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State News Roundup, July 4th Edition

This post was originally published on the Public Notice: Bankrupting America Blog. This Fourth of July not all Americans are as fortunate as those living in Chicago. As reported earlier this month by the Chicago Sun-Times, residents will enjoy a privately funded fireworks display at the historic Navy Pier. This comes as the city canceled its two planned displays … Continue reading

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Florida to Spend $1.2 Billion on Questionable Rail Project

This post was originally published on the Public Notice: Bankrupting America Blog.  Florida Representative John L. Mica (R) is lobbying for a $1.2 billion Central Florida commuter rail line. As reported in the New York Times, the Department of Transportation ranks the project as one of the nation’s “least cost effective mass transit efforts.” Since 1992, Representative Mica, Chairman of … Continue reading

Romney Accepts GOP Nomination for President

The final assignment for Government 522: Political Speechwriting and Presentation: a hypothetical speech by Fmr. Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) accepting the Republican nomination for President. Written 7 Nov. 2010. Thank you. Thank you so much. I am humbled by the outpouring of support that you showed me throughout the primaries. And tonight I am ready … Continue reading

Analysis of a Countering Terrorism Exercise

An essay for School of International Service 419: Countering Terrorism: it analyzes a 5-week exercise designed to replicate the national security apparatus and its ability to detect and thwart terrorist actors. Written 8 Nov. 2010. I. Reflections on Role and Character of Director Goldberg The five week exercise in countering terrorism thrust me into the … Continue reading

Characterizing Terrorists

An essay for School of International Service 419: Countering Terrorism: it addresses the characteristics of terrorists. Written 11 Oct. 2010. I. Assertions: The Characteristics of a Terrorist: Terrorists are inherently political actors striving to produce a long-term, structural change through the deliberate and systematic use of violence. The intent of this paper is not to … Continue reading

Mikulski Supports Pelosi for Minority Leader

An assignment for Government 522: Political Speechwriting and Presentation: a hypothetical speech by Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) in support of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) continuing as a leader in the House. Written 8 Nov. 2010. Good afternoon. A week ago we witnessed a trend continue here inWashington. A trend whereby the sitting President’s party loses … Continue reading

Americans and the Debt Ceiling Debate

This post was originally published on the Public Notice: Bankrupting America Blog. These days Americans are facing some steep costs: Driving anywhere is expensive, as the average gallon of gasoline costs more than $3.70. Putting food on the table is pricey, as a family of four spends more than $900 per month on a “moderate” grocery budget. And as we reported earlier, each person … Continue reading

White House Looks to Axe 1,000 Government Websites

This post was originally published on the Public Notice: Bankrupting America Blog.  In an effort to find and end wasteful spending, President Obama is looking to eliminate 1,000 government websites, reports The White House Blog. The move comes as a part of the Campaign to Cut Waste, launched earlier this week. The blog indicates that most sites receiving the axe are “duplicate … Continue reading

Understanding Women’s Reactions to the 1937 Irish Constitution

A 2,000 word essay for History 2132: Ireland Since 1900, a course at the University of Dublin: Trinity College. This essay received a mark of 75, First Class Honors. Written 20 March 2011. A cursory study of the 1937 Bunreacht na hÉireann might evoke a passionate twenty-first century rebuke of the articles defining the role and … Continue reading