Military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq consumed so much attention during his presidency that few people appreciated that George W. Bush was also an activist on the home front. Despite limited public support, and while confronting a deeply divided Congress, Bush engineered and implemented reforms of public policy on a wide range of issues: taxes, education, health care, energy, environment, and regulatory reform. In Bush on the Home Front, former Bush White House official and academic John D. Graham analyzes Bush’s successes in these areas and setbacks in other areas such as Social Security and immigration reform. Graham provides valuable insights into how future presidents can shape U.S. domestic policy while facing continuing partisan polarization.
Reliable, readable, insightful, and objective, CQ&BAD:rsquo;s Politics in America has been called &BAD:ldquo;the ultimate insider&BAD:rsquo;s guide to politics.&BAD:rdquo; Politics in America is an essential resource for any collection that serves readers who want authoritative information on the members of the 111th Congress. The profiles of the 535 members plus the delegates offer concise and candid analysis of personalities, political styles, legislative agendas, political ambitions, and reputations of members at home and on Capitol Hill. Detailed state and district information plus a wealth of information and data on campaign finance, partisan caucuses, standing committees, and other member facts round out the book. The 2010 edition details how the Democrats strengthened their majorities in the House and Senate.Profiles include:Biographical data, committee assignments, CQ Vote Studies, interest group ratings, and contact informationState-by-state and congressional voting demographicsCampaign finance statistics and election resultsLeadership, caucuses, and member statistics
CQ Almanac Plus gives you an in-depth look at the major bills of the second session of the 108th Congress, including the landmark overhaul of the nation's intelligence community and the failed attempt to update the nation's main highway law. The book also details the year's two big tax bills - for businesses and for middle-class families, along with the 13 appropriations bills, of which were enacted by the end of the session for the first time in three years. This year's edition also has a special section on the 2001 elections, with summaries of the presidential and congressional races and complete, official returns for every congressional district in the country. Each of the more than 80 legistative histories contains a detailed adescription of the bill, a behind-the-scene look at how it was shaped and its status at the end of 2004. CQ Almanac Plus also gives you the following: Key Votes Vote Studies All roll-call votes Public Laws
This reference puts the full year of American Congress and national politics into historical perspective. It covers actions, votes, and other acts of the first session of the 106th Congress. Also included are recorded votes, presidential statements and public laws from 1999.
This new contributed volume from Steven Hook and James Scott introduces students to the conduct of foreign policy under the Obama administration. Its twelve original essays, written by a stellar cast of experts in the field, address whether the Obama administration’s strategy represents a “renewal” of U.S. engagement. To what extent has this administration succeeded in building both the domestic and international constituencies needed to implement its foreign policy goals? How exactly have Obama’s policies regarding drone strikes, prisoner abuse, extraordinary rendition, and climate change differed from Bush-era policies? Contributors provide detailed assessments of these and many other key questions. Designed to fit easily into courses on U.S. foreign policy, the volume’s first part looks at policy formulation, while the second part tackles policy domains. An extensive bibliography makes a great student resource for further research.
CQ Almanac is the essential resource that chronicles and analyzes the major bills brought before Congress in the previous year. Published each summer, this non-partisan reference work offers exclusive insight into the forces that drove action on legislation. The CQ Almanac Includes: An unbiased look at the issues that mattered most in 2014 Offers original narrative accounts of every major piece of legislation that lawmakers considered during a congressional session Arranged thematically, CQ Almanac organizes, distills, and cross-indexes for permanent reference the full year in Congress and in national politics Print Version includes: Legislative Profiles, Key Votes, Vote Studies, Roll Call Votes, and Public Laws Available In Print and Online.
With an avalanche of scholarship on the House, it can be tough to balance out coverage in a typical Congress course with appropriate readings on the "slow institution." Offering top-notch research geared to an undergraduate audience, Loomis' new edited volume represents a broad picture of the contemporary Senate and how it came to be. While addressing issues of delay, obstruction, and polarization in a variety of ways, the scholars in this collection are not proposing a reform agenda, but instead, explore the historical and political contexts for how difficult it can be to change a non-majoritarian, highly individualistic institution. Students will come away from these chapters with a much greater appreciation of the Senate's unique combination of tradition, precedent, and constitutional mandate.
The Political Handbook of the World provides timely, thorough, and accurate political information, with more in-depth coverage of current political controversies than any other reference guide. The updated 2015 edition will continue to be the most authoritative source for finding complete facts and analysis on each country’s governmental and political makeup. Compiling in one place more than 200 entries on countries and territories throughout the world, this volume is renowned for its extensive coverage of all major and minor political parties and groups in each political system. It also provides names of key ambassadors and international memberships of each country, plus detailed profiles of more than 30 intergovernmental organizations and UN agencies. And this annual update includes coverage of current events, issues, crises, and controversies from the course of this year.
The Canadian Almanac & Directory contains sixteen directories in one - giving you all the facts and figures you will ever need about Canada. No other single source provides users with the quality and depth of up-to-date information for all types of research. This national directory and guide gives you access to statistics, images and over 100,000 names and addresses for everything from Airlines to Zoos-updated every year. Each section is a directory in itself, providing robust information on business and finance, communications, government, associations, arts and culture (museums, zoos, libraries, etc.), health, transportation, law, education, and more. Government information includes federal, provincial and territorial-and includes an easy-to-use quick index to find key information. A separate municipal government section includes every municipality in Canada, with full profiles of Canada's largest urban centers. A complete legal directory lists judges and judicial officials, court locations and law firms across the country. A wealth of general information, The Canadian Almanac & Directory also includes national statistics on population, employment, imports and exports, and more. National awards and honors are presented, along with forms of address, Commonwealth information and full color photos of Canadian symbols. Postal information, weights, measures, distances and other useful charts are also incorporated. Complete almanac information includes perpetual calendars, five-year holiday planners and astronomical information. Published continuously for over 160 years, The Canadian Almanac & Directory is the best single reference source for business executives, managers and assistants; government and public affairs executives; lawyers; marketing, sales and advertising executives; researchers, editors and journalists, and is a must for all Canadian libraries and universities
The New York Times bestseller by Famous Minor Television Personality John Hodgman?The Daily Show?s ?Resident Expert? and the ?PC? in the iconic Apple ads?picks up exactly where his first book left off. In fact, ?the new volume is in every way a continuation of Areas of My Expertise, except in the ways it?s clearly superior.?(The Onion AV Club) In 2005, John Hodgman published his first compendium of Complete World Knowledge, The Areas of My Expertise, a handy volume of fake trivia and made-up facts. Hodgmania was born. Virtually overnight, John Hodgman was whisked from tweedy obscurity to the high ether of minor celebrity. And from his strange new vantage point as a Famous Minor Television Personality, Hodgman realized that there is some world knowledge yet to be documented. And so he returned to exactly where he had left off?namely, page 256 of the paperback edition of The Areas of My Expertise. And he brought with him: MORE INFORMATION THAN YOU REQUIRE Which, naturally, begins on page 257. Like its predecessor, More Information than You Require consists of brief articles, overlong lists, frighteningly complex charts, and beguiling narratives on new and familiar themes such as: THE PAST (because there is always more of it) THE FUTURE (because they say there is still some left) MOLE-MEN (including a list of 700 Mole-man names) GAMBLING, THE SPORT OF THE ATHSMATIC MAN (including hermit crab racing) CRYPTOGEOGRAPHY (including Canada) HOW TO BE A FAMOUS MINOR TELEVISION PERSONALITY (Hint: Go on television) AND NOW, the relatively pocket-sized and inexpensive paperback edition includes even more MORE INFORMATION THAN YOU REQUIRE, updated to include the very latest in implausibility. PLUS!: This paperback edition includes a special self-expanding fold-out edition of THE TAXONOMY OF COMPLETE WORLD KNOWLEDGE, which you have probably never seen before because it has been carefully hidden. UNTIL NOW. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Although the United States has developed highly sophisticated markets for fundingcorporate investment projects, markets for financing home ownership are comparatively rudimentary.When a corporation wishes to fund a project, it can choose any mix of debt and equity financing. Incontrast, to buy a home, a household must take on debt in the form of a mortgage. The authors ofthis book propose the development of new markets, called Partnership Markets, that would allowhouseholds to use equity finance to buy their homes. With these new markets, a household would beable to finance housing not only with a mortgage, but also with an institutional investor who wouldprovide part of the equity capital for the house in exchange for a share of the ultimate sellingprice.The new markets would offer many benefits to both homeowners and the broader financialcommunity. In the current market, many Americans are forced to rent housing because they cannotafford to buy. Those who do buy are burdened with high debt payments. They also have the vastmajority of their wealth tied up in their home and are exposed to the high risk levels of such anundiversified portfolio. With Partnership Markets, households would be able to buy homes with muchsmaller mortgages, thereby greatly reducing their expenses. They would also be able to diversifytheir assets and create less risky portfolios. For the broader financial community, PartnershipMarkets would provide an opportunity to diversify into the residential real estate market.To givethe reader a rounded view of their proposal, the authors explain the economic theory of the housingmarket and the housing finance market, as well as key aspects of the institutional structure andperformance records of the current market. They discuss the wider ramifications of their proposal,including changes in the form and structure of the secondary market, the government's role in thehousing market, the composition of assets held by institutions, and the general level of risk forindividuals.
Clarifies the basic scope, structure, operation, and role of the nonprofit sector in the US, and places it into context in relation to government and the business sector, showing how the position of the nonprofit sector has changed over time. Separate chapters on various subsectors of health care, education, social services, and arts, as well as advocacy, legal services, international aid, and religion, identify the role of the nonprofit sector in each area, compare it to roles played by government and for-profit firms, and highlight recent trends. Includes margins notes and quotes, graphs and charts, and space for notes. For students, journalists, and government officials.
This is a print on demand edition of a hard to find publication. The use of temporary appointments to fill Senate vacancies is an original provision of the U.S. Constitution. The practice was revised by the 17th Amend., which substituted direct popular election of Senators for choice by state legislatures; it also changed the requirements for Senate vacancies, by specifically directing the state governors to ¿issue writs of election to fill such vacancies.¿ Contents of this report: Intro.; Constitutional Origins of the Vacancies Clause; The 17th Amend.; Support Grows for Direct Election of U.S. Senators; The 17th Amend.: Appointments to Fill Senate Vacancies Since 1913; Current State Provisions Governing Senate Vacancies; Current State Proposals to Require Special Elections to Fill Senate Vacancies.
H.G. Wells's hugely influential book tracks the exploits of a writer who struggles to survive an alien invasion of Victorian England. After seeing the monstrous Martians firsthand, the narrator attempts to evade their destructive mechanized vehicles and must stay on the run to avoid detection. As he meets other desperate humans, he becomes increasingly pessimistic about any chance of survival. The novel stands as a major milestone in science-fiction literature, inspiring legions of subsequent writers and an endless array of hostile-alien scenarios.