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Overnight Open Thread (18 Jul 2014)

This Brookings Institute report of Government's Most Visible Failures, 2001-2014 really highlights the media's bias. Just look at the top 10. Was Abu Ghraib really that important? Benghazi ranks just 16th. The Healthcare.gov launch was 19th. The VA scandal...

Megan McArdle on the health care cost slowdown

Technological decline seems more plausible [as a cause]; see this Brookings Institution paper for the extended argument. Basically, health-care innovation is expensive, and for roughly the last decade, we’ve been doing less of it. As old innovations come off patent or are refined into cheaper and better versions, costs fall. If you think health-care innovation […]

The Marine Corps' Top General Slams The Obama Administration Over Iraq

It looks like Gen. James Amos may not get invited to any Obama administration reunions in the coming years. In a talk at the Brookings Institution on Tuesday covered by Foreign Policy's Kate Brannen, the Commandant of the Marine Corps stepped front-and-center into the political debate over the chaos in Iraq, and he took aim at the White House. Show More Summary

The EPA’s carbon plan asks the least from states that pollute the most

Philip Wallach is a fellow in the Governance Studies program at the Brookings Institution. Alex Abdun-Nabi is an intern in the Brookings Center for Effective Public Management. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan is undoubtedly one of the biggest regulatory events in decades. The proposed rule under the Clean Air Act is the centerpiece of the Obama […]

Is the Teenage Summer Job a Thing of the Past?

Fewer and fewer teens are slogging away at summer jobs these days, according to data compiled by the Brookings Institution. That means fewer teens smoking covert cigarettes on loading docks; fewer teens losing their virginities behind...Show More Summary

Government’s Most Visible Failures, 2001-2014

Click for even more interactive data and assorted interesting things. Source: Brookings Institute

Study: Negative Ads May Have Increased Obamacare Enrollment In Some States

Negative ads about Obamacare may actually have encouraged some people to sign up. That's the finding of a study by the Brookings Institution released last week. Brookings calculated the ratio of enrollees for each state (total number enrolled divided by those eligible) and compared it to spending on negative Obamacare ads in each state. Show More Summary

Brookings: The federal government is failing now more than ever, and it keeps getting worse

The federal government is failing now more than ever. That's the conclusion of a unique taxonomy of federal ball-dropping just released by Paul C. Light, a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Light analyzed 41 high-profile cases of federal failure from 2001 to the present day, culled from the Pew Research Center's News Interest […]

Conservative Anti-Obamacare Ads May Have Backfired Spectacularly

The millions of dollars spent on negative advertisements on the Affordable Care Act may have actually led to increased overall enrollment, according to a new study from the Brookings Institute. According to May research from Kantar Media,...Show More Summary

Pushing ourselves into the rotting institutions we want to reinvent

David Brooks said: Some monads withdraw back into the purity of their own subcultures. But others push themselves into the rotting institutions they want to reinvent. If you are looking for people who are going to be creative in the current climate, I’d look for people who are disillusioned with politics even as they go [...]

Every American needs ‘the critical thinking skills of a journalist,’ university says

2 weeks agoIndustries / Media : Media Wire

The Brookings Institution Stony Brook University in New York teaches a course in “news literacy” to students based on the idea that “every student in America should acquire the critical thinking skills of a journalist.” Why would anyone prize the … Read more

Obama taps business executive to oversee troubled VA

Former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald at a Brookings Institution panel discussion in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 15, 2013. Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images Seeking to turn around a troubled agency, President...Show More Summary

Conservatives and Liberals Together Have 'Conspiracy Against Poor People,' AEI Prez Arthur Brooks Says

Liberals talk about poverty but have bad policies while conservatives avoid the issue of poverty. This adds up to a "conspiracy against poor people," Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, told The Christian Post on Monday.

DC’s Top Neocon Finds His Inner Hippie

3 weeks agoNews : The Daily Beast

Arthur Brooks’ pursuit of the formula for happiness has some unlikely speakers talking to the American Enterprise Institute. Is the 1 percent really listening to his spiritual gurus?

How Big A Problem Is Student Debt?

Leonhardt believes the problem is overblown: In fact, the share of income that young adults are devoting to loan repayment has remained fairly steady over the last two decades, according to data the Brookings Institutions is releasing on Tuesday. Only 7 percent of young-adult households with education debt have $50,000 or more of it. By contrast, 58 percent […]

NYT on Student Loan Crisis: What Crisis Is That?

The New York Times' David Leonhardt heralded a new study by the centrist Brookings Institution that questions whether the student loan market actually faces a "crisis on the horizon."

Choosing a college is not like choosing a soulmate

A new Brookings Institution report on student loans created a bit of a stir yesterday. The chief point of contention is the authors' conclusion that "the reality of student loans may not be as dire as many commentators fear." This conclusion rests on a number of findings, each of which appear sound enough, on their own merits: […]

Microsoft: law enforcement faces 'bleak future' if US doesn't scale back its spying

3 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Engadget

It's patently clear by now that Microsoft is no fan of the US government's surveillance strategy, but the company's general counsel, Brad Smith, just took the war of words to a new level. He tells those at the Brookings Institution that the US'...

Good news if you have student debt: It gets better

Although graduates owe a colossal and increasing amount of money on their student loans, that debt is no more of a burden for them than it was 20 years ago, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution. The authors of the report find that rising incomes, lower interest rates, and longer loan terms have largely compensated borrowers for […]

Picture of SF's extreme income equality worth thousands of words

The Anti-Eviction Mapping Project uses Brookings Institute data to show SF's fast-growing income gap. Sometimes visuals paint a picture in a visceral way that mere numbers can’t, and that was the case when the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project...Show More Summary

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