The Keystone Pipeline — Playing politics for your research paper

The recent defeat of the Keystone Pipeline bill in the Senate means that President Obama won’t be vetoing the bill, yet, if at all. When the new Congress takes office after the first of the year, however, the bill will be reintroduced. Opponents of the bill express worries about the global warming and climate change that will result from the pipeline’s fossil fuels.

Proposed Keystone Pipeline expansion. (Credit: CNN)

Proposed Keystone Pipeline expansion. (Credit: CNN)

Meanwhile, the White House has indicated that they may be willing to make a deal with the soon-to-be Republican-controlled Congress. Is playing politics in the future for this and other environmental policies?  Read more

The Velvet Revolution and Eastern Europe—research paper topics to consider

November 17, 2014, was the 25th anniversary of the successful Velvet Revolution, which brought about the fall of communism in the former Czechoslovakia. The Velvet Revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall in East Germany, which also happened 25 years ago, were part of the efforts put forth by many countries in Eastern Europe to escape the rule of the communists.

The Velvet Revolution of 1989. (Credit: Peter Dejong/Associated Press)

The Velvet Revolution of 1989. (Credit: Peter Dejong/Associated Press)

The time period, and the changes that happened, offer many research paper topics. Read more

Impeachment of Bill Clinton is a good topic for a research paper

Are you searching for a good topic for a history or political science research paper? Would you believe that Questia, your online research library and paper writing resource, contains more than 900 books and over 6,000 magazine, newspaper and journal articles on the impeachment of Bill Clinton?

The case of the impeachment of Bill Clinton. (Credit: imgarcade.com)

The case of the impeachment of Bill Clinton. (Credit: imgarcade.com)

Now, William Jefferson Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States (1993–2001), is a good topic for a history research paper all by himself. Read more

Cover economic issues for your next research paper

The good news about finding topics for research papers on economic issues is that there are thousands of possible topics. The bad news about writing a research paper on economics is that there are thousands of possible research paper topics.

Consider economic issues as your next research topic. (Credit: The Institute)

Consider economic issues as your next research topic. (Credit: The Institute)

You could cover economics news, the USA economy, the world economy, economic theories, and the list goes on. Let’s take a look at how you can tackle the job of writing your next economics research paper. Read more

Philae probe lands on comet 67P: Term paper topic

Last week for the first time, a spacecraft has landed on the surface of a comet. The European Space Agency’s Rosetta satellite traveled billions of miles to deliver the little Philae probe onto comet 67P to discover facts about comets.

The Philae lander snaps a selfie with comet 67P in the background. (Credit: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA/EPA)

The Philae lander snaps a selfie with comet 67P in the background. (Credit: ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA/EPA)

Good research paper topics for your next term paper could be to research the progress humanity has made to examine comets and asteroids and learn more about how our solar system was formed. Read more

Take a look at the history of Eastern Europe for your next research paper

Good research topics can be hard to find. Those studying the history of Europe often focus on the ancient history of Greece and Rome. Or they review the western countries of France, England, Spain and Germany. But if you’re looking for unique research paper ideas then think about Eastern Europe.

Prague, a beautiful area of Eastern Europe. (Credit: Travel55)

Prague, a beautiful area of Eastern Europe. (Credit: Travel55)

This area of the world includes the countries of Russia, Hungary and Poland among others. You’ll find exciting events and interesting people in your focus on Eastern Europe. Read more

Famous psychologists are popular psychology research paper topics

Are you searching for popular psychology research paper topics? Well, does the name Pavlov ring a bell?

Ivan Pavlov, famous psychologist. (Credit: Pulse)

Ivan Pavlov, famous psychologist. (Credit: Pulse)

Seriously, you will find thousands of books and scholarly articles about Ivan Pavlov and other famous psychologists in Questia, the premier online research and paper writing resource. Read more

Research on terrorism in America for your term paper

For your politics and government term paper, consider writing about terrorism in America and the study of terrorism statistics and data. Many governmental and private research centers are conducting studies and compiling statistics for domestic terrorism in the U.S. and for international terrorism around the world.

Learn more about terrorism for your next research paper. (Credit: Riverine News)

Learn more about terrorism for your next research paper. (Credit: Riverine News)

For good research paper topics, you can mine these resources for information on what is terrorism, how prevalent is it, who is perpetrating it and where is it happening. Read more

Research topic: Dark money and the midterm elections

Voting results in the midterm elections were likely affected by the shear amount of ads placed before the eyes of the voters. In the midterm elections 2014, an estimated $3.67 billion was funneled into media ads. When you’re deciding how to cast your vote on an issue it often helps to look at who supports and who opposes that issue.

Learn how dark money and the midterm elections are related. (Credit: The Westwire)

Learn how dark money and the midterm elections are related. (Credit: The Westwire)

But when issues are funded by dark money, you don’t know for sure who the players really are. Whether you’re a student of economics, political science, or business you might consider looking at the issue of campaign finance for your next research paper.

Capitalism v. democracy

According to author Timothy K. Kuhner, as of 2014 it costs approximately $1 billion to become president, $10 million to become a senator, and $1 million to become a member of the House. When so much money is required to gain elected office, can corruption be far behind?

In his book, Capitalism v. Democracy: Money in Politics and the Free Market Constitution Kuhner explains how the Supreme Court has been instrumental in allowing politically powerful companies to gain control of the political system and turn the practice of economics to their favor. As a result, he sees the U.S. gradually changing from a democracy into a plutocracy where society is governed by the wealthy and not the people.

“Much of American democracy as we know it today can be explained by the fact that there is no limit to the total amount of money that candidates and parties can raise and spend, and that virtually all of that money comes from private sources, not the state,” Kuhner said.

Rules of the game

Kuhner isn’t the only one who is raising the alarm about the role of money in politics. Russ Choma provided his own analysis in his November 5, 2014, post for OpenSecrets.org, “Money Won on Tuesday, But Rules of the Game Changed.”

Choma pointed out that in the House races the candidate who spent the most money won 94.2 percent of the time while in the Senate races the figure was 81.8 percent. In many cases Democratic candidates raised more money than their Republican opponents but their funds were primarily from small donors whose identities were disclosed.

“Republicans made the most of their fundraising advantage and routed Democrats in Tuesday’s midterms, but they seized the majority in the Senate and built their lead in the House even as fewer donors participated in the process and more of the dollars came from secret sources,” Choma explained.

Dark money

If you think that none of this affects you then think again. Lee Fang exposed how this dark money can corrupt the political process and affect your financial future. Fang described the process in his November 5, 2014, post for PublicReport.org, “Sallie Mae Lobbyists Control Midterm Election Dark Money Groups.”

First a little background. Historically federal law has placed limits on how much individuals and organizations can donate to political campaigns and political organizations. But ever since 2010 those limits have been eroded.

In 2010 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that the government could not restrict independent political expenditures by a nonprofit corporation.

This decision opened wide the door for super PACS (political action committees) to accept unlimited contributions from corporations, unions and individuals without disclosing their identities or the amounts contributed.

How this affects you, a college student loaded with students loans, can be seen in Fang’s article.

“Crossroads GPS and the American Action Network, according to filings, were two of the largest dark money groups in America. Both are organized under the 501c4 section of the tax code, meaning they do not have to disclose a dime of donor money,” Fang said.

According to Fang, these two donor groups are led by lobbyists who work for Sallie Mae, the nation’s largest student loan servicer.

Fang questioned the extent that Sallie Mae supported the Republican candidates who gained the House majority in the midterm elections. Many of these candidates oppose efforts to rein in student debt, lower student loan interest rates and making it easier to discharge student loan debt through bankruptcy.

Currently an estimated 40 million Americans are carrying a total of $1.2 trillion in student loan debt. That is an average of $29,000 per person.

You can read more about politics and government at Questia where you have access to millions of full-text books, articles, newspapers and research tools.

Are you concerned about the role of dark money in politics? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

The fall of the Berlin Wall: Research paper topic

For your European history class term paper, consider writing about the Berlin Wall. Earlier this month marked the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the iconic symbol of the Cold War.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. (Credit: Lee Abbamonte)

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. (Credit: Lee Abbamonte)

For your research paper you could write about the history of the Berlin Wall, its fall and its legacy for world politics. Read more