<p>The vote capped a swift rise for Le Pen's National Front party, whose anti-immigrant views had …

Federal courts and political parties

Political parties play a vital role in federal systems, especially as forces for centralization or decentralization. Likewise, they play important roles in the make-up and behavior of courts.<p>Political parties control the institutions that select judges, pay their salaries, fund court budgets, bring …

Is the Supreme Court about to give state and local political parties a boost?

Americans love to disparage political parties. A recent Gallup poll showed both major parties with negative favorability/unfavorability ratios, and …

Government

EC ‘challenges’ political parties to crack EVMs

The Election Commission, following an over seven-hour-long meeting with representatives of 42 political parties on Friday, said it would soon offer …

India

Civil Liberties and Human Rights Groups Urge Ambassadors on the UN Security Council to Support Yemeni Civil Society

International and U.S.-based civil liberties and human rights groups are urging Ambassadors on the United Nations Security Council to take action to …

Rights & Freedoms

Sessions ends Obama-era leniency on sentencing, infuriating civil rights groups

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Friday that he has told prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges possible against criminal suspects – a stunning reversal of Obama-era policies, and a move that infuriated civil rights groups.<p>“We will enforce the laws passed by Congress pure and …

‘Trump’s only ideology is ‘me’, deeply authoritarian & very dangerous’ – Noam Chomsky

World-famous linguist, philosopher and political thinker Noam Chomsky has described US President Donald Trump’s ideology simply as ‘me’, adding that …

Keep the presses rolling: Public Opinion evolves over 141 years

Recently the “Public Opinion” announced that it was moving to One North Main Street in Chambersburg. This historic building was once known as the …

Drugstore

Public Policy Institute preps for new study on homelessness

County Commission will help with cost<p>The Public Policy Institute of Marion County is focusing on a hot topic for its 2017 study: homelessness.<p>Jerone …

Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development shares its research

Public Policy

Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network Rips GOP Health Care Repeal Plan

The Ohio Women’s Public Policy Network (WPPN) held a press conference Friday morning in downtown Columbus, where speakers ripped the impacts on women …

A 2016 Election Battleground State Is Investigating Potential Voter Fraud

New Hampshire’s U.S. Senate race was decided by little more than 1,000 votes in November, while the spread between the top two presidential …

Black voter turnout fell in 2016, even as a record number of Americans cast ballots

Some trends in presidential elections either reversed or stalled: White turnout increased and the nonwhite share of the U.S. electorate remained flat …

Special Interest Groups Advocate for Funding at Senate Budget Hearing

<b>By Michael Aron</b> <i><br>Chief Political Correspondent</i><p>There were no overarching themes at today’s Senate budget hearing. Just one good cause after another …

Interest Groups and Tax Reform

In a recent post in <i>The Beacon</i>, I said that President Trump’s tax reform proposal is a move in the right direction. But I find part of it very …

Public Interest Groups Cry Foul over Technical Conference, RTO Transparency

<i>By Rich Heidorn Jr.</i><p>Three public interest groups say they were shut out of last week’s FERC technical conference on tensions between state energy …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

How federalism can help minorities and the poor

The “Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity” website has recently published an article in which I explain how, contrary to conventional wisdom, federalism can often benefit minorities and the poor:<p>When it comes to the poor and minorities, American federalism has a dubious reputation, arising from the …

Congress Must Be A Check On Trump To Avoid A Constitutional Crisis

President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey has set off a lively debate over whether the move amounts to a “constitutional crisis.” On the …

Trump puts agenda, presidency at risk

The answers to why Trump canned Comey are becoming clear: The president was filled with grievance about the FBI probe and acted on impulse without …

Donald Trump

Senate Judiciary chair: FBI must confirm if Trump is under investigation

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyTrump-backed prison reforms face major obstacles in Senate Grassley: Unlikely that Trump, McConnell …

Americans’ Attitudes About the News Media Deeply Divided Along Partisan Lines

Democrats and Republicans, who already tend to place their trust in different news sources and rely on different outlets for political news, now …

Trump's meeting with Russians closed to U.S. media, but not to TASS photographer

At a time of strain between the White House and the media over coverage of the new administration, reporters raised questions Wednesday as to why a photographer from the Russian media, but not the U.S. press, was apparently allowed into an Oval Office meeting between President Trump and Russian …

Heather Gerken on Trump and progressive federalism

Yale Law School Professor Heather Gerken has long argued that liberals should take a more favorable view of federalism. In an important new article on Vox, she outlines a variety of ways in which they could potentially use state and local power to resist the Trump administration. There are a number …

What the intelligence briefing says about Obama's presidency — and Trump's

WASHINGTON — The very first President's Intelligence Checklist — the predecessor to what's now known as the President's Daily Briefing — was delivered to President John F. Kennedy on a June Saturday in 1961. Typewritten on eight pages of 8.5-by-8-inch paper and stamped "For the President Only — Top …

Newt Gingrich: Donald Trump and the incredible 2016 election

<b>Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from the new eBook</b> <b>"Electing Trump: Newt Gingrich on the 2016 Election</b><b>."</b><p>One morning in late January of 2015, Callista and I woke up at the Marriott in Des Moines, Iowa, a hotel where we had spent many nights over the years. This time, we were in town for …

Senate committee refers Planned Parenthood for potential criminal charges

The Senate Judiciary Committee is recommending a criminal investigation into Planned Parenthood for allegedly trafficking in fetal body parts from …

Opinion: How Democrats can influence public opinion on Trump — using Trump’s own methods

How Donald Trump became the president-elect of the United States when most polls and conventional wisdom favored Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton …