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Please join us at AEI for a research conference on an upcoming edited volume on the history, promise, and future of prison education and reentry programs in the United States.

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Republicans won an unparalleled control of state governments at a time when Barack Obama and Democrats were dominating on the national stage. They did it by ignoring Washington and offering up better ideas to improve the lives of citizens in their states. That is what Ed Gillespie is doing in Virginia today, and it is why he can win.

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It is hard to imagine that our national descent into political contempt could get any worse than it did this week. At some point we have to pull up out of this downward — before it’s too late.

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Deirdre McCloskey’s voluminous work over the years spans centuries and disciplines. In this short-read Q&A, she both looks back on how the West grew so rich in the first place and looks ahead to make the case for a political philosophy that will allow the West to continue growing richer in the future.

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Fellow Jonah Goldberg,  discusses the attack on U.S. soldiers in Niger and General Kelly’s remarks about Trump’s condolence calls to the families of the fallen soldiers.

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Republicans have not been successful at replacing Obamacare, but they are not ready for a complete surrender. That’s why they are unlikely to go along with a deal that shores up Obamacare while doing nothing to move it in the direction they want.

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President Trump is criticized, often justly, for misstatements of facts and failure to understand the details of public policy. But in two of his most recent controversial actions, he has taken stands upholding the rule of law and undoing the lawless behavior of his most recent predecessor.

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Empowering ATF to ban firearms devices without explicit authorization from Congress is a far greater threat to the Second Amendment than any legislation Congress could pass.

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Let’s quit keeping score on which president has made how many calls. And the proper response for Trump to offer to questions on the subject is a dignified silence.

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Are we internationalists or not? Public opinion is often complex, and while there is opposition to some aspects of Trump’s “America First” approach, he strikes a responsive chord in others.

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Americans use technology for comfort, not revolution

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