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You are to pick a “special topic” from the group project topics – other then the one you worked on in your group – read the article and complete the Briefing form.  You may either use an article from the “NEWS ARTICLES” menu or you may research a current article on your own under these topics.
Reminder, the Briefing forms can be found in HANDOUTS from the menu.

1. What are the National Debt, Debt Ceiling and Budget Deficit.  4/13/2017.  US News     (There are several sources to link to from this cite).
https://www.usnews.com/news/economy/articles/2017-04-13/what-are-the-national-debt-debt-ceiling-and-budget-deficit
2. Budget Deficit: How It Affects the Economy.  Why the government Can Run a Budget Deficit and You Can’t. Kimberly Amadeo.  up.12/22/2016 
https://www.thebalance.com/budget-deficit-definition-and-how-it-affects-the-economy-3305820
3.  U.S.Government Spending .com
http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/federal_deficit_chart.html

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4. Eight Gimmicks to Look Out For This Budget Season.  Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.  May 4, 2017.
http://www.crfb.org/papers/eight-gimmicks-look-out-budget-season

5. Congress passes stopgab bill to avoid Government shut down. Politico.  April 28, 2017
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/28/house-passes-stopgap-bill-to-avoid-government-shutdown-237748

6.    “Congress Passed a Budget Deal. Now What?”.  Center for American Progress
https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/budget/news/2015/11/02/124733/congress-passed-a-budget-deal-now-what/

Cyber SecurityAttached Files:

 cyber strategy 2013 (2.5 MB)
1.  Trump’s Cybersecurity Executive Order is a Good First Step.  Bob Ackerman. May 13, 2017

Trump’s cybersecurity executive order is a good first step


2.  Cyber Video

Primer on cybersecurity and public policy for nonspecialists

3. The Global Cyberattack And the Need to Revist Healthcare Cybersecurity. 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/lessons-learned-the-global-cyberattack-the-need_us_591a1ac5e4b086d2d0d8d1ed?section=us_technology
4. Paris Attacks Show the Danger of Cell Phone Encryption, Says, Bratton, Politico
http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/city-hall/2015/11/8582950/paris-attacks-shows-danger-cell-phone-encryption-says-bratton See Also attached PDF –  
5.  GAO  Cybersecurity National Strategy, Roles and Responsibilities Need To Be Better Defined and More Effectively Implemented.
Why the Government Keeps Getting Hacked (Washington Post)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/federal-eye/wp/2015/07/10/this-is-why-the-government-keeps-getting-hacked/?postshare=4341448383397188&tid=ss_mail

6. Primer on Cybersecurity and Public Policy”

Primer on cybersecurity and public policy for nonspecialists


7. Federal Cyber strategic Plan Released – Federal Timeshttp://www.federaltimes.com/story/government/cybersecurity/2015/10/30/fed-cybersecurity-strategy/74883890/
8. “US Not Prepared to Defend Power Grid from Cyber Attacks”  Huffington Post 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/us-not-prepared-to-defend-power-grid-from-cyberattacks_us_56780a3ce4b0b958f657214f

Economic Development / InfrastructureAttached Files:

 Re-ImaginingInfratrsucture copy 2.pdf (299.606 KB)
1.  Re-imagining Infrastructure, Mark Gerencser  
Re-ImaginingInfratrsucture copy 2.pdf

2. Economic Development vs. Economic Growth.  
http://www.diffen.com/difference/Economic_Development_vs_Economic_Growth
(This article and PowerPoint presentation were recently published by the US Department of Transportation Department on the problems of traffic and its relation to economic development and a short TED video on the difference between economic development and economic growth.  The DOT articles resulted in the designation of CSUSB as a national Center of Innovation.  They are posted in Blackboard.  The link to the TED video is below)

Education
1. Policy Briefs on Student Loan Borrower Assistance. 
http://www.studentloanborrowerassistance.org/advocacy/policy-briefs/
2.  National Policy Agenda to Reduce the Burden of Student Debt.  The Institute for College Access and Success.  October 2016.
http://ticas.org/initiative/student-debt-policy-agenda

3.  Betrayed by the Dream Factory http://www.slate.com/articles/business/moneybox/2016/01/student_loan_crisis_at_its_ugliest_i_graduated_and_found_out_i_owe_200_000.html

4.  “America’s growing student-loan-debt crisis”  Market Watch
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/americas-growing-student-loan-debt-crisis-2016-01-15

5. The Court Ruling That Could End the Student Loan Crisis;  Fiscal Times. 
http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Columns/2016/04/01/Court-Ruling-Could-End-Student-Loan-Crisis

6.  What Unified Government and Electoral Politics might mean for education policy.  Brookings 

What unified government and electoral politics might mean for education policy

Energy – Renewable Energy Sources1. What are Alternative Energy Sources?  
http://www.conserve-energy-future.com/AlternativeEnergySources.php
2. Energy Policy of the US –Wikipedia 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_policy_of_the_United_States

3. Hyperloop – Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperloop

Financial Institutions1.  Wall Street needs a change
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/jul/19/two-cheers-dodd-frank-act-wall-street-culture-radical-change
2. White House Web Page
https://www.whitehouse.gov/economy/middle-class/dodd-frank-wall-street-reform
3. Dodd Frank Problems
http://www.wsj.com/articles/dodd-franks-nasty-double-whammy-1437692851
4. “Financial Regulation:  A Primer on the Dodd-Frank Act” 
https://research.stlouisfed.org/pageone-economics/uploads/newsletter/2011/201105_ClassroomEdition.pdf
5. Dodd-Frank, Community Banks, and the Impact on US Cities and Towns.  Forbes.http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottbeyer/2015/07/24/dodd-frank-community-bank-decline-and-the-effect-on-u-s-cities-and-towns/ – 579c50cb269d 6. Bernie Sanders v Alan Greenspan  – two videos. (Sanders charges and Greenspan’s admission)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJaW32ZTyKE ;    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWen53eqmJo
7. History of the Federal Reserve.  Federal Reserve Education.org  
https://www.federalreserveeducation.org/about-the-fed/history
 
Health Care1. Video:  Bernie Sanders Ted Cruz Debate on CNN . Real Clear Politics
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2017/02/07/full_replay_bernie_sanders_vs_ted_cruz_debate_obamacare.html _
2.  PRO/Con on several Health Care issues. (Obama care.  Rising costs etc.)

http://healthcarereform.procon.org
3.  “A Guide to the Affordable Health Care Act”http://www.politico.com/obamacare-guide/ 4.  Is the Affordable Health Care Act Working?  NY Times;http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/27/us/is-the-affordable-care-act-working.html?_r=0 – / 5. Obama Care Facts: Facts on the Affordable Care Act
http://obamacarefacts.com/obamacare-facts/ 6. Washington Post Challenge: Affordable Health Care Act Survives Supreme Court
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/obamacare-survives-supreme-court-challenge/2015/06/25/af87608e-188a-11e5-93b7-5eddc056ad8a_story.html 
Immigration
1.  U.S. Immigration Policy.  Council on Foreign Relations. August, 2009.
http://www.cfr.org/immigration/us-immigration-policy/p20030
2.  Immigration ProCon.  Should The Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become U.S. Citizens?
http://immigration.procon.org
3.  The Myth of The US Immigration Crises – from  the Bloomberg View.  Feb. 21, 2017
https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-02-21/the-myth-of-the-u-s-immigration-crisis

4.  How Trump’s “Merit Based” Immigration system might work”  New York Times

5.   Immigration Reform – Council on Foreign relations
http://www.cfr.org/immigration/us-immigration-debate/p11149 6.   A Guide to Immigration Action and Executive Action” Immigration Policy Center http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/special-reports/guide-immigration-accountability-executive-action

7. “Supreme Court to Rule on Obama Immigration Orders”  Politico 
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/01/supreme-court-to-rule-on-obama-immigration-orders-217860

International Trade / Globalization1.  Globalization’s Ill effects have been wildly exaggerated. Robert Samuelson. May 14, 2017
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/globalizations-ill-effects-have-been-wildly-exaggerated/2017/05/14/06d12334-3724-11e7-b373-418f6849a004_story.html?utm_term=.6870774a5bae

2.  International Trade Agreements.  Douglas A Irwin. 2008  The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics. 

http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/InternationalTradeAgreements.html

3. NAFTA’S Winners and Losers.  David Floyd. May 18, 2017.
http://www.investopedia.com/articles/economics/08/north-american-free-trade-agreement.asp

4.   What a Trump presidency means for U.S. and global climate policy. Nathan Hultman, Nov. 9, 2016

What a Trump presidency means for U.S. and global climate policy

5.  Trump, Trade and Seucurity, a way forward? Joshua P Meltzer  Nov 14, 2016

Trump, trade, and security: A way forward

6.  Urban governance in the 21st Century: Innovating solutions  (Podcast) Nov 9, 2016

Urban governance in the 21st century: Innovating solutions

7.  The TPP is dead, long live the TPP. Mireya Solis, Nov 11, 2016

The TPP is dead, long live the TPP

8.  Summary of Trade Issues
https://www.iisd.org/business/issues/trade.aspx  9.   Everything You Need to Know About the  TPP; Washington Post;    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2013/12/11/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-trans-pacific-partnership/  10.   The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will increase trade, but will it undermine democracy, public services, and the environment?  https://netivist.org/debate/tpp-pros-and-cons

National Debt1. What are the National Debt, Debt Ceiling and Budget Deficit.  4/13/2017.  US News     (There are several sources to link to from this cite).
https://www.usnews.com/news/economy/articles/2017-04-13/what-are-the-national-debt-debt-ceiling-and-budget-deficit  
2. Budget Deficit: How It Affects the Economy.  Why the government Can Run a Budget Deficit and You Can’t. Kimberly Amadeo.  up.12/22/2016 
https://www.thebalance.com/budget-deficit-definition-and-how-it-affects-the-economy-3305820
3.  U.S.Government Spending .com
http://www.usgovernmentspending.com/federal_deficit_chart.html

4.  Just facts.com  National Debt.  A resource for independent thinkers.
http://www.justfacts.com/nationaldebt.asp
5. “Understanding the National Deficit and Debt: A Primer”;
http://www.demos.org/sites/default/files/publications/Deficit101_OFS_Demos.pdf
3. GAO – Understanding the National Debt:
http://www.gao.gov/fiscal_outlook/understanding_federal_debt/overview
6. National Debt or Federal Deficit? What’s the Difference?
http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/federalbudgetprocess/a/debt-vs-deficit.htm

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