Ari Shapiro http://wfpl.org en Why More Americans Are Renouncing U.S. Citizenship http://wfpl.org/post/why-more-americans-are-renoucing-us-citizenship A few times a year, the Treasury Department publishes a long list of names announcing all of the Americans who have lately abandoned their U.S. citizenship.<p>According to the legal website <a href="http://intltax.typepad.com/intltax_blog/2014/02/2013-expatriations-increase-by-___.html" target="_blank">International Tax Blog</a>, the number hovered around 500 a decade ago. Last year, it hit a record high of nearly 3,000.<p>This was not a gradual change. It was a sudden spike. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 11:38:45 +0000 Ari Shapiro 8642 at http://wfpl.org Why More Americans Are Renouncing U.S. Citizenship Party Like It's 1799: Traditional Cider Makes A Comeback http://wfpl.org/post/party-its-1799-traditional-cider-makes-comeback Feeling extra American this week? Wanna keep that post-turkey glow going? Well, how about a very American beverage: cider?<p>We're not talking about the hot mulled stuff that steams up your kitchen, or the sweet pub draft in a pint glass. This cider is more like sparkling wine.<p>"This is a phenomenally funky, sour, even mildly smoky cider that has to be tasted to be believed," says Greg Engert, one of the owners of a bar in Washington called ChurchKey. Sat, 30 Nov 2013 13:12:54 +0000 Ari Shapiro 7727 at http://wfpl.org Party Like It's 1799: Traditional Cider Makes A Comeback Would The U.S. Be Better Off With A Parliament? http://wfpl.org/post/would-us-be-better-parliament There are many reasons for the gridlock in Washington. Some are recent developments, as the U.S. becomes more politically polarized. Others are structural, built into the American political system.<p>Regardless, the extreme paralysis that has recently become the norm in D.C. almost never happens in Western European democracies.<p>"You're asking: Do other democracies have this problem? And the answer is: Not many," says Jane Mansbridge, a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School.<p>Mansbridge just finished her term as president of the American Political Science Association. Sat, 12 Oct 2013 11:37:41 +0000 Ari Shapiro 7196 at http://wfpl.org Would The U.S. Be Better Off With A Parliament? White House Takes Stock Of Financial Crisis Five Years Later http://wfpl.org/post/white-house-takes-stock-financial-crisis-five-years-later Five years ago this week, Lehman Brothers collapsed, and America's financial crisis began. On Monday morning, President Obama will mark the anniversary with a speech in the White House Rose Garden. The White House <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/20130915-financial-crisis-five-years-later.pdf">released a new report</a> ahead of the address, assessing how the government's efforts to stabilize the economy turned out.<p>Obama's economic adviser, Gene Sperling, summed up the conclusions in a conference call with reporters. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 11:01:54 +0000 Ari Shapiro 6849 at http://wfpl.org Syria Puts Obama's Multilateralist Philosophy To The Test http://wfpl.org/post/syria-puts-obamas-multilateralist-philosophy-test President Obama has come home from the Group of 20 summit with essentially no more international support for a strike on Syria than when he left the U.S.<p>He spent the last three days in Sweden and Russia, lobbying U.S. allies on the sidelines and on the public stage, with little movement.<p>The conflict has presented perhaps the biggest challenge yet to Obama's multilateralist inclinations.<p><strong>'A Hard Sell'</strong><p>At a press conference Wednesday in Stockholm, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt showed why president Obama's coalition-building effort is an uphill climb. Sun, 08 Sep 2013 11:19:53 +0000 Ari Shapiro 6757 at http://wfpl.org Syria Puts Obama's Multilateralist Philosophy To The Test Loaded Words: How Language Shapes The Gun Debate http://wfpl.org/post/loaded-words-how-language-shapes-gun-debate The country has been debating gun regulations for months. Later this week, a Senate committee will start work on various proposals, including a background check on every gun sale and a ban on assault weapons.<p>But this debate over guns goes beyond disagreements about policy. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 14:48:30 +0000 Ari Shapiro 4201 at http://wfpl.org Cabinet Picks Show A Shift In How U.S. Wages War http://wfpl.org/post/cabinet-picks-show-shift-how-us-wages-war Chuck Hagel, who spent more than a decade in the Senate asking witnesses questions at hearings, will be the one answering them Thursday as his confirmation hearing to be secretary of defense begins.<p>His hearing follows that of Sen. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 12:08:50 +0000 Ari Shapiro 3719 at http://wfpl.org Cabinet Picks Show A Shift In How U.S. Wages War Backs To Scratch: Romney Has An Ally In Indiana http://wfpl.org/post/backs-scratch-romney-has-ally-indiana Republican Mitt Romney campaigned this weekend in a state that has not seen much of either presidential candidate. Nobody considers Indiana a toss-up in the presidential race.<p>But the Senate contest there is a different story. It's a very close race, and the result could determine which party controls the Senate next year. So Romney showed up at a barbecue shack in Evansville to give the conservative Republican candidate a boost.<p><strong>'Help Me Elect This Guy'</strong><p>Richard Mourdock, a Tea Party favorite, beat incumbent Sen. Sun, 05 Aug 2012 20:40:18 +0000 Ari Shapiro 1219 at http://wfpl.org Backs To Scratch: Romney Has An Ally In Indiana Gay Donors Open Wallets On Both Sides Of The Aisle http://wfpl.org/post/gay-donors-open-wallets-both-sides-aisle In politics, money talks. And money from gay and lesbian donors is talking louder than ever in this election cycle.<p>That's partly a result of President Obama endorsing same-sex marriage, and it's partly because Republicans are starting to see contributions as well.<p>That's a huge change from just a few decades ago.<p>When gays and lesbians started the Human Rights Campaign in the 1980s, they knew that the path to influence in Washington is paved with cash. Write a politician a check, and he's more likely to listen to you. Tue, 03 Jul 2012 14:21:48 +0000 Ari Shapiro 891 at http://wfpl.org Gay Donors Open Wallets On Both Sides Of The Aisle