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The December issue of Political Report offers a distilled picture of public opinion on the American Dream.

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

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Americans, by and large, believe that they can achieve their own version of the American Dream, and it is a personal vision. This view has changed little over the past 30 years.

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What exactly are Americans saying about the American Dream and how have their views of it changed over time? Do Americans believe the dream is endangered? The answers are more complicated than one might think.

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This week, the Senate Intelligence Committee released the much anticipated and highly controversial report on the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques to extract information from prisoners. AEI scholars are weighing in on multiple facets of the debate, from American public opinion, to the validity of the report’s findings, to the potential national security risks related to the report’s release.

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When thinking about torture, American public opinion appears to be a combination of idealism and realism. While Americans find the practices abhorrent and barbaric, most are unwilling to rule them out completely.

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One is tempted to say “same old, same old” when reviewing what we learned from the polls in 2014, but that isn’t the full story.

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Americans want their leaders to be willing to meet with leaders of hostile or unfriendly countries to the US, but they also view preventing the spread of nuclear weapons as a very important foreign policy goal. They say the nuclear program in Iran, a country that most view as unfriendly or an enemy, is a ‘critical threat’ to the US.

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The November issue of AEI’s Political Report provides a comprehensive picture of what voters had to say on Election Day, featuring exit-poll data from national House races since 1986.

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What do the November election results mean for Congress and the 2016 presidential race? Seasoned political scholars give us their take in an election analysis you cannot afford to miss.

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The President needs to decide how to work with the GOP majority in congress. President Obama’s low approval ratings also may have affected the general public’s view of the democratic party.

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