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Minimum Wage, the Constitution, and the Long Fight for Popular Control Over the Economy

On April 4, the governors of California and New York signed off on legislation raising their state’s minimum wages to $15 per hour. While the public may disagree about the merits of this measure and what the cumulative effects will be, there … Continue reading

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Just How Burdensome are Government Regulations?

During the fourth Republican debate in Milwaukee, several candidates assailed the burdensome nature of government regulations, arguing that the imposition of rules on industries and businesses reduces employment and leads to higher costs for consumers. Ben Carson asserted that government regulations – which … Continue reading

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Amid New Allegations and Disclosures, Hillary Clinton Faces Scrutiny Over Donors’ Influence

Since the release of the book Clinton Cash by Peter Schweizer, a conservative scholar and Republican consultant, Hillary Clinton has faced scrutiny over whether contributions to the Clintons and their charitable initiatives influenced her behavior while secretary of state. Schweizer’s discussion of the book … Continue reading

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Jackson Hole Summit Renews Debate on Federal Reserve Monetary Policy

In late August, economists, scholars, and central bankers from across the world gathered in Jackson Hole, Wyoming to make sense of current economic indicators and to plot a path forward for monetary and economic policy in both the United States … Continue reading

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Congressional Progressive Caucus Increasingly Vocal, Critical of Obama

Since President Obama’s inauguration and Rick Santelli’s movement-making call to action that inspired the tea party, national politics has been a triangular affair, with the Republican “establishment” caught in the middle between an anti-incumbent reaction and a seemingly united Democratic front. This triangular dynamic guiding … Continue reading

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America’s Welfare System Is Failing Those Most in Need

Poverty rates in the U.S. have declined since the ‘War on Poverty’ began in the mid-1960s.  According to one comprehensive study, the national poverty rate was approximately 27 percent in 1967: without decades of welfare programs, that rate would have risen to … Continue reading

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