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a sign stands advertising school vaccines and physical exams  sits in front of the Knox County Health Department in Mount Vernon, Ohio

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Newspaper Article - Harvard Gazette

As Measles Cases Crack 1,000, a Look at What to Do

    Author:
  • Alvin Powell
| June 11, 2019

Barry Bloom, former dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Juliette Kayyem, Belfer Senior Lecturer in International Security at the Harvard Kennedy School and a former Department of Homeland Security official, sat down with the Harvard Gazette to share their thoughts on the measles outbreak and likely ways forward. Bloom comes at the problem from the public-health viewpoint, and Kayyem from that of public safety.

 

a new barrier is built along the Texas-Mexico border near downtown El Paso

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Newspaper Article - The Huffington Post

Border Security Expert Tells 'Mansplaining' Rep. Dan Crenshaw Why A Wall Won't Work

    Author:
  • David Moye
| Feb. 05, 2019

Juliette Kayyem suggested that freshman Texas GOP Representative Dan Crenshaw support his argument on border security with facts — "not with mocking a woman."  This article covers the Twitter exchange.

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Analysis & Opinions - Forbes

Now That The Democrats Have Won The House, Who Will They Investigate And How?

| Nov. 07, 2018

With the Democrats’ capture of a House majority in the November 6 midterm elections, Washington will look very different next year. Although the Democrats’ ability to implement their policy agenda will be limited by a Republican-controlled Senate and White House, the House Judiciary Committee and other investigative committees are expected to launch vigorous oversight and investigations into executive branch activities and even private industry as well.

Why do the Democrats need a majority to do it? First, only the majority party can schedule congressional hearings. Second, in the House only committee chairpersons have subpoena power, which comes in two flavors: demands for witnesses to testify and demands for documents.

With the power of the majority, Democrats are expected to focus on several issues including protecting Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference with the 2016 election, alleged violations of government ethics by executive branch officials, and the president’s personal business dealings. Also expect the Democrats to focus on certain public policy issues such as health care.

Don’t expect the Trump administration to roll over and give House Democrats everything they want.  Just because Congress asks for documents or witnesses doesn’t mean they will get them quickly, or even at all. Congressional requests and subpoenas often lead to public and private showdowns between Congress and the executive branch until both sides arrive at an agreement. Administrations often want to appear cooperative without getting hauled before Congress to answer questions publicly. Administrations are also loath to turn over documents that may reveal internal deliberations, especially if those documents reveal embarrassing facts—or worse.

Avideh Moussavian, Senior Policy Attorney, National Immigration Law Center, speaks during a media availability for a video installation to protest President Donald Trump's travel ban at Union Station in Washington. April 23, 2018 (Alex Brandon/Associated Press). Keywords: Avideh Moussavian, Trump, travel ban, Muslim ban

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Analysis & Opinions - CNN

We've Worked on Stopping Terrorism. Trump's Travel Ban Fuels It

| Apr. 23, 2018

Speaking in Davos this January, President Donald Trump promised that, "when it comes to terrorism, we will do whatever is necessary to protect our nation." It's a commitment we share with the President. In fact, developing and implementing lawful and effective counterterrorism strategies and policies used to be our jobs in the intelligence community, at the White House and at the National Counterterrorism Center, respectively. That's precisely why we are opposed to Trump's travel ban, which heads to the Supreme Court this week for oral arguments.

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Analysis & Opinions - CNN

Power, Sex and Data: A Weekend of Issues in the Trump Presidency

| Mar. 19, 2018

And while all the political attention is on the McCabe firing (and the Mueller threats), and all the gossip is about the Stormy Daniels saga, it is actually the Facebook scandal that may be the biggest story. Simply put, Cambridge Analytica, which worked with the Trump campaign, is now known to have used the data of millions of Facebook users to target voters for fake news and Trump-related propaganda.

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Analysis & Opinions - Politico

The Electoral College Is a National Security Threat

    Author:
  • 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.

Donald Trump and Mike Pence

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Analysis & Opinions - CNN

Why Trump Should Resist Temptation to Pardon His Team

| July 18, 2017

"Donald Trump is already enabling Russia with his lack of action. He doesn't even affirm the assessment by our intelligence agencies that Russia disrupted our elections; in statements, he still caveats the possibility that Russia did it with asides that it could have been others. He appears not to have challenged Russian President Vladimir Putin in any meaningful way when they met at the G20. States and localities have not been given any advice about how to protect their election systems going forward."