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In a Newbery Medalist’s Latest Novel, Friends Find Solace in Words

In Erin Entrada Kelly’s charming new book, “You Go First,” misfits connect long-distance via online Scrabble. Is it an escape, or the start of a real bond? ...

Trump should declare victory on China and retreat – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

In any “trade war,” the most important thing to remember is the limit of the martial metaphor. When a foreign company sells Americans something they choose to buy, it is not an act of aggression. Trade negotiations aren’t a zero-sum game in which one country wins and the other has to lose. The point is being forgotten right now, and not just by protectionists. Practically everyone is saying that President Donald Trump is … ...

Congress Approves First Big Dodd-Frank Rollback – Competitive Enterprise Institute

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Assessing Trump’s North Korea Policy – Free Whitewater

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The Effectiveness of Education and Employment Programming for Prisoners – Media bias in education coverage? | In 60 Seconds – AEI

Key Points  Research has shown that education and employment programming for prisoners improves postprison employment and delivers a positive return on investment. Education programming for prisoners has generally produced favorable outcomes for prison misconduct and recidivism. The effects of employment programming on prison misconduct and recidivism have been mixed. Based on existing evidence, policymakers could consider reinstituting Pell Gr… ...

The FBI overstated the ‘going dark’ problem, and the facts on encryption remain the same – Media bias in education coverage? | In 60 Seconds – AEI

In 2016, FBI Director James Comey testified twice before Congress regarding concerns that new technology was allowing criminals to “go dark” — that the use of encryption was making it difficult for law enforcement agencies to access evidence. The FBI used its investigation into the 2015 San Bernardino terror attack to highlight its desire for “backdoor” access to encrypted technologies, as the bureau was unable to access the iPhone owned by one of the attackers, Syed Rizwan Farook. ...

Cold War II: Should the US embrace high-tech industrial policy to counter China? An AEIdeas online symposium – Media bias in education coverage? | In 60 Seconds – AEI

In a long essay in National Review this month, Michael Lind issues a call to arms. We are in a new Cold War with China, and must respond accordingly. Geopolitics and geo-economics must be one; the neoliberal Washington Consensus of the post-Cold War era no longer cuts it. Here’s what he says we need in its place: Instead of letting state-capi… ...

Legalize child migrants and build a wall – Media bias in education coverage? | In 60 Seconds – AEI

The fate of the Dreamers is an issue that has come back to life in Congress, thanks to aggressive action by a small group of House Republicans. Why now? “We’re boiling over,” said Representative Fred Upton of Michigan. “It’s got to get done.” The 16-term Republican is right. Congress needs to resolve the status of the young migrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Momentum had ground to a halt — until about 20 or so House Republicans recently def&#...

Media bias in education coverage? | In 60 Seconds – Media bias in education coverage? | In 60 Seconds – AEI

AEI’s Frederick Hess discusses how his recent study found that mainstream media was more favorable to education proposals by the Democrat-led government in 2009, than the Republican-led government in 2017. … ...

Empowering veterans in civilianhood: Reshaping the narrative through the VET OPP Act – Media bias in education coverage? | In 60 Seconds – AEI

Download the PDF Chairman Arrington, Ranking Member O’Rourke, and distinguished members of this subcommittee: Thank you for the opportunity to appear here today, as you consider tangible measures to uplift our nation’s veterans in their transition from war to work and successful civilian lives. It is an honor. Veterans are the unacknowledged pR...

Trump’s looming trade war against the EU is a (terrible) solution in search of a problem – Media bias in education coverage? | In 60 Seconds – AEI

There are good reasons for current tensions in the transatlantic partnership. Whether it is the Iran Deal or the location of the US Embassy in Israel, the Trump administration sees the world differently than most of America’s European partners — and they have the political mandate to act accordingly. That hardly justifies picking fights with Europeans based on shoddy or nonexistent reasoning. A case in point: the threat of imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the&...

Iraq’s election may have had widespread voter fraud – Media bias in education coverage? | In 60 Seconds – AEI

Wednesday marks the deadline in Iraq for reporting incidents of voter fraud. Iraqis from across the political spectrum all say that incidents of cheating were higher this time than in any of Iraq’s previous elections, and most blame irregularities and problems with a new electronic voting system. While it is a truism that Iraqis disappointed in their results often imagine cheating rather than acknowledge their own failures to appeal to a broader electorate, there is enough anecdotal evidenc...

Venezuela needs a new government after rigged election keeps socialist criminal Maduro in power – Media bias in education coverage? | In 60 Seconds – AEI

U.S.-Venezuela relations – already at a low point – worsened Tuesday when President Nicolas Maduro ordered the top two U.S. diplomats to leave Venezuela following his fraudulent re-election Sunday. Maduro expelled U.S. Charge D’affaires Todd Robinson and his deputy, Brian Naranjo, after accusing them of trying to sabotage the presidential election and conspiring against his government. The U.S. offic&...

With Kim Jong Un, There’s No ‘Win-Win’ – Media bias in education coverage? | In 60 Seconds – AEI

North Korea, the world’s nuclear-armed auto dealership from hell, is turning up the high-pressure sales tactics. After months of charm that had secured Kim Jong Un a summit with President Trump in Singapore next month, Mr. Kim has now pivoted without warning. Pyongyang canceled meetings with South Korea, complaining of military exercises with the U.S., which Washington promptly called off at Seoul’s request. North Korea is also threatening to scrap the Singapore parley unless denucleariza...

AT&T might have avoided scandal over Michael Cohen payments if company had listened to investors

AT&T has given companies a lesson on why investors increasingly are seeking information about corporate political spending. For five years, investors have called on AT&T to tell them how much it was spending to lobby politicians at the state and federal levels. AT&T refused. Now, the… ...

The FBI overstated the ‘going dark’ problem, and the facts on encryption remain the same – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

In 2016, FBI Director James Comey testified twice before Congress regarding concerns that new technology was allowing criminals to “go dark” — that the use of encryption was making it difficult for law enforcement agencies to access evidence. The FBI used its investigation into the 2015 San Bernardino terror attack to highlight its desire for “backdoor” access to encrypted technologies, as the bureau was unable to access the iPhone owned by one of the attackers, Syed Rizwan Farook. ...

Cold War II: Should the US embrace high-tech industrial policy to counter China? An AEIdeas online symposium – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

In a long essay in National Review this month, Michael Lind issues a call to arms. We are in a new Cold War with China, and must respond accordingly. Geopolitics and geo-economics must be one; the neoliberal Washington Consensus of the post-Cold War era no longer cuts it. Here’s what he says we need in its place: Instead of letting state-capi… ...

In ’84K,’ Every Life — And Every Death — Has A Price

"84K" by Claire North Claire North’s new gut-punch of a novel takes place in a dystopian world where one monster corporation controls England, every service is privatized, and every life has been assigned a monetary value. (Image credit: Eslah Attar/NPR) … ...

In ’84K,’ Every Life — And Every Death — Has A Price

"84K" by Claire North Claire North’s new gut-punch of a novel takes place in a dystopian world where one monster corporation controls England, every service is privatized, and every life has been assigned a monetary value. (Image credit: Eslah Attar/NPR) ...

The Note: Trump’s ‘Spygate’ claim is evidence-free

The battle against the “deep state” is looking fairly shallow at the moment. … ...