BIPP Weekly Roundup

Upcoming Events

BIPP Summer 2018 Student Research Fellows Program

If you are interested on conducting summer research concerning public policy issues with a faculty member, please attend the information session on the following time slot:

Thursday, Feb. 22nd, 11 a.m. – noon in the Academic West Event Lounge (1st Floor).

For those interested but unable to make it, please contact Professor Wolaver ( and Professor Massaro ( for more information.

For more information visit: BIPP Summer 2018 Student Research Fellows Program

BIPP Trainee Program

BIPP is currently seeking students to join the BIPP internship group by first participating in a trainee program during the spring 2018 semester. Job responsibilities include writing articles for various publications on campus on behalf of BIPP and help plan BIPP events.  Please submit your cover letter, resume and a copy of a writing sample (no more than 5 pages) to Carrie Ellis, BIPP Program Coordinator, at

Deadline: 2/21/2018

*A BIPP trainee will be considered to become a BIPP intern in the next academic year upon successful completion of the trainee program in the spring semester of 2018.

Policy Updates


U.S. Bank Cited By Federal Authorities for Lapses in Money Laundering

A U.S. Bank in Minneapolis was accused by the DOJ of helping a payday lender in illegal monetary transactions. The bank could face severe penalties of up to $613 million.

Mortgages Get More Expensive as Rates Hit Near 4-Year Peak

Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac claimed the 30-year fix rate mortgage rate rose from 4.32% to 4.38% this week. It poses a greater struggle for homebuyers in a housing market with an already scarce inventory.


South Africa Elects Cyril Ramaphosa As Its New President

Facing intense pressure from South African Parliament, Jacob Zuma resigned from the Presidency.  He was quickly replaced by Cyril Ramaphosa, Nelson Mandela’s chosen successor.

Russian opposition leader Navalny’s website blocked before election

Russian authorities blocked access to the website of opposition leader Aleksei Navalny.  Previously Navalny refused a court order to remove suspicious footage of a Russian deputy prime minister on a yacht.

Weekly Opinion

BIPP: Stronger ties, stronger enemies

Despite a tumultuous 2017, North Korea is being taken seriously.  What does this mean for everyone else?






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