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U.S. Foreign Policy: Pivot Towards Asia

Videos | April 26, 2021

During this Close Up Conversations webinar, Close Up’s, Joe Geraghty discusses ‘U.S. Foreign Policy: Pivot Towards Asia’ with guest speakers John J. Brandon and Shirley Keating of The Asia Foundation. With a new Secretary of State now at the helm at the State Department and a new Commander-in-Chief in the White House, American foreign policy […]


The Georgia Election Law—Election Security or Voter Suppression?

Post | April 23, 2021

On April 3, 2021, the Georgia General Assembly passed the Election Integrity Act of 2021. This new voting law enacts sweeping changes to Georgia’s election system which could have significant implications for the outcome of future elections. Republicans in Georgia and across the United States have hailed the law as a vital and necessary reform […]


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Record Numbers of Unaccompanied Minors Are Seeking Asylum in U.S.

Post | April 13, 2021

Last month, nearly 19,000 unaccompanied migrant children were stopped at the U.S.-Mexican border, a record since documentation began in 2010, beating a previous record set in May of 2019.1 Currently, the Biden administration is allowing only children traveling alone to stay in the U.S. while their asylum claims are being evaluated, a process that can […]


The Filibuster & Reform

Videos | April 9, 2021

During this Close Up Conversations webinar, Close Up’s, Mia Charity discusses ‘The Filibuster &. Reform’ with guest speaker Adam Jentleson. The Senate filibuster is arguably the most popular debate in Congress right now.  Join us for a conversation with Adam Jentleson the author of Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of […]


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Time to Reform the Filibuster?

Post | April 6, 2021

The Senate is again considering changing its rules regarding the filibuster, a parliamentary procedure that gives individual senators the power to shape—and even block—legislation. The filibuster is “a loosely defined term for action designed to prolong debate and delay or prevent a vote on a bill, resolution, amendment, or other debatable question.”1 The filibuster is […]


Building Bridges – Women’s History Month – Part 2

Podcast | March 31, 2021

In this episode of Building Bridges we look at some additional remarkable women in American history: Lucy Parsons, Margaret Chase Smith, and Donna Brazile.


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Women: A Majority in the United States, A Minority in U.S. Government

Post | March 29, 2021

The year 2021 has already been a ground-breaking one for women in national politics. Vice President Kamala Harris became the first woman and person of color to hold the office, the 117th Congress includes the largest number of female members in U.S. history, and President Joe Biden’s cabinet will ultimately include 11 women, setting a […]


Close Up Conversations – The 26th Amendment – 50 Years Later

Videos | March 26, 2021

 During this Close Up Conversations webinar, Close Up’s, Mia Charity discusses the 26th Amendment with distinguished guest speakers: Les Francis, Patricia Keefer, and Yael Bromberg, Esq. This year marks 50 years since the passage and ratification of the 26th Amendment which lowered the voting age to 18 in all states. Check out this conversation […]


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Building Bridges – Women’s History Month – Part 1

Podcast | March 22, 2021

In this episode of Building Bridges looks at some remarkable women in American history: Belva Lockwood, Jeannette Rankin, and Shirley Chisholm.


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The 50th Anniversary of the 26th Amendment

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Congress passed the 26th Amendment in March 1971; it was ratified by the states and signed by President Richard Nixon by July of that same year.1 The amendment lowered the voting age to 18. It reads: Section 1 The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to […]


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