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Traditionally, the first bill of a congressional session has special significance. In the midst of a government shutdown, the Senate decided to focus its first bill on a package of four Middle East-related provisions. The S. 1. bill took up nearly a month of the Senate’s attention before passing on Feb. 5 with 77 senators…

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There is general agreement that monitoring the flow of people and goods across the U.S.-Mexico border is a necessary government function. This is especially true when it comes to efforts to restrict the flow of illicit drugs and human trafficking. However, there are disagreements among both policymakers and the public about how best to accomplish…

Read more Border walls: A simple fix?

Toward an end to the Korean War The second summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, or North Korea) took place in Hanoi last week. Many were hoping for more concrete action steps and details on the initial agreement that was signed at the Singapore summit in…

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After postponing national elections by a week for logistical reasons, Nigerians went to the polls on Saturday, February 23 for presidential and national assembly elections. The presidential elections are now over, but they produced worrisome shadows and lapses to reflect on, particularly as gubernatorial and state assembly elections are slated for Saturday, March 9. The…

Read more The shadows of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential elections

February 27, 2019 Read in Spanish   More funding for walls and detention On February 14, Congress passed a package of spending bills that prevented another harmful government shutdown but included $1.375 billion for 55 miles of new border fences and walls and also an expansion of immigrant detention. While border wall construction will be restricted in…

Read more February immigration update