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The State of Economic Freedom, Part 2: Success Stories The Editors 08/06/2013
What do Rwanda, Brazil, Texas, Peru, Mexico, and Panama all have in common?
The State of Economic Freedom in the United States and the World, Part 1 The Editors 08/05/2013
The developing world is increasingly embracing economic freedom, and reaping the benefits. So why are the United States and the EU heading in the opposite direction?
AEI Classics: Americans Remain Wary of Washington Charles Murray 08/02/2013
Americans’ estrangement from the federal government arises because the government has broken three tacit compacts with the people.
The Words, They Are A-Changing Robert McHenry 08/01/2013
What is the role of the humble dictionary in an era when word usage changes by the hour?
Immigration and America’s Broken Civics Education System Christina Hoff Sommers 07/24/2013
America’s schools no longer teach our history or celebrate our unique culture, devaluing a powerful force for national unity.
Congress Isn't What It Used to Be Norman Ornstein and Jennifer Marsico 07/16/2013
The definitive source for data on our nation’s legislative branch, Vital Statistics on Congress, has been released online for the first time ever.
5 Things Every Parent Needs to Know About The Common Core Michael McShane 07/15/2013
The Common Core has the potential to be a positive force in education, but parents must be vigilant.
Rediscovering American Exceptionalism Josh Good 07/12/2013
In his latest book, Charles Murray says that today's America would be unrecognizable to our Founding Fathers.
America's Birthday: The True Meaning of July 4 (Part 3) Amy Kass and Leon Kass 07/03/2013
All Americans would agree that July 4th is an important date for our nation, but we have constantly debated its meaning and the proper way to celebrate it, with interpretations changing over time and in particular circumstances.
America’s Birthday: The True Meaning of July 4 (Part 2) Amy Kass and Leon Kass 07/02/2013
In speeches delivered nearly 10 years apart, two men from very different backgrounds – one a president and one a former slave – reflect on the meaning of July 4th and the Declaration for themselves and their nation.
 
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