Marc Thiessen

Key Points The US has allowed genetically modified (GM) technologies to be used since 1996, while the European Union has banned their use. Over 90 percent of US corn and soybean acreage is planted to a GM variety. US corn and soybean crop yields have increased more than European crop yields since the adoption of GM technologies. Although factors other than GM technologies could be responsible for increasing differences between US and European corn and soybean yields, European wheat yields (for which GM technologies are not commercially available in either region) have continued to increase relative to US wheat yields. The trade-offs [...]
Fri, Jan 19, 2018
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President Donald Trump had just made his infamous, if contested, remarks about not desiring immigrants from certain countries when Senator Lindsey Graham expressed disagreement. “America is an idea, not a race,” the South Carolina Republican said, adding that diversity is a strength and not a weakness. The senator reiterated these sentiments in a statement released as the controversy over the president's words grew. “I've always believed that America is an idea, not defined by its people but by its ideals.” Graham deserves credit for rebuking the president, however mildly, given that Trump is the head of Graham's party and extremely popular among [...]
Thu, Jan 18, 2018
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On this AEI Events Podcast, Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) delivers a keynote address at a conference on discussing democracy in crisis. The event, co-hosted by AEI, Freedom House, and the Center for American Progress, marked the release of Freedom House's report “Freedom in the World 2018.” In his keynote, Sen. Sasse emphasized that while freedom is not unique the United States, it is uniquely America's advantage. Democracy is in retreat globally and, some say, in the United States. Exacerbating the democratic backslide are authoritarian regimes such as Russia and China, which have increased both repression at home and efforts to export instability [...]
Thu, Jan 18, 2018
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In the latest Remnant, Jonah surveys the public opinion landscape with pollster extraordinaire Kristen Soltis Anderson. They talk fecal craters and 2018 midterms, with a bonus aside about the #MeToo movement. Meanwhile, Jonah may have found his signoff phrase. You can subscribe to The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and TuneIn. You can also download this episode here. This podcast was originally published by National Review. [...]
Thu, Jan 18, 2018
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Of all the details in the story of the death of Tim Piazza—a Penn State sophomore who fell down a flight of stairs during a 2017 hazing incident at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house and whose “brothers” waited 12 hours and then called 911 only when they determined he “looked f—ing dead”—none is more telling than the fact that the whole episode was caught on video. As Caitlin Flanagan documented in her article on the incident in the Atlantic, there were surveillance cameras in the house to protect the property from damage. The brothers knew about them. So up [...]
Thu, Jan 18, 2018
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Washington, DC (January 18, 2018) — In “This Way Up” — a new booklet of 16 short essays commissioned by Opportunity America in conjunction with AEI — policy experts and conservative thinkers explore how to ensure economic mobility for all Americans. This affects in particular the very poor, both urban and rural, and a neglected working class struggling to keep up with globalization. More than 50 years after the War on Poverty, fresh ideas about economic mobility are again percolating, including policies and proposals to show those involved how to go beyond government to harness the power [...]
Thu, Jan 18, 2018
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In a recent column for Project Syndicate, Dani Rodrik decries authoritarian populism – which “stifles political pluralism and undermines liberal democratic norms” – as a menace to be avoided at all costs. But he goes on to argue that economic populism is “occasionally necessary.” He is right about the first point, but badly mistaken on the second. Rodrik, one of the most original and perceptive economists of our time, claims that while restraints on the power of the executive, abhorred by authoritarian populists, need to be defended, similar obstacles in the area of economic policy – in the form of “autonomous [...]
Thu, Jan 18, 2018
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On Tuesday at AEI, along with my friend and colleague Mike McShane, I hosted a conference on “Bush-Obama School Reform: Lessons Learned.” The papers that were presented examined an array of issues, including lessons learned on accountability, standards, school turnarounds, teacher quality, research, state capacity, and more. You can check out the summary, read the papers, and watch the various sessions here, and keep an eye out for the final product—which will be out as a book from Harvard Education Press next fall. In any event, after spending a day noodling on the subject, I thought I'd share a few takeaways. I [...]
Thu, Jan 18, 2018
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Washington is aghast over the news that, during a closed-door meeting with congressional leaders, President Trump asked if we could exclude immigrants from “shithole” countries such as Haiti and the nations of Africa. If true, what Trump said is terrible. But what the Democrats did is worse. We do not know who originally leaked the president's comment, though only Democrats benefit politically from embarrassing Trump in this way. But regardless of who was responsible for the original leak, Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), the minority whip, publicly confirmed what the president said during a closed-door negotiation, declaring that Trump “said things [...]
Thu, Jan 18, 2018
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Key Points The challenge of ensuring economic mobility is more pressing than ever. Too many poor people are trapped in safety-net programs that relieve material hardship but do nothing to help them escape from poverty, while a neglected working class struggles to keep up with globalization. More than 50 years after the War on Poverty, a wealth of new conservative thinking is percolating in Washington and beyond, including fresh ideas about policy and proposals that look beyond government to harness the power of communities. This booklet of short essays commissioned by Opportunity America in conjunction with AEI showcases some of the best of [...]
Thu, Jan 18, 2018
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