Stacy Swanson

Stacy Swanson

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2014 Mid-Term Congressional Elections Analysis - What To Expect From The 114th Congress In The Run Up To The 2016 Presidential...

In This Issue: -Introduction -Appropriations/Budget -Defense And National Security -Education Policy -Energy And The Environment -Financial Services -Food And Agriculture Policy -Healthcare...more

11/6/2014 - Election Results Legislative Agendas

U.S. Imposes Further Economic Sanctions Against Russia

On September 12, the United States implemented another round of economic sanctions against Russia in response to the continued crisis in eastern Ukraine. On September 11, U.S. President Barack Obama declared the U.S....more

9/15/2014 - Foreign Policy Russia Sanctions Ukraine

Capital Thinking: International

Ukraine Crisis - Last week, the Malaysian Government negotiated and secured from the pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine the black boxes from the downed passenger airliner (MH17). The Malaysian Government also secured...more

7/29/2014 - Airlines Barack Obama FAA Iran Iraq Israel/Palestine John Kerry Legislative Committees National Security Obama Administration Russia Syria Ukraine

Capital Thinking: Defense

Defense Appropriations - Last Thursday, the House debated its FY 2015 defense spending bill, offering a number of amendments that ranged from the unexpired Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) in Iraq to...more

6/25/2014 - Appropriation DOD

Capital Thinking: International

Iraq/Syria Crisis - Early last week, on Tuesday, President Barack Obama authorized the deployment of approximately 275 U.S. military personnel to provide support and security for U.S. personnel and the U.S. Embassy in...more

6/25/2014 - Africa Barack Obama International Trade Agreements Iran Iraq Joe Biden NATO Russia Syria Ukraine

Emerging Environmental Goods Agreement: Negotiations Set to Begin

Negotiations are expected to begin on July 7 in Geneva concerning the possible elimination of tariffs on a wide range of environmental goods. The negotiations, being led by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR),...more

6/25/2014 - EU Negotiations TTIP TTP USTR WTO

United States Challenges India's Domestic Content Requirements

NSM Limitations Pose Danger to U.S. Solar Product Exports - Today, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman announced the United States has requested World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement consultations with...more

2/13/2014 - Energy India International Trade Disputes Renewable Energy Solar Energy Trade Policy WTO

Capital Thinking: International

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity - Iran - On February 6, Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control introduced the Foreign Sanctions Evaders List (FSE List) to identify foreign persons sanctioned under...more

2/10/2014 - Iran Sanctions OFAC

Capital Thinking: International

Iran - In his State of the Union address last Tuesday before a joint session of Congress, President Obama acknowledged Congressional sanctions contributed to bringing about the P5+1 interim agreement with Iran. ...more

2/3/2014 - EU Foreign Policy Iran Iran Sanctions Middle East

Capital Thinking: Defense

arLegislative Branch Activity - Budget - Lawmakers have until today, to pass a spending bill and to avert another government shut down. Last Friday, January 10, House Appropriations Chair Harold Rogers (R-KY)...more

1/15/2014 - DOD Federal Budget Government Shutdown

Capital Thinking: International

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity - Iran - As of last Friday, January 10, the bipartisan Senate bill (S. 1881) to increase sanctions on Iran had reportedly garnered a filibuster-proof majority – at least 60...more

1/13/2014 - International Trade Agreements Iran Sanctions Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act Legislative Agendas

Capital Thinking: International

Trade - The third round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) discussions get underway this week in Washington. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht are...more

12/16/2013 - Federal Budget Iran Sanctions Legislative Agendas NDAA TTIP

Capital Thinking: Defense

EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE BRANCH ACTIVITY - BUDGET, AND DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION - The Senate met briefly Sunday to file cloture on the two-year bipartisan budget deal (H. J. Res. 59) and the compromise FY 2014...more

12/16/2013 - DHS Federal Budget

Capital Thinking: Defense

Defense Authorization, Budget And the Sequester - The Fiscal 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) (S.1197) is expected to come to the floor on Wednesday, November 13. The Military Justice Improvement Act (S....more

11/11/2013 - Cybersecurity NDAA NSA Surveillance

Capital Thinking: International

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity - Iran - Secretary of State John Kerry joined the P5+1 Talks last Friday in Geneva, Switzerland. The Talks failed to reach an agreement this past weekend and are expected to...more

11/11/2013 - NDAA Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Capital Thinking: International

National Security Agency - The Senate Intelligence Committee will hold a closed door meeting this week on competing National Security Agency (NSA)-related bills that might be considered in that panel. Senate Judiciary...more

10/28/2013 - House Foreign Affairs Subcomittee International Trade Agreements National Security Trans-Pacific Partnership

Capital Thinking: Defense

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity - Budget and the Sequester - Last week in congressional hearings, defense officials described the negative impact the second round of sequestration will have on the...more

10/28/2013 - Federal Budget NSA Senate Armed Services Committee Sequestration

Capital Thinking: International

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity - Secretary Kerry Travel - This week, Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to France, the United Kingdom and Italy. In Paris, the Secretary will meet with...more

10/25/2013 - EU Foreign Policy Iran Middle East UK

Capital Thinking: Defense

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity - Budget - Last week’s successful eleventh-hour Senate-led bipartisan proposal (H.R. 2775) to raise the debt ceiling (until February 7) and end the government shutdown, by...more

10/21/2013 - Anti-Terrorism Act Export Controls Federal Budget NSA Political Intelligence

Capital Thinking: Defense

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity - Budget and the Debt Ceiling - With no congressional consensus on a bill to fund the U.S. federal government for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, on Tuesday, October 1, the U.S....more

10/11/2013 - CIA Continuing Resolution Contractors Debt Ceiling Government Shutdown Military Service Members NSA Special Immigrant Visas Visas

Capital Thinking: International

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity - Budget and the Debt Ceiling Debate - With no congressional consensus on a bill to fund the U.S. federal government for FY 2014, on Tuesday, October 1, the U.S....more

10/11/2013 - Continuing Resolution Debt Ceiling Government Shutdown Iran Sanctions Latin America Middle East Russia Terrorist Acts

Capital Thinking: International

Executive andLegislative Branch Activity - Syria - Last week, the United Nations released its inspectors’ report on the August 21 attack in Syria. The report did not place responsibility on any one side but...more

9/27/2013 - Affordable Care Act Barack Obama Chemical Weapons Continuing Resolution Federal Budget Healthcare Middle East Trade Policy United Nations

Capital Thinking: Defense

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity - Navy Yard Tragedy - On September 16, Aaron Alexis, a lone shooter, opened fire at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington, DC. His attack resulted in 13 deaths, including his...more

9/23/2013 - FBI Federal Budget Mass Shootings National Security United Nations

Capital Thinking: Defense

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity - Syria - Last Wednesday, September 4, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, after a hearing and two days of debate held during a congressional recess, passed by a...more

9/16/2013 - Foreign Policy Middle East Sequestration

Capital Thinking: International

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity - Syria - Interrupting the congressional recess one week early and after two days of debate, last Wednesday, September 4, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed...more

9/12/2013 - Foreign Policy G20 Iran Iran Sanctions Middle East Political Debates

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