Siobhan Heanue

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The TiPPing Point?

The secrecy around the negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the issue that won't go away. Absent public information on what is being discussed, opponents of the secret process hint of terrible things to come if the TPP is approved, while the Administration asserts that …

The Last Defenders of the NSA

As more information emerges about the bulk collection of phone records, the remaining arguments in its favor fall one by one.<p>The NSA program that logs the phone records of innocent Americans has reached a turning point. A federal appeals court has ruled that it was never authorized by Congress. The …

Surveillance

The Art of Avoiding War

Why it’s so hard to defeat an enemy that won’t fight you, and what this means for U.S. strategy on everything from the Islamic State to China<p>The Scythians were nomadic horsemen who dominated a vast realm of the Pontic steppe north of the Black Sea, in present-day Ukraine and southern Russia, from …

Why the U.S. Needs to Listen to China

And why China needs to listen to the U.S. The importance of the mutual economic criticisms between two major world powers.<p>The relationship between the United States and China involves cooperation and competition, but recently the latter has received more attention. Much of the mistrust between the …

Why Congress Can't Solve America's Infrastructure Crisis

Lawmakers can’t agree on how to pay for the Highway Trust Fund for the remainder of the year, let alone for the next decade.<p>Congress does many things poorly, but there are few issues it has handled worse in recent years than providing funds for transportation and infrastructure. That’s not a point …

Jeb Bush's Many Problems

Six more reasons to be skeptical of the former Florida governor’s ability to secure the White House in 2016<p>Jeb Bush had a very bad few days last week. They won’t be the last bad days of this campaign. The Iraq question hasn’t been settled and won’t go away. And other questions as awkward and …

America’s Self-Inflicted Wounds

Political dysfunction is doing serious damage to U.S. economic power.<p>Will the United States remain the most powerful country in the world? Many think not. Those who feel this way also tend to think that China’s ascent will lead to America’s decline. Harvard professor Joseph Nye, who is not a …

What Will Bobby Jindal's 'Marriage and Conscience Order' Actually Do?

The symbolism of the Louisiana governor’s effort to grant impunity to same-sex marriage discrimination outstrips its legal import.<p>The late Earl Long was governor of Louisiana, on and off, for more than a decade. “Uncle Earl” was a colorful, corrupt, and bizarre figure, even for the Pelican State; …

Same-Sex Couples

‘Look ... It’s My Name on This’: Obama Defends the Iran Nuclear Deal

In an interview, the U.S. president ties his legacy to a pact with Tehran, argues ISIS is not winning, warns Saudi Arabia not to pursue a nuclear-weapons program, and anguishes about Israel.<p>On Tuesday afternoon, as President Obama was bringing an occasionally contentious but often illuminating …

Why Are the Republican Debates Limited to 10 Candidates?

Fox and CNN have chosen a cutoff that neither accommodates all of the candidates nor facilitates a satisfying debate.<p>In an increasingly quantified and poll-obsessed political world, it’s not often that you get arbitrary numbers. A rare exception came Wednesday, when CNN and Fox both released their …

Government

The Messy Politics of Trade and the Export-Import Bank

Can President Obama win two unlikely victories for his economic agenda?<p>The debate over trade, jobs, and economic growth took an unexpected turn on Thursday, as an unusual alliance of senators linked congressional approval of President Obama’s trade agenda to another, less-heralded piece of his …

Hillary Clinton's Surprisingly Effective Campaign

The former secretary of state jettisons sweeping rhetoric, and focuses on specific policies.<p>Hillary Clinton has been an official candidate for president for five weeks, and she still hasn’t done the thing most candidates do on day one: given a speech laying out her vision for America. Nor is she …

Will Congress Let the Spying Stop?

Provisions of the Patriot Act expire on June 1, and the Senate can’t agree on what to do.<p>On June 1, the spying stops.<p>Not all of it, of course, but after the stroke of midnight on that Monday morning the National Security Agency must halt some of the spying programs it launched in the months and …