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The latest from James Pethokoukis and the AEIdeas blog.

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A look beneath the surface of NAEP’s 2014 social science test results reveals that, within racial and socioeconomic subgroups, students’ scores are improving. Overall growth appears stagnant simply because of changes in student poverty and race ratios.

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There are many problems with the US corporate tax code, but the solution is not to impose more burdensome regulations on firms. The only feasible and practical long-term solution is for the US to reform its corporate tax code.

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Some apparent good news regarding America’s entrepreneurial dynamism — and the health of the US economy.

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Members of the revolutionary guard attend the anniversary ceremony of Iran's Islamic Revolution at the Khomeini shrine in the Behesht Zahra cemetery, south of Tehran, February 1, 2012.

Washington should not underestimate how far Tehran will go to secure its interests in Baghdad, defend Damascus,  press Riyadh…or kick the United States out of the region.

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Colombian soldiers carry the weapons of comrades killed after a rebel attack in La Esperanza village, April 15, 2015. Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos ordered the resumption of bombing raids against FARC rebels on Wednesday after an attack he blamed on the group killed 10 soldiers, a move that will intensify combat after efforts to cool tensions.  REUTERS/Jaime Saldarriaga - RTR4XIFR

Escalating violence between government troops and the FARC casts doubt on ongoing peace negotiations in Colombia.

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Republicans aren’t likely to come up with a suitable response to Obamacare if they can’t agree on what’s wrong with it.

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Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling AK Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara May 7, 2013.

I once tried to plot against Erdoğan. Alas, my telekinesis was no match for Erdoğan’s all-knowing perception of reality.

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A Robin Hood Tax campaigner holds up a sign as Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) holds a news conference to discuss legislation “to provide tuition-free higher education for students at 4-year colleges and universities in the United States" at the U.S. Capitol in Washington May 19, 2015.  Reuters

If Bernie Sanders is looking for immorality in America, he can start with our underperforming schools.

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It is by no means clear that NSA surveillance reform will be achieved before congress meets its deadline. What can be done to restore balance?

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