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Wealthy kids enjoy the many benefits of stable families who invest in their development, whereas poor and working-class kids increasingly navigate broken families, the absence of adult role models, and fewer opportunities for well-paying jobs. During this event, panelists discuss whether this snapshot is correct and what to do about it.

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Join five contributors to “The State of the American Mind” (Templeton Press, June 2015) for a panel discussion on life in America, how our collective mind is faring, and what is yet to come.

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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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A look beneath the surface of NAEP’s 2014 social science test results reveals that, within racial and socioeconomic subgroups, students’ scores are improving. Overall growth appears stagnant simply because of changes in student poverty and race ratios.

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The real problem facing us is not income inequality per se, but deepening poverty and poor economic opportunities at the bottom, which are strongly correlated with a decline in traditional family structures.

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Since its official recognition by the psychiatric establishment in 1980, post-traumatic stress disorder has expanded beyond the confines of the clinic.

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The changing population of the veterans’ community has profound implications for civil society as a whole, beyond simple logistics affecting the National Cemetery Administration.

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Charles Murray discusses his new book ‘By the People’ and how it relates to contemporary issues.

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Judging by the views expressed by some of the nation’s leading family scholars, marriage’s days in America are numbered. Recent data may suggest otherwise.

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U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz (C) speaks to the news media with law enforcement officials after the sentencing of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev, outside the federal courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts May 15, 2015. The jury in the Boston Marathon bombing trial on Friday sentenced Tsarnaev to death for helping to carry out the 2013 attack that killed three people and injured 264. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Last Friday, Dzohkar Tsarnaev was sentenced to death on six of 17 capital counts. The immature teen brain was mentioned in the closing summary presented by the defense. From the perspective of sound science in the courtroom, the teen brain defense in the Boston bomber case was feeble. Nevertheless, it is part of a larger project of criminal justice reform that invokes mechanical explanation of brain function in the service of exculpation of blame or mitigation of guilt.

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According to AEI scholar, acclaimed social scientist, and bestselling author Murray, American liberty is under assault. The federal government has unilaterally decided that it can and should tell us how to live our lives. If we object, it threatens, “Fight this, and we’ll ruin you.” How can we overcome regulatory tyranny and live free once again?

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Federal Spending on Means-Tested Programs

Spending on poor families has increased dramatically over the past few decades.

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