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10 Public Officials Who Defied the Law Over Gay Marriage Mostly Silent on Kim Davis Case
Heritage Foundation • Thursday, Sep 3

A Kentucky clerk at the center of a national controversy was held in contempt of court and sent to jail for refusing to comply with a judge’s order to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But she isn’t the only public official who has defied the law over same-sex marriage. On Thursday, a federal judge ordered Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to jail because of her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Davis argued that issuing marriage licenses to same-sex...

Quote Of The Week: Yahia Lababidi
World Bank • Monday, Aug 29

"The thoughts we choose to act upon define us to others, the ones we do not define us to ourselves." - Yahia Lababidi, an Egyptian-American aphorist, poet and author of 6 books. He has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, and his writing has been translated into several languages, including: Arabic, Hebrew, Slovak, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Dutch, and Swedish. His latest book, Balancing Acts: New & Selected Poems (1993-2015) is a celebration of more than twenty...

Donald Trump’s Terrific List Of Fabulous Judges
Cato Institute • Wednesday, May 18

We’ve been waiting for months for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to release his list of potential Supreme Court appointees. Today he actually came through on that promise. The would-be justices, in the (alphabetical) order in which they appear in the AP story that broke the news, are: Judge Steve Colloton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (Iowa) Justice Allison Eid of the Colorado Supreme Court Judge Raymond Gruender of the...

What We Can Do to Boost Graduation Rates
Heritage Foundation • Sunday, Aug 2

High school graduation remains a crucial rite of passage. The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that in 2013, the median earning for workers with a high school diploma was 26 percent higher than for those without it. The Bureau of Labor Statistics consistently finds higher rates of employment for high school graduates than for high school dropouts. For example, in 2014, the Bureau reported that the unemployment rate among high school graduates averaged 6 percent....

Global Daily: India’s Industrial Production Falls Unexpectedly
World Bank • Tuesday, Jan 12

Financial Markets   Borrowing costs for the Chinese yuan in Hong Kong SAR, China posted record jumps across tenors ranging up to a year, as suspected intervention from the Chinese central bank drained liquidity in the offshore yuan market.  The overnight yuan Hong Kong Interbank Offered Rate soared 53 percent to 66.82 percent on Tuesday, more than 5 times the previous high reached on Monday, while the one-week rate tripled to 33.79 percent.  The yuan gained as much...

High Agricultural Export Taxes May Be Self-Defeating: Evidence From Côte D’Ivoire
Center for Global Development • Friday, Feb 19

In the 2000s, Côte d’Ivoire plunged into a decade of political violence. In September 2002 the Forces Nouvelles de Côte d’Ivoire (FNCI), a coalition of three rebel movements, occupied the northern half of the national territory (Figure 1). Unlike other rebel movements in Liberia and Sierra Leone, which allegedly used “scorched-earth” and “denial-of-resource” tactics, the FNCI opted for an autonomous self-governance system. They...

Amid Process Battle, Conservatives Complain Of GOP Financial Support Of More Liberal Republicans
Heritage Foundation • Friday, Jun 10

An LGBT measure threatening the House appropriations process has exposed old fault lines inside the Republican conference while also forging a pragmatic alliance between leadership and conservatives. The amendment introduced by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., doomed an energy and water spending bill before Memorial Day—but only after 43 Republicans bucked the party line to vote for the measure before the underlying legislation failed. Supporters describe the amendment as an...

US Startups Aren’t Creating Jobs Like They Used To
American Enterprise Institute • Monday, Dec 7

From “Where Has All The Skewness Gone? The Decline In High-Growth (Young) Firms In The U.S.” by Ryan Decker, John Haltiwanger, Ron Jarmin, and Javier Miranda:There is now robust evidence, from multiple data sources using a variety of indicators, of a pervasive decline in U.S. business dynamism over the last several decades. … Declining business dynamism can be the outcome of efficient responses to changing tastes and technology as has been occurring in the retail...

Demystifying The Islamic State
RAND Corporation • Tuesday, Aug 23

Over the past several weeks, the Islamic State group has suffered major tactical defeats on the battlefield, including the loss of a major logistics route into the caliphate, Manbij, and being driven from what was considered its strongest external foothold outside of Iraq and Syria, Sirte.And while the coalition should embrace good news where it matters, it would be premature to take comfort in the string of recent victories.Of the three concentric circles that comprise the Islamic...

Who Benefits From Childcare Tax Credits? Mostly, Almost Entirely, Childcare Providers, One Study Suggests
American Enterprise Institute • Thursday, Sep 22

Donald Trump’s family policy agenda has put the issue of what the federal government should be doing — if anything — about childcare squarely in the presidential campaign spotlight. Twenty20. This new research seems relevant to the policy discussion (bold is mine): Give Credit Where? The Incidence of Child Care Tax Credits Abstract: Child care tax credits are intended to relieve the financial burden of child care expenses for working families, yet the benefit...

When Is Discrimination Okay?
Brookings Institution • Wednesday, May 25

Earlier this week, the Asian-American Coalition for Education (AACE) filed an official complaint to the U.S. Office for Civil Rights against Yale, Brown, and Dartmouth, accusing the institutions of discrimination against Asian-Americans in their admissions process. This joins earlier lawsuits filed in 2014 against both Harvard and UNC-Chapel Hill, which have been delayed while the Supreme Court considers Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin for a second time.The summary for the...

Congress Proposes Bill To Nullify Overtime Regulation
Competitive Enterprise Institute • Thursday, Mar 17

This week, the Department of Labor took the last step before the final overtime rule is published and implemented. DOL sent the rule to the Office of Management and Budget, which reviews regulations and usually takes 30 to 90 days. The rulemaking process has been sped up for a reason. According to the fall of 2015 semiannual regulatory agenda, the overtime rule was scheduled to be finalized in July 2016. But to avoid congressional rejection, the rule needs to be finalized by...

The Fight Against Ebola Isn't Over
Heritage Foundation • Monday, Jul 13

In 2014, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa captured headlines around the world. As the epidemic has waned since then so too has the world’s attention. Yet recent developments highlight that the fight is not yet over, and remind us that the international community needs to maintain its vigilance or risk the disease becoming endemic in West Africa and a permanent threat to spread beyond the region. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in the last 10 weeks the number of...

Obama Must Resist ‘Do More’ Calls on Syria
Cato Institute • Tuesday, Oct 6

Russia’s recent intervention in Syria has ruffled feathers in Western capitals. On Tuesday came claims from NATO that Russia had moved ground troops into Syria, only a week after Russia launched its first airstrikes in the country. The moves prompted renewed calls from many in Washington — including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — for the Obama administration to impose a no-fly zone and begin arming the Syrian rebels in earnest. President Obama should...

Egypt’s new anti-terror law won’t halt ‘self-inflicted slaughter’
National Endowment for Democracy • Monday, Jul 6

Egypt looks set to approve a new anti-terrorism law which civil society groups say will curb press freedom, but do little to counter jihadist groups.The regime has blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for recent terrorist attacks, but there is little evidence that the Islamist group’s beliefs overlap with jihadists such as ISIS, says the Daily Beast’s Ruth Michaelson:Analysts such as Michele Dunne, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, brand this view as...

Weekly Links January 15, 2016: Changing Your Mind, Widowhood In Africa, Funding, And More…
World Bank • Friday, Jan 15

Chris Blattman picks up on the underappreciated benefit of researchers getting involved in evaluations – that they actually get out there in the world and see how policy is implemented Justin Wolfers does a nice summary of the work showing how female economists don’t get credit for co-authored work done with men From Moody’s Analytics, six examples of where careful empirical work in economics has changed someone’s mind From the Africa Can blog, Dominique van de Walle has an...

Census 2015 Population Estimates Show Increasing Cultural Division And Political Polarization
American Enterprise Institute • Monday, Jan 11

The Census Bureau has delivered its annual Christmas gift to demographic junkies, its estimates of the populations of the 50 states and the District of Columbia for mid-2015.They show where the nation has been growing since the April 2010 Census head-count, a period that follows the end of the 2007-09 recession and includes three-fourths of the Obama presidency. They show what states Americans have been moving in and out of, and what states have attracted the most...

New Nutrition Labels Will Do Little To Bring Quality To American Diet
RAND Corporation • Friday, Aug 19

This commentary originally appeared in the opinion section of

U.S. Special Operations Forces In The Philippines, 2001–2014
RAND Corporation • Wednesday, Apr 6

Research Questions What effect did U.S. special operations forces' activities have on the transnational terrorist threat?What effect did those activities have on the Philippine security forces' capabilities at the tactical, operational, and institutional levels? This report examines the 14-year experience of U.S. special operations forces in the Philippines from 2001 through 2014. The objective of this case history is to document and evaluate the activities and effects of...

Arctic Methane Scare Oversold
Cato Institute • Monday, Jun 6

Global Science Report is a feature from the Center for the Study of Science, where we highlight one or two important new items in the scientific literature or the popular media. For broader and more technical perspectives, consult our monthly “Current Wisdom.” — Methane is all the rage. Why? Because 1) it is a powerful greenhouse gas, that molecule for molecule, is some 25 times as potent as carbon dioxide (when it comes to warming the lower atmosphere),  2) it plays a...


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