Lucius Fox

Chief Executive Officer of Wayne Enterprises

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The Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life has compiled all of our recent research on gay marriage and public opinion into an easy-to-navigate package. See more on the following topics:

Posted at 1:01pm and tagged with: Policy, Politics, Human Rights, Equal Rights, States Rights, United States, Pew Research, Forum on Religion and Public Life, Marriage Laws, DOMA,.

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The Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life has compiled all of our recent research on gay marriage and public opinion into an easy-to-navigate package. See more on the following topics:
Overview of Same-Sex Marriage in the U.S.
Slideshow on Changing Attitudes of Gay Marriage
Same-sex Marriage in the Courts
Religious Groups’ Official Positions on Gay Marriage

Posted at 11:24am and tagged with: Politics, Policy, Gun Control, Laws,.

American politicians need to get off their butts. So far, most, including the president, have abdicated a moral responsibility to talk frankly about guns and rights, ironically, they say, because the issue is “complicated.” Goddamn right it’s complicated. That’s why we ought to talk about. Democrats still adhere to the fear that if they mention common-sense gun rules, their party will lose the backing forever of gun owners and those who see gun ownership as a stand-in for checking government power. For the most part, though, that coalition isn’t the Democratic Party’s coalition, and it becomes less so with every election.

The gun rights lobby could lead the charge here, but they won’t, because they’re afraid they’d lose the chance to demagogue politicians who rise up against them. The NRA’s opponents are as central to the NRA’s successes as anything else.

So: Ball’s in your court, Mr. President.

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As Mexico’s president-elect Peña Nieto visits the U.S. to meet with President Obama, see data from the Pew Global Attitudes Project’s June report: Mexicans Back Military Campaign Against Cartels

Posted at 4:30pm and tagged with: Illegal Drugs, Policy, United States, Mexico, United Mexican States, Estados Unidos Mexicanos, Data, Data Visualization,.

On August 1, Martin Indyk testified at a U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing on next steps in Syria. During his testimony, Martin Indyk spoke on the humanitarian crisis in Syria, as hundreds of thousands flee fighting in the country’s main cities of Damascus and Aleppo and cross Syria’s borders into Jordan, Turkey and Lebanon.

Posted at 10:11am and tagged with: Syria, الجمهورية العربية السورية, Al-Jumhūriyyah Al-‘Arabīyah As-Sūriyyah, Syrian Arab Republic, Humanitarian Crisises, Policy, Diplomacy,.

The Federal Aviation Administration, America’s air travel regulator, requires (as do similar authorities in other countries) that planes in the air keep a certain distance apart at all times. But sometimes pilots or air-traffic controllers make mistakes, and planes get too close together, as three planes near Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA) did on Tuesday and another two planes did near Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) on Friday. The DCA near-miss received widespread media coverage, with breathless headlines conjuring images of action-movie explosions and a “massive mid-air collision.”

Whether those descriptions were accurate remains a subject of some dispute. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating; we’ll know more when they release their reports. There is still some confusion about what happened, but several follow-up media reports have suggested that the planes near Washington weren’t actually headed straight towards each other; they were simply closer together than FAA rules allow. ”At no point were these planes on a head to head collision course,” Ray LaHood, the Secretary of Transportation, told the press earlier this week.

Posted at 7:13am and tagged with: Policy, Aviation, Air-Traffic Control, ATC, Technology, Safety, Federal Aviation Administration, FAA, Department of Transportation, DOT,.

The White House said Monday the U.S. would impose sanctions on companies, agencies and individuals inside Syria and Iran that use digital technology to help the two nations’ governments crush dissent.

President Barack Obama made the announcement at the United States Memorial Holocaust Museum, saying the move was part of his effort to make good on the world vow to “never again” allow a massacre to unfold before its eyes.

Posted at 9:07am and tagged with: Technology, Policy, Iran, Islamic Republic of Iran, جمهوری اسلامی ایران, Jomhuri-ye Eslāmi-ye Irān, Syria, Syrian Arab Republic, الجمهورية العربية السورية, al- Jumhūriyyah al-'Arabīyah as-Sūriyyah,.

On the face of things, then, the NRA is a wealthy and powerful organisation. At a recent event, one speaker boasted about the political pain the organisation caused Bill Clinton during his presidency. More recently, according to OpenSecrets.org, it spent $7.2mduring the 2010 election cycle. Its influence can also be seen in the way politicians respond to its demands. For example, at the height of its powers in the 1990s it succeeded in quashing research into gun-related injuries and deaths by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But Paul Waldman, of the American Prospect, has recently argued that the NRA’s dominance is a myth. He has looked closely at the figures and writes, “Despite what the NRA has long claimed, it neither delivered Congress to the Republican party in 1994 nor delivered the White House to George W. Bush in 2000.” He also argues that NRA money has no impact on congressional elections, as it spreads its money over so many races, and that NRA endorsements are “almost meaningless” as most go to incumbent Republicans with little chance of losing.

Posted at 12:24pm and tagged with: National Rifle Association, NRA, Lobbyists, Congress, United States, Special Interests, Guns, Weapons, Gun Control, Politics, Policy, US Senate, US House of Representatives,.

Amid a sluggish economic recovery, a growing number of U.S. business, civic and economic leaders are calling for the nation to tap into global markets as a destination for exports. To that end, the federal government should establish basic policy supports for export-driven growth while capitalizing on the role and assets of metropolitan areas as the key engines of state and national exporting.

Ms. Sakamoto, please add this to my calendar and make the travel arrangements. Thank you.

Posted at 10:38am and tagged with: Export, Trade, United States, US, Policy, Economics, Business,.

In the wake of the uproar among the technology and entertainment industries over the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA), the search for common ground and a way forward is more urgent than ever. NBCUniversal’s Richard Cotton and Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson have an open conversation on imagining a digital world in which content creators and tech innovators can thrive and flourish.

Posted at 10:24am and tagged with: SOPA, PIPA, Internet, Policy, Technology, Richard Cotton, Fred Wilson, Intellectual Property, IP, Stop Online Piracy Act, Protect IP Act, United States, Congress,.

Once widely supported, the “war on drugs” has become increasingly controversial, as the political realization sinks in that it has wrought more harm than good. The Global Commission on Drug Policy, a collection of eminent former heads of state, businesspersons, and diplomats, bluntly declares that “the war on drugs has failed,” while simultaneously “[generating] widespread negative consequences for societies in producer, transit and consumer countries” [1]. The European Union’s Reuter-Trautmann report witheringly finds “no evidence that the global drug problem was reduced” following the intensified criminalization of drug abuse and trafficking in the late 1990s, and that the “enforcement of drug prohibitions has caused substantial unintended harms; many [of which] were predictable” [2].

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