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How To Do Paid Leave
Demos • Tuesday, Jan 12

Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders favor providing paid family leave. Sanders has endorsed Kirsten Gillibrand's FAMILY Act as his preferred instrument for doing so. Under the FAMILY Act, a 0.2% payroll tax would be levied and qualifying individuals would receive 66% of prior earnings (up to a point) for 12 weeks of time off. Clinton has provided an outline of her plan, which is the same thing as the FAMILY Act except, instead of a 0.2% payroll tax, there is a general assurance...

Social Conservative Review: An Insider’s Guide To Pro-Family News March 3, 2016
Family Research Council • Thursday, Mar 3

Click here to subscribe to the Social Conservative Review Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Texas's abortion clinic regulations. This was the Court's most important hearing on abortion in many years, perhaps decades. The Director of FRC's Center for Religious Liberty, Arina Grossu, and our Senior Fellow for Legal Studies, Cathy Ruse, J.D. (formerly chief counsel to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution), were in the Court during the hearing to...

When Currencies Collapse
Wednesday, Dec 30

In late December, the Azerbaijani currency, the manat, lost a third of its value in a single day. This was after the central bank decided to float the manat, which had previously been fixed to the dollar. The move has angered the population and made ripple waves across the Caucasus region. Soon after, the prime minister in neighboring Georgia resigned, currency fluctuations being cited as one of the reasons for his abrupt departure. This may be just the beginning of a painful...

Xi Wants Foreign Support For One Belt, One Road
Hudson Institute • Thursday, May 26

President Xi Jinping is looking to bolster his One Belt, One Road push with foreign money, the FT reports: The possibility of co-investment offers a foothold for foreign investors in Xi Jinping’s “One Belt, One Road” policy initiative, a programme to promote Chinese investment in trading partners and address the thorny problem of industrial overcapacity at home.Mr Xi’s geopolitical vision is paired with a more microeconomic approach from the office of premier Li Keqiang, known as...

The Future of the Multilateral Development Banks
Center for Global Development • Tuesday, Oct 13

Testimony before the US House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade Chairman Huizenga, Ranking Member Moore, thank you for this opportunity to testify before your subcommittee on a topic that I believe is of critical importance to US interests in the world. Earlier this year, the United States faced a gut check moment when it comes to its leadership in the multilateral development banks (MDBs). In June, 56 ...

What's Driving the Downturn in Number of Abortions
Heritage Foundation • Saturday, Jul 25

The data on the abortion rate in the United States for 2014 has not been updated since 2011. And that is just the beginning of the problems with American abortion data. The paucity and poor quality of data on abortion in our country are worthy of note in and of themselves. While the better-known aphorism is “what you subsidize, you get more of,” there seems to be a lesser-known corollary guiding abortion politics: “What you don’t measure doesn’t matter.” Abortion data is collected...

What The US Achieved By Sailing Into The South China Sea
Heritage Foundation • Tuesday, Oct 27

After months of discussion, and an interval of three years, the United States has finally matched actions to its verbal challenges of China’s island-building in the South China Sea. The destroyer USS Lassen (DDG-82) sailed within 12 nautical miles of the Chinese construction effort on Subi Reef in the Spratlys. When PACOM Commander Admiral Harry Harris and Assistant Secretary of Defense David Shear testified to Congress in September that the United States had not conducted a...

Politics And Governance: Calling For Evaluation Of “atypical” Interventions: Guest Blog By Stuti Khemani
World Bank • Monday, Jul 18

A “meta” problem facing not only impact evaluation work but all development policy dialogue is perverse behavior in the public sector to not pursue evidence-based, technically sound policies. Politics and governance come between statistically significant research results and real impact in the world. We confront these problems in a policy research report that has been described as having transformational implications for the business of international development assistance. And we...

Why Russia Needs an Exit Strategy in Syria
Center for the National Interest • Friday, Oct 9

 Russia's intervention in Syria is the most remarkable military and political campaign of Putin's era, the first post-Soviet substantial military foray beyond the borders of the former USSR. For historical purposes, Russia's intervention in Syria, more than anything else, marks its return to the global arena as a player with whom other powers--led as they are by the United States--must contend, albeit reluctantly.Clearly, the decision to dispatch a Russian military contingent to...

Rep. Marsha Blackburn: Panel Probing Planned Parenthood Finds 'Surprising Amount Of Agreement'
Heritage Foundation • Friday, Mar 4

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., says the goal of her House panel looking at Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers is to determine whether the law must be “tightened” because the abortion industry is violating it. “Our hearing [Thursday] was on the ethics of fetal tissue research,” Blackburn, chairwoman of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, told me in an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC16. “Our...

Taiwan Forced To Rethink Its Air Defense Strategy
RAND Corporation • Thursday, Apr 14

Air defense planners in Taiwan face a daunting challenge. They need to have enough capacity to deter China, which not only has a large military but, more importantly, for the past 25 years has spent heavily on modernizing that force. In modern warfare, air dominance is important in its own right, but it also enables other types of military operations by land and sea forces.... The remainder of this commentary is available on defensenews.com. Michael J. Lostumbo is a senior...

4 ideas from Brookings that have withstood the test of time
Brookings Institution • Tuesday, Sep 22

As Brookings nears its 100th year and we reflect back on the work of the many experts who have walked the halls of the institution, one thing is apparent: Great ideas are timeless. Luckily for us, many of the ideas put forth by these men and women have been immortalized in their written work, including those documented in a series of books recently re-released as part of the Brookings Institution Press' Brookings Classics series. Here are four ideas from these important books that...

Living With A Mind
Ethics and Public Policy Center • Wednesday, Mar 30

I was brought up in a culture that made no special place for the “intellectual” as a distinct human type, and which regarded learning in the same way as any other hobby: harmless and excusable, so long as you kept quiet about it. The person who studied the classics at home, who wrote poetry in the early hours, or who listened in private to Beethoven quartets was, in my little patch of suburban England, no more to be despised than the expert in tarot cards, the amateur acrobat, or...

Jacob Zuma Is Leading South Africa Toward The Edge
Center for the National Interest • Tuesday, Mar 8

South Africa is in the grips of its most serious economic and political crisis since 1994, when the country elected its first post-apartheid government under Nelson Mandela. The African National Congress (ANC), which has ruled the country since its liberation, is on the defensive. Younger South Africans—many born into freedom—are disillusioned by the ANC’s failure to deliver broad-based prosperity in what has become the world’s most unequal nation, in terms of per capita income....

Shortage Of Truck Drivers And Air Traffic Controllers A Challenge And Opportunity For Many Regions
Brookings Institution • Thursday, Oct 22

From transportation and water to trade and logistics, America’s infrastructure sector faces an enormous gap in worker hiring and retention, sorely needing a new generation to fill the shoes of an aging workforce. Collectively, more than 2.7 million workers are expected to retire or permanently leave infrastructure jobs over the next decade, threatening to hold back a variety of long-term projects but also presenting widespread economic opportunity for workers across all skill...

5 Culture Trends We Should All Be Watching
Heritage Foundation • Sunday, Aug 9

Why do we follow the news? To be informed, of course. We naturally want to be aware of what’s happening at home and around the world. In one sense, we’ve never been better equipped to do that. News is available 24/7/365. We read it, listen to it and watch it. And we do so with ease, from the most crowded city street to the most remote mountaintop. But while this constant stream of information is certainly handy, it can also make it difficult to see the big picture. We’re always on...

Planned Parenthood Pulls Names of Corporate Donors After Coca-Cola, Ford and Xerox Object
Heritage Foundation • Thursday, Jul 23

Representatives from Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Co. and Xerox say they’ve asked Planned Parenthood to remove their names as corporate donors to the embattled organization. The move follows a Daily Signal report revealing the names of 41 companies that Planned Parenthood listed as donors. That list, which was featured on Planned Parenthood’s website, has since been removed. >>> We Asked Companies About Their Donations to Planned Parenthood. Here’s How They Responded. The...

Uber and Workers’ Rights in the New Economy
Open Society Foundations • Thursday, Jul 2

At first glance, the California Labor Commission’s decision last month to award Barbara Ann Berwick some $4,000 might not seem like a big deal. But the ruling—to classify Berwick, a driver for the ride-hailing company Uber, as an employee, rather than an independent contractor—could have a sweeping impact on the growing part of the labor force known as “contingent” or “precarious” workers, a vital part of the new economy.Here’s why: Companies are required to contribute to an...

Those Who Push For Toy Neutrality Don’t Get Little Girls At All
American Enterprise Institute • Monday, Sep 12

If you are thinking of giving your daughter a Hello Kitty tea set or your son a Transformer, you may want to reconsider. There is a growing movement to abolish the pink-blue divide in children’s toys. It began with a few fringe Internet activists, but has gained steam. Last year Target announced it would remove gender labeling in its toy aisles. This spring the White House hosted a day-long summit on the hazards of boys’ and girls’ toys. Gender-specific play apparently limits a...

How Specifically Planned Parenthood May Be Violating the Law
Heritage Foundation • Sunday, Aug 9

The undercover videos of Planned Parenthood personnel (such as medical director Deborah Nucatola and other employees) casually and coldly discussing the dismemberment of aborted babies have shocked and appalled millions of people. However, a question has arisen over the legality of what Planned Parenthood is doing. The organization’s president, Cecile Richards, claims that Planned Parenthood is operating “with full, appropriate consent from patients, under the highest ethical and...

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