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IS THAT REALLY A SPIDER, OR ARE YOU BEING MONITORED?:   Today’s Wall Street Journal oped by a Harv…

IS THAT REALLY A SPIDER, OR ARE YOU BEING MONITORED?:   Today’s Wall Street Journal oped by a Harvard Law prof and a Brookings Institution fellow assert that we need a “new social contract” to handle the coming privacy and security threats: You walk into your shower and see a spider. You don’t know whether it […]

Lost in translation

This piece in the NYT made me smile: While Mr. Bernanke will remain a full-time fellow at the Brookings Institution, the new role represents his first somewhat regular job in the private sector since stepping down as Fed chairman in January 2014. His role at Citadel was negotiated by Robert Barnett, the Washington superlawyer who also […]

How Utah Became the Next Silicon Valley

A couple of years ago, Mark Muro, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, noticed, along with some of his colleagues, that when politicians and businesspeople debated how the U.S. could be more economically competitive, the conversations tended to focus on promoting certain innovative industries. Show More Summary

EU Can Afford Anti-Russia Sanctions If Economy is Strong - German Minister

Maintaining the EU economic sanctions against Russia will depend on the overall economic strength of the Union, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said at a Brookings Institution conference in Washington, DC on Thursday.

LEGO explainer: Taxes and income inequality

LEGOs make everything better. David Wessel for Brookings Institution explains how federal taxes play a role in decreasing the income gap. Each column an income quintile and each brick a… Tags: income, Lego, taxes

Assessing the Affordable Care Act

Anybody get to this? What was said that was unexpected? [Assessing the Affordable Care Act’s efficacy, implementation, and policy implications five years later | Brookings Institution](http://www.brookings.edu/events/2015/04/14-aca-efficacy-implementation-west-kamarck):...Show More Summary

How to spread the wealth, explained with Legos

  Forget "makers" and "takers" -- a new Brookings Institution analysis shows that there's still plenty of inequality to go around after the federal government takes its share of your monthly paycheck. In the video above, Brookings Senior Fellow David Wessel sums it all up, with Legos. Legos! (if you prefer boring old charts I've stuck one […]

How much does the tax code reduce inequality?

This post originally appeared on Up Front, the Brookings Institution's blog. There is, for good reason, a lot of focus these days on the widening gap between the top and the bottom in the U.S. economy. Since it’s (almost) Tax Day, that...Show More Summary

Worthy of support

Amar Bhattacharya is a senior fellow at the Global Economy and Development Programme at the Brookings Institution. Homi Kharas is a senior fellow and deputy director of the programme. THE United Nations General Assembly will agree on...Show More Summary

Blogging Ben Flogs the Market

(Steven Hayward) This week former Fed chief Ben Bernanke started a blog hosted by the Brookings Institution, and his first week of posts concerns the subject of—wait for it now, I know it will come as a big surprise... interest rates. Show More Summary

Thrown Under the Bus: Another Look at the Self-Serving Launch of Ben Bernanke's Blog and the Brookings Institute's Pandering Role

Within hours of Ben Bernanke launching his blog at the Brookings Institute I commented Ben Bernanke, Confused as Ever, Starts His Own Blog to Prove It.By that time, a few hundred comments to his blog had already been approved. I made...Show More Summary

Who’s Joining ISIS’s Twitter Army?

The pro-ISIS Twitter ecosystem remains large, vibrant, and dangerous, according to a new survey published by the Brookings Institution, but efforts to suspend supporters’ accounts are disrupting the group’s ability to get its message out. The report, by terrorism analyst J.M. Show More Summary

Social Advocacy and Politics: While Titans Clash

Two titans of social media, Anonymous and ISIS, are at war with each other. ISIS, as we now know thanks to a methodologically robust study from the Brookings Institute, has become a major force on Twitter with more than 25,000 active Twitter accounts (from among as many as 90,000 total accounts created) supporting its propaganda efforts. Show More Summary

Ben Bernanke, Confused as Ever, Starts His Own Blog to Prove It

Ben Bernanke just started his own blog at the Brookings Institute. His first post, from today, Inaugurating a New Blog is the announcement. Let's dive into Bernanke's second post of the day: Why are Interest Rates So Low? Bernanke: Low interest rates are not a short-term aberration, but part of a long-term trend. Show More Summary

Brookings Invitation

  Assessing the Affordable Care Act’s efficacy, implementation, and policy implications five years later. Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 9:00 AM — 12:00 PM (EST) ?The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue, NW?Washington,...Show More Summary

#AskBen: Welcome To Twitter @BenBernanke

The comments on Ben Bernanke's blog posts at the Brookings Institutions may be filtered, but as of moments ago anyone will be able to praise the former Fed chairman for "bailing out the world" and being so very "concerned about America's seniors" in person, courtesy of what appears to be Bernanke's legitimate first ever Twitter account. So, is it time for #AskBen? #AskBen Tweets

Former Fed Chairman Bernanke gets a new title: Blogger

Bernanke is now a senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, which made the announcement on Monday

Welcome to Twitter, Ben Bernanke!

The former Fed Chair, Ben Bernanke, has joined the masses on Twitter, mostly, it seems, to promote posts on his new Brookings Institution blog. The account, @benbernanke, has existed since 2009, but until today it was a locked account...Show More Summary

KRUGMAN: I think Bernanke just revealed what people complained about most during his time at the Fed

In his first post as blogger for the Brookings Institute, former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke discuss the impact of low interest rates on America's savers. It's interesting and a bit surprising. And according to Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman, it may reveal what people complained most about during Bernanke's time at the Fed. Show More Summary

Ben Bernanke, blogger

Blogging isn't dead. At least, Ben Bernanke, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, doesn't think so: He's now blogging at the Brookings Institution. In his first post, he says he wants to write about this fascinating chart, which shows the steady decline in interest rates over the past 30 years or so. The question of why interest rates keep falling is an […]

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