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A Contracorriente     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Ab Imperio     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Acciones e Investigaciones Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
ACME : An International Journal for Critical Geographies     Open Access  
Acta Borealia: A Nordic Journal of Circumpolar Societies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Acta Politica Estica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, European and Regional Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Administory. Zeitschrift für Verwaltungsgeschichte     Open Access  
Administrative Science Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 195)
Affirmations : of the modern     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
AFFRIKA Journal of Politics, Economics and Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Africa Conflict Monitor     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Africa Insight     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
Africa Institute Occasional Paper     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Africa Intelligence     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Africa Renewal     Free   (Followers: 6)
Africa Review : Journal of the African Studies Association of India     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Africa Today     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 18)
African Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 66)
African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 18)
African Diaspora     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
African East-Asian Affairs     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
African Identities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
African Journal of Democracy and Governance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
African Journal of Rhetoric     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
African Renaissance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
African Yearbook of Rhetoric     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Africanus     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Africa’s Public Service Delivery and Performance Review     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Afrika Focus     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Afrique contemporaine : La revue de l'Afrique et du développement     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Agenda Política     Open Access  
Agenda: A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Agrarian South : Journal of Political Economy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Akademik Hassasiyetler     Open Access  
Akademik İncelemeler Dergisi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Akademik Yaklaşımlar Dergisi     Open Access  
Alternatives : Global, Local, Political     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Altre Modernità     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
América Latina Hoy     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
American Communist History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
American Enterprise Institute     Free   (Followers: 2)
American Foreign Policy Interests: The Journal of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
American Journal of Political Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 353)
American Political Science Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 302)
American Political Thought     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
American Politics Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 33)
American Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 21)
Anacronismo e Irrupción     Open Access  
Anais de Constitucionalismo, Transnacionalidade e Sustentabilidade     Open Access  
Analecta política     Open Access  
Análise Social     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Ankara University SBF Journal     Open Access  
Annales Universitatis Mariae Curie-Sklodowska, sectio M – Balcaniensis et Carpathiensis     Open Access  
Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 46)
Annuaire suisse de politique de développement     Open Access  
Annual Review of Economics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 42)
Annual Review of Political Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 193)
Anuario Latinoamericano : Ciencias Políticas y Relaciones Internacionales     Open Access  
AQ - Australian Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription  
Arabian Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Arctic Review on Law and Politics     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Arena Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Armed Conflict Survey     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 17)
Asia Minor Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Asia Policy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Asia-Pacific Journal : Japan Focus     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Asia-Pacific Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Asian Affairs: An American Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Asian Journal of Comparative Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Asian Journal of German and European Studies     Open Access  
Asian Journal of Political Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Asian Politics and Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Astropolitics: The International Journal of Space Politics & Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
AUDEM : The International Journal of Higher Education and Democracy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Aurora. Revista de Arte, Mídia e Política     Open Access  
Australasian Review of African Studies, The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Australian Journal of International Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
Australian Journal of Political Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Balcanica Posnaniensia Acta et studia     Open Access  
Baltic Journal of European Studies     Open Access  
Baltic Journal of Political Science     Open Access  
Bandung : Journal of the Global South     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Basic Income Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
Beleid en Maatschappij     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
BMC International Health and Human Rights     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Bohemistyka     Open Access  
Brazilian Political Science Review     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Brésil(s)     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
British Journal of Canadian Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
British Journal of Political Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 204)
British Journal of Politics and International Relations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 30)
British Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
British Review of New Zealand Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Brookings Papers on Economic Activity     Open Access   (Followers: 61)
Bulletin d'histoire politique     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Bustan     Hybrid Journal  
CADUS - Revista de Estudos de Política, História e Cultura     Open Access  
Cahiers de l'Urmis     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cahiers de Sciences politiques de l'ULg     Open Access  
Cambio 16     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Cambridge Review of International Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Canadian Foreign Policy Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 24)
Çanakkale Araştırmaları Türk Yıllığı     Open Access  
Caucasus Survey     Hybrid Journal  
Central and Eastern European Review     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Central Asian Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Central Banking     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Central European Journal of Public Policy     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
China : An International Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 20)
China perspectives     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
China Quarterly     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 52)
China Report     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
China Review International     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
China-EU Law Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Chinese Journal of Global Governance     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Chinese Journal of International Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Chinese Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Cittadinanza Europea (LA)     Full-text available via subscription  
Civil Wars     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference on the European Union     Open Access  
Class, Race and Corporate Power     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cold War History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Commonwealth & Comparative Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Communication, Politics & Culture     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
Communist and Post-Communist Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Comparative Political Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 206)
Comparative Politics (Russia)     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Comparative Strategy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Competition & Change     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Complexity, Governance & Networks     Open Access  
Conferences on New Political Economy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Confines     Open Access  
Conflict and Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Conflict Management and Peace Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 33)
Conflict Trends     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Conflict, Security & Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 384)
Conflicto Social     Open Access  
Congress & the Presidency: A Journal of Capital Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Conhecer : Debate entre o Público e o Privado     Open Access  
Conjunctions. Transdisciplinary Journal of Cultural Participation     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Constellations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Contemporary Italian Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Contemporary Japan     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Contemporary Journal of African Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Contemporary Political Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 43)
Contemporary Review of the Middle East     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Contemporary Security Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Contemporary Southeast Asia: A Journal of International and Strategic Affairs     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 23)
Contemporary Wales     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Contenciosa     Open Access  
Contexto Internacional     Open Access  
Cooperation and Conflict     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
CosmoGov : Jurnal Ilmu Pemerintahan     Open Access  
CQ Researcher     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Criterio Jurídico     Open Access  
Criterios     Open Access  
Critical Asian Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Critical Review : A Journal of Politics and Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 22)
Critical Reviews on Latin American Research     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Critical Social Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 44)
Critical Studies on Terrorism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 36)
Cuadernos de Coyuntura     Open Access  
Cuadernos de historia de España     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Cultura de Paz     Open Access  
Cultura Latinoamericana     Open Access  
Cultural Critique     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Culture Mandala : The Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Debater a Europa     Open Access  
Décalages : An Althusser Studies Journal     Open Access  
Decolonization : Indigeneity, Education & Society     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Defence Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 24)
Defense & Security Analysis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
Democracy & Education     Open Access   (Followers: 16)
Democratic Communiqué     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Democratic Theory     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Democratization     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 38)
Democrazia e diritto     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Demokratie und Geschichte     Hybrid Journal  
Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Der Donauraum     Hybrid Journal  
Desafíos     Open Access  
Development and Change     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 55)
Digest of Middle East Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Diplomacy & Statecraft     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Diplomatic History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Diritto, immigrazione e cittadinanza     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Dissent     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Diversité urbaine     Full-text available via subscription  
Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways toward terrorism and genocide     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
East European Jewish Affairs     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
East European Politics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Economia Politica     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 38)
Ecopolítica     Open Access  
eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government     Open Access   (Followers: 9)

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  • Loneliness and Social Isolation (8/3/2018)
    • Abstract: Loneliness afflicts millions of Americans of all ages, and some experts think the problem is getting worse, driven by an aging population, changes in family structure, reliance on technology in place of face-to-face discourse and other forces. Medical studies have associated loneliness with costly physical and psychological ills, and social scientists say it can erode community cohesion and even undermine the nation's commitment to shared values and democratic ideals. Countries such as Japan, China and South Korea report similar problems, and in January British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed the world's first “minister of loneliness” to address the issue there. Some researchers contend that Americans are no lonelier than in past generations, and they say technology can bring people closer together as well as drive them apart. But others argue that psychologists, social workers, medical practitioners and policymakers should treat loneliness and isolation with the same urgency as drug abuse or other major social ills.
      PubDate: Fri, 03 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -040
  • Gun Violence (7/27/2018)
    • Abstract: As mass shootings continue to horrify the nation, advocates of stricter gun laws are optimistic that their movement is turning a corner. Young activists led by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., scene of a Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17, have drawn hundreds of thousands of supporters to March for Our Lives rallies across the country. Meanwhile, several states traditionally opposed to gun control have banned devices that enable semi-automatic rifles to fire more rapidly. And polls show fewer and fewer Americans own guns. But many observers are skeptical that lawmakers will tighten gun laws. Gun-rights supporters continue to challenge the constitutionality of restraints on firearm ownership and say the solution to gun violence is to enforce existing laws, not pass new ones. Political analysts, meanwhile, say Australia and other nations that have reduced gun violence by strictly regulating firearms offer a possible model for the United States.
      PubDate: Fri, 27 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -040
  • Foster Care (7/20/2018)
    • Abstract: Increasing demand for foster care and adoption services is overwhelming state and private child-placement agencies across the country, a trend stemming largely from parental opioid abuse that has shattered families and orphaned thousands of children. Overworked caseworkers are boarding children in hotels, state offices and even cars while they scramble to find homes for them, even as many states cut spending on programs that benefit children and families. Meanwhile, many child welfare caseworkers and foster parents are leaving the system, citing work-related stress and the strains of caring for young victims of abuse or neglect. Some child welfare experts see hope in a new federal law that prioritizes programs aimed at keeping families together, but others worry the law will divert resources from foster care services for children with behavioral problems. At the same time, some tax-supported, faith-based child welfare agencies have refused to place children with prospective LGBT foster or adoptive parents, igniting a bitter cultural debate and legal battles over religious rights.
      PubDate: Fri, 20 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -040
  • Protecting Animals (7/13/2018)
    • Abstract: The animal-rights movement, once considered a fringe political cause, has become a significant force in American culture, with advocacy groups claiming millions of members and public-opinion polls showing growing popular support for animal welfare. Activists argue that all creatures have a right to live free from pain and exploitation and that humans should give animals' needs greater consideration. Some believe animals should have legal rights similar to those accorded humans, and many oppose eating meat or using animal products of any kind. The issue pits animal-rights activists against modern, large-scale agricultural and livestock producers, biomedical researchers, hunters and the operators of some zoos and wildlife parks. Critics of the movement say it ignores meaningful differences between humans and animals, including the higher thought processes and ability to make moral choices that distinguish the human race from the animal kingdom. They reject the notions that animals should have rights and that people have no right to use animals for the benefit of humankind.
      PubDate: Fri, 13 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -040
  • Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence (7/6/2018)
    • Abstract: Algorithms increasingly shape modern life, helping Wall Street to decide stock trades, Netflix to recommend movies and judges to dispense justice. But critics say algorithms — the seemingly inscrutable computational tools that help give artificial intelligence (AI) the ability to “think” and “learn” — can lead to skewed results and sometimes social harm. AI might help mortgage companies decide whom to lend to, but qualified borrowers can be rejected if the underlying algorithms are faulty. Companies might use AI to screen job applicants, but skilled talent can be turned away if the algorithms reflect racial or gender bias. Moreover, the use of algorithms is raising difficult questions about who — if anyone — is liable when AI results in injury. The technology is even stirring fears of an AI apocalypse in which computers become so powerful and autonomous that they threaten humankind. Some experts want the federal government to strictly regulate AI to ensure it is not misused, but critics fear more rules would stifle the technology.
      PubDate: Fri, 06 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -040
  • Global Population Pressures (6/22/2018)
    • Abstract: The world's population, currently 7.6 billion, is expected to peak later this century at 11.2 billion, and possibly much more, before slowly declining. Countries such as Japan and Germany already are seeing declines, but others, such as Niger and India, are projected to explode in population in coming years. Some experts downplay the potential effects of a rising global count, but many say strains on natural resources will be intense, leading to conflicts over land, water, food and energy, and sparking mass migrations from poorer to wealthier regions. Yet experts differ on how best to manage the world's population pressures. Some say that with greater access to contraception, women in developing countries will choose to have fewer children. Others say a better approach is to conserve precious natural resources by reducing personal consumption. Meanwhile, the Trump administration, following through on a campaign promise, has cut off U.S. funding for international family planning programs, triggering an outcry from some aid organizations.
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -040
  • Superbug Threat (6/15/2018)
    • Abstract: Public health experts warn of a growing menace: the spread of bacterial infections that antibiotics are powerless to cure. Such infections, caused by pathogens known as superbugs, kill an estimated 700,000 people per year around the world, 23,000 of them Americans. In the United States alone, fighting superbugs consumes up to $20 billion in health care costs annually, a recent study found. Because humans and livestock consume so many antibiotics — billions of doses a day — many bacteria are becoming resistant to the drugs. Some doctors prescribe antibiotics indiscriminately, and countries such as India allow over-the-counter sales of the drugs. Making matters worse, pharmaceutical companies are not producing enough new antibiotics to replace those that are no longer effective. Some experts hope heightened awareness of the superbug threat, along with better diagnostic tools, will contain the problem, but others say governments must act more quickly to reduce antibiotic consumption. Meanwhile, researchers are seeking alternatives to antibiotics, such as using the immune system to quell infections.
      PubDate: Fri, 15 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -040
  • Retailing Shakeout (6/8/2018)
    • Abstract: Store closings and bankruptcies continue at a blistering pace as many debt-laden retailers struggle to adapt to a rapidly expanding world of online commerce. Yet, the upheaval masks the retailing industry's surprising strengths. U.S. retail sales totaled a record $5.7 trillion in 2017, and this year's business looks to be similarly robust. The explosive popularity of internet shopping is forcing traditional retailers to find new ways to lure tech-savvy customers. Some stores are functioning more as product showrooms and others as “experiential” venues designed to attract shoppers with such offerings as cooking classes, quirky mattress-testing settings and computer-simulated wardrobe fittings. But the industry still has a glut of stores. Chains such as Sears and Walgreens/Rite Aid are closing hundreds of stores, and Toys R Us, among others, is going under. Traditional retailers also face stiff competition from Amazon and other online retailers, some of which are opening physical stores — an acknowledgment that most Americans, however wedded to technology, still prefer to shop in person.
      PubDate: Fri, 08 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -040
  • Gang Violence (6/1/2018)
    • Abstract: Violent crime has been declining nationally since the 1990s, but some communities, including smaller cities, suburbs and rural areas, continue to experience violence caused by street gangs. President Trump has linked gang violence to immigration rates and advocated stricter immigration enforcement as a way to fight gangs. He frequently cites murders and other crimes committed by members of the notorious MS-13 gang, including some who entered the country illegally from Central America. But gang researchers say MS-13 represents only a small portion of the nation's gang problem. Police have used civil injunctions and databases of suspected gang members to fight gang violence, but courts have ruled such tactics are discriminatory and error-prone. Meanwhile, experts say education and job-training programs can be more effective than police crackdowns in curbing gang activity and that intervention programs as early as elementary school can help dissuade young people from joining gangs.
      PubDate: Fri, 01 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -040
  • Clinical Trials (5/18/2018)
    • Abstract: Clinical trials are designed to answer questions about the safety and effectiveness of experimental drugs, medical devices, vaccines and behavioral therapies. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration relies on trials when considering whether to approve new medical treatments or new uses for existing drugs and devices. But the clinical trials system in the United States is in crisis. Few patients participate, causing nearly a fifth of trials to shut down early or before they even begin. In addition, trials are becoming increasingly long, complex and costly. The net effect, many medical experts warn, is that health care innovation and advances are threatened. Analysts have proposed some controversial remedies: requiring drug companies to publicly release more trial data to increase trust in their results, broadening eligibility requirements to attract more participants, involving patients in the design of clinical trials and incorporating the use of smartwatches and other wearable biosensors to gather data, which could make trials easier and cheaper to conduct.
      PubDate: Fri, 18 May 2018 00:00:00 -040
  • Water Crisis in the West (5/11/2018)
    • Abstract: The Western United States' long battle for an adequate water supply is entering a challenging new phase. Scientists say climate change could reduce rainfall 25 percent in coming years, and droughts will become longer and more frequent — all as the region's population growth is setting records. Climatologists say farmers and ranchers must find new ways of operating in arid conditions, and cities must increase their conservation efforts despite citizen resistance. At the same time, experts say states must do more to work together to address the region's water limitations, and some want the federal government to assume a bigger role in mediating water disputes. Still, some scientists say the threat of a protracted water crisis is overblown, noting that droughts have been cyclical throughout history. Others say new technology, including desalination plants that make seawater drinkable, can increase the water supply. Las Vegas, the casino mecca in one of the nation's driest regions, is among the cities struggling to balance water conservation and economic growth.
      PubDate: Fri, 11 May 2018 00:00:00 -040
  • Worker Safety (5/4/2018)
    • Abstract: After declining in the wake of the job-killing 2007-09 recession, workplace deaths and injuries are rising as the economy improves, sparking calls for stricter safety regulations. Fatalities rose 14 percent between 2009 and 2016, with more workers dying from falls, chemical exposure and construction accidents. In addition, violence against medical workers is growing, workplace shootings are increasing and more workers are hooked on opioids to treat job injuries. Moreover, a rise in freelance and contract employment has left many workers unprotected by safety laws. Some industry officials are urging the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to focus less on punishing companies for safety violations and more on helping them comply with safety standards. The Trump administration has responded by halting or delaying action on new safety regulations, even as it increases inspections and enforces existing safety laws. Labor advocates, worried that fatalities and injuries could rise as businesses seek to cut costs, want to preserve existing regulations and enforcement levels.
      PubDate: Fri, 04 May 2018 00:00:00 -040
  • Federal-State Relations (4/27/2018)
    • Abstract: States are suing the federal government at a record pace, with Democratic attorneys general trying to block President Trump's policies on the environment, immigration, health care, marijuana and other issues. In addition, some states are defying federal authority by passing laws that counteract policies laid down in Washington. Tensions between the states and federal government are not new — states sued the administration of Democratic President Barack Obama dozens of times — but many governance experts say partisan hostility is at historically high levels. The friction has led to centuries-old questions about the division of power between federal and local authority and whether states have the right to reject policies created in Washington they believe are harmful or unconstitutional. Some states are so upset with what they see as federal budgetary excesses that they are calling for a constitutional convention to curb congressional spending authority. Meanwhile, partisan conflict between state legislatures and municipalities is also growing, with lawmakers sometimes blocking cities from enforcing local ordinances.
      PubDate: Fri, 27 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -040
  • Technology Addiction (4/20/2018)
    • Abstract: Some addiction specialists contend that the overuse of video games, social media or other online technology can affect the brain in the same way drug or alcohol dependency does. But other experts question whether an obsessive use of technology meets the clinical definition of addiction. They argue that overuse of technology typically stems from an underlying condition, such as anxiety, depression or attention deficit disorder. Some industry insiders say technology companies such as Facebook design their products to be addictive, which company executives deny. Child advocates and some politicians want the government to do more to address the potential harm of technology overuse, and countries such as South Korea and China have established government-sponsored treatment centers for teens and young adults considered tech-addicted. The American Psychiatric Association has not linked technology overuse with standard medical definitions of addiction but says internet gaming needs further study. The National Institutes of Health, meanwhile, is funding a study on whether online gaming is addictive.
      PubDate: Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -040
  • The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (4/13/2018)
    • Abstract: The long-sought goal of an Arab-Israeli peace settlement is looking more distant than ever. President Trump's decision in December to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and relocate the U.S. Embassy there infuriated Palestinian leaders while heartening conservative Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump defends his decision as a recognition of reality and vows to work toward a settlement in the region. But Jerusalem is hallowed ground for both Arabs and Israelis, and critics say Trump has moved so far in Israel's favor that the United States can no longer be a neutral broker between the two sides. Both Netanyahu, under investigation for alleged corruption, and aging Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, widely accused of stifling Arab democratic rights, have uncertain political futures. Frustrated with the dimming outlook for peace, a growing number of young Palestinians favor armed struggle.
      PubDate: Fri, 13 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -040
  • Financial Services Deregulation (4/6/2018)
    • Abstract: The Trump administration is seeking to weaken the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a broad set of regulations aimed at preventing a repeat of the 2007–09 financial crisis. The law requires banks and other financial companies to set aside large cash reserves to deal with problem loans or other failures that could drag down the entire economy. In addition, Dodd-Frank cracks down on consumer loan fraud and bars financial institutions from making speculative investments with their own capital. Many Democrats and consumer groups argue that Dodd-Frank has added crucial safeguards without hurting the banking industry's profitability. But industry officials and conservative Republicans contend that Dodd-Frank has stifled economic growth and hurt consumers by over-regulating banks, credit card companies, payday lenders and other financial services firms. Meanwhile, some analysts worry that the largest banks could still pose a threat to the nation's economy if growth slows.
      PubDate: Fri, 06 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -040
  • U.S. Trade Policy (3/30/2018)
    • Abstract: President Trump has broken with decades of U.S. trade policy in a bid to protect American industries from foreign competition, sparking fears of a punishing trade war. Trump has announced $60 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports, demanded changes in a long-standing trade pact with Mexico and Canada and removed the United States from multilateral Asian trading negotiations. The administration says the changes in trade policy are necessary to restore manufacturing decimated by low-cost competitors overseas, where wages are far lower than in the United States and governments sometimes subsidize private industry to give them an edge in global markets. Trump's tariff targets include cheap steel and aluminum imports, which have led to layoffs and plant closures in those industries in the United States. But critics say the administration is ignoring the benefits of free trade, arguing that lowering trade barriers has expanded global commerce and spurred greater prosperity here and abroad.
      PubDate: Fri, 30 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -040
  • The Fight Over Net Neutrality (3/16/2018)
    • Abstract: Advocates of an unfettered internet are fighting to restore Obama-era regulations requiring Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and other internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all internet traffic equally in terms of speed, access and cost. The so-called net neutrality rules, instituted in 2015 when Democrats controlled the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), were repealed in December 2017 after Republicans regained control of the agency. The FCC is led by former telecommunications lawyer Ajit Pai, a free-market champion of deregulation who has criticized the net neutrality rules as burdensome and unnecessary. More than 20 states are suing to preserve net neutrality, arguing that federal regulations are needed to keep the large ISPs from becoming too powerful. But defenders of the FCC vote say net neutrality harms the ability of the ISPs to improve their networks and ultimately hurts consumers and businesses. The European Union, meanwhile, has passed laws protecting net neutrality and labeled equal access to the internet a basic right.
      PubDate: Fri, 16 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -040
  • Saudi Arabia's Uncertain Future (3/9/2018)
    • Abstract: U.S.-Saudi relations are warming after years of conflict with the Obama administration. Citing mutual opposition to the Sunni kingdom's Shiite arch-enemy, Iran, President Trump and the Saudi king struck a $350 billion arms deal last year aimed at fighting terrorism and creating American jobs. But critics warn that Trump's unflinching support for the kingdom could pull the United States into one of the regional proxy conflicts between the Saudis and Iran. Meanwhile, the Saudis are seeking U.S. investors for high-tech and renewable energy ventures to help diversify the oil-dependent economy. They also are considering selling part of the massive, state-owned Aramco oil company to outside investors, which would open a window on the kingdom's secretive finances. To lure international support and investments, a new, 32-year-old crown prince is pushing social and economic reforms in the religiously conservative society. But human rights groups say the Saudis oppress dissidents at home and continue to fund extremist groups that share their hatred of Iran.
      PubDate: Fri, 09 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -050
  • Affordable Housing Shortage (3/2/2018)
    • Abstract: The improving economy has sent millions of Americans back to work, but many cannot afford housing near their jobs. Rising demand for homes and apartments has caused prices to soar, especially in major metro areas. The problem defies an easy fix. Zoning codes and not-in-my-backyard (NIMBY) activists often block new affordable-housing projects. Land in and around urban centers is scarce and expensive, and construction costs are rising sharply, prompting developers to target new projects at higher-income renters and buyers. Some cities are increasing housing density in downtown areas or considering imposing rent controls in an effort to make housing more affordable, but urban-planning experts differ on the effectiveness of such steps. The poor, meanwhile, are being priced out of many neighborhoods, swelling the ranks of the homeless. Housing advocates say more federal help is needed, but President Trump has proposed deep cuts to housing programs, and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson wants to tighten eligibility rules for aid recipients.
      PubDate: Fri, 02 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -050
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