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In The Wall Street Journal, Two Immigration-Boosting Economists Make A False Statement, Duck Debate
Center for Immigration Studies • Tuesday, Jan 19

[Guest post by Jason Richwine] When academics are faced with criticism, one way for them to respond is to carefully explain why they believe the criticisms are invalid. Another option is to pretend the criticism does not exist. Economists Giovanni Peri and Vasil Yasenov chose the latter approach in today's Wall Street Journal. By ignoring counter-arguments, they have further obscured the debate over immigration and wages. Some quick background is in order here. Peri and Yasenov are...

Beware of China's "Little Blue Men" in the South China Sea
Center for the National Interest • Tuesday, Sep 15

While Russia has employed “Little Green Men” surreptitiously in Crimea, China uses its own “Little Blue Men” to support Near Seas claims. As the U.S. military operates near Beijing’s artificially-built South China Sea (SCS) features and seeks to prevent Beijing from ejecting foreign claimants from places like Second Thomas Shoal, it may well face surveillance and harassment from China’s maritime militia. Washington and its allies and partners must therefore understand how these...

How China Views The South China Sea: As Sovereign Territory
Center for the National Interest • Wednesday, Nov 4

With the decision to conduct a Freedom of Navigation operation (FONOP) in the waters around China’s artificial islands in the South China Sea, U.S.-Chinese relations appear set to deteriorate in the coming year. Given the likely rise in tensions, especially if the United States conducts additional FONOPS, it is essential that U.S. leaders understand the Chinese perspective, even as they must make clear to Beijing (and others) that they are firmly committed to the principle of...

An End To The Never-ending South African Poultry Dispute?
Brookings Institution • Tuesday, Jan 19

President Obama, on January 11, suspended the application of duty-free treatment to South Africa’s agricultural exports that come into the U.S under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The suspension will take effect on March 15 if South Africa does not lower tariffs on American poultry products before then.The development represents another twist in a saga that gained momentum nearly two years ago when U.S. poultry and meat producers called on Congress to not...

Fight To Replace Scalia Proves Supreme Court Has Become Too Powerful
Heritage Foundation • Tuesday, Feb 16

The stakes are high—very high. Finding a replacement for deceased Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia will be a battle royale. But why should one government official’s position be so existentially important? Yes, control of the Supreme Court hangs in the balance, but that begs the question as to why the Court itself is so powerful? Could it be that the answer to that question tells us something about our increasing inability to govern ourselves as a free people? We have...

Yes, Mr. President, there is an alternative to the Iran deal
American Enterprise Institute • Thursday, Jul 16

Defending his deal with Iran at a press conference yesterday, President Barack Obama said:Now, you’ll hear some critics say, well, we could have negotiated a better deal. Okay. What does that mean? I think the suggestion among a lot of the critics has been that a better deal, an acceptable deal would be one in which Iran has no nuclear capacity at all, peaceful or otherwise. The problem with that position is that there is nobody who thinks that Iran would or could ever accept...

Exposed: Iran Can't Dominate the Middle East
Center for the National Interest • Saturday, Jul 11

In recent weeks, many have expressed growing concern over Iran’s potential to dominate the Middle East, particularly if it receives sanctions relief as part of a comprehensive nuclear deal. These concerns, while not completely without merit, are greatly exaggerated. Iran's gains in recent years have not been nearly as extensive as is often claimed, while the setbacks it has suffered have been all but ignored.Concerns about Iran’s potential to dominate the region originate from the...

Islamism, the Arab Spring, and the failure of America’s do-nothing policy in the Middle East
Brookings Institution • Wednesday, Oct 14

Editors’ note: This piece, originally published by The Atlantic, is an adapted excerpt from the new paperback edition of Shadi Hamid’s book Temptations of Power: Islamists and Illiberal Democracy in a New Middle East.In the years leading up to the Arab Spring, Islamist parties developed something of an obsession with the role of Western powers in supporting democracy in the Arab world—or, more likely, not supporting it. Islamists were fighting on two fronts: not just repressive...

Facebook And Other Companies Petition Supreme Court On Deferred Action
Center for Immigration Studies • Wednesday, Mar 23

Companies seeking more cheap labor from abroad have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of the Obama administration, which is seeking to overturn an injunction on President Obama's controversial Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) amnesty and an expanded version of his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) amnesty. The brief, signed by 63 employers and business interests, was spearheaded by Facebook's...

Looking In All The Wrong Places
Center for American Progress • Tuesday, Apr 12

Endnotes and citations are available in the PDF and Scribd versions.Download the report: PDFDownload introduction & summary: PDFRead it in your browser: ScribdSee also: Looking in All the Wrong Places: College Oversight Source Documents by Elizabeth BaylorOn January 23, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education sent a sternly worded letter to Jack Massimino, the chairman and chief executive officer of Corinthian Colleges Inc., requesting documentation of certain student records....

Turnout: Will The Republican Surge And Democratic Slump Continue?
American Enterprise Institute • Friday, Feb 19

Here’s something to watch for as the returns from the South Carolina Republican primary and the Nevada Democratic caucuses come in Saturday: turnout. There will be plenty of suspense, and quite possibly surprises about who wins and, in South Carolina, comes in second, third and fourth. Polls give us some idea ogwhat to expect, but primary and caucus results can often differ substantially from how people actually vote.Crowds line up to enter a rally for U.S. Republican...

Get Ready, China And Russia: America's Armed Forces Want 'Swarm' Weapons
Center for the National Interest • Wednesday, Feb 3

America’s greatest potential military competitors—namely Russia and China—are developing game changing capabilities to deny U.S. forces the ability to enter into contested military theaters. Moscow and Beijing are also spending billions of dollars to modernize and upgrade their armed forces, while at the same time Washington underfunds, undertrains and underappreciates the threats of the future. While there are many possible solutions to this growing great power challenge, one...

America's Dangerous Gamble with Rebels in Syria
Center for the National Interest • Thursday, Oct 8

With each falling Russian bomb in Syria, the rubble of America’s failed policy there grows. Pentagon-trained rebels have been abducted by Al Qaeda’s local affiliate and their weapons have been pilfered. More than a year after President Barack Obama pledged to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), it is still gaining territory.Though Washington is sitting idly as the Russians and ISIS expand their Syrian presence, its Middle East allies will...

Between Peril And Promise: A New Framework For Partnership With Tunisia
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace • Thursday, Apr 14

Tunisia’s inclusive democratic development and its resolve against terrorism have won it widespread admiration. But five years after the revolution, internal headwinds and regional whirlwinds continue to bedevil the country, jeopardizing its democratic transition. Tunisians are still waiting for the social and economic grievances that provoked the 2011 revolution to be addressed. To halt the country’s troubling trajectory, address its socioeconomic challenges, and help...

If You Don't Eat Your Meat, They Can't Have Their Taxes
Competitive Enterprise Institute • Monday, Aug 3

If you think the brainless health nannies in the United States are bad, you should read up on the absurd proposals bursting from the cranial voids of Australian nannies. From plain packaging on cigarettes, which may or may not have actually increased smoking, to a proposal that would give cops the power to raid pubs and breathalyze patrons, the Aussie nannies seem to be quite innovative in their exercise of petty authoritarianism. But a recent proposal to tax meat really takes the...

Dear Mr. President: It’s Time To Ignore The Polls On Syrian Refugees
Cato Institute • Wednesday, Nov 25

The latest polls are clear: Americans want little to do with the 10,000 Syrian refugees President Obama has promised to take in, much less any part of dealing with the more than 4 million refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war. According to Gallup, 60% oppose the United States taking in refugees, compared with just 37% who approve.  As clear as the figures seem, however, there are four good reasons that Obama should avoid following the majority’s lead. The first reason is that...

Clinton V. Sanders: New Democrats Or The New Deal?
Brookings Institution • Tuesday, Jan 19

Last week I made the case that Senator Sanders’ “Medicare for All” plan would require some “New Deal”-style taxation—that is to say, new payroll taxes on the middle class. Guess what: it does. Hillary Clinton was quick to sense an opening, saying in Sunday’s debate: “I’m the only candidate standing here tonight who has said I will not raise taxes on the middle class.” Clinton’s assumption is that any talk of a...

A Win For Religious Freedom In The Military
Family Research Council • Wednesday, Mar 9

A federal judge notched a win for religious freedom last week by ruling in favor of a Sikh Army captain requesting an exemption to grow his hair and beard for religious reasons. This ruling is a positive reaffirmation of RFRA’s application in the military context, and is proof that the statute can be used to protect service-members’ rights while not impinging on the unique needs of the military. In response to Captain Singh’s exemption request, the Army directed...

Warriors In The Civilian Workforce: Helping Veterans Transition
RAND Corporation • Wednesday, Oct 28

The Marines taught Damone Moore to hit a target at 500 yards, hold his breath underwater for a minute and a half, and drive a 9-ton armored truck under fire—none of which helped much on a recent morning, as he prepared for his first civilian job interview.“Underwater egress training—when am I ever going to use that?” asked Moore, 22, as he gave his resume a final look. It was one page of service medals, certifications, and weapons qualifications. The...

Tunisia's Paradoxical Political Union: Ennahda And Nidaa Tounes
RAND Corporation • Friday, Feb 5

Tunisia's transition from the authoritarian era looks increasingly unstable. Just last month, thousands gathered from major cities to small towns to protest worsening economic conditions. Demonstrations reportedly turned violent. The swift imposition of an indefinite nationwide curfew points not only to the state of Tunisia's still fragile transition, but also to how officials of the country's two leading ruling parties respond to dissent. The United States should take stock of...

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