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Showing 2 posts from February 2017.

Connecting the Dots: The Trump Administration and U.S. Foreign Policy

Okay, I admit it:  at first glance there seems to be little overlap between core beliefs of the Trump Administration and the logic of foreign assistance programs managed by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).... Read More

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A cynical vote in favor of corruption

A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.”—Oscar Wilde

The Cardin-Lugar anti-corruption rule was voted off the books Friday, Feb. 3, executed at dawn during a highly unusual morning Senate session that began at 6:30 am. The 52-47 vote came swiftly, following a brief debate and vote in the House of Representatives Wednesday, and a few hours of Senate debate around dinner time Thursday.  There were no subcommittee reviews, no committee hearings: Congress took fewer than five days from the beginning of the legislative process to the end.... Read More

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