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Hong Kong: Chief Executive Should Defend Autonomy

Hong Kong Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam (R) enters a news conference with Chief Secretary Matthew Cheung (C) and Financial Secretary Paul Chan in Hong Kong, China June 21, 2017. REUTERS/Bobby Yip ...
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South Korea: Seek Help for North Korean Refugees in China

201706Asia_SouthKorea_Moon Expand South Korean President Moon Jae-In att...

Five Flaws in a New Analysis of Seattle’s Minimum Wage

A team of faculty and students at the University of Washington was tasked with assessing how Seattle’s 2014 minimum wage ordinance, which is gradually raising the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, is affecting low-wage workers. This week, the group released a working paper—without peer review—that looks at the ordinance’s first two phases, under which the minimum wage for ...

Census Funding in Crisis

Despite the need to ramp up preparations for the fast-approaching 2020 census, President Trump’s 2018 budget would boost funding for the Census Bureau by just 2 percent ($27 million) next year — far less than what’s needed to ensure a successful census. The House Appropriations Committee’s proposed bill, released today, does little better, providing ju...

South African Youth Fed Up With Formal Politics

As in the United States and many other countries, the rate of participation of those aged fifteen ...

Germany, Malta on Verge of Marriage Equality

People dance as they participate in the annual Gay Pride parade in Berlin, Germany on July 23, 2016. In Germany, same-sex couples can become registered partners, but cannot get married. ...

Nicholas Burns testifies before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on Russian interference in European elections: President’s denial of Russian interference "dismaying and objectionable"

Jul 28, 2017 On June 28, Nicholas Burns testified before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee on Russian interference in European elections. He called President Trump’s response to Russia’s cyber attacks on the U.S. democratic system both “dismaying and objectionable.” He says it’s the “president’s duty to be skeptical of Russia and that his refusal to take action is “a dereliction of his basic duty to defend the country.” ...

Nicholas Burns: President’s denial of Russian interference "dismaying and objectionable"

Jul 28, 2017 Former Ambassador Nicholas Burns calls President Trump’s response to Russia’s cyber attacks on the U.S. democratic system both “dismaying and objectionable.” He says it’s the president’s duty to be skeptical of Russia and that his refusal to take action is “a dereliction of his basic duty to defend the country.” ...

Share of Middle Income Jobs Fell Faster in Major Economies Outside US

The United States is hardly alone in experiencing a hollowing out of the middle income job market. In fact, the percent of jobs in manufacturing and other kinds of middle income employment dropped at a faster rate in other major economies outside the United States between 1995 and 2015. It fell by… ...

Sensible regulation of e-cigarettes: Opportunities for reform – Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on kingpins and corruption: targeting transnational organized crime in the Americas – AEI Events Podcast

The costly regulatory regime imposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) threatens the availability of e-cigarettes and product improvement, thereby deterring many of America’s 37 million smokers from making a lifesaving switch. Join AEI as a panel of experts discusses the science on e-cigarettes, the implications of the FDA’s current regulatory framework, and opportunities for regulatory, legal, and statutory reform. Join the conversation on social media with ...

The role of government in medical innovation – Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on kingpins and corruption: targeting transnational organized crime in the Americas – AEI Events Podcast

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is by far the principal nonprofit funder of biomedical research in the United States. Consequently, when President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposal included deep cuts in funding for the NIH, it sent shock waves through academic medical institutions that benefit from NIH research moneys. Although Congress is unlikely to accommodate this proposal, the suggested cuts raise the question of the role of government in medical innovation. ...

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on kingpins and corruption: targeting transnational organized crime in the Americas – Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on kingpins and corruption: targeting transnational organized crime in the Americas – AEI Events Podcast

This AEI Events Podcast features the release of AEI’s new report, “Kingpins and Corruption: Targeting Transnational Organized Crime in the Americas.” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) delivers opening remarks and discusses with AEI’s Roger F. Noriega how Congress and the executive branch can proactively address the threats posed by transnational organized crime. ...

Give credit where credit is due: Trump’s strategy to get NATO allies to spend more appears to be working – Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on kingpins and corruption: targeting transnational organized crime in the Americas – AEI Events Podcast

President Trump has come under withering criticism for questioning whether America would meet its Article V commitment to defend a NATO ally if it were attacked as leverage to get allies to raise defense spending. In February, Defense Secretary James Mattis told allies that if they failed to meet their commitment to spend at least 2% of GDP on defense, the United States might “moderate” its commitment to defend them. “America cannot care more for your children’s future secu...

Discussing effects of technology on income debate: Strain on Fox News’ ‘America’s Newsroom’ – Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on kingpins and corruption: targeting transnational organized crime in the Americas – AEI Events Podcast

Resident Scholar, Michael Strain, discusses the effects of technology on the income debate. ...

And it’s really not enough, Part II – Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on kingpins and corruption: targeting transnational organized crime in the Americas – AEI Events Podcast

Even if the Senate’s next version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) has a Lazarus-like recovery and springs back to political life after the July 4th congressional recess, any further tactical gains on that front remain both unlikely and limited. Proponents of change need to avoid imagining they are taking another step forward when they might be taking two steps backward. Here’s some further homework for would be health care reformers that involves rethinking before you reload,...

South Korea – United States relations: What does the future hold? I IN 60 SECONDS – Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on kingpins and corruption: targeting transnational organized crime in the Americas – AEI Events Podcast

  With recently elected South Korean president Moon Jae-In favoring a shift in diplomatic tactics with North Korea, how might this affect both the North Korean regime and South Kor...

I’ve seen more, Part I – Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on kingpins and corruption: targeting transnational organized crime in the Americas – AEI Events Podcast

“Victory has a hundred fathers, but defeat is an orphan.” Although that quote often is attributed to the late President John F. Kennedy concerning the 1961 Bay of Pigs fiasco, the better 20th century source probably was Count Gian Galeazzo Ciano, Foreign Minister of Fascist Italy from 1936-1943, who also was the son-in-law of Benito Mussolini. (That, too, ...

How data sharing can improve poverty programs – Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on kingpins and corruption: targeting transnational organized crime in the Americas – AEI Events Podcast

One of the most important policy discussions going on right now concerns how we maintain the accuracy of government reported statistics, especially those concerning the economic condition of our fellow Americans. Empirical and credible data are essential for policymakers and program administrators to measure properly program performance and to understand how these programs affect the lives of participants. In fact, the C...

Godspeed, Mitchell Chester – Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on kingpins and corruption: targeting transnational organized crime in the Americas – AEI Events Podcast

Mitchell Chester, the longtime Massachusetts Commissioner of Education, a good man, and a true friend, passed away Monday evening. Mitchell was felled by a fast-moving cancer, a disease that attacked him with horrible speed this spring and ultimately claimed him at a far-too-young 65. Mitchell spent decades at the center of this era’s efforts to improve schooling. He taught in Connecticut and eventually made his way to Philadelphia in 1997, where he directed assessment and accountabi...

SCOTUS delivers win for religious liberty but punts on school choice – Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on kingpins and corruption: targeting transnational organized crime in the Americas – AEI Events Podcast

On Monday, the Supreme Court handed down its long-awaited decision in Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer, delivering a potent victory for religious liberty—but one with murkier implications for school choice than many had anticipated. In a 7–2 ruling, the Court held that Missouri violated the First Amendment’s free-exercise clause when it prohibite...