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Understanding America’s ridiculously large $18.6T economy by comparing the GDP of US metro areas to entire countries
The Bureau of Economic Analysis released data yesterday on the GDP of America’s metro areas in 2016. Comparing the size of some of America’s largest metro economies to the GDPs of entire countries helps illustrate the enormity of America’s $18.6 trillion economy.
President Trump’s speech to the UN General Assembly was classic conservative internationalism: a vigorous defense of freedom, a bold challenge to dangerous dictators and a commitment to the principle of peace through strength. No wonder his critics on the left are so upset.
We face huge and complex policy issues in the digital world — cybersecurity, privacy, and encouraging the build-out of a vast new 5G wireless network. Putting the Title II episode behind us will help encourage investment to expand access and allow us to focus energy on these other difficult matters.
A new proposal would allow the State University of New York’s charter schools to bypass the state’s teacher licensure. This proposal has received pushback, which is especially troubling because this plan represents precisely the flexibility charters are supposed to have.
A proposed bill in the California state legislature to revive privacy rules already struck down by Congress was flawed and misguided.
Republican incumbents may be choosing to retire to avoid harsh competition in primaries and in November. But they may also be motivated by something verging despair that their party seems likely to fall far short of what it might reasonably have been expected to accomplish with the presidency majorities in both houses of Congress.
Conservative professors are ideological outsiders on the modern campus. As we start a new school year, liberals have a golden opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to the moral tradition of welcoming the stranger.
Can anything really be worse than a status quo that leaves a dangerous man in place with dangerous weapons, overseeing the world’s most abusive government?
If the public comes to view tax reform as a giveaway to the rich, then the effort will be dead before it even gets going. To prevent this outcome, Republicans should look to a reduction in payroll taxes, which would directly help the middle class.
Given our poisonous political atmosphere, many will view even a sane and necessary reform as illegitimate. In their zeal to oppose all things Trump, liberal political leaders and college administrators may abandon a generation of students to what DeVos rightly called a “failed system.”
Despite being engaged in combat in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, American troops are more likely to die in peacetime incidents than active hostilities — especially if they are sailors or marines. This points to the real issues in readiness plaguing the United States Military.
Cavalierly threatening our stalwart South Korean ally will inevitably bring into question the future of US reliability and leadership in East Asia — and beyond.
Standard police training — to issue commands, and when they are not followed, to push harder and more aggressively — may work in other circumstances, but is exactly wrong for situations involving people with mental illnesses or developmental disorders.
The problem with the progressive approach to poverty is that it denies the importance of culture and character to household prosperity—especially when it comes to marriage. Until the Left faces up to these hard truths, its fight to end poverty in America is unserious.
With less than two weeks before leaving office, the Obama administration cut the FHA mortgage insurance premium. Only hours after the inauguration, the Trump administration indefinitely suspended the premium cut. Why this flurry of activity?