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AEISee an animation of how the solar eclipse will look from anywhere in the U.S. From Time.com, you can enter any US location by zip code and watch a time-series animation of the 2017 solar eclipse on Monday, August 21 based on your view from that exact location. For example, the graphic above shows what the eclipse will look like from Washington, D.C. at one minute past the 2:41 p.m. peak. Happy viewing next Monday, you'll now know what to expect from your location! See an animation of how the solar eclipse will look from anywhere in the U.S.Mark Perry Read More >>
Wed, Aug 16, 2017
Source: Public Policy Blog of the American Enterprise Institute Category: ETHICS AND PUBLIC POLICY CENTER
AEIAround the web: How partisanship shapes attitudes toward trade, the increasing independence of Big Business, and more How partisanship shapes popular opinion toward trade — Chicago Council of World Affairs These increasing partisan divisions about the practices of Mexico and Canada reflect differing perceptions about who benefits from trade agreements. The prevailing view among the overall US public is that both the United States and its trading partners mostly benefit from trade deals (50%). However, one in three says that trade deals mostly benefit other countries (34%). A further seven percent think trade deals mostly benefit the United States, and six percent Read More >>
Wed, Aug 16, 2017
Source: Public Policy Blog of the American Enterprise Institute Category: ETHICS AND PUBLIC POLICY CENTER
AEIWednesday afternoon links 1. Chart of the Day I (above) displays weekly US oil production from January 2011 through last week (EIA data here), when oil output topped 9.5 million barrels per day for the first time since the summer of 2015. There have only been nine weeks when average weekly output was higher than last week since the Shale Revolution started about seven years ago. At the current pace of increases, daily US oil output should top the 9.6 million barrel peak established in 2015 within the next few months, and by early next year should surpass the all-time high Read More >>
Wed, Aug 16, 2017
Source: Public Policy Blog of the American Enterprise Institute Category: ETHICS AND PUBLIC POLICY CENTER
AEIPhiladelphia's good intentions can't overcome implementation inertia Even though the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) freed states from No Child Left Behind's directive to find “highly qualified” teachers, they still must unearth “ineffective” ones. States and districts have struggled to define teachers this way, and Pennsylvania and the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) are no exception. In the last five years, the commonwealth's two major teacher evaluation and dismissal systems have been fully overhauled. Pennsylvania's new system has dramatically improved the process for identifying teachers who commit crimes or engage in unethical behavior. But Philadelphia's new system echoed its predecessors in Read More >>
Wed, Aug 16, 2017
Source: Public Policy Blog of the American Enterprise Institute Category: ETHICS AND PUBLIC POLICY CENTER
AEIWhat the wilderness can teach you about data prioritization I spent most of the last week camping and rock climbing in the Black Hills, in South Dakota. This has become a regular trip for me, and this year was particularly nice because a group of my law students joined me for a few days to do some rock climbing. We were fortunate to have great weather the entire time – unlike last year, when I got hit by a pair of major storms, one of which included quarter-sized hail. Gus Hurwitz. One of the interesting things about being in the Black Hills at Read More >>
Wed, Aug 16, 2017
Source: Public Policy Blog of the American Enterprise Institute Category: ETHICS AND PUBLIC POLICY CENTER
Visiting Fellow, Tim Carney, discusses the latest on President Trump and his legislative agenda. Read More >>
Tue, Aug 15, 2017
Source: Marc Thiessen Category: MARC THIESSEN
AEIAround the web: The future of manufacturing jobs, refugees' effects on incumbent students, and more The future of work in an age of automation — The Associated Press It's true that many jobs have gone overseas, to places where workers are willing to toil for less money. Yet at the same time, American manufacturers have actually added nearly a million jobs in the past seven years. And federal statistics show nearly 390,000 such jobs open. The problem? Many of these are not the same jobs that for decades sustained the working class. More and more factory jobs now demand education, technical know-how or Read More >>
Tue, Aug 15, 2017
Source: Public Policy Blog of the American Enterprise Institute Category: ETHICS AND PUBLIC POLICY CENTER
AEITo secure the internet of the future, think outside the net neutrality box An internet optimized for fast, open, and frictionless transactions allows commerce and communications to occur seamlessly, but allowing everyone to use the internet means that its power can be used for good and bad. As demonstrated in so many recent ransomware attacks, easily deployable email scams have allowed hacking to move to the edge — beyond the core critical infrastructure of internet networks. Cybercriminals can inflict damage on financial institutions, retail stores, consumers, hospitals, and as we've seen recently, Hollywood studios. Via Twenty20 So it was a surprise to see Read More >>
Tue, Aug 15, 2017
Source: Public Policy Blog of the American Enterprise Institute Category: ETHICS AND PUBLIC POLICY CENTER
This afternoon, President Trump authorized an investigation into China's intellectual property (IP) practices, including its efforts to coerce US companies to hand over IP to Chinese firms, and the stealing of US IP by Chinese firms outright. The investigation could lead to the President imposing sanctions on China under section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. Derek Scissors is an expert on both the Chinese economy and US economic trade relations with Asia, as well as the author of the China Global Investment Tracker (CGIT), the only fully public record of China's outward investment and construction. Scissors is available for Read More >>
Mon, Aug 14, 2017
Source: Marc Thiessen Category: MARC THIESSEN
AEIQuotation of the day on the morality of free traders vs. protectionists ….. …. is from Don Boudreaux writing on the Cafe Hayek blog: Anyone who accuses free traders of having a morality that's too narrow and cramped is usually a hypocrite, although often unaware. It is the typical protectionist whose morality is far more narrow and cramped, for that person: 1) ignores or discounts the interests of both domestic and foreign consumers, 2) ignores the interests of all workers, domestic and foreign, save for the relatively small handful who stand to be protected today from having to compete with imports, and Read More >>
Mon, Aug 14, 2017
Source: Public Policy Blog of the American Enterprise Institute Category: ETHICS AND PUBLIC POLICY CENTER
AEIFree trade support for the Trump administration The Trump administration just announced an investigation into Chinese actions to coerce the transfer of intellectual property from American companies and individuals, as well as steal it outright. There is a long way to go and many mistakes are possible. But this is a good initial response to predatory Chinese economic policies. The first thing to note about the investigation is it's not an investigation of trade deficits. To free traders (like me), focusing on a trade result like a deficit is a mistake. When America's partners are engaging in truly open trade, there is Read More >>
Mon, Aug 14, 2017
Source: Public Policy Blog of the American Enterprise Institute Category: ETHICS AND PUBLIC POLICY CENTER
AEIWill Democrats support their own anti-poverty agenda? Congress is very unpopular right now, with a job approval rating of just 15.7% according to the RealClearPolitics average. With so little getting done in Washington, limited faith in our legislative body is unsurprising. And things won't get any easier. When the members return from their August recess, they face an impending debt ceiling and budget showdown, another possible go at a health care bill, and the prospect of tax reform. All an enormous test of what is possible under this Congress. Congress has an abysmal approval rating. A few bipartisan anti-poverty bills could help Read More >>
Mon, Aug 14, 2017
Source: Public Policy Blog of the American Enterprise Institute Category: ETHICS AND PUBLIC POLICY CENTER
AEINew study finds that minimum wage hikes are great news for robot workers Back in 2014, I wrote a post that asked, “Why are minimum wage proponents dismissing automation risk?” I just wasn't getting a sense from the “Fight for 15” crowd that it had thought much about the possibility that dramatically raising the minimum wage might worsen the competitive position of low-skill humans versus machines. Members of the audience cheer as they listen to speakers at a union rally for higher minimum wages in New York, January 4, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson Or maybe it had, but the politics were so tantalizing that Read More >>
Mon, Aug 14, 2017
Source: James Pethokoukis Category: JAMES PETHOKOUKIS
north korea and china relations
Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice acknowledged last week that America's policies regarding North Korea's nuclear-weapons program over the last three administrations had failed. She said, rightly, “You can call it a failure. I accept that characterization of the efforts of the United States over the last two decades.” A North Korean soldier sits on a bank of the Yalu River just north of Sinuiju, North Korea Reuters Former Vice President Al Gore said much the same. They should know. They served under President Bill Clinton, who started things rolling downhill with the Agreed Framework of 1994. This misbegotten deal provided Pyongyang Read More >>
Sun, Aug 13, 2017
Source: Marc Thiessen Category: MARC THIESSEN
Resident Fellow of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies Mackenzie Eaglen discusses President Trump's latest comments regarding North Korea on CNN's "CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin". Read More >>
Thu, Aug 10, 2017
Source: Marc Thiessen Category: MARC THIESSEN
AEIOn Big Tech, competition, and startups Just how alarming is this Wall Street Journal story, “The New Copycats: How Facebook Squashes Competition From Startups”? I think I am supposed to be pretty alarmed. It tells the story of “hot video app” Houseparty and its emerging battle with Bonfire, a planned live group-chat app from Facebook. And as they say, Houseparty is not alone: The deep pockets of giants such as Facebook, Alphabet's Google, Apple, and Amazon.com Inc. make it increasingly difficult for startups to compete and stay independent. The four firms have a combined market capitalization of almost $2.5 trillion, a rough Read More >>
Thu, Aug 10, 2017
Source: James Pethokoukis Category: JAMES PETHOKOUKIS
AEIWould driverless cars really not make our lives better? Even a quick glance at the above chart reveals the troubling trend in US productivity growth. Although output per worker improved a bit in the second quarter, the Wall Street Journal's Ben Leubsdorf rightly notes that the official productivity stats show “little sign of breaking out of the sluggish trend that has prevailed for more than a decade, holding back economic growth and living standards.” Indeed, even incorporating data revisions back to 2007 only boosts the 3-year average to 0.7% from 0.6% and the 6-year growth rate to 0.6% from 0.5%. That's compared Read More >>
Thu, Aug 10, 2017
Source: James Pethokoukis Category: JAMES PETHOKOUKIS
A new poll broad public support for some of the bill's key provisions -- support that goes far beyond those Americans who voted for Donald T... at WashingtonExaminer.com Read More >>
Wed, Aug 09, 2017
Source: Byron York Category: BYRON YORK
America is becoming an “illiberal democracy,” Fareed Zakaria has warned. The same thing is happening in Poland, writes Anne Applebaum. William Galston and William Kristol, who have often opposed each other in political debates, wrote a joint statement expressing dismay that the “basic institutions and principles of liberal democracy are under assault.” It may come as a relief, then, to read that illiberalism is not on the rise, and, indeed, does not exist. Yoram Hazony develops that thesis in an interesting essay in the Wall Street Journal. Hazony defines liberalism as the view that it is “possible and desirable to establish Read More >>
Wed, Aug 09, 2017
Source: Marc Thiessen Category: MARC THIESSEN
In this AEI Events Podcast, AEI's Nat Malkus welcomes Liberian Education Minister George K. Werner to deliver a keynote address on Liberia's new education initiative, the Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL) program, in which eight non-state operators manage 93 public primary schools. Dr. Malkus opens the event by describing Liberia's recent history and the state of the education system. A short video is shown, detailing a typical Liberian school and outlining the PSL program. Following, Minister Werner delivers his address, discussing the rationale behind the program and its early successes. https://media.blubrry.com/aeieventspod/p/content.blubrry.com/aeieventspod/Event_Charter_Schools_In_The_Developing_World_A_Keynote_Address_By_Liberian_Education_Minister_George_K_Werner_2017_07_05.mp3Podcast (aei-events-podcast): Download Following Minister Werner's remarks, panel of experts on education Read More >>
Wed, Aug 09, 2017
Source: Marc Thiessen Category: MARC THIESSEN