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The U.S. Electoral College: Past, Present, and Future

Sydney Hamilton, MPA Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, the media, political parties, and everyday Americans have heavily scrutinized the Electoral College. For the second time in modern memory — and the fourth time in American history — the winner of the popular vote did not win the presidency […]

Are We Safe? Vulnerabilities in the U.S. Missile Defense System

Madison Grady, MPP Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Iran Attack on Iraq Airbase At approximately 11:00 p.m. on January 7th, 2020, American troops at Ain al-Asad airbase in western Iraq were ordered to go on lockdown after they were alerted to an incoming missile attack. A half-hour later, the order was given for troops to take […]

Understanding the Community Reinvestment Act and Its Modernization Proposals

Kim Wilson, MPP Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives In 1977, President Jimmy Carter signed the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) into law. Congress enacted the CRA to combat redlining and encourage banks to increase their lending in nearby low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities. “Redlining” refers to the practice of loan officers refusing to lend to entire communities […]

Today’s Public Administrators: Gunnar Haberl

Olivia Shaffett, MPA Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives Today’s Public Administrators asks administrators working in the public sector about their experience implementing and shaping policy on the ground. This segment talks with MPA candidate, Gunnar Haberl, who currently sits on the Iroquois Central School District’s Board of Education. Starting his term immediately after graduation at […]

Hate Crime Legislation in Indiana: Analyzing Indiana’s Place in Nationwide Effort to Hold Perpetrators Accountable

Niloofar Asgari, MPA Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The United States is known for its vast diversity. However, the prevalence of hate crimes remains a concern for victimized individuals and communities, law enforcement agencies, non-profit organizations, businesses, and other entities. According to the FBI, a hate crime is “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in […]

Navigating the Aftermath of the Muslim Ban: Policy Implications and the No Ban Act

Niloofar Asgari, MPA Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives While campaigning for the presidency, then-candidate Donald Trump made a promise that he would ban Muslims from coming to the U.S. In a quest to keep his promise, President Trump signed two executive orders and one presidential proclamation to form what is collectively referred to as the Muslim Ban, drawing […]

Solutions to a National Problem: Correctional Officer Turnover in the U.S.

Catherine Kaufman, MPA Staff Writer, Brief Policy Perspectives The death of high-profile financier and convicted sex offender Jeffery Epstein in a federal jail has brought increased attention to staffing problems within the U.S. prison system. Although current Attorney General William Barr believes the jail suffered from “serious irregularities,” the issues of understaffing and turnover among prison staff are not new. Indeed, between […]