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Big Cotton is planting the seeds for more subsidies

Agricultural special interests have decades of practice in raiding the public purse, and it is only getting worse. Here is a case in point: cotton producers are canvassing Capitol Hill to lobby for access to a highly lucrative new set of subsidy programs. Those programs, …

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Prioritizing Dangers

Two foreign policy experts from opposite sides of the aisle agree: threats lurk from many corners of the globe.  Military success has to be defined in terms that address the fact no threat can be considered lesser than any other. Before the U.S. can determine its military …

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Italy the next euro battleground after French election

Governments and markets across the globe are justifiably breathing a deep sigh of relief today following this weekend’s first-round French presidential election. However, they would be making a big mistake to think that the European economy is now out of the woods from major political …

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Forget the critics, Mr. President. Your first 100 days have been just fine.

Despite the best efforts of the White House “PR apparatus” to sell the president’s first 100 days as a success, the New York Times declared in an editorial, the new administration has, in fact, been plagued by “many missteps” including a “bungled sales job” on …

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Education reform: The real promise of school choice | In 60 seconds

  Does school choice damage traditional public education? No, says AEI’s Rick Hess, as he identifies the real value of school choice. Continue Reading....

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Discussing corporate tax cut: Brill on CNN’s ‘CNN Newsroom with John Berman and Poppy Harlow’

Research Fellow, Alex Brill, discusses corporate tax cuts. Continue Reading....

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Are western companies in Turkey safe?

Questions about the validity of the Turkish referendum have reinforced doubts about Turkey’s trajectory. The observation mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe has found that the referendum was neither free nor fair but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan rebuffed their findings. “Know …

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“What’s Your Major”: Another Blow to the So-Called Gender Pay Gap

On April 4, progressives commemorated “Equal Pay Day,” which purports to note the 20% “gender pay gap” between men and women. But a new study on gender differences in Ph.D. graduates shows, once again, how much of the gender pay gap is simply a myth. …

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Is There Really a Retirement-Savings Crisis?

The following is from an April 24, 2017, Wall Street Journal conversation between the WSJ’s Anne Tergesen, AEI’s Andrew Biggs, and Boston College’s Alicia Munnell.    WSJ: The population is aging, Social Security’s trust funds are expected to be depleted in 2034, and the median household …

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Shutdown statistics

With the prospect of a government shutdown looming, AEI’s Political Corner updated a chart Gallup produced after the 1995–1996 shutdown to include data from the 2013 shutdown. The tables below look at views around the time of each shutdown, when it ended, and views a …

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