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Ep. 102: How will the US-China trade war end? – Ep. 102: How will the US-China trade war end? – AEI

With the United States and China trading threats of escalating tariffs, the world waits to see whether these barbs become a full-fledged trade war between the two largest economies. The Trump administration claims its actions are necessary to deter China from continuing its predatory trade …

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Janus v. AFSCME: The US Supreme Court to decide on the future of union agency fees – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

The Supreme Court is poised to decide a case in the next few days that could reshape the future of unions. Previously, under a 1977 precedent, workers who were not member of unions were compelled to pay “fair share” fees. These fees – which averaged …

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A more-than-minimal democracy – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

According to the sports writer Art Spander, democracy gives every voter a chance to do something stupid. But that is not the main reason why most prefer it to other political regimes. First, with its ideals of freedom, political equality, and accountability, democracy can be …

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We should allow all taxpayers to deduct charitable contributions – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

Americans gave $287 billion to charities in 2017, up 5 percent from 2016, according to a recent estimate by Giving USA. Individual donations help support a vibrant nonprofit sector that reflects the wide range of values and causes supported by the citizens of our diverse society. However, …

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Forward to the future in AT&T–Time Warner decision – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

Last week’s decision by Judge Richard Leon dismissing the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) plea that the merger of AT&T and Time Warner would substantially lessen competition in the market for television video content is a landmark. Importantly, it illustrates the strength of the United States …

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Our tariffs are bigger – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

I had a post drafted yesterday on American policy toward China, featuring the Senate’s ZTE amendment. Then this happened: the president threatened to apply 10% tariffs to $200 billion more in Chinese exports. Crossed up by the Trump administration — at least it’s a big …

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What is behind that record-breaking state unemployment rate data? – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that the US unemployment rate in May 2018 was 3.8%, the lowest since April 2000. During the past 50 years, the US unemployment rate has been this low only 10% of the time. Why has the unemployment rate …

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The Assad regime is the latest beneficiary of illicit finance. But the problem runs much deeper. – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

Last week the Department of Justice (DOJ) charged five Russian nationals and three Syrian nationals with laundering millions of US dollars in violation of sanctions. Their company, Sovfracht, was allegedly supplying the Assad regime with much-needed fuel. It could very well have been the fuel …

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How to ensure economic growth benefits all Americans – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

President Trump and his supporters seized control of the GOP from free market Republicans. In a far-ranging conversation with Bill Kristol (that you can watch here), I explain the underlying economics driving their discontent. In an information-driven economy, properly trained talent and entrepreneurial risk-taking, not …

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Table of the Day: Bachelor’s degrees for the Class of 2016 by field and gender. Oh, and the overall 25.6% degree gap for men! – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

The table above shows the number of bachelor’s degrees by major field of study and gender for the College Class of 2016, ranked by the female share of each field (based on recently released Department of Education data here). A few observations: 1. Overall, women …

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