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Leon Aron and Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) will discuss the dangers posed by Putin’s Russia and what the US and its allies, partners, and others can do to deter and counter Moscow.

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Join AEI and Brookings for a discussion with a diverse group of experts on the reasons and potential for federal paid family and medical leave policies.

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Join AEI for the discussion of the history of the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act and a panel discussion on the costs and benefits of reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act’s separation of commercial and investment banking.

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Is tech policy about to change dramatically? Can the FCC adequately monitor the Internet when it’s built on decades old regulation?

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This week I spoke with Brent Skorup, a research fellow in the technology policy program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His research topics include wireless policy, new media regulation, competition, and telecommunication. We discussed tech policy, specifically on whether a system built on 1930s regulation can succeed in today’s fast-moving world.

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The first year of a new administration is normally the time to advance an ambitious legislative agenda. Unfortunately, the Trump administration has released a budget plan that is more of a political statement than something designed to bring about a change in policy.

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Economic policy here matters in a way it doesn’t in other nations. America matters in a way other nations don’t. Why take big fiscal risks that are totally unnecessary? The US could pass a much smaller business tax cut that was still plenty growthy.

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In a recent piece, my colleague Jim Pethokoukis highlights a significant issue about the design of paid family leave policies. What is missing from this reading of the data is the question: What kinds of paid leave policies are we talking about?

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paris climate agreement

The Paris Climate Agreement is silly and destructive as a strategy to engender environmental improvement, but it works beautifully as a mechanism to transform the climate industry into a perpetual motion machine.

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The CBO’s finding that federal employees receive total pay and benefits averaging 17 percent above what similar employees would receive from large private sector employers is a reasonable one.

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Some economists make the case for higher US taxes, claiming that it would lead to economic growth. However, these tax rates would have big impacts on taxpayer behavior and the economy.

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US trade policy doesn’t look out for steel so often because there is a sophisticated case that it’s good for the economy. It’s because the steel industry is a politically powerful lobby.

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Brazil’s troubled political and economic outlook should be of considerable concern to the Trump administration insofar as it is occurring right in the United States’ own backyard. With an economy of close to $ 2 trillion, Brazil remains the world’s ninth-largest economy and is by far South America’s biggest.

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