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A panel of distinguished experts discuss the role of economics, policy, and culture in the struggles of black men in the United States, and how their prospects can be improved.

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Across many government-provided programs, provider and individual data (even if it has no personally identifying information) is restricted from public view. Not only is this bad from a transparency perspective, but it limits the ability of researchers to assess the effectiveness of government programs.

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Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley (D) addresses the International Association of Firefighters delegates at IAFF Presidential Forum in Washington, March 10, 2015. Reuters

A reasonable or informed person could argue that many regulations are good or valuable. But O’Malley’s position is not that of a reasonable or informed person, it is modern-day know-nothingism.

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We can expect a few more years of elevated poverty rates unless the economy improves and more Americans join the labor force.

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Finding a way to pay for additional programs for the poor will be difficult without addressing the current spending trajectory for Medicaid and SNAP.

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Covering a story about society and culture? Here’s the latest from AEI’s Society and Culture experts.

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Shifting composition of SNAP households

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides food assistance to almost 46 million people – a two-fold increase since 2006. The dramatic increase in participants and expenditures have led to proposals for cuts and work requirements to control costs.

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Social enterprises may be a better alternative to government-sponsored programs for hard-to-employ people.

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We can expect a few more years of elevated poverty rates unless the economy improves and more Americans join the labor force.

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Arthur Brooks

Current issues facing the American people, specifically those in Ferguson, MI, are the topic of conversation. AEI President Arthur Brooks shares his solution for the issues heating both Ferguson and American people at large.

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Healthcare coverage eating up large share of spending on poor

Finding a way to pay for additional programs for the poor – such as EITC expansions, child care improvements, and job-training programs – will be difficult without addressing the current spending trajectory for Medicaid and SNAP.

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