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Ban on “soft money” reaffirmed

The Supreme Court has reaffirmed the ban on political parties being able to raise unlimited amounts of “soft money” contributions, despite the high court’s ruling in January which removed restrictions on corporate and union spending in federal elections.  The Republic Party had appealed to the court to undo the ban.  Political science Professor Graham Wilson, author […]

Alleged Russian espionage ring busted

The FBI arrested 11 people for allegedly spying for the Russians while living secret lives in American communities – from Washington, D.C., to Seattle – sent here years ago to infiltrate U.S. society and steal its secrets.  It’s unclear what the alleged spies actually found.  Two BU international relations professors, Arthur Hulnick and Joseph Wippl, […]

G-20 nations pledge to deal with debt

The Group of 20 industrialized nations wrapped up their meeting in Toronto promising to have their government deficits by 2013 and “stabilize” debt loads by 2016, signaling to domestic political audiences and international markets that they’re serious about reducing stimulus spending.  But economics Professor Laurence Kotlikoff, author of “Jimmy Stewart is Dead” about the future […]

Gun rights apply to local laws

The Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment right to bear arms is a fundamental right that states cannot abridge.  The 5-4 ruling will require a lower court to overturn laws in Chicago and its suburb of Oak Park., Ill., that limited handgun possession.  Political science Professor Graham Wilson, author of “Only in America? American […]

Afghanistan’s mineral future

Word that war-torn Afghanistan has at least $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits already has that country’s officials scrambling to start the process of opening up the nation’s reserves to international investors.  Anthropology Professor Thomas Barfield, who also is president of the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies, says cashing in on the potential will take […]

G-20 to deal with global recovery

Next week’s meeting of the Group of 20 industrial nations in Toronto will face competing efforts to deal with the fragile global economic recovery.  International relations Professor Kevin Gallagher, currently a visiting professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, writes in a Financial Times commentary that developing a sovereign debt crisis management regime should be at […]