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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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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stands as she is introduced at the Virginia Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson party fundraising dinner at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, June 26, 2015.  Reuters

Professor Anne Krueger of Johns Hopkins has produced a fascinating – and overall negative – assessment of Hillary Clinton’s economic platform.

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With July 4th only a few days away, AEI public opinion expert Karlyn Bowman examines the polls to see how proud Americans are of their country.

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A discussion on Chris Christie’s announcement for president and his chances in the Republican Primary.

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Export-Import Bank President Fred Hochberg (L) and Export-Import Bank Deputy Inspector General Michael McCarthy (R) testify before a House Financial Services Committee hearing on the Export-Import Bank's reauthorization, on Capitol Hill in Washington June 3, 2015.  Reuters

Corporate welfare and bailouts for bankrupt banks are business as usual for the political class. In the Ex-Im fight, though, business as usual is losing.

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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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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 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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