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How powerful are think tanks in the USA? Do they affect US policy?

Question by hypatiakierkegaard: How powerful are think tanks in the USA? Do they affect US policy?
Have they become more or less powerful over the years? What are some examples of the most powerful ones?

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Answer by moonshine
yesss they do

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SDP IWG – 3rd Plenary Session
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Geneva, 2 October 2012

Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Wilfried Lemke, opening the 3rd Plenary Session of the Sport for Development and Peace International Working Group (SDP IWG) held at the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG), Switzerland.

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SDP IWG – 3rd Plenary Session
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Image by UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace
Geneva, 2 October 2012

Thulani Mabaso-Mahlangu, Deputy Programme Manager of ‘Youth Development trough Football’ (YDF) South Africa, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), addressing the participants of the 3rd Plenary Session of the Sport for Development and Peace International Working Group (SDP IWG) held at the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG), Switzerland, as a keynote speaker.

More information at www.un.org/sport.

© UNOSDP/Antoine Tardy 2012

SDP IWG – 3rd Plenary Session
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Image by UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace
Geneva, 2 October 2012

Kai Troll, Director of Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia, addressing the participants of the 3rd Plenary Session of the Sport for Development and Peace International Working Group (SDP IWG) held at the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG), Switzerland, as a keynote speaker.

More information at www.un.org/sport.

© UNOSDP/Antoine Tardy 2012

Cox Smith Names Four New Shareholders

Cox Smith Names Four New Shareholders











Katy Moore is a new shareholder at Cox Smith.

San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) January 14, 2013

Cox Smith Matthews Incorporated (“Cox Smith”) today announced Tom Alleman, Ross Davidson, Katy Moore and Corey Wehmeyer have been named shareholders of the firm.

Based in the firm’s Dallas office, litigator Tom Alleman is an experienced courtroom lawyer who has tried numerous jury trials, obtained many summary judgments and argued a substantial number of reported appellate cases. He has a multi-dimensional practice that includes matters related to coal combustion products, Superfund sites, mass toxic torts, complex pollution matters, construction materials and construction claims, and the insurance disputes that arise from each of them on a national level. The firm’s Dallas office was recognized with a First Tier (strongest) ranking in Insurance Law in the 2013 U.S. News-Best Lawyers® ranking of the nation’s best law firms. Alleman devotes a substantial portion of his practice to the representation of financial institutions and their directors and officers on litigation ranging from consumer class actions to lender liability suits and claims by the FDIC against officers and directors of failed institutions. With an extensive knowledge of insurance policies and other risk management tools, he also assists clients in avoiding pitfalls that can lurk in transactional documents, risk management programs, insurance policies and indemnification agreements.

Ross J. Davidson, III, is a member of the firm’s Corporate and Securities practice area where he assists clients with matters related to corporate and securities law. The firm’s corporate practice was recognized in the 2013 U.S. News-Best Lawyers® ranking of the nation’s best law firms with a First Tier ranking in San Antonio. Davidson has experience working on a wide range of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and debt financings, joint ventures, securities offerings and domestic and international commercial transactions. He works closely with management, internal legal departments, accountants, investment bankers and other advisors to address the complex issues that arise in such transactions. Davidson also regularly advises clients on corporate governance, organizational and contract matters, and compliance with federal and state securities laws.

Katy Pier Moore is a member of the firm’s highly-renowned Energy and Natural Resources practice area, where she assists clients in energy, environmental and natural resources law. The firm received First Tier rankings in the 2013 U.S. News-Best Lawyers® ranking of the nation’s best law firms in San Antonio in Energy Law and in Natural Resources Law. Moore is also part of the firm’s Eagle Ford Shale team, which helps clients navigate the complex legal and business issues related to the development and exploration underway in south Texas as a result of the Eagle Ford Shale. Her practice is focused on representing oil and gas exploration and production companies in oil and gas acquisitions, sales, operations and financing, energy derivatives, title examination and due diligence. Moore is involved in negotiating oil and gas, uranium and wind energy leases and regularly advises landowners and oil and gas companies regarding related land management issues.

A member of the firm’s litigation team, Corey Wehmeyer’s practice is primarily devoted to representing energy clients in litigation matters. He practices in state and federal forums throughout Texas, with a particular emphasis in South Texas, and is also part of the firm’s Eagle Ford Shale team. Wehmeyer, who has handled litigation matters in Oklahoma, Louisiana and North Dakota, represents operators, working interest owners, mineral owners, drilling contractors, oil field service companies, pipeline companies, refiners, and mining companies. He also has experience representing condemning authorities in eminent domain proceedings, and routinely handles general real property and commercial litigation matters.

“Everyone at Cox Smith joins me in congratulating our new shareholders. As we embark upon 2013, I’m looking forward to their continued contributions as well as the excellent work being performed by all of our attorneys,” said Jamie Smith, managing director of Cox Smith.

About Cox Smith

Cox Smith is one of the leading business law firms in Texas and the largest law firm in San Antonio. From its dominant position in San Antonio with a growing presence in key markets including Austin, Dallas, El Paso and McAllen, Cox Smith’s attorneys help regional, national and international businesses with a wide variety of matters involving all aspects of business law and litigation. The firm is regularly recognized for its commitment to the communities in which it works, and was recently named one of the “Best Places to Work” in San Antonio for the sixth consecutive year by The San Antonio Business Journal. For more information, visit http://www.coxsmith.com.























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Trust for Credit Unions Adds Jim Regan, CEO of DCU, as a Trustee

Trust for Credit Unions Adds Jim Regan, CEO of DCU, as a Trustee











Jim Regan


Washington, DC (PRWEB) January 10, 2013

Regan has been an active participant in CUFSLP, the administrator of Trust for Credit Unions (TCU), for more than 10 years. CUFSLP is a CUSO comprised of 36 leading credit unions.

Currently president and chief executive officer of Digital Federal Credit Union (DCU), Regan has been a part of the credit union community since 1992, when he joined DCU as an internal auditor and later served as its chief financial officer.

In response to his new appointment, Regan says “The Trust’s 25-year track record is a testament to its relevance as an investment option for credit unions. The industry needs to be able to continue to develop investment vehicles that fit credit union balance sheets, and TCU provides a great platform for doing just that. I look forward to joining the Trustees and working on the next evolution of the TCU fund family.”

Jim Barr, chairman of the TCU board, states, “Jim brings an important perspective with his experience as an investor in the TCU funds, as well as his involvement with CUFSLP. Paired with his credit union management credentials, Jim is a valuable addition to the board.”

According to Chip Filson, president of TCU, trustees are a vital component in the Trust’s organizational structure. They oversee the performance of all the service providers and ensure that compliance and risk management practices are always up to date.

“Their ability to take the long view of the Fund’s role for credit unions is a key success factor,” said Filson. “Trustees ensure that the shareholder’s interest is the dominant factor in every discussion.”

The Trustees of TCU are elected by the shareholders. The combination of credit union experience and independence reflects both the cooperative design and SEC regulations for Trustee selection.

The seven other trustees are:

Jim Barr: Managing Member, JCB Enterprises, LLC

Rudy Hanley: Chief Executive Officer, SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union

Stan Hollen: President and Chief Executive Officer, Co-Op Financial Services

Gene O’Rourke: Managing Director, O’Rourke & Associates

Bucky Sebastian: Executive Director, National Credit Union Foundation

Bob Coen: Professor Emeritus of Economics, Northwestern University

Gary Oakland: Retired President and Chief Executive Officer, BECU

TCU is an SEC-registered, open-end mutual fund built on the cooperative principles of member value, democratic governance and financial education. Its investments are limited to only those authorized for credit unions in the Federal Credit Union Act.

The Trust provides credit unions with three investment portfolios, professionally managed and priced daily. Currently, there are more than 100 credit unions investing in TCU with total balances exceeding $ 1.4 billion in the family of funds.

The Trust for Credit Unions (TCU) is a family of institutional mutual funds offered exclusively to credit unions. Callahan Financial Services is a wholly owned subsidiary of Callahan & Associates and is the distributor of the TCU mutual funds. Goldman Sachs Asset Management. L.P. is the investment adviser of the TCU mutual funds. To obtain a prospectus that contains detailed fund information including investment policies, risk considerations, charges and expenses, call Callahan Financial Services, Inc. at 800-CFS-5678. Please read the prospectus carefully.























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Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest

The Pacific Northwest has the diverse feedstocks, infrastructure and political will needed to create a viable biofuels industry capable of reducing greenhouse gases and meeting the future fuel demands of the aviation industry. Creating an aviation biofuels industry, however, will depend upon securing early government policy support to prioritize the aviation industry as a beneficiary of US biofuel development. That’s the conclusion of a 10-month study by Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest (SAFN), the nation’s first regional stakeholder effort to explore the feasibility, challenges and opportunities for creating an aviation biofuels industry in the Pacific Northwest. Boeing and Alaska Airlines partnered with Portland International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Spokane International Airport and Washington State University in a strategic initiative to identify the potential pathways and actions necessary to make safe, sustainable aviation biofuel commercially available to airline operators in the area. Learn more about the study at www.safnw.com.
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Revealing dark PuppetMasters behind ShadowPlays of Deception… What if 9/11 was not an act of Islamic extremism, but something far more sinister… an evil from within? In the past, invisible elites lurking behind thrones have tightened their grasp on power by provoking attacks on their own people, then blaming the enemy as a false-flag pretext for imperial wars. The idea that this could happen today is almost unimaginable. Or is it? www.shadowplay.info AVANTE FILMS PRODUCER/DIRECTOR – JILINDA EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS – MARK STEPNOSKI, IAN WOODS, JOHN BURSILL CONSULTANTS – WEBSTER GRIFFIN TARPLEY, BARRIE ZWICKER MUSIC – KEVIN MCLEOD SHADOWPLAY INTERNET SERIES PART I 9/11 PUPPETMASTERS Featuring: CHARLIE SHEEN at 9/11 & NWO Conference General LEONID IVASHOV – Commander of Russian Armed Forces, September 11, 2001 ANDREAS VON BUELOW – Former State Secretary of Defense, Germany CONNIE FOGAL – Leader Canadian Action Party, Canada WEBSTER GRIFFIN TARPLEY – Historian, USA G.EDWARD GRIFFIN – Founder Freedom Force International, USA WILL THOMAS – Investigative Journalist, Canada BARRIE ZWICKER – Media Critic, Canada Prof KEVIN BARRETT – Islamologist, Univ Wisconsin-Madison, USA Prof MICHEL CHOSSUDOVSKY – Economist, Univ Ottawa, Canada Prof JOHN McMURTRY – Moral Philosopher, Univ Guelph, Canada SHADOWPLAY SERIES Also Featuring WILLIAM RODRIGUEZ – Last Man Out WTC North Tower, Sept 11,2001 General WESLEY CLARK – Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe Maj SCOTT RITTER – UNSCOM

What is the difference between the usaid and the us state department?

Question by Kadija: What is the difference between the usaid and the us state department?
I am trying to become a foreign service officer. I would like to get a summer internship in either one of these agencies but I don’t know which one I should really go for. They seem similar to me.

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Answer by Curious1usa
The US Agency for International Development (US AID) was created by executive order with the signing of the 1961 Foreign Assistance Act. It is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State.

The Department of State is a cabinet-level entity (department, as the name implies) directed by the Secretary of State. It has a much broader mission than US AID, which, as stated above, is only an agency.

An internship in either could be useful, but the Department of State would probably provide more opportunities and the possibility of wider exposure.

http://www.usaid.gov/about_usaid/

http://www.state.gov/

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Kids Discuss America’s Global Leadership: A Strategic Investment for US Jobs

www.usglc.org – US Global Leadership Coalition’s brand new video illustrates the direct connection between our investments in US global leadership and job creation here at home . . . from a kids point of view. The new video highlights how the International Affairs Budget strengthens our economy for the next generation of Americans. Featuring some of the cutest advocates of US global leadership you’ve ever seen, this video provides a fresh new take and a clear, compelling explanation of the benefits of investing just one percent in development and diplomacy programs. In our brand new video, the next generation delivers a clear message, saying “Investing a small amount in global development and diplomacy is not only the right thing to do; it’s also the smart thing to do. To make our economy stronger. To create more jobs. For my mom. For my dad. For my neighbor. For me.”
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Moo & Oink Celebrates One Year with Best Chicago Meat Co.

Moo & Oink Celebrates One Year with Best Chicago Meat Co.













Moo & Oink is back in sweet home Chicago and celebrating one year with Best Chicago Meat


Chicago, IL (PRWEB) December 14, 2012

A year ago, it seemed Moo & Oink was lost forever much to the regret of fans of the brand. But a hero stepped up to the plate – Best Chicago Meat Co., LLC. It purchased Moo & Oink’s intellectual property on Dec. 14, 2011, including the name, logo, characters, website, catchy commercial jingle and perhaps most important – its recipes.

Twelve months have passed. Today, more than 30 Moo & Oink products are found in 300 stores in four states – Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. Jewel-Osco and Wal-Mart are the biggest retailers to carry the brand as well as many independent grocers.

“We knew we had a tremendous opportunity to maintain and enhance the presence of Moo & Oink in Chicago area retailers as well as to grow the brand,” said David L. Van Kampen, president and COO of Best Chicago Meat. “It’s been very gratifying to see this happen.”

Robert M. Beavers, Jr., is chairman and CEO of Best Chicago Meat. A year ago, he made plans to produce and enhance the Moo & Oink products and get them back on grocery shelves as quickly as possible without sacrificing excellence or reliability.

“Moo & Oink was a staple in the African American community in Chicago,” Beavers said, “and now I’m proud to say it’s a staple again. By bringing Moo & Oink products to more than 300 grocery stores, we’ve introduced the brand to many more people and found success in new communities.”

Highlights of Moo & Oink’s first year include:


    Phase one product launch consisted of 27 items in more than 200 grocery stores.
    More than 50 truckloads of product have been shipped to grocery stores.
    Development of a new commercial playing off the iconic TV ad
    Introduction of a new character – Gobble – to represent poultry products and the expansion of turkey offerings
    Participation in Real Men Cook, the annual Father’s Day celebration of family, community and fatherhood
    Participation in the WGN Annual Back-to-School Fair

Moo & Oink products available include rib tips; all beef hotdogs; a variety of pork, beef and turkey hot links; pork and beef bacon; beef patties; breakfast sausage; and chicken products like nuggets, tenders and breast patties. In addition, Moo & Oink’s High Five BBQ sauce has been reintroduced.

Newest on Chicagoland grocery shelves are Moo & Oink Chitterlings. Chitterlings are commonly referred to as chits or chit’lins.

“We know chitterlings were very popular in Chicago and have been missed during the last year,” Van Kampen said. “We took the time to perfect our process, and now we can offer chits for the holidays.”

Best Chicago Meat’s commitment to customers goes well beyond delicious products, impeccably clean facilities and the highest standards in food safety. The company is proud to manufacture in a Chicago neighborhood and operates under a strict policy of energy conservation and waste reduction. At Best Chicago Meat, clean and green are fundamental.

In addition, the company is committed to the communities it serves by supporting activities such as youth sports programs, a high school intern program, community events and local and regional festivals. Best Chicago Meat stands strongly behind its customers by supporting local programs that promote family and neighborhood values.

Moo & Oink, LLC, is a joint venture between Best Chicago Meat Company and Dutch Farms. For more information visit: http://www.moo-oink.com.























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