Category: Policy

Could the 2008 Global Financial Crisis Happen Again?

Could the 2008 Global Financial Crisis Happen Again?

The 2008 global financial crisis changed the course of history, and unfortunately, it's a bit of history that might repeat itself soon.

On Wednesday, this topic will be examined by a trio of University of Chicago Booth Professors at a session entitled "From Wall Street to Main Street: A Decade After the Global Financial Crisis."

The event is currently sold out, but there is potential availability on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the event: Wednesday, January 17th at the Sheraton Grand Chicago (301 N. Water St.) You can join U of C Booth professors Austan D. Goolsbee, Randall S. Kroszner, and Raghuram G. Rajan in the Chicago Ballroom.

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Twitter, How Do Trump Nuclear Threats Not Violate Terms of Service?

Twitter, How Do Trump Nuclear Threats Not Violate Terms of Service?

Take a look at the Twitter terms of service that all users must agree to. The Twitter rules, under "Violence and physical harm reads:

Violence: You may not make specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm, death, or disease of an individual or group of people. This includes, but is not limited to, threatening or promoting terrorism. You also may not affiliate with organizations that — whether by their own statements or activity both on and off the platform — use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes. We will begin enforcing this rule around affiliation with such organizations on December 18, 2017.

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Gun Sense Movement Gathering Momentum Against the NRA Agenda in 2018

Gun Sense Movement Gathering Momentum Against the NRA Agenda in 2018
As the calendar flips from 2017 to 2018, gun sense needs to be America's legislative priority, because the issue is top of mind. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll asked respondents "what was the most significant event of 2017?" Mass shootings topped the list, and it was followed by natural disasters, the inauguration of Donald Trump, terrorist attacks, the tax plan in Congress and sexual harassment/#metoo movement. Take a moment to review and examine that list again. Common sense gun laws resonate with Americans more than even forces of nature, the world's biggest attention seeker/narcissist, and the issues that the media tends to focus on the most. America is much more united than it is divided when it comes to wanting gun sense, a term almost all of us can agree on...
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Three Major U.S. Constitution Revisions Needed Immediately

Three Major U.S. Constitution Revisions Needed Immediately

“Low information voters” may be the single greatest euphemism of all time.

We don’t even need to say what that phrase actually means, because you already know, but it’s critically important, as this group is something the U.S. Constitution wasn’t designed to handle; at all.

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Restoring Net Neutrality: What You Can Do Now to Help

Restoring Net Neutrality: What You Can Do Now to Help

Last Thursday was an exceedingly dark day for our democracy, as net neutrality was repealed by the Federal Communications Commission, by a vote of 3-2. This despite the fact that Net neutrality is something that almost all Americans are in favor of, and consistently voice their support for.

Yet FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a former Verizon lawyer appointed by the Donald Trump administration, who is acting strictly in the interests of the telecommunications lobby, pushed for and got what he wanted, despite the fact it flies in the face of the common interest.

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Stand Up for Net Neutrality Now! We Can't Afford to Lose this Fight!

Stand Up for Net Neutrality Now! We Can't Afford to Lose this Fight!
It can be very tiring sometimes, having to consistently stand up and fight so for so many of our basic rights. However, if we don't stand up right now and fight to save Net Neutrality, then it's going to become a helluva lot harder to stand up and fight for all our other basic rights. Net Neutrality may sound extremely boring (what- IP routing protocols aren't your bag?) and like something that's not relevant to our everyday lives, but you'll really miss it, if and when it's gone. If the Federal Communications Commission votes to repeal net neutrality in nine days, then our daily lives will change dramatically, and greatly for the worse. However, we still have plenty of time to protest and make our voices heard...
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Q&A With Shannon Watts, the NRA's Worst Nightmare

Q&A With Shannon Watts, the NRA's Worst Nightmare
If you’re not following Mom's Demand Action Founder and Everytown for Gun Safety activist Shannon Watts on Twitter, then you really should be. In the wake of the Sutherland Springs mass shooting, she truly put Texas Governor Greg Abbott in his place. Abbott did the stereotypical meaningless and completely cliche “thoughts and prayers” bit, and as you obviously know, thinking and praying is not taking action. If you clicked on this, then you most likely read or would be interested in reading our essay on the total worthlessness that is the act of tweeting thoughts and prayers...

Larry Summers Slams the Jones Act and Other Highlights of Gingrich Debate

Larry Summers Slams the Jones Act and Other Highlights of Gingrich Debate
The Jones Act is the hot trending topic of the day, and Larry Summers gave a very strong condemnation of it yesterday at the 2017 National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) Fall Conference. The event drew record attendance this year, and much of it is attributed to yesterday's opening session, a debate between former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich and former Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers (or Larry Summers if you will) The leader of the "Republican Revolution of 1994" ideologically sparred against the former Chief Economist and Vice President of the World Bank at the Sheraton Grand Chicago this morning on economic issues, primarily healthcare, which constitutes 18% of the economy. ...

Newt Gingrich and Lawrence Summers on Why Roy Moore, Donald Trump Won

Newt Gingrich and Lawrence Summers on Why Roy Moore, Donald Trump Won
The 2017 National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) Fall Conference drew record attendance this year, and much of that could be attributed to Wednesday's opening session, a debate between former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich and former Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers. The leader of the "Republican Revolution of 1994" ideologically sparred against the former Chief Economist and Vice President of the World Bank at the Sheraton Grand Chicago this morning on economic issues, primarily those related to healthcare. ...
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Newt Gingrich and Larry Summers to Debate Trump Economic Policies in Chicago

Newt Gingrich and Larry Summers to Debate Trump Economic Policies in Chicago
It won't have the same sizzle as Chelsea Handler versus Tomi Lahren, but it will certainly have substantially more steak. Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich and former Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers will be here in Chicago next week to debate the Trump Administration's impact on economic growth. The session, which focuses mostly on how Trumponomics is impacting our nation’s aging population, opens the 2017 National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) Fall Conference...