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A day in court remains elusive for some taxpayers – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

In a February op-ed, I discussed two rules that can block taxpayers who have disputes with the IRS from getting their day in court. One obstacle is the rule barring taxpayers from challenging certain kinds of tax penalties in court unless and until they pay …

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Time to Confront Cuba’s International Crime Spree – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

Chairman DeSantis, Ranking Member Lynch, and Members of the Subcommittee: Thank you very much for convening this hearing to remind us all of the February 24, 1996, attack by the Castro regime on two unarmed U.S. civilian aircraft, which took the lives of four innocent …

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The real key to solving the family separation crisis at the border – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

When it comes to the debate in Washington over separating migrant children from adults, both sides are stoking the fire. President Trump’s allies thump their chest about “zero tolerance” and opponents pretend Trump created the problem. If the two sides focused on the underlying cause of the problem …

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My Uber driver takes me to school on the teacher walkouts – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

I recently hopped into an Uber while jabbering into my phone. I was talking to some reporter or other for a wrap-up story on this spring’s teacher walkouts. The driver must’ve been listening a bit because, when I hung up, she abruptly asked, “What did …

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When quantitative data isn’t enough: The promise of ethnographic research – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

Ethnographic research is gaining popularity as a means to better understand the motivations, behaviors, and attitudes of households toward the challenges they face. While in some ways similar to traditional household surveys conducted by government agencies that provide quantitative data, ethnographic survey methods go beyond …

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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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