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The American people are sending a pretty clear message to Washington: They are sick and tired of the investigations into President Trump and don't want Democrats in Congress to impeach him. But the Democrats aren't listening. A Harvard-Harris poll finds that 65 percent of Americans say Congress should not begin impeachment proceedings against Trump. Sixty percent agree with Attorney General William P. Barr that “the facts and public actions of President Trump did not amount to obstruction of justice, especially since there was no underlying collusion.” And 58 percent believe that “Given the Mueller report . . . we should turn Read More >>
Fri, May 24, 2019
Source: Marc Thiessen Category: MARC THIESSEN
Bahraini and Saudi women celebrate the lifting of the driving ban on women in east Saudi Arabia, June 24, 2018.
A year ago, much of the conversation about women's empowerment in Saudi Arabia centered on the government's decision to let them drive. Other well-publicized reforms since then have opened up opportunities for women in the military and aviation, as well as access to previously proscribed or restricted spaces, like sports stadiums and music concerts. Bahraini and Saudi women celebrate the lifting of the driving ban on women in east Saudi Arabia, June 24, 2018. Reuters But away from the headlines and photo-ops, Saudi women are also being empowered by gender-neutral policy changes. One example: the government's aim to increase home ownership Read More >>
Fri, May 24, 2019
Source: Marc Thiessen Category: MARC THIESSEN
AEIAs tariffs rise, the costs to American households increase, especially for lower-income families What we don't know about the US-China trade war is significant. Primarily, what's the point of the US-China trade war? Initially, it seemed all about the bilateral trade deficit that the US runs with China. China needed to buy more US stuff, according to President Trump. But China also needed to stop swiping our intellectual property and tech. Some China hawks, however, are more ambitious. They see the trade conflict as the start of the economic rupture of “Chimerica,” including the separation of our respective tech ecosystems, leading Read More >>
Fri, May 24, 2019
Source: James Pethokoukis Category: JAMES PETHOKOUKIS
AEI's Daniel A. Cox sits down with Joanna Piacenza, features editor at Morning Consult, to discuss the politics of white evangelical Protestants and how President Trump measures up. Learn more:Doubting disbelievers: A new approach to measuring religious uncertaintyThe decline of church membership Read More >>
Fri, May 24, 2019
Source: Marc Thiessen Category: MARC THIESSEN
https://www.aei.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Remnant_107_Pollack.mp3Is America going to war with Iran? What is John Bolton up to? What does Cyrus the Great have to do with it? AEI scholar Ken Pollack joins The Remnant to answer these and other questions. 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 at NationalReview.com. Read More >>
Fri, May 24, 2019
Source: Marc Thiessen Category: MARC THIESSEN
Surprise out-of-network bills arise when patients are treated by an out-of-network provider in a situation that cannot reasonably be avoided. Several recent studies highlight that surprise bills are a common occurrence. Most often, surprise bills arise in connection with services delivered by out-of-network emergency physicians or “ancillary” clinicians (e.g., radiology, anesthesiology, pathology, assistant or consulting surgeons, and hospitalists) at in-network facilities. In all of these cases, the root cause of surprise billing is that patients lack a meaningful choice of providers. While patients do choose which hospital to go to for elective inpatient care and even frequently for emergency care, patients Read More >>
Thu, May 23, 2019
Source: Marc Thiessen Category: MARC THIESSEN
It's hard to be a big tech company these days without somebody rooting for your demise. But some cases are a bit more understandable than others. Like this one: “Bannon says killing Huawei more important than trade deal with China.” I mean, I get it. Former Trump White House adviser and nationalist Steve Bannon wants America to launch and win a Tech Cold War against China. Taking an ax to what might be its most important tech company, a key player in the global 5G rollout, might be a big step forward in such a plan. But it's not Americans wanting Read More >>
Thu, May 23, 2019
Source: Marc Thiessen Category: MARC THIESSEN
AEIWhy America's social media firms aren't ‘parasites' It's hard to be a big tech company these days without somebody rooting for your demise. But some cases are a bit more understandable than others. Like this one: “Bannon says killing Huawei more important than trade deal with China.” I mean, I get it. Former Trump White House adviser and nationalist Steve Bannon wants America to launch and win a Tech Cold War against China. Taking an ax to what might be its most important tech company, a key player in the global 5G rollout, might be a big step forward in such Read More >>
Thu, May 23, 2019
Source: James Pethokoukis Category: JAMES PETHOKOUKIS
Read in Persian here. Summary The Trump administration's Afghanistan strategy repeats mistakes made by the Clinton and Obama administrations. The Taliban repeatedly fail to keep diplomatic commitments. Treating the Taliban as independent from Pakistani command-and-control will undercut the utility of any peace deal struck with the Taliban. Diplomatic outreach and Taliban empowerment are directly proportional. The Afghan perception of Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is colored heavily by a personal history about which many in Washington, DC are unaware. Zalmay Khalilzad, President Trump's special envoy for Afghanistan, continues to pursue a diplomatic settlement with the Taliban framed mostly around the idea that the United States will withdraw from Read More >>
Thu, May 23, 2019
Source: Marc Thiessen Category: MARC THIESSEN
The view that minimum wages can rise significantly without inflicting harm on the job prospects of lesser-skilled workers has certainly taken root. The success of the “Fight for $15” movement has been particularly striking, with several cities, six states and the District of Columbia moving their minimum wage up to $15 an hour. Several Democratic presidential candidates explicitly support a $15 national minimum wage. A bill that would legislate this has more than 200 Democratic co-sponsors in the House of Representatives. Economist Jeffrey Clemens argues, however, in a recent policy paper published by the Cato Institute, that a good deal of Read More >>
Thu, May 23, 2019
Source: Marc Thiessen Category: MARC THIESSEN
AEI5 questions for Tyler Cowen on capitalism, Big Tech, and America's unhealthy skepticism of big business Is capitalism broken? Should we break up Big Tech? And why are Americans so skeptical of big business? On this episode, author and economics professor Tyler Cowen discusses his new book “Big Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero.”  Tyler Cowen is the Holbert L. Harris Chair of Economics at George Mason University as well as the faculty director of GMU's Mercatus Center. He is also the coauthor of the wildly popular economics blog Marginal Revolution. What follows is a brief excerpt from our conversation. Read More >>
Thu, May 23, 2019
Source: James Pethokoukis Category: JAMES PETHOKOUKIS
It has now been one year since Secretary of State Mike Pompeo outlined twelve U.S. demands on Iran and announced that, to get Tehran to comply, Washington would “apply unprecedented financial pressure on the Iranian regime.” President Donald Trump's “Maximum Pressure” campaign is now in full swing. While critics argued administration demands are tantamount to regime change, there is no reason why any country, organization, or analyst should oppose what Pompeo outlined: full Iranian transparency with regard to its nuclear program, and end to terrorism and support to proxy terrorists. Terrorism, after all, has never been part of Iranian culture; Read More >>
Wed, May 22, 2019
Source: Marc Thiessen Category: MARC THIESSEN
President Trump's Iran policy appears to be careening between diplomacy and belligerence. One day Trump tweets, “I'm sure that Iran will want to talk soon.” The next he warns that “if Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran.” Confused? Well, there is a method to the madness. The Trump administration understands that Iran doesn't want war because Iran knows it will lose. That's why Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made clear via a government Twitter account — a medium he knew would reach Trump — that “this is not a military confrontation because no war is Read More >>
Wed, May 22, 2019
Source: Marc Thiessen Category: MARC THIESSEN
AEIHow is this Tech Cold War with China supposed to work, exactly? Let's assume the Trump White House blacklisting of Huawei in effect marks the beginning of a full-fledged Tech Cold War between America and China, complete with a Digital Iron Curtain. The full metaphor. How then does the conflict end in an American victory? And what does that even look like? Have the tech cold warriors, both within the White House and externally, given serious thought to any of this? A woman cycles past a Huawei store in Shenyang, Liaoning province, China March 20, 2019. Picture taken March 20, 2019. REUTERS We Read More >>
Tue, May 21, 2019
Source: James Pethokoukis Category: JAMES PETHOKOUKIS
AEIHow should we feel about big business? A long-read Q&A with Tyler Cowen Is big business becoming too big? Are Big Tech companies endangering democracy? And are American CEOs really over paid? On this episode, author and economics professor Tyler Cowen discusses his new book “Big Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero.” Tyler Cowen is the Holbert L. Harris Chair of Economics at George Mason University as well as the faculty director of GMU's Mercatus Center. He is also the coauthor of the wildly popular economics blog Marginal Revolution. What follows is a lightly edited transcript of our conversation. You Read More >>
Mon, May 20, 2019
Source: James Pethokoukis Category: JAMES PETHOKOUKIS
Law-abiding residents of high-crime neighborhoods keep proving criminologist George Kelling right. Kelling died Monday at his home in New Hampshire. He was 83. Go to a police-community meeting in any troubled neighborhood — whether the South Side of Chicago or South Central Los Angeles — and you will rarely hear complaints about what most criminologists... Read More >>
Fri, May 17, 2019
Source: Heather MacDonald Category: HEATHER MCDONALD
AEIThought experiment: What if American worker wages haven't been stagnant for decades? For much of the 20th century, the Great Depression was the singular economic event influencing American politics. Voters gave lots of credit — and big reelection wins — to presidents who presided over prosperity. Job and GDP growth drove approval ratings, which drove voting behavior. One would think the Great Recession/Financial Crisis/Housing Crisis would serve a similar role today. But rather than referencing the events of 2007-2009, politicians these days typically make a broader argument. Capitalism is broken, and it has been that way for many years. Proof: Decades of Read More >>
Fri, May 17, 2019
Source: James Pethokoukis Category: JAMES PETHOKOUKIS
AEIWe still want China to be more economically open and free, right? Escalation. First, the White House is barring Chinese telecom Huawei from selling its technology in the American market. Second, Washington will require American companies to obtain licenses to sell critical tech to Huawei. These are not insignificant moves, especially the latter given that Huawei has said it devotes about a third of its budget — some $11 billion annually — to the acquisition of American components and about a third of its suppliers are US companies. “This could potentially lead to Huawei's destruction,” one expert told Bloomberg. A woman looks Read More >>
Thu, May 16, 2019
Source: James Pethokoukis Category: JAMES PETHOKOUKIS
AEIChina has a master economic plan. Is it better than America's? Former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon told CNBC viewers today that China has “a master plan to become an economic hegemon.” I mean, yeah. Sure. A quarter millennium ago, China was the world's largest economy and it is no doubt eager to regain that position if possible. And not just in terms of nominal GDP, but also as an economy on the technological frontier. Thus its efforts to leap forward in advanced manufacturing and AI. China's President Xi Jinping and Portugal’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa review the honor guards Read More >>
Wed, May 15, 2019
Source: James Pethokoukis Category: JAMES PETHOKOUKIS
AEI5 questions for Safi Bahcall on loonshots, federal funding for scientific research, and what Congress gets wrong about drug development What is a loonshot? How can teams, companies, and governments nurture more of these great ideas?And is America drastically under-funding its national scientific research infrastructure? On this episode, biotech entrepreneur Safi Bahcall discusses the importance of nurturing loonshots — crazy ideas that just might shape the future of humankind.  Safi Bahcall is a globally recognized biotechnology entrepreneur that, in 2011, served on President Obama's council of science advisors to help shape the future of US science and technology research. What follows is Read More >>
Wed, May 15, 2019
Source: James Pethokoukis Category: JAMES PETHOKOUKIS