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Brexit Will Hurt The UK, EU, And US For Years To Come
Brookings Institution • Friday, Jun 24

The vote by the people of the UK to leave the European Union ensures years of turmoil and uncertainty as Britain and the EU negotiate the terms of separation and as the pieces of the UK struggle with the consequences.  Scotland may well seek to remain in the EU by voting for independence from the UK.  In the short to medium term, this is bad news for both Britain and Europe.  And it is bad news for the United States as well.First, and most obviously, it is bad for...

Debating U.S. Military Aid To Israel
Center for the National Interest • Wednesday, Sep 28

It’s not everyday that a George W. Bush–era official publicly criticizes U.S. military aid to Israel—even if his critique is measured and eloquent and directed at but one small component.Dov S. Zakheim and Aaron David Miller appeared at the Center for the National Interest Tuesday September 27 to debate a policy initiative at once blatantly pragmatic and viscerally controversial. The topic was U.S. military aid to Israel and its connection to West Bank settlements. Zakheim, a...

We Must Talk About Race To Fix Economic Inequality
Demos • Saturday, Mar 12

What if I told you the single most important solution to economic inequality isn’t an economic policy, it’s tackling racism? For the past 40 years, the right wing has peddled a winning strategy. It sells the economic agenda of the 1% to working- and middle-class white voters through a hidden formula: Fear People of Color → Hate Government → Trust the Market and the 1% And they've been selling us this idea even as it has hurt Americans of all races whose...

Don’t Get Spun By The White House’s ESSA Spin
American Enterprise Institute • Wednesday, Dec 23

This is cross-posted from Rick Hess’s EdWeek blog, where it was published December 22, 2015. While taking his valedictory lap, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has faithfully parroted the White House’s ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) talking points. The White House, you see, has been laboring to recast ESSA as a win for those hoping to continue the Washington-centric ways of NCLB. This matters a lot, because how the law is interpreted, applied, and understood will...

Vietnam General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong visits U.S. Chamber
Thursday, Jul 9

Following meetings this week with President Barack Obama, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, the de facto leader of Vietnam, paid a visit to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.The Chamber visit came on the heels of constructive talks between Obama and Trong, with much of the discussion centered on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a potentially monumental trade deal currently being negotiated by the United States, Vietnam and 10 other nations. The TPP, which took an...

Can Intense Exposure To Hand-washing And Hygiene Information Campaigns Affect Children's Socio-emotional Skills ? Evidence From Senegal (English)
World Bank • Thursday, Nov 5

Hygiene information and practices play a critical role in preventing diseases, particularly among children. Hygiene behaviors practiced in the household have been linked to development outcomes such as socio-emotional skills. This paper exploits data from impact evaluation surveys of a hygiene information campaign conducted in Senegal, where the randomized design suffered from contamination between comparison groups. The variations in exposure and intensity to hygiene information...

House Passes Structuring Reform
Heritage Foundation • Friday, Sep 23

For years, the IRS has used a law meant to facilitate the tracking of illicit financial transactions by drug and terrorist organizations to seize and forfeit vast sums of money from people with absolutely no connection to the criminal underworld. On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously to curb this practice by passing H.R. 5523, the Restraining Excessive Seizure of Property through the Exploitation of Civil Asset Forfeiture Tools, or RESPECT, Act. This is...

Reply To Sanchez: Don’t We All Agree?
Cato Institute • Thursday, Feb 25

I had hoped to see discussion of the evolved mechanism of preferential attention to and learning from the high in status, and my assertion that it is simultaneously a way in which our species makes culture adaptive in changing circumstances, while also providing individuals a potential pathway to prestige and status. Since none of the three commentators have taken issue with this theory may I assume that they agree that it is correct? Of course, Sanchez is right to argue that thus...

After California, It’s Time For Clinton And Trump To Pick Their VPs
Brookings Institution • Wednesday, Jun 8

Tuesday’s primaries in California, New Jersey, and elsewhere solidified what was already known: Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump would be their parties’ presidential nominees this fall. Although a primary remains in the District of Columbia on June 14th, for all intents and purposes the primaries are over, and the Clinton and Trump campaigns must move on to the next phase of election.The next stage in a presidential campaign—following the end...

As Obama, GOP Spar Over Gun Control And No-Fly List, What You Need To Know
Heritage Foundation • Wednesday, Dec 9

In one of his calls to action for Congress after the terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif., President Barack Obama urged lawmakers to pass legislation preventing suspected terrorists on the no-fly list from buying guns. So far, Republicans have voted down this proposal, just as they have rejected other gun control measures. While Obama and Democrats frame the act of denying weapons to potential terrorists as a no-brainer, Republicans argue such legislation would...

Myanmar: Mechanics of the Elections
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace • Thursday, Sep 10

Myanmar's electoral process had a dramatic, if shaky, start when President Thein Sein -- with the support of the military -- forcibly ousted parliamentary Speaker Shwe Mann from the leadership of the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party, and moved his own loyal officials into place.While the president took a back seat during that tense evening at USDP headquarters in mid-August, the move sent a strong signal that military leaders intended to retain control of...

Whatever Happened to Middle Class Income Gains?
Brookings Institution • Thursday, Jul 2

Editor's note: This post originally appeared in Real Clear Markets on July 2, 2015. This year’s Economic Report of the President has an interesting analysis of the sources of the slowdown in income gains among the middle class. Given all the attention given to the issue of growing inequality, especially between those at the top and the other 90 percent you might think that was the major economic problem facing the nation. But no, it turns out that the biggest...

Tuition is not the main obstacle to student success
American Enterprise Institute • Monday, Oct 19

The Obama plan for tuition-free community college, America’s College Promise, will go nowhere in the current Congress. But it’s still important to understand what the idea would actually mean for American higher education. For while the media fixated on the “free tuition” part, and skeptics immediately bemoaned the likely cost, the reform is much more radical. Specifically, it would move American higher education from a voucher-funded market to a system with a free public option...

Hillary’s K Street friends bring in the corporate cash
American Enterprise Institute • Wednesday, Sep 2

As one of her first official undertakings, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gathered a platoon of revolving-door corporate lobbyists and consultants around her to hit up major corporations for six-and-seven figure donations for a pet cause.Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a dinner at the USA Pavilion at the World Expo site in Shanghai May 22, 2010. ReutersThe story — involving the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai — demonstrates Clinton’s unique closeness with K...

Government Now Trying To Interfere In Internet TV?
Heritage Foundation • Wednesday, Nov 25

Television has come a long way since it was dubbed a “vast wasteland” more than a half-century ago. Once limited to a meager handful of government-approved stations, each with cookie-cutter fare, consumers today can choose from hundreds of diverse channels, each competing for their attention. Now, a wave of change is engulfing the market: Internet-based TV. Often called over-the-top (OTT) video, such service is provided over your Internet service rather than through your cable...

Gaming And Gamers
Pew Research Center • Tuesday, Dec 15

By Maeve Duggan

Putin Is Developing An Underwater Drone With Nuclear Weapons That Can Target U.S.
Heritage Foundation • Wednesday, Dec 23

Russia is developing a drone submarine that can deliver a nuclear warhead or dirty bomb (targets electronics) at U.S. coastal areas. Russian officials confirmed the existence of the program – dubbed Kanyon by the Pentagon – after images of a document detailing plans for the sub were broadcast on Russian state-run television. According to the document, Kanyon is intended to be capable of “damaging the important components of the adversary’s economy in a coastal area and inflicting...

Mientras El Régimen Venezolano Se Prepara Para Oprimir Con Violencia A Manifestantes, El Mundo Está Observando
American Enterprise Institute • Wednesday, Aug 31

Read in English here.  Los venezolanos que apoyan a la oposición democrática del país se están preparando para concentrarse pacíficamente en las calles de Caracas el 1 de septiembre y exigir su derecho constitucional para revocar al Presidente Nicolás Maduro, cuyo mandato ha dado paso a niveles sin precedentes de escasez de alimentos, inseguridad, caos económico y represión. La protesta fue convocada por líderes de la oposición a principios de este mes en respuesta a  acciones por...

How Not To Talk About Taxes: New York Times Promotes Misleading Language Of "loopholes"
Brookings Institution • Monday, Nov 23

Reading the New York Times this morning, you may have come across an op-ed railing against “corporate welfare” and “crony capitalism” tax breaks that give “billions to the rich.” On first glance, one might think this a leftist critique á la Bernie Sanders. But no. The authors, Marc Short and Andy Koenig, are the president and senior policy advisor at Freedom Partners, a political operation worth hundreds of millions of dollars associated...

Building Japan-ROK Relations through East Asian Maritime Security
East-West Center • Tuesday, Sep 15

Amanda Conklin, Sora Chung, Grace Kim, and Nicole Goertzen-Tang, recent graduates from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, explain that “Maritime hotspots in the South China Sea have created an opportunity for Japan and South Korea to work together with the U.S. to establish a more stable region.”The views expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of the East-West Center or...


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