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Sanders (I-VT) uses a bullhorn to speak to supporters gathered outside a town-hall campaign stop at New England College in Concord, New Hampshire May 27, 2015. Reuters

Instead of making public college free for all students, policymakers should look to foster more entrepreneurship in higher education while giving all institutions a real stake in their students’ success.

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“Free” college plans aren’t really about economics. They’re about anti-economics, the belief that incentives don’t matter, that somehow simply putting more money into higher education without any reform will somehow result in a better system.

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Iraqi security forces defend their headquarters against attacks by Islamic State extremists in the eastern part of Ramadi in Anbar province, May 14, 2015. Islamic State militants raised their black flag over the provincial government compound in the city of Ramadi in western Iraq on Friday, a Reuters witness said. The insurgents attacked Ramadi overnight using six suicide car bombs to reach the city centre, where the Anbar governorate compound is located, police sources said. Picture taken May 14, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer

The seizure of Ramadi on Sunday leaves President Obama’s strategy against the Islamic State in ruins not only in Iraq but also throughout the Muslim world.

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President Obama sits down at Georgetown University to discuss poverty in America with AEI President Arthur Brooks, Harvard professor Robert Putnam, and columnist E.J. Dionne. May 12, 2015.

President Obama’s earnest appearance at a policy forum this week speaks to the power of civility.

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AEI President Arthur Brooks will participate in a discussion with President Barack Obama and Robert Putnam at the Catholic-Evangelical Leadership Summit on Overcoming Poverty at Georgetown University.

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In cases where borrowers can conclusively prove that a college knowingly misled them using inaccurate data or false advertising, loan relief is a straightforward remedy. Policymakers can’t stop there, though. If an institution’s students cannot pay back their loans, the school should be on the hook to pay back a portion of the loan balance.

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Americans have an innate sense that it’s a mistake to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs.

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Former US Representative Frank Wolf and two other religious freedom experts address how American foreign policy leaders should tackle religious persecution in Iraq and around the globe.

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Can’t we all learn about the great Americans of history with a view to what they did, rather than what they looked like?

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It’s not just the urban poor that have a hard time understanding options and picking a school – it’s something that’s hard for any family, poor or rich. The limited information that we do have on school performance is often very hard to access and is usually presented in a convoluted way that can be challenging for even the most savvy helicopter parents to sort through.

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Jean Case, CEO of  the Case Foundation |

The Case Foundation’s Jean Case and AEI’s Arthur Brooks discuss forging new paths for public-private partnerships, promoting social entrepreneurship, and fostering the next generation of philanthropic leaders.

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People are reflected on a portrait of U.S. artist Andy Warhol by Timm Rautert during the exhibit "Warhol on Warhol" at Madrid's Casa Encendida Cultural Centre in this November 23, 2007 file photo. Reuters

If it is progress against poverty that we’re pursuing, trade beats the pants off every fancy development program ever devised. The simple mundane beauty of making things and exchanging them freely is the best anti-poverty achievement in history.

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