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Clea Chang

Clea Chang

The Highway Trust Fund provides funding for road, bridge, and mass transit projects across the country – and it’s running out of money. Its revenue source, the federal gas tax, at 18.4 cents a gallon, has not been raised in over two decades. Congress has been kicking this can down the road for years. There are many arguments for a leaner fund, among them, the idea that scaling back the program would force government to prioritize projects and eliminate waste. But proponents of the tax say that it still plays a vital role in supporting infrastructure, and that perpetual shortfalls have led to construction delays and uncertainty. Should Congress raise the federal gas tax?

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    Shailen Bhatt

    Executive Director, Colorado Dept. of Transportation

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    Adrian Moore

    VP of Policy, Reason Foundation

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    Stephen Moore

    Distinguished Visiting Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

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    Alison Premo Black

    Sr. VP & Chief Economist, American Road & Transportation Builders Association

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Thursday, 15 October 2015 10:38

China and the U.S. Are Long-term Enemies

Is China’s ascendancy a threat to the U.S.? China’s rise as an economic and military power, coupled with its aggression in the South China Sea, have led some to call for a major rebalance of U.S. policy and strategy. Can China be trusted to act as a responsible global stakeholder? And will they be a long-term ally, or adversary?

Wednesday, 14 October 2015 00:00

China and the U.S. Are Long-term Enemies

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    Peter Brookes

    Sr. Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

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    Robert Daly

    Director, Kissinger Institute on China & the U.S.

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    Kevin Rudd

    Former Prime Minister, Australia

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    John Mearsheimer

    Professor of Political Science, U. of Chicago

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High-profile cases have recently put campus sexual assault in the spotlight. One question that has repeatedly come up: why are these cases being handled by campuses at all? Title IX requires that every school receiving federal aid must take concrete steps to deal with hostile environments and sexual assault. This leaves colleges and universities with the task of figuring out what policies and procedures to enforce. Proponents say that campus investigations serve a real need, forcing schools to respond to violence and protecting the interests of victims in ways that the criminal justice system may fail. Can schools provide due process for defendants and adequate justice for victims, or do these cases belong in the courts?

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    Jed Rubenfeld

    Professor, Yale Law School

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    Michelle Anderson

    Dean, CUNY School of Law

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    Stephen Schulhofer

    Professor, NYU School of Law

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    Jeannie Suk

    Professor, Harvard Law School

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In June 2014, the Sunni militant group ISIS declared that it had established a new caliphate spanning territory in Syria and Iraq. Since then, the region under its control has expanded, despite airstrikes and the deployment of U.S. military advisors, and Jihadist groups across the Muslim world have pledged their allegiance. What should the Obama administration’s next steps be? Should the U.S. goal be containment, or can ISIS be defeated?

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    Michèle Flournoy

    Co-Founder and CEO, CNAS & Fmr. Under Secretary of Defense

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    Anne-Marie Slaughter

    Pres. & CEO, New America Fdn. & Fmr. Dir. of Policy Planning, Dept. of State

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    Dov Zakheim

    Senior Advisor, CSIS & Fmr. Under Secretary of Defense

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    Philip Zelikow

    Professor of History, UVA & Fmr. Counselor, Dept. of State

The Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment provides: “No State shall … deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” And now, the Supreme Court is poised to answer the question of whether this Clause requires States to license marriages between two people of the same sex. The best guess is that the Court will decide the question in late June. Does the Equal Protection Clause require States to license same-sex marriages, or will they decide that marriage should be between a man and a woman?

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    John Eastman

    Chairman, National Organization for Marriage & Professor, Chapman Law

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    Evan Wolfson

    Founder & President, Freedom to Marry & Author, Why Marriage Matters

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    Kenji Yoshino

    Professor, NYU Law & Author, Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial

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    Sherif Girgis

    Co-Author, What Is Marriage?

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