Supreme Healthcare Reform: Can the Court Resolve the Debate?

On November 14, 2011, the Supreme Court granted review to a challenge of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), announcing that it would rule on fundamental questions regarding the law’s constitutionality and role in determining the authority of the states versus the authority of the federal government.1 While the 2,700-page Act addresses many different health-care related issues, the …

Medicare: “Generational Divide” and the Future

In April of this year, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) of the House Budget Committee released a proposal for the 2012 federal budget. While Ryan’s budget would reduce spending by $5.8 trillion over the next ten years, Republican leaders backed down from the proposal in May, mainly because it included a controversial plan to completely overhaul Medicare, the government-run insurance program …

Muslim Brotherhood: A Different Breed of Islamists

In theory, Americans and their government unreservedly support democratic movements. In practice, however, they worry about democratic alternatives to long-standing dictatorships. Sure, America is pro-democracy; but US interests come first. And while Arab dictators are certainly corrupt and oppressive, they do maintain regional stability. Along these lines, Western coverage of the latest resistance to Arab autocracies is quite revealing in …

Liberty and Justice: Rescinding U.S. Citizenship

By  Sara Tehrani, George Washington University For centuries, America, more than any other nation, has beckoned immigrants in search of a brighter, safer future to come take advantage of this land of opportunity. The American model of immigrant assimilation is one of dignified achievement and pride because it reflects long-standing American traditions of the integration and inclusion of other nationalities.[1]Nevertheless, …