By Vaclav Smil
By Desmond Lachman
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Will Republicans gain the Senate majority this election? With only days remaining before Election Day, that question is the elephant (or donkey, one might speculate) in the room.
Six charts that show one issue largely missing from the public conversation about economics in America: an honest discussion of the family factor.
Ebola disease will never become epidemic in the U.S. But the prospects of larger and more frequent outbreaks seem highly likely and call for clear direction from state and federal governments on quarantine regulation.
Democrats aren’t talking much about foreign policy, a positive issue for the president in his first term. And you aren’t seeing any Democrats in serious Senate races inviting Obama in for campaign rallies.
As a general rule, the GOP candidates have been less clear on what they would favor to replace the ACA. There are, however, a couple of notable exceptions with credible alternatives.
Housing policy needs to be refocused on strengthening household balance sheets, especially by making borrowers more resilient to home price declines. The new Wealth Building Home Loan developed at the American Enterprise Institute does exactly that.
Ebola may not be a widespread health crisis in the United States just yet, but it is creating a crisis of another kind — a crisis of confidence in the competence of the federal government.
Though the Federal Reserve now publishes the Federal Reserve Board members’ forecasts for the future path of a key Fed-set interest rate, historically, these Fed forecasts have not predicted the rate especially well. This suggests that the Fed’s new push towards transparency should be met with at least some measure of skepticism.
The Communist Party is cracking down on foreign companies to consolidate power. These illiberal actions will weaken China in the long-run.
Net neutrality advocates in the U.S. are only giving you part of the picture, and making the future look far more grim than it really is. We should call “Internet Slow Down Day” “Internet Reality Check Day” instead.
Much of what we hear about the plight of American women is false. Some faux facts have been repeated so often they are almost beyond the reach of critical analysis. Though they are baseless, these canards have become the foundation of Congressional debates, the inspiration for new legislation and the focus of college programs.