Foreign Policy

House must act on compassionate, comprehensive immigration reform

When Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez heard the news of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), he was overcome with emotion. Born in Brazil and living in this country since the age of 14, Felipe married the love of his life, a U.S. citizen, last year. But because of DOMA, his husband couldn’t sponsor him for a green card. Now, Felipe and his husband no longer need to live with the constant fear of being torn apart.

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Congress needs to be involved in trade talks

With 150 negotiators in 24 working groups descending on Washington D.C. this week to take part in the first round of US-EU trade talks, and with the joint EU-US High Level Working Group saying that “ambitious outcomes” should be sought for the areas of “market access,” “regulatory issues and non-tariff barriers,” and “rules, principles, and new modes of cooperation to address shared global trade challenges and opportunities,” Congress is about to witness a complete overhaul on trade.  From a transpacific agreement to a transatlantic one.

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A bridge between the West and the East?

Can Ukraine be the nation which bridges the gap between Eurasia and the Western world - or, more specifically, between Russia and the EU? As yet, it's a hard one to call - but Ukrainian President Yanukovych is not the only one hoping events will play out like this.

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The law that changed the world

Lots of laws gets signed in Washington D.C., but how many have saved millions of lives as the one inked by President Dwight Eisenhower (R) on July 10, 1954?

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Why comprehensive immigration reform is good for all of us

After a strong vote of support in the Senate, historic immigration reform is headed to the House of Representatives, and we’ve already seen opponents of the bill try to distort the benefits of reform for our country. Now more than ever, the untold economic story of immigration needs to be told and retold. It is a simple truth that immigrants help grow the US economy.  Yet, this fact often gets lost as the complexities of immigration are reduced to a zero sum game of native workers versus immigrants.

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German business leaders will have to fight for trade deal in Washington

This week American and EU officials begin formal negotiations of a U.S.-EU trade deal, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and the run-up has already seen the usual platitudes about strong ties, shared values, and common political, economic, and cultural interests.

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A currency clause in the TPP is unworkable, unsuitable, and counterproductive

Few ideas seem capable of generating consensus in Congress these days, but the motion to attach a currency manipulation clause to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement was endorsed by 230 lawmakers in a June 6 letter to President Obama. This letter echoes earlier statements by the American Automobile Policy Council and the UAW condemning the inclusion of Japan in the TPP with charges that this country is a systematic currency manipulator and that a trade agreement cannot dismantle its entrenched non-tariff barriers.

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Arming Syria’s rebels: Feelings of déjà vu

The Obama administration’s shift towards arming the Syrian opposition fighters in the war against the Assad regime has rightfully received bipartisan backlash on Capitol Hill. The decision bears a striking resemblance to the U.S. paramilitary operation that supported the Afghan mujahideen against Soviet occupation from 1979 to 1989. If the end result of that policy is any indicator, President Obama’s shift will not end well.

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