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Government & Politics

Tactical coverage of politics, usually from inside the Beltway.
Can Social Security Privatization Guarantee You More Benefits at a Lower Cost? Andrew G. Biggs 09/30/2014
No, but the CBPP’s stance on budget accounting says it can.
The Sharing Economy Under Pressure Shane Tews 09/30/2014
Uber, Lyft and Airbnb’s regulatory roadblocks continue.
Scientists Sit Out Genetic Engineering Debate Blake Hurst 09/24/2014
If scientists cannot or will not explain the issue, then farmers have very little chance of protecting a technology that has immense value to consumers.
Inversion Crackdown Dodges Real Job Opportunities Alex Brill 09/24/2014
New Treasury Department regulations aimed at restricting corporate inversions are more about politics than policy. They won’t help the economy and may have the unintended effect of prompting companies to move management control abroad.
Good News from Africa Peter A. Coclanis 09/22/2014
The power of individuals and markets in the development process is key to the continued economic dynamism of sub-Saharan Africa.
The U-9 and the Realm of the Unexpected Ralph Kinney Bennett 09/19/2014
Exactly 100 years ago the world was reminded yet again that war — declared or undeclared — is in many ways a chronicle of disastrous assumptions and unpleasant surprises.
Why the Government Won't Let Colleges Reduce Tuition Ike Brannon 09/17/2014
Congress should give permission for private colleges to cooperate in cutting their tuition. It’s hard to see who would be hurt in the process.
Mission Essential: Leveraging and Protecting Our Special Forces Phillip Lohaus 09/12/2014
Military leaders must build the optimal balance between special and conventional forces, or risk relearning the lessons of previous conflicts in a future one.
Closing the Racial Gap in Education Jason L. Riley 09/10/2014
The usual explanation for the academic achievement gap is that blacks come from a lower socioeconomic background and their schools have fewer resources. But research finds the problem transcends class and its roots lie elsewhere.
The Minimum Wage Can Never Be High Enough Ike Brannon 09/07/2014
The minimum wage is a facile non-solution for the complicated problem of poverty in America.
 
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