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Arthur Brooks and Fox News’s Brit Hume discuss Brooks’s new book, which explains how free enterprise advocates can fight for poor and vulnerable Americans.

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How proud are Americans of their country? As Independence Day approaches, this AEI Public Opinion Study focuses on patriotism in the United States, examining Americans’ self-professed patriotism, how people describe others’ patriotism, and reasons people are proud of the US.

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THUMB Patriotism

As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day with songs of national celebration, flags waving in the breeze, parades, and family gatherings, polls reveal Americans’ strong love of country.

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People dressed as the five U.S. Supreme Court justices who voted in favor of same-sex marriage, march in the San Francisco gay pride parade, two days after the Supreme Court's landmark decision that legalized same-sex marriage throughout the country in San Francisco, California June 28, 2015. Reuters

If gay marriage had resulted from the decisions of the majorities in each of the 50 states, it would be far more difficult, if not virtually impossible, to reverse.

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To explain why his website used a rainbow Twitter avatar to celebrate last Friday’s ruling, BuzzFeed editor Ben Smith said: “We firmly believe that for a number of issues, including civil rights, women’s rights, anti-racism, and LGBT equality, there are not two sides.”

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Ben Wattenberg

Ben Wattenberg was a strong believer in American exceptionalism and always championed America’s values and its patriotic spirit. We mourn his passing.

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Discussion on the House Committee on Benghazi calling for a third party to review Hillary Clinton’s private emails.

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Both of Thursday’s Supreme Court decisions were victories for the Obama administration and for the proposition that the executive branch can rewrite laws to say what they want them to say.

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The Roberts Court is creating a new type of republic in which Congress basically suggests laws, and the other two branches actually write them.

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I bet that Obamacare is going to survive its current challenge — whatever the court decides — pretty much unscathed.

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Covering a political story today? Here’s the latest from AEI’s political corner experts.

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