Paul Ryan’s Plan to Combat American Poverty

Paul Ryan’s Plan to Combat American Poverty

By Brandon Fleischer We spend billions of dollars on combating poverty in the United States, but still it pervades and remains a problem every single year, even more so in an economy that’s still recovering. At a panel at the American Enterprise Institute on July 24th, Congressman Paul Ryan [R-WI] laid out his plan to combat poverty. So what’s the…

The Budget Act at 40: Is it Failing or are We?

The Budget Act at 40: Is it Failing or are We?

  By Brandon Fleischer It has been 40 years since Congress passed the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act (or Budget Act for short). The act has stood in, more or less, the same format for all of that time, but there is a growing surge of criticism of it, saying that its processes cannot work in our current political…

Who’s in Charge Here?: Experts Discuss Why the Executive and Legislative Branches Cannot Seem to Cooperate Even in International Crises

Who’s in Charge Here?: Experts Discuss Why the Executive and Legislative Branches Cannot Seem to Cooperate Even in International Crises

  By Brandon Fleischer On June 5th, at a panel held by the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress, a discussion was held about the roles of Congress and the President in times of international crises. The panel consisted of former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, former Connecticut Representative Christopher Shays, former Tennessee Representative John Tanner and renowned…

Climate Change in the Arctic: How will it Affect Us?

Climate Change in the Arctic: How will it Affect Us?

By Brandon Fleischer At a talk at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on June 16th, Dr. Jan Gunnar-Winther, director of the Norwegian Polar Institute, laid out the dangerous effects of climate change both now and in the coming future. With a special focus on the effects of climate change on the Arctic regions, Gunnar-Winther told the audience that…

A Battle of Amendments: The Conflict Between Religious Free Exercise and Same-Sex Marriage

A Battle of Amendments: The Conflict Between Religious Free Exercise and Same-Sex Marriage

Linktank’s Brandon Fleischer offers insights following the Newseum’s event on gay rights and religious freedom.  Set the scene for me.  What exactly is going on between religious free exercise and gay marriage? Essentially it’s an intractable showdown between two Constitutional amendments: the 1st and the 14th.  Opposing gay marriage rights is a 1st Amendment claim of religious free exercise.  Specifically,…

FAQ on the New Linktank

Over the next few months we will be rolling out some major changes to Linktank, including a transition to a subscription-based service this coming July. We’ve put together a response to questions we’re hearing from you about these changes. If you have other questions or concerns, please contact us directly at support@linktank.com.    How is Linktank changing? Here is a simple…

The Story of Linktank

The Story of Linktank

This is the third article in a four-part series of blog posts that give you an insider’s perspective on Linktank. Bilaal Ahmed / Founder, Linktank Since launching Linktank, I have quietly stayed in the background. I wanted to build something that was bigger than me or any other personality. That is still the case, but I’ve decided that I have…