The New Leader Weekly Briefing

The New Leader Weekly Briefing

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Policy, News and Events for the NLC Community 

February 2, 2018

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Center for American Progress: Election Security in 50 States: Defending America’s Elections

  • Monday, February 12, 2018; 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm; Washington, DC
  • In 2016, Russia sought to breach the U.S. elections, including attempting to hack into many states’ election systems. Fourteen months later, despite many states taking proactive measures, U.S. election infrastructure remains vulnerable to attacks. Without leadership from this administration to defend America’s elections from attacks by sophisticated enemies who want to undermine our democratic process, the necessary funding and resources to protect future elections have not been forthcoming. Despite bipartisan efforts in Congress to bolster election security and provide needed funding, legislation remains blocked. The Center for American Progress is releasing a report on election security preparedness in all 50 states, assigning grades to each state. CAP’s research and report card are designed to identify and provide information on strengths and shortcomings in each state’s election security preparedness. A better understanding of how each state can improve its election security preparedness can help build urgency for appropriate solutions and arm stakeholders with information to demand increased security measures.Please join CAP for a discussion about best practices and the vulnerabilities in election infrastructure that threaten to undermine America’s free and fair elections—the cornerstone of our self-government. We will feature major figures on the front lines of this important national security issue.

The Brookings Institution: Threats to democracy in the Trump era

  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018; 10:00 am - 11:30 am; Washington, DC
  • From Russia to South Africa, from Turkey to the Philippines, from Venezuela to Hungary, authoritarian leaders have smashed restraints on their power. The freedom of the media and the judiciary have eroded. The right to vote may remain, but the right to have one’s vote counted does not. Until the U.S. presidential election of 2016, the global decline of democracy seemed a concern for other peoples in other lands. However, some see the political rise of Donald Trump as the end to that optimism here at home. In his new book, “Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic,” David Frum outlines how Trump could push America toward illiberalism, what the consequences could be for America and the world, and what we can do to prevent it. On Wednesday, Feb. 7, Frum will join a panel of experts at Brookings to discuss the burgeoning threats to democratic institutions in the Trump era. After the session, participants will take audience questions.

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Policy Reports

Center for American Progress: Beyond Our Borders: How Weak U.S. Gun Laws Contribute to Violent Crime Abroad

The Brookings Institution: Brookings experts on Trump’s first State of the Union

Bipartisan Policy Center: A Policy Roadmap for Individuals with Complex Care Needs

The NewDEAL: State and Local Leaders are Setting an Agenda for the Country’s Biggest Challenges


Politico: Massive deficit-busting spending deal leaves fiscal hawks in the cold

The Washington Post: Cities, states work to clear marijuana convictions, calling it a states' rights issue


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