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The Next Great Communicator

Written by Scott Carroll

Having lived through seemingly a full range of presidents and presidential performances over the preceding decades—from the similarly ineffective stints of an exceptionally intelligent nuclear physicist and an underachieving C-student, to the two iconic two-term performances of our time: one by a Hollywood actor and Eureka College cheerleader, the other a Rhodes Scholar—what my observations tell me is that a great communicator is most enabled to achieve a great presidency.

Written On Thursday, October 31 2013 09:24

Policy Round Up: Government Shutdown Reaction

Written by Tyler Grote

Late Wednesday night, Congress finally voted to end the 16-day government shutdown, pushing the debt ceiling to February 7, 2014. While both Democrats and Republicans had to make concessions to pass the continuing resolution, there is still much blaming coming from both sides, and neither views this is a legitimate long term solution to the debt problem. With the shutdown over and furloughed government employees back at work, read what some people are saying about the aftermath and where we are headed from here.

Written On Friday, October 18 2013 11:24

Monica Gray Interviews Ian Bremmer: President of the Eurasia Group

Written by Monica Gray

In this interview, Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, sits down with Diplomatic Courier Video Correspondent Monica Gray to discuss a range of policy issues including the global implications of the government shutdown, the administrations missteps in Syria and the big problem with world leaders today.

Written On Tuesday, October 15 2013 10:29

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Asset Builder Champion Profile: Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez

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Congressman Luis V. Gutiérrez has represented Illinois’ Fourth Congressional District in Chicago and Cook County since 1992. Now in his twelfth term, Gutiérrez is the senior member of the Illinois delegation. The 12-term congressman was born and raised in Chicago to parents who emigrated from Puerto Rico in the 1950s. His previously served as a city councilor and Alderman and worked as a teacher, social worker, and cab driver. At Northeastern Illinois University, Rep. Gutiérrez found his passion for social justice issues, writing for the student paper and serving as the president of the Union for Puerto Rican Students.

Written On Wednesday, May 20 2015 11:52

Interview with U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, 2015 Asset Builder Champion Awardee

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U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, one of four 2015 Asset Builder Champion Awards recipients, discusses the need for immigration reform and bipartisan policy efforts to help close the racial wealth gap.

Written On Monday, April 27 2015 15:32

Policy Round-Up: Executive Order

Written by Nakia Gladden

President Obama recently signed The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order, which will make it harder for private businesses to win federal contracts if they violate worker's rights.

Written On Wednesday, August 06 2014 23:56

Head in the Sand, Butt in the Polls

Written by Scott Carroll

A recent New York Magazine article identified four pillars to Barack Obama's vision for his presidency, as laid out in his 2009 inaugural address: economic recovery and financial-system reform, healthcare reform, combating climate change, and education reform. Another administration priority identified in the article that did not make it into the 2009 address but has become a domestic policy imperative is comprehensive immigration reform.

Written On Tuesday, July 01 2014 09:33

Policy Round-Up: Immigration Reform

Written by Nakia Gladden

According to lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, it’s unlikely that comprehensive immigration reform will pass this year. This is clearly a blow for the Obama Administration, which named immigration reform a top priority for their second term.

Written On Monday, June 30 2014 11:55

The President and the Pope: What’s Missing from their Inequality Talk

Written by Maya Rockeymoore

Perhaps years from now, when President Obama writes his autobiography about his time in office, we’ll learn all the details about his conversation with Pope Francis. We knew before the meeting that economic inequality would be a topic of discussion, and afterwards we were told it was part of the conversation.

Written On Tuesday, April 01 2014 09:22
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