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Analysis & Opinions - Politico

The Electoral College Is a National Security Threat

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  • Matt Olsen
| Sep. 20, 2017

The Electoral College system provides ripe microtargeting grounds for foreign actors who intend to sabotage presidential elections via information and disinformation campaigns, as well as by hacking our voting infrastructure. One reason is that citizens in certain states simply have more voting power than citizens in other states, such as Texas and California. This makes it easier for malign outside forces to direct their efforts.

Senators from both parties listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Analysis & Opinions - The Boston Globe

The Bipartisan President

| Sep. 18, 2017

It seems like the craziest idea in modern American political history. A Republican president, whose party controls both houses of Congress and who enjoys enduring popularity among Republican voters, is playing footsie with the Democrats. The ghastly possibility is dawning on Trump’s most ardent supporters on the right that he might be contemplating outright defection, to become the first bipartisan president in American history.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller arrives on Capitol Hill for a closed door meeting before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Analysis & Opinions - The Atlantic

Why Trump Should Worry More About Congress Than About Mueller

| Sep. 16, 2017

In all the coverage of the Trump administration’s fraught interactions with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, it has been easy to miss the potentially more consequential interplay unfolding across town: that between Mueller’s team and Congress.

Belarusian military jets fly during military exercises, Belarus, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017. The Zapad (West) 2017 military drills held jointly by Russian and Belarusian militaries at several firing ranges in both countries have rattled Russia's neighbors. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, Pool)

AP Photo/Sergei Grits, Pool

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

100,000 Troops Will Engage in Russia’s Zapad-2017 War Games

| Sep. 13, 2017

As Russia prepares for its annual strategic military exercises, speculation is mounting that the Zapad-2017 war games, set for Thursday through Sept. 20 in western Russia and Belarus, might be a prelude to war. Ukraine’s defense minister cautioned that Zapad could be a ruse to attack any European country “that shares a border with Russia,” while the New York Times proclaimed that the drills near NATO’s borders have raised “fears of aggression.” A CNN contributor wondered, “Could they turn into war?”

Copies of President Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 federal budget are laid out ready for distribution on Capitol Hill on May 23, 2017 (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais).

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

How Aging, Inequality and China Make the U.S. Government Likely to Get Larger

| Sep. 12, 2017

Speaking at an event organized by Robert Greenstein, president of the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, I argued last week that unless our values have changed profoundly in an anti-government direction, the balance of pressures from economic change will lead to an expansion of the federal budget relative to gross domestic product. This was also the conclusion of a paper released by Paul Van de Water of the center. Excellent summaries were provided by Al Hunt and David Leonhardt.

srael's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump shake hands

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Analysis & Opinions - Foreign Policy

The Case Against the Iranian Nuclear Deal Is One Big Lie

| Sep. 11, 2017

"Of course, it won’t surprise you that the people who keep trying to dismantle the JCPOA are mostly the same people who’ve repeatedly called for military action against Iran. And guess what? They are for the most part the same strategic geniuses that told you toppling Saddam Hussein would be easy and cheap and would transform the Middle East into a sea of shiny pro-American democracies."

Sen. Bob Dole, left, and Sen. Robert Byrd in Byrd's Capitol Hill office in August 1988. President Trump and current members of Congress could use the Senate Arms Control Observer Group they established as a model for cooperation between the branches, particularly when dealing with dangerous issues like U.S.-Russia relations, Sam Nunn and Ernest J. Moniz write (AP Photo/Scott Stewart)

AP Photo/Scott Stewart

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Deep U.S.-Russia Malaise Calls For A Liaison Between Trump and Congress

| Sep. 06, 2017

As Congress returns from its August recess, U.S.-Russia relations are in a deep ditch. This is a serious challenge for our governments and a danger to the people of both nations and indeed the world. Getting to safer ground requires urgent action to establish close cooperation between the Trump administration and Congress — by creating a new bipartisan liaison group modeled on one established in the 1980s.

National Economic Director Gary Cohn walks from Marine One across the South Lawn to the White House on Aug. 30 (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Cohn is Getting It All Wrong on Taxes

| Sep. 05, 2017

Given recent controversies, I was interested to read National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn’s answer to a “why are you staying?” question put by Stuart Varney of the Fox Business Network last week. To his credit Cohn did not back away from his reservations about the president’s response to the Charlottesville violence. He said “Look, tax cuts are really important to me. I think it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We haven’t done tax cuts in 31 years. So, to be a part of an administration that gets something done that hasn’t been done for 31 years is enormously challenging, enormously interesting to me.

Members of the Service Employees International Union gather for a Labor Day rally in downtown Los Angeles on Sept. 4 (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

AP Photo/Richard Vogel

Analysis & Opinions - Financial Times

America Needs its Unions More Than Ever

| Sep. 03, 2017
The central issue in American politics is the economic security of the middle class and their sense of opportunity for their children. A pervasive sense of vulnerability and missing opportunity leads to dissatisfaction, reduces faith in government and institutions, diminishes willingness to support the least fortunate, increases resentment towards members of other ethnic groups and fuels truculence towards other nations.