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PPACA Premiums are Lower than You Think

Or so The Brookings Institute would like us to believe. What would cause Brookings to take such a stance especially since parts of the PPACA increased costs dramatically and premiums have increased dramatically? Coverage such as: mandated guaranteed issue regardless of health status; restrictions on the ability to charge different premiums based on anything besides […]

The CIA director reveals the 'most complex, complicated issue' he's ever worked on

During a discussion at the Brookings Institution last week on identifying emerging security threats, CIA Director John Brennan said the bedlam in Syria has become one of the most intricate issues the US faces. "I must say in my experience...Show More Summary

Video: Islam, Islamism and secularism

An excellent quick video (published by The Atlantic and narrated by Shadi Hamid, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution) on the historical and contemporary role of Islam in Middle Eastern politics: (h/t @BrendanTN_).

Ornstein and Mann Updated

Non-partisan Congressional scholars Norm Ornstein (American Enterprise Institute) and Thomas Mann (Brookings Institute) update their diagnosis of government dysfunction in The Washington Post. Fast forward to 2016. Incredibly, Republican destructiveness  is even worse than it was four years ago — and the party is paying for it with a surge of anti-establishment populism that is [...]Show More Summary

Education Dept. Should Continue to Collect Benefits Costs by Functional Expense

This is a guest post by my colleague and collaborator Braden Hosch, who is the Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research, Planning & Effectiveness at Stony Brook University. He has served in previous positions as the chief academic officer for the Connecticut Department of Education and the chief policy and research officer for the Connecticut... Read more »

Seven Ways To Find Meaning At Work (Actual Good Ideas From David Brooks)

3 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Two professional conservatives, the New York Times Op-Ed columnist and Arthur Brooks (no relation), president of the American Enterprise Institute, offer some ideas convincing enough that the leftish Atlantic is willing to post them...

Evangelicals Say U.S. Is No Longer Christian

A majority of white Evangelical Protestants -- 59 percent -- say the United States has lost its Christian identity, according to a survey by the Public Religion Research Institute and Brookings Institution. This represents an 11-point jump from 48 percent in 2012. Show More Summary

Ten Things that Caught My Eye Today (June 23, 2016)

1. At an event at the American Enterprise Institute this morning, Cardinal Wuerl cited this Q&A from NRO I did last year with Arthur Brooks. I was glad he did as it was a reminder that Arthur’s book on the conservative heart is key reading for rebuilding. Show More Summary

Trump’s dangerous disdain for substance

The Brookings Institution’s Benjamin Wittes writes: In her speech last week on her opponent and national security, Hillary Clinton declared that “it’s not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because somebody got under his very thin skin.” (Trump’s response? “I don’t have thin skin. I have very strong, very thick […]

House Holds Hearing Today On The Need To Control Automatic Spending And Unauthorized Programs

The House Budget Committee holds a hearing today at 9:30 a.m. EST on The Need to Control Automatic Spending and Unauthorized Programs with these witnesses: Lily Batchelder (NYU) Stuart Butler (Brookings Institution) David Walker (Former Comptroller General of the United States)

The 100-year-old Brookings Institution is working to turn itself into more of a digital publisher

When scholars and experts study social mobility, they typically use intergenerational quintile transition matrices to discuss inequality and economic opportunity. In August 2014, Richard V. Reeves, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution,...Show More Summary

World Humanitarian Summit: Laudable, But Short on Hard Political Commitments

This article was originally published in the Future Development blog of The Brookings Institution. By Daniel V. Speckhard Last week's World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul was by any measure, quite a spectacle. There were celebrities...Show More Summary

Energy Access Without Development

This week, the Brookings Institution’s Energy Security and Climate Initiative hosted a debate between myself and UC Berkeley’s Dan Kammen. The important relationship between energy consumption and human well-being is today broadly recognized by scholars and policy-makers. Show More Summary

Vouchers Subsidizing Education Failure

The false god of school vouchers has been unmasked once again, this time by a Brookings Institution study that says students in Louisiana and Indiana using vouchers to attend private and religious schools ended up doing worse on reading and math scores than their public school counterparts. “The magnitudes of the negative impacts were large,” […]

Economic Scene: A Look Ahead at the Next Recession

At the Brookings Institution recently, Shaun Donovan, Lawrence H. Summers and Eduardo Porter discussed the lessons learned from the Great Recession.

On Negative Effects of Vouchers

From the Brookings Institution: On negative effects of vouchers, by Mark Dynarski: Executive summary Recent research on statewide voucher programs in Louisiana and Indiana has found that public school students that received vouchers to attend private schools subsequently scored lower...

Can the NYT Get Its Columnists to Move to Using Data?

Arthur Brooks, the the president of the American Enterprise Institute, used his NYT column to complain that people in the United States were not moving enough. He argues that people were reluctant to move from depressed areas of the country to the growing areas which offer more opportunities. Show More Summary

An Op-Ed, a Tweet About the Op-Ed, and the Massive Racist, Xenophobic, and Anti-Semitic Response

Earlier today The Washington Post published a very thoughtful essay by Brookings Institute Senior Fellow Robert Kagan. The New York Times Deputy Washington Editor, Jonathon Weisman, tweeted about it. A short time later all hell broke lose on his twitter timeline. While several mainstream news outlets have picked up the story, the majority of them in Israel, I […]

Prominent neoconservative on Trump: 'This is how fascism comes to America'

Neoconservative columnist Robert Kagan warned in a Washington Post column published Thursday that Donald Trump could be putting America on a path to "fascist" rule. Kagan, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, wrote that the "Republican...Show More Summary

What Can the U.S. Learn from Radicalization in the French-Speaking World?

Late last fall, just a few weeks before the coördinated attacks in Paris, a Brookings Institution researcher named Chris Meserole assembled all the data he could find about which countries ISIS fighters came from, and began to run programs looking for correlations. Show More Summary

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