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Republicans are wasting an opportunity to offer a modern policy agenda for today’s economic challenges.

 

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton holds a campaign town hall meeting in Claremont, New Hampshire August 11, 2015. Reuters

Hillary Clinton’s higher education plan is extensive and expensive. Set aside the fact that simply pumping more money into the system won’t solve quality problems and may well inflate college spending further, no matter how tight the new rules.

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Phillip Kerr and Malcolm Gladwell at PEN 2014 Literary Gala ©Aslan Habib Chalom/PEN American Center | Creative Commons 2.0

Gladwell’s new essay misses the importance of the two-parent family in escaping poverty.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the inauguration of the 46th session of Indian Labour Conference in New Delhi, India, July 20, 2015. Reuters

The one glaring exception to Narendra Modi’s impressive foreign policy record so far: a rudderless approach to Pakistan that lurches between unrelenting toughness and the promise of a thaw.

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VennMinWage

Here’s my latest assortment of interesting links, quotations, a Venn diagram, a classic Milton Friedman video on the minimum wage, a new ‘markets in everything, a portrait of a crony capitalist taken down by the free market, and more.

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A Syrian Kurdish refugee boy smiles as he waits for transportation after crossing into Turkey, near the southeastern Turkish town of Suruc in Sanliurfa province September 30, 2014. Tens of thousands more Syrians could be forced to flee their war-torn homeland if Islamic State fighters continue gaining ground, the U.N. aid chief warned on Tuesday as U.S.-led air strikes pound the extremist group. Valerie Amos told the United Nations Security Council that recent advances by Islamic State - also known as ISIL and ISIS - in northern Aleppo had forced more than 160,000 people, mostly women and children, to escape across the border into Turkey in just a few days. REUTERS/Murad Sezer (TURKEY  - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT SOCIETY IMMIGRATION) - RTR48E3S

ISIS is forcing young boys to attend indoctrination camps designed to turn out a new generation of suicide bombers — and tells the children that their goal is to repeat the attacks of September 11, 2001.

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An investor takes a nap next to a sign (L) that reads "the stock market is risky, be prudent in investment" at a brokerage house in Beijing, August 26, 2015. Reuters

China’s decision-making and our record as observers should be evaluated against the much larger backdrop of economic performance.

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Emile Turner (L) and Michael Foster play live music at Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana September 12, 2005, two weeks after Hurricane Katrina hit the city. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

The personal hardship is real, but so is the resilience of a community that has been through so much. The new Kaiser survey tells both stories well through the opinions of the people who live them.

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Melvin Patterson (C), 7, listens to a lesson during seventh grade class at Samuel J. Green Charter School in New Orleans February 22, 2006. Hurricane Katrina gave New Orleans chronically underperforming school system a fresh start. REUTERS/Lee Celano.

In the decade since the largest natural disaster in US history, New Orleans has made a comeback, and perhaps its most dramatic changes are seen in its K-12 school system.

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15MinWage

If the recently passed $15 an hour minimum wage laws in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles really will generate positive economic benefits, then why delay those alleged benefits for up to six years with a gradual phase-in schedule?

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