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Trump’s Child Care Plan

There are certainly problems with the ways we tax families, but this is a questionable way of addressing them.

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Uncertainty’s Prophet

Frank Knight is the economist for our age.

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Will Obama’s Signature Trade Deal Fail?

Seismic political shifts could spell doom for the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Revolt Against Wall Street

The arrogance of the financial sector helped stoke our populist moment.

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Clinton’s Bad Trade

Manufacturing won’t find a friend in Hillary.

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The Safety Net vs. Marriage

Marriage penalties are a clear fairness issue and may have bad practical consequences.


A Reason for Optimism

Americans across the economic spectrum are consuming more than they used to.

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188.6 Million Hours of EPA Paperwork

And that’s a minuscule portion of the regulatory state.

Why Trump Challenges Free Trade

The Donald is willing to question policies that privilege shareholders and consumers over average workers.

Uber’s Allies

Conservatives should celebrate the company, but also ask some hard questions.

Social Security: Gut or Expand It?

Both left and right fail to offer a realistic way forward.

Don’t Surrender to the Robots

Should we fight automation’s challenge to employment?

The Immigration Band-Aid

How politicians ignore the problem of low-skill natives abandoning work.

The Pentagon’s War on Accountability

The Department of Defense may never pass an audit—and that’s by design.

Free Trade vs. the Republican Party

The Party of Lincoln historically stood for tariffs and economic nationalism.

An Awful Poll on E-Cigarettes

What does it mean to treat them “the same” as regular cigarettes?

The Cost of Big Ag

As our system of agriculture has grown in size, it has also grown less sustainable.