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This Hudson River Tunnel is more than 100 years old.

New York-New Jersey Leaders: Gateway Must Be Built!

by Nancy Spannaus Oct. 9, 2018—On September 4, dozens of elected officials, and leaders from the labor and business community in New Jersey held a press conference in Secaucus to demand that action be taken now to unblock federal funding for the Gateway Project that would replace the antiquated bridge […]

by October 9, 2018 Commentary, News
16th December 1773:  Dressed as Native Americans, a group of Bostonians board a British ship laden with imported tea and throw the full crates into the harbour. This protest against British taxation on tea imports brought the country one step closer to the American War of Independence.  (Photo by Edward Gooch/Edward Gooch/Getty Images)

The 1770 Indian Famine and the American Revolution

Oct. 5, 2018–The following is a guest article, originally published under the title “How Famine in India Sparked the Boston Tea Party and the American Revolution.” It sheds considerable light on what the Founding Fathers and American population at large saw as their possible fate if they did not resist […]

by October 5, 2018 Commentary, History
Opioid Legislation Passed: Not with a Bang, But a Whimper

Opioid Legislation Passed: Not with a Bang, But a Whimper

Oct. 4, 2018—Passage of the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, an omnibus bill purported to deal with the acknowledged public health emergency known as the opioid epidemic, with overwhelming bipartisan support in both Houses of Congress, is being heralded as a great achievement. In fact, from every point of […]

by October 4, 2018 News Shorts
Lincoln photographed  by Alexander Gardner.

A Lesson in Leadership

By Nancy Spannaus Oct. 2, 2018—Two of our greatest Presidents—George Washington and Abraham Lincoln—chose October 3 to issue proclamations for a national Day of Thanksgiving, to be held late in November. The settings in which they took this action couldn’t have been more different. Washington’s came in 1789, a relatively […]

by October 2, 2018 Commentary
Video Available: Economic Experts Discuss Putting Wall Street Back in Its Box

Video Available: Economic Experts Discuss Putting Wall Street Back in Its Box

  Click here to watch video of the event held Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at the National Press Club,  in Washington, DC.

by September 30, 2018 Glass-Steagall, News
FDR signing Glass-Steagall in June 1933.

Reinstating Glass-Steagall: A National Imperative

Sept. 28, 2018–The following memorandum, currently being used in Northern Virginia for mobilization in Congress, provides an updated summary of the necessity for the reinstatement. The legislation currently before the Congress has 8 sponsors in the Senate (down due to the death of Sen. John McCain), and 57 in the […]

by September 28, 2018 Glass-Steagall
Historians discuss the Hamilton musical at the National Archives Sept. 27, 2018.

Standing Up for the Truth about Alexander Hamilton

By Nancy Spannaus September 28, 2018—Five of the historians who contributed to the recent book Historians on Hamilton took the stage at the National Archives last night, to address the question of “How a Blockbuster Musical is Restaging America’s Past.” While almost all of them had praise or appreciation for […]

by September 28, 2018 News
The Five Experts

Economic Experts: Put Wall Street Back in Its Box

By Nancy Spannaus Sept. 27, 2018—A blockbuster forum at the National Press Club last night brought together five economic experts to discuss the 2008 financial crash and what can be done to prevent a new one. Addressing the audience of approximately 100 people were: 1) Nomi Prins, former Wall Street […]

by September 27, 2018 News
A DuPont worker, tasked with developing a new biodegradable plastic.

Industry Week Is on the Right Track

Sept. 21, 2018—An article in the monthly magazine Industry Week came across my desk this morning, and it was a pleasure to read.  Under the title “How Financialization Is Starving Manufacturing,” author Michael Collins reviews the work of Rana Faroohar, who, in her book Makers and Takers, systematically laid out […]

by September 21, 2018 News Shorts
Statue of George Washington at George Washington University.

“Promote … institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge”

By Nancy Spannaus Sept. 19, 2018—The quotation that forms the headline of this post comes from George Washington’s letter to “the people of the United States,” subsequently known as his Farewell Address.[1] That letter was published in the American Daily Advertizer (a Philadelphia newspaper) on September 19, 1796 as an […]

by September 19, 2018 Commentary