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In Search Of Goldilocks Points
Cato Institute • Monday, Dec 21

First, I am extremely grateful for the thoughtful responses to my essay (and to the Cato Institute offering all of us this rich opportunity). I hope the following comments further a productive conversation not only among ourselves, but among the readers as well. When I went to graduate school more than a half century ago, political science was generally dominated by those who emphasized the importance of “political culture” as against the centrality of political institutions. What...

Massachusetts Deals A Bruising Blow To The Common Core
American Enterprise Institute • Wednesday, Nov 25

Massachusetts has announced the intention to abandon its steadfast commitment to the Common Core K–12 curriculum standards. Last week, on the recommendation of state education commissioner Mitchell Chester, the state’s education board decided to revamp its famed Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) and drop plans to retire MCAS for the Common Core–aligned PARCC test. Massachusetts will retain the MCAS but will tinker with the test by adding elements from the PARCC...

Before Summer Break, Senate Must Pass Cyber Legislation to Protect Against Hackers
Tuesday, Aug 4

A few years ago cyberattacks against the government and corporations were on the margins of news stories. But now we hear of new hacking incidents practically daily. Following several high-profile data breaches, such as at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), people realize that these types of attacks are no joke, and they aren't going away anytime soon.OPM announced this summer that hackers stole sensitive information on 21.5 million current and former federal government...

The NVRA Was Not Created to Purge Eligible Voters
Demos • Tuesday, Sep 29

Voter registration has been making headlines quite a bit this month. Last week, we saw how the National Voter Registration Act expands our democracy—and we saw how “election integrity” groups’ creative interpretations of this law can lead to exactly the opposite result.  On September 22, we celebrated National Voter Registration Day. As its name suggests, the day is devoted to ensuring that eligible Americans who want to vote, can. More than 2,100 businesses, organizations,...

Top 10 Reasons to Support Pardee RAND Graduate School
RAND Corporation • Monday, Aug 3

AbstractOne-page flyer provides the top ten reasons donors may wish to support the Pardee RAND Graduate School.Research conducted by The Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School This report is part of the RAND Corporation corporate publication series. Corporate publications are program or department brochures, newsletters, pamphlets, and miscellaneous information about the RAND Corporation or RAND's business units. Some corporate publications are published in the AR series as...

In Hiroshima, Obama Says Nukes Require ‘Moral Revolution’
Arms Control Association • Friday, May 27

Today, in a solemn and moving ceremony in Hiroshima’s Peace Park, U.S. President Barack Obama along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe offered wreaths at the Cenotaph Memorial, which honors the victims of the world’s first atomic bombing. With his visit, Obama became the first serving U.S. president to personally confront the painful stories, complicated history, and inspirational demands of the hibakusha never to allow the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to be...

Evidence Speaks Loudly At Results First
Brookings Institution • Thursday, Oct 29

The principles on which the evidence-based movement operates are straightforward:  fund programs with the best evidence of success, lavish attention on program implementation, evaluate outcomes, and change or replace programs if the evidence shows they don’t produce impacts. The attractiveness of these principles to analysts, policymakers, and program funders has been the basis of the emergence of a host of projects and activities devoted to implementing them. These...

PRESS RELEASE: New PPI Report Links Future U.S. Productivity To Mobile Broadband Availability
Progressive Policy Institute • Thursday, Mar 10

Study finds that Next-Generation Wireless Networks Could Add Nearly $3 Trillion to U.S. GDP by 2030; Increase Economic Output by 11 PercentWASHINGTON—A new policy report released today by the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) examines the long-term relationship between mobile broadband and U.S. economic growth and relates it to current public policy questions.The report, authored by PPI Chief Economic Strategist Michael Mandel, focuses on the year 2030 and considers the economic...

The Myth of a Liberal India
Center for the National Interest • Tuesday, Oct 20

AMERICAN LEADERS visiting India are often quick to point out that both India and the United States are liberal, secular democracies. The implicit message is that the two states share something fundamental, and that this will reduce friction as their relationship deepens. However, just because India is democratic and secular does not mean that either the Indian state or Indian society share common values with the United States, despite political rhetoric to the contrary. As the...

Perils Of Prediction: Why It’s So Hard To Guess The Fallout Of The Saudi-Iran Split
Brookings Institution • Tuesday, Jan 5

I want to sound a note of warning about recent developments between Iran and Saudi Arabia. It is the typical analytic tendency to predict that tomorrow will be essentially the same as yesterday and today. That’s because it is correct in the vast majority of cases.But that is also why it is often difficult for even the best analysts to recognize—let alone predict—discontinuous change. Major events often catch the finest experts by surprise. I fear that the Middle East has entered a...

Congress And The States Should Reject The National ID Law
Cato Institute • Monday, Feb 1

It hardly sounds like something that would happen in America, but state legislatures across the country are currently debating whether to put their residents into a national identity system. The Department of Homeland Security is working to break down state resistance to the REAL ID Act, which states have not implemented in its ten-plus years on the books. States shouldn’t move too quickly, though. Earlier this month, bills were introduced in the U.S. House and Senate to...

Crazy Law Allows “Discounts” For Cash But Not “Surcharges” For Credit
Cato Institute • Wednesday, Jun 15

In Federalist 10, James Madison warned of “a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.” These groups—“factions” in Madison’s terms—come together to seek concentrated benefits from favorable legislation and regulation rather than competing in the marketplace, while...

The "greatest Catastrophe" Of The 21st Century? Brexit And The Dissolution Of The U.K.
Brookings Institution • Friday, Jun 24

Twenty-five years ago, in March 1991, shaken by the fall of the Berlin Wall and the rise of nationalist-separatist movements in the Soviet Baltic and Caucasus republics, Mikhail Gorbachev held a historic referendum. He proposed the creation of a new union treaty to save the USSR. The gambit failed. Although a majority of the Soviet population voted yes, some key republics refused to participate. And so began the dissolution of the USSR, the event that current Russian President...

Campbell-Ewald: SCOTUS (Still) Doesn’t Resolve Class Action “Pick-Offs”
Cato Institute • Wednesday, Jan 20

In this morning’s 6-3 ruling in Campbell-Ewald v. Gomez, the Supreme Court, with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg writing for the majority, ruled that a defendant’s offer to settle in full the claim of a named plaintiff did not in itself avail to moot the claim and thus (its goal) knock-out the associated class action. The case, which John Elwood and Conor McEvily previewed in their contribution to the latest Cato Supreme Court Review, is the latest in a series–notably...

Australia’s Turnbull Brings Nuance To The U.S. Alliance
Center for the National Interest • Friday, Jan 22

The reaction to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's speech at CSIS this week revealed once again some of the fault lines in the debate over the Australian-American alliance.Hugh White contended that Turnbull had failed to live up to some of his earlier pronouncements on the implications of China's rise for American power in Asia. Although White characterized this as a “missed opportunity,” he also conceded that it was no surprise that Turnbull did not choose his first visit to...

Quote Of The Week: Stephen Cave
World Bank • Tuesday, Feb 16

"Rarely can the future be predicted by simply extending current trajectories." - Stephen Cave, author of the internationally acclaimed book, Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization. He also writes essays, features and reviews on many philosophical, ethical and scientific subjects, from human nature to robot warriors and animal rights. He is regularly published in the Financial Times and sporadically in The New York Times, the Guardian, Wired and...

A State of Emergency: Tunisia's New Anti-terror Law and Wall
American Security Project • Monday, Aug 3

On July 31st, Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi extended the nation’s state of emergency for another two months. With two large-scale terror attacks against foreign nationals since March, President Essebsi and the legislative body have taken a firmer role against terrorist threats. Along with placing the nation under a state of emergency, the government has recently passed an anti-terror law and proposed establishing an “anti-terror” wall to tackle the ISIS threat. Under the...

Shake Up In Subpoena Land
Competitive Enterprise Institute • Friday, Jul 1

This week turned out to be a momentous one in the saga of the climate change subpoenas.  It started with three pending subpoenas from U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker; it ended with none. In between there was a court hearing, but the demise of subpoenas had little to do with the hearing. And CEI still has a fight on its hands. We continue to pursue sanctions against Walker because of his flagrant violation of the First Amendment. Justice is still needed so that...

Student Debt Matters to All of Us
Center for Effective Government • Monday, Aug 24

A college degree is arguably the best investment a young person can make in his or her economic future.  A university education is associated with higher lifetime earnings, and lower risk of unemployment. But beyond the individual benefits, society has an interest in an educated citizenry.  Beyond the goal of having an educated workforce, if we want our democracy to thrive in the 21st century, we need individuals with critical thinking skills, intellectual curiosity, an...

Global Daily: U.S. Home Sales Fall In October
World Bank • Monday, Nov 23

Financial Markets   Commodity markets were hit on Monday with metal prices sliding to multi-year lows, as a strengthening dollar intensified oversupply concerns.  Copper fell below $4,500 a metric ton for first time in 6 years and nickel reached the lowest level in more than a decade on speculation metal prices still had further to drop given slowing demand in China.  Zinc and Soybean prices also fell sharply.  Oil prices were highly volatile with West Texas...

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