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November 23, 2016

Trump Taps SC Gov. Nikki Haley for UN

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has accepted Donald Trump’s offer to be his ambassador to the United Nations. She is the first woman Trump has tapped to his cabinet, and would add diversity as a woman and the daughter of immigrants from India. A rising star in the GOP, she is the first woman to…


November 17, 2016

NDAA Update: One Step Closer to Finalized

Yesterday, armed services leaders from the House and the Senate took a significant step forward in wrapping up the 2017 National Defense Authorization. While negotiations are still underway, committee leadership reportedly agreed upon adding around $9 billion to the Pentagon budget to fund wars and fill readiness shortfalls. Since the negotiations are highly sensitive, they…


November 10, 2016

115th Congress House Committee Outlook

In the 115th Congress, there will be twenty openings for committee and subcommittee chair positions in the House of Representatives due to the GOP’s self-imposed six year term limits on chairmanship. Here are a few of the committees we’re paying attention to. APPROPRIATIONS: The current chair of Appropriations, Hal Rogers, has reached his six year…


Meet the New Members of the U.S. House of Representatives

Here’s a look at the 53 new Members of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives. ARIZONA Tom O’Halleran, D-AZ (1ST District) – The former Chicago homicide detective and ex-member of the Chicago Board of Trade’s board of directors spent two years in the Arizona Senate and six years in the House as a Republican. He…


Election Update: New Faces of the U.S. Senate

Republicans will maintain control of the Senate in the 115th Congress with at least 51 senators after defending 24 seats in yesterday’s election. Two races have not been called yet – in Louisiana, where a run-off will take place in December, and in New Hampshire, where the vote count is too close to call. Here…


Election Update: the U.S. House of Representatives

Despite losing six seats to the Democrats, the Republicans will maintain control of the Senate with 239 seats to the Democrats’ 193 seats. Consistent with the Presidential and Senate election outcomes, this is viewed as a very strong performance for the Republicans, who broadly feared losing more than 15 seats going into Tuesday evening. Democrats…


October 21, 2016

What We’re Reading This Week, October 17-21

The End of Political Correctness on Campus – Trump says he’ll end it, but can he? More from The Chronicle of Higher Education. The Debate: Five Takeaways – The tilt in Las Vegas had a little something for everyone: sharp personal attacks, substantive policy discussion and Trump’s unmatched ability to provoke controversy. More from The Hill. …


September 13, 2016

NCAA Championships Moved Away From North Carolina

The NCAA has announced it will no longer hold championship tournament games in North Carolina, citing a law passed by the state last year that eliminates discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community. The law, House Bill 2, gained national attention for mandating that individuals use the bathroom associated with the gender listed on their birth…


August 2, 2016

NSF Accepting Nominations for Alan T. Waterman Award

Today, the National Science Foundation announced it is accepting nominations for the 2017 Alan T. Waterman Award, which recognizes young researchers for their creativity and influence. The announcement reads:   Dear Colleague: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is pleased to accept nominations for the 2017 Alan T. Waterman Award. Each year, the Foundation bestows the…


July 29, 2016

What We’re Reading, July 25-29

Here’s a selection of articles Federal Relations is enjoying this week. Clinton’s Free Tuition Promise – It’s directed not at older Americans, like Social Security and Medicare, but for once, at young Americans. Read more on NPR How Women Are Harassed Out of Science – The discrimination women endure makes America’s need for STEM workers…



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