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Taking the debt ceiling to the brink

With the House of Representatives having passed a bill Wednesday night putting an end to the government shutdown, let’s take a look at the factors that contributed to the political

North America Politics

Why the US Shutdown May Actually Mean Bigger Government

It sounds like the kind of lofty thought experiment that academics would ponder: What happens if the U.S. government shuts down? The event is full of paradoxes. On the one

Economics North America

US Shutdown Warm-up to Debt Ceiling Negotiations?

The Economist gave a blistering verdict on the political impasse in Congress today: “Once a stalwart of good governance, America looks like a rodeo clown”. How has it come to

Natural resources and energy North America

Debate Over U.S. Natural Gas Exports Heats Up

The consequences of the shale gas and oil energy revolution in the United States have had a great impact on the U.S. industry and economy. The benefits are by now

Economics North America

All-In Nation Growth Agenda, In or Out?

All-In Nation is a collaboration between the Center for American Progress and PolicyLink, and it is centered on exploring ways to create broad-based economic growth. Their progressive agenda is to

North America Technology and infrastructure

Al Jazeera America Enters US Market: Will It Be Viable?

For many Americans, their first encounter with Al Jazeera was in 2001, when the network aired video recordings of Osama Bin Laden after the September 11 attacks. With no further

Natural resources and energy North America

Risks abound in Mexico’s new oil laws

Much has been made of the recent announcement that Mexico is seeking to update its oil laws, allowing foreign companies a role in the industry for the first time in

North America Politics

US Prison Industry Benefits from Immigration Reform

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder recently announced a plan to reduce the U.S. prison population by reforming the prosecution of low-level drug offenses. America has the highest incarceration rate in the world

North America Technology and infrastructure

Amazon Acquires Paper Following CIA Contract Dispute

At the end of July, news surfaced about a lawsuit Amazon had filed against the U.S. government. Amazon Web Services (AWS), the company’s cloud computing division, had won a $600

Economics North America

Op-Ed: Canada’s Shift to Northern ‘Development’

Investigate Canada’s shift towards ‘Northern Development’ under the Conservative government of Stephen Harper and what it means for the North. My July 13 GRI article, Effects of Liberal Economics on