WNC Think TanksEdition

Trump, China, and Tariffs: From Soybeans to Semiconductors

After weeks of on-again off-again threats, the Trump administration on June 15 produced its list of specific Chinese products on which it soon plans to impose tariffs. The newly announced tariffs will almost exclusively attack intermediate inputs and capital equipment that American companies import… ...
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Pentagon Puts Cyberwarriors on the Offensive, Increasing the Risk of Conflict

Jun 17, 2018Lt. Gen. Paul Nakasone, commander of U.S. Army Cyber Command, speaks at the ARCYBER-led Total Army Cyber Summit at Fort Belvoir, Va. on Feb. 22, 2017. Nakasone is responsible for planning cyber operations to disable Iran's air defense systems in case of conflict. ...

Sudan: UN’s Planned Cuts to Darfur Mission Risk Rights Protection

United Nations Mission in Darfur peacekeepers stand guard in Shagra village, North Darfur, October 18, 2012. © 2012 Reuters Expand ...

How Social Media Has Reshaped Feminism

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Revised Tariffs Against China Hit Non-Chinese Supply Chains Even Harder

President Trump’s revised tariffs to protect US technology and intellectual property— announced June 15, 2018 and scheduled to be implemented in two phases starting July 6, 2018—would mostly miss Chinese companies and instead hit non-Chinese multinational corporations operating in China. Compared… ...

French Senate Law Commission Fails on Asylum and Immigration Bill

Proposed changes by France’s Senate Law Commission to a controversial and widely criticized asylum and immigration bill could make things worse and open the door to improper and unlawful exclusion of refugees. The commission’s amendments would require examiners to refuse an asylum seeker refugee status if there are “serious reas...

Patent issues in 2018: A conversation with US Patent and Trademark Office Director Andrei Iancu – Ep. 101: Artificial intelligence and the hunt for the master algorithm – AEI

Recent developments in patent law have once again highlighted the importance of American innovation and the critical need to balance the intellectual property system. Join AEI as US Patent and Trademark Office Director Andrei Iancu discusses significant contemporary issues in patent law, including the Trump administration’s approach to patents and competitiveness, recent activities at the US Patent and Trademark Office, and recent Supreme Court decisions. A follow-up panel will featu...

Ep. 101: Artificial intelligence and the hunt for the master algorithm – Ep. 101: Artificial intelligence and the hunt for the master algorithm – AEI

Machine learning is something new under the sun: a technology that builds itself. Right now we have limited algorithms with limited potential, but, if it exists, the Master Algorithm could derive all knowledge in the world from data. Inventing it would be one of the greatest advances in the history of science, speeding up the progress of knowledge across the board and changing the world in ways we can barely begin to imagine. Podcast (political-economy-podcast): ...

Unelected power: Central banking, the regulatory state, and democratic legitimacy – Ep. 101: Artificial intelligence and the hunt for the master algorithm – AEI

Significant parts of the modern public sector are not under the direct control of the elected representatives of the people. Instead, judges and independent regulators exercise immense delegated, unelected power over a range of areas and activities. The response to the global financial crisis and the deep recession that followed has brought central bankers, in particular, to the forefront of public attention. In his new book “Unelected Power: The Quest for Legitimacy in Central Banking and ...

Assessing the administrative state: A conversation with Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Administrator Neomi Rao – Ep. 101: Artificial intelligence and the hunt for the master algorithm – AEI

President Donald Trump came into office promising “the most far-reaching regulatory reform in American history.” He put forward an ambitious agenda, overturning regulations; issuing an executive order requiring that, for every new regulation issued, at least two be eliminated; and approving far fewer new rules than any other president in recent memory. A year and a half into President Trump’s first term, what has been accomplished? What has been learned? And what tools are availa...

Charitable Giving and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – Ep. 101: Artificial intelligence and the hunt for the master algorithm – AEI

AEI Economic Perspectives papers Abstract This paper investigates how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act affects household charitable giving in the United States. We find that the law will reduce charitable giving by $17...

What successful antipoverty efforts look like: A refreshing report from the Rocky Mountain State – Ep. 101: Artificial intelligence and the hunt for the master algorithm – AEI

A program in Colorado that focuses on helping non-custodial fathers gain employment and pay child support provides a refreshing example of effective state-led antipoverty efforts. The Colorado Parent Employment Program shows government can successfully invest in people’s skills and abilities while insisting on the primacy of work and responsi...

This Father’s Day, more than a quarter of kids have absentee fathers – Ep. 101: Artificial intelligence and the hunt for the master algorithm – AEI

The first American celebration of Father’s Day commemorated a mining disaster that left over 1,000 children fatherless. At the time, in the early 1900s, it was very unusual for children to live without their dads: According to our analysis of census data, fewer than 8 percent of kids under ten l...

The case for Social Security-financed parental leave – Ep. 101: Artificial intelligence and the hunt for the master algorithm – AEI

In this article, Biggs makes the case for a recent proposal to allow workers to receive paid family leave through the Social Security system in exchange for reduced retirement benefits, and he responds to a critique of the proposal in an earlier On the Margin article by Michael Strain and Viard.   Read the full article. ...

Trump trade policy ungrounded in economics, oblivious to history – Ep. 101: Artificial intelligence and the hunt for the master algorithm – AEI

As President Trump slaps increased import tariffs on China as well as on U.S. allies like Canada, Europe and Mexico, he consistently cites the U.S. bilateral trade deficit with these economies as a reason for his actions. In his mind, increased import tariffs will reduce that deficit and in the process will increase U.S. jobs at home. ...

Glimpsing into the future after the AT&T–Time Warner trial – Ep. 101: Artificial intelligence and the hunt for the master algorithm – AEI

The internet hosted several hot takes last week following AT&T’s sweeping victory in one of the biggest antitrust trials in history. Although the Justice Department has not indicated whether it will appeal its loss, it did heed the court’s advice not to seek a...

Episode 45: Purple Hayes – Ep. 101: Artificial intelligence and the hunt for the master algorithm – AEI

This week’s Remnant reunites Jonah with his fellow goatee-sporting journalist Steve Hayes, the editor-in-chief of the Weekly Standard. Jonah tries to keep the chicken wings an cheese curds away from Steve long enough for them to talk about North Korea, the state of the Republican Party, and Charles Krauthammer. You can subscribe to The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg on ...

On North Korea, Trump deserves more latitude and less attitude – Ep. 101: Artificial intelligence and the hunt for the master algorithm – AEI

Well, that didn’t take long. President Trump had barely departed Singapore when Democrats in Washington unleashed scathing attacks over his meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. “What the United States has gained is vague and unverifiable at best. What North Korea has gained, however, is tangible and lasting,” Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) fumed. “In his haste to reach an agreement, ...

Liberty’s precedents – Ep. 101: Artificial intelligence and the hunt for the master algorithm – AEI

As we near America’s July birthday, it is useful to remind ourselves that preceding that date in both calendar months and centuries is the June anniversary of the signing of England’s Magna Carta. Comparing and contrasting the Declaration of Independence, which was signed on July 4 in Philadelphia, with the Magna Carta, which was signed on June 15 in a meadow at Runnymede in the south of England, has always been a useful exercise in civic education. ...

Research: Changes in Safety Net in Recent Decades Heavily Favored Working Families, Weakened Supports for Out-of-Work Families

With the House set to consider extensive changes in SNAP (formerly food stamps) in the farm bill this week, leading researchers Hilary Hoynes and Diane Schanzenbach have found that over the past 25 years, the safety net has become far more targeted to working families and families with incomes somewhat above the poverty line, while supports for poor families that do not have earnings have declined (see chart for share of spendi...