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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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Charitable Giving and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – Ep. 101: Artificial intelligence and the hunt for the master algorithm – AEI

Abstract This paper investigates how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affects household charitable giving in the United States. We find that the law will reduce charitable giving by $17.2 billion (4.0 percent) in 2018 according to a static model and $16.3 billion assuming a …

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What successful antipoverty efforts look like: A refreshing report from the Rocky Mountain State – Ep. 101: Artificial intelligence and the hunt for the master algorithm – AEI

A program in Colorado that focuses on helping non-custodial fathers gain employment and pay child support provides a refreshing example of effective state-led antipoverty efforts. The Colorado Parent Employment Program shows government can successfully invest in people’s skills and abilities while insisting on the primacy …

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Ep. 101: Artificial intelligence and the hunt for the master algorithm – Ep. 101: Artificial intelligence and the hunt for the master algorithm – AEI

Machine learning is something new under the sun: a technology that builds itself. Right now we have limited algorithms with limited potential, but, if it exists, the Master Algorithm could derive all knowledge in the world from data. Inventing it would be one of the …

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Glimpsing into the future after the AT&T-Time Warner trial – Glimpsing into the future after the AT&T–Time Warner trial

The internet hosted several hot takes last week following AT&T’s sweeping victory in one of the biggest antitrust trials in history. Although the Justice Department has not indicated whether it would appeal its loss, it did heed the court’s advice not to seek a stay …

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