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Hillary Clinton’s bewildering economics
American Enterprise Institute • Monday, Jul 27

Hillary Clinton can’t keep her story straight. I’m not talking about her e-mail servers. She can’t stick to a consistent line on the rather more central issue of the U.S. economy. It is leading to odd tonal shifts in her campaign, and to some foolish policy choices, too.It’s not entirely her fault. The last two Democratic presidents had comparatively simple tasks when designing their economic messages. Bill Clinton could run against 12 years of Ronald Reagan...

These Senators Say Their Bill Would ‘Unleash’ Lifesaving Drugs
Heritage Foundation • Monday, Dec 14

The process of approving new drugs and medical devices would be sped up under a bill offered by two conservative senators. Sens. Ted Cruz , R-Texas, and Mike Lee, R- Utah, introduced legislation Thursday to accelerate how fast the Food and Drug Administration OKs drugs and devices. Before a drug can reach the U.S. market it undergoes extensive scrutiny from the agency to win the federal government’s stamp of approval. While the process is intended to protect consumers from...

Climate Change Is Not a National Security Issue
Heritage Foundation • Wednesday, Oct 7

On Monday, Oct. 5, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change released its most recent draft of a global climate change agreement ahead of the 2015 Paris World Climate Summit to “support the global response to the urgent threat of climate change by further addressing its causes and by further increasing resilience and the ability to adapt to its adverse impacts.” President Obama has pushed for greater action on climate change throughout his time in office and has...

How good are Filipinos with their finances?
World Bank • Wednesday, Oct 21

Making ends meet is a challenge for many Filipinos, and not only for those who are poor.  A recentsurvey on financial capability and inclusion, conducted by the World Bank in collaboration with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), for the first time provides data on household financial behavior decisions and knowledge of financial concepts.Thesurvey resultsindicate that 55% of respondents in the Philippines report not having enough money to pay for food or basic necessities and...

Just Try To Distinguish Fact From Fiction In The Demands Of Oberlin’s Black Student Union
American Enterprise Institute • Monday, Dec 21

The demands of wannabe campus fascists keep getting wackier.Last week, the Oberlin College Black Student Union blasted their liberal mecca for its “imperialism, white supremacy, capitalism, ableism, and a cissexist heteropatriarchy.” The protesters issued a 14-page list of demands, spelling out the group’s “larger goals.” These include “the divestment from all prisons and Israel,” “exclusive Black spaces on campus,” and “an end to the erasure of Black contributions on this...

Why Are The Elderly More Averse To Immigration When They Are More Likely To Benefit ? Evidence Across Countries (English)
World Bank • Tuesday, Feb 2

Using household surveys for 24 countries over a 10-year period, this paper investigates why the elderly are more averse to open immigration policies than their younger peers. The analysis finds that the negative correlation between age and pro-immigration attitudes is mostly explained by a cohort or generational change. In fact, once controlling for year of birth, the correlation between age and pro-immigration attitudes is either positive or zero in most of the countries in the...

China And Pakistan Join Forces Under The Sea
Center for the National Interest • Thursday, Jan 7

While attention has been on the simmering tensions in the East and South China Seas letely, a small event took place in the East China Sea off the coast of Shanghai. Pakistan Navy (PN) guided missile frigate Shamsheer and fleet replenishment vessel Nasr drilled with a pair of PLA Navy Type-054A Jiangkai II frigates, Xuzhou and Yangzhou from December 31 to January 1.According to Chinese reports, the fast-paced, high-intensity exercise involved day and night maneuvers including joint...

In Defense of Classical Geopolitics
Foreign Policy Research Institute • Tuesday, Oct 13

First published in 1999 in the Naval War College Review, this article is republished unchanged here as an example of how geopolitical reasoning can be used to make predictions about the future. The article first reviews the development and critique of classical geopolitics, defending it as a legitimate approach to understanding international relations, and then uses geopolitics as a lens to predict trends in the world of the twenty-first century.

This Is What Defense Consolidation without BRAC Looks Like
Cato Institute • Thursday, Jul 9

For the past few months, nearly thirty communities around the country have been anxiously awaiting an announcement from the Pentagon concerning the military bases that would be affected by the planned drawdown of 40,000 active-duty Army personnel, plus another 17,000 or so civilian employees. Local news outlets have been filling in the details as they become available. Some communities, including Leesville, Louisiana (Fort Polk), and northern New York...

Public opinion five years after Dodd-Frank
American Enterprise Institute • Tuesday, Jul 21

What do Americans think about Dodd-Frank five years after the law’s passage? Americans for Financial Reform and the Center for Responsible Lending recently released a Lake Research Associates poll that purported to provide the answer.President Barack Obama applauds after signing into law the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, July 21, 2010. ReutersCelinda Lake, who conducted the poll and briefed interested parties...

TNI Is HIRING: Defense and National Security Writer and Editor
Center for the National Interest • Friday, Jul 31

The National Interest, a print and online magazine focusing on international affairs, foreign policy, national security, domestic politics and more is searching for an individual to join our online editorial team. This position is based in Washington, D.C.This specific position entails writing and editing articles concentrating on defense, military hardware and national security issues as well as other duties as needed.This demanding but rewarding position requires the following...

Observations On The Democrats’ Durham Debate
American Enterprise Institute • Friday, Feb 5

One of the measures of the ham-handedness of Democratic National Chairman Debbie Wasserman Shultz is that she didn’t want to schedule a presidential debate just before the New Hampshire primary for fear that it would hurt Hillary Clinton—and that a debate was scheduled nonetheless, and that Clinton did pretty well. She radiated self-confidence, aplomb and energy after her far from impressive—and perhaps dubious—narrow victory in the Iowa caucuses and in the face of poll...

After Obergefell: The Perilous Path Ahead
Ethics and Public Policy Center • Thursday, Jul 9

“Just who do we think we are?” That was Chief Justice John Roberts’s plaintive query to his five colleagues — Justice Anthony Kennedy and the four liberal justices — as they imposed on the American people a radical redefinition of marriage that, as Roberts observed, “has no basis in the Constitution or this Court’s precedent.” The legal question in Obergefell v. Hodges was not whether it’s a good idea to redefine marriage to include same-sex couples. It was instead...

Travelling To The U.S.—“Within Hours”
Heritage Foundation • Wednesday, Dec 2

The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) is a program that expedites the travel between the U.S. and 38 countries. Policymakers such as Senator Diane Feinstein (D–CA) and Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D–HI) have attacked the VWP, with special attention to the expedited nature of the program. What the critics of the VWP, however, fail to realize is that it is because of the increase in threat information sharing and effective screening of potential terrorists through the VWP that our friends...

Enjoying the August recess at AEIdeas
American Enterprise Institute • Wednesday, Aug 5

 Over the next week or so, continue to look for more great content from me and the AEIdeas blog… even as I take advantage of the August recess and slow down the pace. Only a little. 

Boost Support for TPP by Rethinking ISDS
Cato Institute • Wednesday, Jul 8

President Obama’s approach to trade policy has not been particularly adroit. After running for office as a protectionist, he later decided to support freer trade, but never found a way to explain that shift to most of the Democratic Party. Passage of trade promotion authority (TPA) under difficult circumstances allows the administration to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but congressional approval of that pact should not be taken for granted. This is not a time...

Who Needs A New Nuclear Air-launched Cruise Missile Anyway?
Brookings Institution • Thursday, Dec 10

The U.S. military is about to embark on a modernization program to sustain the strategic nuclear triad. The program will generate a huge “bow wave” of spending requirements in the 2020s. One big problem: The Pentagon has no idea how to pay for it. The Obama administration and Congress should simplify the issue by shelving the Long-Range Stand-off Weapon (LRSO).On current plans, the United States in the next decade will be building a new ballistic missile submarine, a new strategic...

This Is Not 2008 All Over Again
Center for the National Interest • Monday, Jan 11

When financial markets lurch, as they have recently, the shock prompts most people to rationalize what is happening. A spike up in stock prices prompts a search for economic fundamentals and policies that can explain the up move and also justify expectations of further gains. A crash in prices, as has happened recently, prompts a search for problems and then an extrapolation of the ugly pattern. In this most recent case, many have see the shadow of 2008’s disaster and accordingly...

Federal Judge and the ACLU Agree that RFRA Protects Religious Exercise in the Military
Family Research Council • Wednesday, Jul 1

In another affirmation that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) protects the constitutional right of free exercise for military service members, a federal judge recently ruled that the statute protected the rights of a Sikh to receive a grooming accommodation while enrolled as an Army ROTC cadet at Hofstra University. After the Army denied the student’s accommodation request which was made when he sought to enter ROTC, the ACLU filed suit on behalf of the student,...

On Energy Security, Obama Should Follow David Cameron’s Example
American Enterprise Institute • Friday, Oct 30

Less than a decade ago U.S. energy security was in crisis. Domestic oil production had been declining steadily from a peak of 10 million barrels per day in 1970 to only half that amount in 2005. Our reliance on oil imports and OPEC had risen to an all-time high ten years ago. U.S. natural gas production had been flat for more than 30 years and was slipping behind growing domestic demand. We were on track to become a major natural gas importer, a future that energy experts the world...

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