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Issues for Debate in American Public Policy : Selections from Cq Researcher,9781604265132

Issues for Debate in American Public Policy : Selections from Cq Researcher



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In the tradition of nonpartisanship and current analysis that is the hallmark of CQ Researcher, Issues for Debate in American Public Policy investigates sixteen important and controversial policy issues. Each article gives substantial background as well as current analysis of the issue, in addition to the following special features:

Table of Contents

Annotated Contentsp. vii
Prefacep. xiii
Contributorsp. xv
Student Aidp. 1
Has the right balance been struck between merit-based and need-based aid?p. 4
Has the right balance been struck between grants and loans?p. 6
Do private lenders deliver good value for taxpayers and students?p. 8
Backgroundp. 9
Gradual Beginningsp. 9
Expanding Accessp. 11
Borrowers and Lendersp. 11
Lenders Fight Backp. 13
Current Situationp. 16
In Congressp. 16
Loan Scandalsp. 19
Outlook: Generation Debtp. 19
Notesp. 20
Bibliographyp. 22
Discipline in Schoolsp. 25
Have zero-tolerance policies made schools safer?p. 29
Is racism responsible for high suspension rates among minorities?p. 31
Should students have more legal rights in discipline cases?p. 33
Backgroundp. 34
Rise of Zero Tolerancep. 34
Violence and Bullyingp. 38
Teacher Educationp. 39
Current Situationp. 39
'Scarlet Letter∆p. 39
SAVE Actp. 43
State Proposalsp. 43
Outlook: Zero Tolerance?p. 44
Notesp. 44
Bibliographyp. 46
Health Care
Reproductive Ethicsp. 49
Should fertility medicine be regulated more vigorously?p. 49
Should parents be allowed to choose their babies∆ characteristics, such as gender?p. 56
Should doctors be able to refuse ART services to gay, older or single people?p. 60
Backgroundp. 61
Stigma and Silencep. 61
Fertility Industryp. 64
Research Stintedp. 66
Current Situationp. 66
Regulating IVFp. 66
Social Changesp. 67
Outlook: Health-care Reformp. 67
Notesp. 68
Bibliographyp. 70
Preventing Cancerp. 73
Are we screening enough people for cancer?p. 76
Are too few resources devoted to cancer prevention?p. 78
Have we paid too little attention to carcinogens in the environment?p. 79
Backgroundp. 81
'War on Cancer∆p. 81
Losing the Warp. 83
Environmental Consciousnessp. 83
Current Situationp. 90
Action In Congressp. 90
Obama∆s Planp. 91
Outlook: Prevention Ahead?p. 91
Notesp. 92
Bibliographyp. 94
The Environment
Confronting Warmingp. 97
Should states regulate carbon emissions?p. 100
Can local governments prevent global warming?p. 101
Should state and local governments do more to prepare for the consequences of climate change?p. 103
Backgroundp. 105
States Take Chargep. 105
States Challenge the EPAp. 107
Current Situationp. 110
Limiting Land Usep. 110
Green Buildingp. 112
Cap-and-Tradep. 114
Focus on Renewablesp. 115
Outlook: Will Washington Help?p. 115
Notesp. 116
Bibliographyp. 117
Reducing Your Carbon Footprintp. 121
Are measures of individual carbon emissions valid?p. 124
Should government do more to encourage individuals to reduce their carbon footprints?p. 125
Can individual action significantly reduce global climate change?p. 127
Backgroundp. 129
Environmental Awakeningp. 129
'Planetary Emergency∆p. 130
Current Situationp. 136
Creating Incentivesp. 136
Obama∆s Planp. 138
Outlook: Economic Imperativesp. 139
Notesp. 140
Bibliographyp. 143
Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
Gun Rights Debatesp. 145
Should laws restricting ownership of firearms be relaxed?p. 149
Should laws regarding concealed weapons be relaxed?p. 150
Should criminal penalties for gun-related offenses be relaxed?p. 151
Backgroundp. 154
Rewriting Historyp. 154
Drawing Linesp. 157
Going to Courtp. 160
Current Situationp. 162
Testing Heller∆s Reachp. 162
Gaining in the Statesp. 163
Outlook: Missing the Bull∆s-Eye?p. 164
Notesp. 165
Bibliographyp. 166
Affirmative Actionp. 169
Has affirmative action outlived its usefulness?p. 172
Does race-based affirmative action still face powerful public opposition?p. 174
Has affirmative action diverted attention from the poor quality of K-12 education in low-income communities?p. 176
Backgroundp. 177
Righting Wrongsp. 177
Reversing Coursep. 179
Mending Itp. 180
Current Situationp. 183
'Formal Equality∆p. 183
Over Their Heads?p. 186
Outlook: End of the Line?p. 187
Notesp. 188
Bibliographyp. 190
Wrongful Convictionsp. 193
Are wrongful convictions a serious problem?p. 196
Do errors by forensic laboratories contribute to wrongful convictions?p. 198
Would systemic reform reduce the number of wrongful convictions?p. 200
Backgroundp. 203
New Awarenessp. 203
The Chicago Connectionp. 203
Current Situationp. 205
New Studiesp. 205
Legislative Initiativesp. 210
Outlook: New Hopep. 212
Notesp. 214
Bibliographyp. 216
Business and the Economy
Vanishing Jobsp. 219
Will the economic stimulus bill create or save 3.6 million jobs, as promised?p. 222
Is retraining for new skills the best option for laid-off workers?p. 223
Should unemployment insurance be extended beyond what the recovery act allows?p. 224
Backgroundp. 226
Fighting the Depressionp. 226
Boom and Gloomp. 230
Reagan and Reaganismp. 232
Jobless Recoveriesp. 233
Current Situationp. 233
Spending the Moneyp. 233
Governors∆ Resistancep. 235
Layoff Alternativesp. 236
Outlook: The 'Great Recession∆p. 236
Notesp. 238
Bibliographyp. 241
Financial Bailoutp. 245
Will the bailout plan work?p. 247
Did Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac cause the financial crisis?p. 249
Should Congress adopt tougher regulatory reforms?p. 252
Backgroundp. 254
First Sparksp. 254
Soaring Home Pricesp. 254
Takeover of Fannie, Freddiep. 258
Rescue Planp. 258
Current Situationp. 261
Red Inkp. 261
Fate of Fannie, Freddiep. 263
Placing Blamep. 263
Outlook: Major Changes?p. 264
Notesp. 265
Bibliographyp. 267
Middle-Class Squeezep. 269
Is a stable middle class a thing of the past?p. 272
Is overconsumption at the root of the middle class∆ problems?p. 274
Are aggressive new government programs needed to bolster the middle class?p. 275
Backgroundp. 277
Evolving Conceptp. 277
Downward Slidep. 279
Impact of Globalizationp. 281
Current Situationp. 284
Narrowing the Gapp. 284
Cash-Strapped Statesp. 286
Outlook: Silver Lining?p. 287
Notesp. 287
Bibliographyp. 290
Auto Industry∆s Futurep. 293
Was the bailout the right move?p. 296
Is the UAW primarily to blame for Detroit∆s woes?p. 298
Can the domestic automakers survive?p. 300
Backgroundp. 301
Bumps in the Roadp. 301
Mileage Mandatep. 301
Foreign Automakers Arrivep. 303
Outdated Dealer Systemp. 305
Global Tradep. 307
Current Situationp. 308
Government Rescuep. 308
Obama∆s Approachp. 310
Global Crisisp. 310
Outlook: Too Many Cars?p. 311
Notesp. 312
Bibliographyp. 315
Homeland Security and Foreign Policy
Mexico∆s Drug Warp. 317
Is the U.S. response to Mexico∆s crisis adequate?p. 320
Should the United States do more to stop arms trafficking to Mexico?p. 321
Should the United States do more to curb U.S. demand for drugs?p. 324
Backgroundp. 326
Rustic Rootsp. 326
U.S. Demandp. 326
Corruption Exposedp. 330
New Warsp. 331
Current Situationp. 332
Evaluating 'Mťrida∆p. 332
Human Rightsp. 334
Outlook: Winnable Challenge?p. 335
Notesp. 336
Bibliographyp. 339
Closing GuantŠnamop. 341
Should the government continue repatriating GuantŠnamo detainees to other countries?p. 344
Should GuantŠnamo detainees be prosecuted in civilian courts?p. 345
Should some GuantŠnamo detainees be held indefinitely without military or civilian trial?p. 346
Backgroundp. 348
'The Least Worst Place∆p. 348
'A Law-Free Zone∆?p. 349
'An Enormous Failure∆p. 351
Current Situationp. 354
Detainee Cases Reviewedp. 354
Torture Suits Stymiedp. 356
Outlook: Looking for Closurep. 359
Notesp. 361
Bibliographyp. 362
Homeland Securityp. 365
Does al Qaeda remain a danger within the United States?p. 368
Is the Department of Homeland Security set up effectively to spot potential threats?p. 370
Is the United States focusing anti-terrorism resources in the right places?p. 371
Backgroundp. 372
Mideast Conflictp. 372
On U.S. Soilp. 373
Al Qaedap. 374
Homeland Securityp. 376
Current Situationp. 380
Testing Timep. 380
Back to Courtp. 382
Outlook: The Next Generationp. 383
Notesp. 384
Bibliographyp. 386
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