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The Unemployment Disconnect in California

The Unemployment Disconnect in California

Brief # 120 – Economic Policy
By Patrick Dwire

As restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues begin to open up in California as the state officially re-opens with virtually no Covid restrictions, many of these employers are having trouble finding workers. Low-income workers are getting blamed for not jumping at these job openings, which seems to lead many Republican policy makers immediately to the conclusion that unemployment benefits must be too generous.

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Drought and Plans to Deal with Running Dry

Drought and Plans to Deal with Running Dry

Brief # 116 – Environmental Policy
By Todd J. Broadman

A prolonged period with little or no precipitation combined with an extended period of abnormally high temperatures has created “extreme” drought conditions in much of the western half of the U. S. In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom has placed 41 counties under a state of drought emergency. In some areas of Oregon and California, scientists conclude the drought is the most severe it has been in centuries.

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A Preview of the Biden–Putin Summit

A Preview of the Biden–Putin Summit

Brief # 116 – Foreign Policy
By Ibrahim Sultan

Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin are having their first meeting on June 16 in Geneva, Switzerland. The two have a history that goes back a decade, their first meeting was in 2011 when Biden was the U.S. vice president and Putin Russia’s prime minister. They now sit as the head of their nuclear-armed states and are scheduled to meet in Biden’s first overseas trip since taking office and after the first face-to-face meetings between the leaders of the G7, which now excludes Russia. 

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Department of Homeland Security Sets Sights on Domestic Extremism Online

Department of Homeland Security Sets Sights on Domestic Extremism Online

Brief # 17 – Social Justice
By Erika Shannon

The rise of the use of social media has also led to a rise in crimes that can be tied back to social media. We have seen murders on Facebook Live, events for extremist groups to gather and spread propaganda, as well as events planned such as the Capitol riots on January 6th, where lives were lost. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is aiming to fight domestic extremism and terrorism online with a new Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships, or “CP3.”

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How the Biden Administration is Helping Africa Address COVID-19

How the Biden Administration is Helping Africa Address COVID-19

Brief # 116 – Foreign Policy
By Avery Roe

Following the Trump Administration’s policy towards Africa which was largely characterized with expletives and apathy, the Biden Administration has significant room for improvement and a renewed relationship with the entire continent, especially in the context of the continued COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination process.

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VP Kamala Harris Advises Migrants not to Come to the US in First Trip Abroad to Guatemala and Mexico

VP Kamala Harris Advises Migrants not to Come to the US in First Trip Abroad to Guatemala and Mexico

Immigration Policy Brief #125
By Kathryn Baron

Earlier this week, Vice President Kamala Harris took her first trip abroad in her new position, to Guatemala and Mexico. She announced the launch of an anti-corruption task force to be established for training law enforcement, aiding prosecutors, and targeting transnational crime in Guatemala; a young women’s empowerment initiative; the promise of $130 million in aid for the remainder of Biden’s term; and lastly, that the US would donate 500,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses.

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