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The College Board’s 2014 curriculum for AP US History provoked a well-deserved firestorm when the original five-page outline was replaced by an ideological 90-page script. The division this wrought wasn’t between liberals and conservatives, but between academics who emphasize the sins of America’s past and Americans who believe that our virtues should be taught alongside our missteps. Now, careful readers of the 2015 curriculum will be pleasantly surprised.
AEI’s Political Corner yesterday released its September 2015 Political Report, “Political Women: Looking Back, Looking Forward.” Karlyn Bowman, Senior Fellow, and Heather Sims, Research Assistant in the Political Corner, sit down to probe general trends and some fascinating findings… which they say we must ask the psychologists to solve.
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An elective affinity has emerged in the American electorate: married people are more likely to identify as Republican and unmarried people are more likely to identify as Democratic. But marriage in America is in retreat, which means Republicans cannot cater only to married families, and for both principled and practical reasons, the Democratic Party would do well to develop a policy agenda focused on strengthening and stabilizing lower-income family life, including marriage.
If conservatives learn to speak less about the process of governing than about the life-outcomes for people of governing well, then what is “written on our [conservatives’] hearts” will match what the American people know of conservatives. And that will translate not only into a victory for conservatives, but into a “victory for those we work for and represent.”
In a Monday interview on CNBC, Disney CEO Bob Iger indicated that ESPN could go the way of Time Warner’s HBO and be provided directly to consumers within the next decade. “There’s an inevitability” to the change, Iger said. TimeWarner’s HBO and CBS Corporation have already invested significantly in direct-to-consumer services. Given the different business model of ESPN and Disney, it is unclear how their strategy might differ from those of these media conglomerates.