President Obama

  • The Unmet Threat to the American Election: Picks of the Week

    AP-NORC Poll: Half of Trump backers don’t trust vote count | Associated Press How Russia Wants to Undermine the U.S. Election | Time FBI director: Hackers ‘poking around’ voter systems | CNN The evidence of Russia’s efforts to intervene in the American election of 2016 is only mounting.  Members of the U.S. House and Senate have raised the alarm publicly while the Obama administration hedges its bets that the American … Read More

  • The American and Cuban flags fly side by side on a balcony in Havana, Cuba.

    Picks of the Week: Politics vs. Policy – 2016

    A Better Way: Our Vision for a Confident America | House GOP Ryan Unveils National Security Plan; a Gentle Rebuke of Trump’s | Politico Paul Ryan lays out GOP’s national security agenda, softening Trump’s edges | The Washington Post “Quisling.”  It’s a term that was popular in the mid-twentieth century.  It was used to identify someone who sold out to the enemy.  The term comes from Vidkun Quisling, the leader of … Read More

  • Juxtaposing images of President Barack Obama and Republican candidate for the presidency Donald Trump pointing into the crowd at speaking engagements.

    Picks of the Week: Obama & Trump

    Just how much do these men have in common?

  • Picks of the Week: The White House’s New Cybersecurity Action Plan & Budget

      Cybersecurity National Action Plan | The White House, The Real Reason to Like the President’s Cybersecurity Plan | Net Politics Opinion: $19 billion alone won’t fix Washington’s cybersecurity problem | Passcode President Barack Obama recently announced the Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP), which would allocate $19 billion for cybersecurity initiatives at federal agencies and would establish a chief information security officer (CISO) for the federal government. The plan, although … Read More

  • In this photo illustration, a Rock River Arms AR-15 rifle is seen with ammunition on December 18, 2012 in Miami, Florida.

    Picks of the Week: 354 Mass Shootings in 336 Days

    Rate of Mass Shootings Has Tripled Since 2011, Harvard Research Shows | Mother Jones How Often Do Mass Shootings Occur? On Average, Every Day, Records Show | New York Times “Thoughts and Prayers” Backlash After San Bernardino Shooting | NBC News At the time of this writing, we still don’t know the motive of the murderers in San Bernardino, California. But we do know their means. As in 353 other instances in the … Read More

  • The Pell Center declares its Cyber Awareness for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

    Picks of the Week: Cybersecurity Awareness Month at the Pell Center

    National Cyber Security Awareness Month Kicks Off In Nation’s Capital | PR Newswire Presidential Proclamation – National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, 2015 | The White House Rhode Island Cybersecurity Commission Report Delivers Plan to Enhance Cybersecurity Efforts Statewide and Nationally | Rhode Island Office of the Governor October marks National Cyber Security Awareness Month, in which citizens and businesses alike are encouraged to learn more about online safety and information security … Read More

  • War and Peace: Iran and Eastern Europe

    Barack Obama ran for president in 2008 on the promise that he would end America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and change the tone of American foreign policy.  He was motivated by a belief that Iraq was misguided and that the country was weary of war.  In addition, many Americans believed that the perception of American belligerence in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, contributed to insecurity around the world.  … Read More

  • Authorizing the Use of Force

    Obama’s Request for Congressional Authorization to Fight the Islamic State: Full Text | Washington Post Why Arming Kiev is a Really, Really Bad Idea | Foreign Policy National Security Strategy (February 2015) | NSA Archive This was a big week for national security wonks.  In less than a week, the Obama White House issued a new national security strategy—it’s first since 2010, speculation swirled over whether the United States should … Read More

  • U.S. Launches New Cybersecurity Agency

    New Agency to Sniff Out Threats in Cyberspace | The Washington Post U.S. Creates New Agency to Lead Cyberthreat Tracking | Reuters New Agency to Aid Battle Against Hackers | U.S. News In an effort to thwart cyber-attacks and provide government agencies with a repository of cyber intelligence, the Obama Administration announced this week the creation of a new office charged with analyzing and integrating cybersecurity threat data collected by … Read More

  • White Pell Center logo with blue background.

    Equal Pay: Fifty Years of Slow Progress

    In the recent State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 20, President Obama covered a wide range of topics, including the issue of equal pay.  Obama stated his feelings regarding this issue, as other presidents have done before him, and said “congress still needs to pass a law that makes sure a woman is paid the same as a man for doing the same work.  It’s 2015.  It’s time.”  … Read More

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