After Las Vegas: Moving Towards Solutions

After Las Vegas: Moving Towards Solutions

After the Las Vegas tragedy, we might just scream at each other, as we do every time there is a mass shooting.

Or, we could do something more productive. If you're part of the latter camp, read on.

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Dangerous Media Sensationalism on North Korea

Dangerous Media Sensationalism on North Korea

Did you hear that the US declared war on North Korea? If you've been reading a lot of major news outlets, you'd have every reason to believe so. However the real story--with all the context--paints a very different picture.

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Trump's Wall is Falling, and the Dangers of Relying on Symbols

Trump's Wall is Falling, and the Dangers of Relying on Symbols

Has Trump's wall become an albatross around his neck? A ball and chain? An Achilles' heel?

Learn how these--and other--symbols can be a hinderance when trying to govern.

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The RAISE Act, and How to Analyze the Impact of Immigration Proposals

The RAISE Act, and How to Analyze the Impact of Immigration Proposals

There's a lot of disagreement among Americans about whether we need more or fewer immigrants, and what types will be most helpful. What do economic analyses say on the subject, and about the RAISE act?

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Is US Political Polarization Turning a Corner?

Is US Political Polarization Turning a Corner?

Last week the Republicans tried three times to pass some sort of repeal to the ACA (Obamacare) along party lines. In our last podcast episode we talk about the complex forces and rules that caused these three attempts to fail.

Politically, this much failure is dangerous. Trump and the GOP are looking for a much-needed legislative win. Trump accused the GOP of being "total quitters" if they abandoned another repeal bill. But right now, they just don't have the votes.

So health reform is dead until someone gets a larger Senate majority, right? 

Well, maybe not.

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Tying Trump's Hands On Russian Sanctions, AKA "You Shall Not Pass!"

Tying Trump's Hands On Russian Sanctions, AKA "You Shall Not Pass!"

Donald Trump is getting a quick lesson in the limitations of his office. As much as he’d like to will his policy proposals into existence, he is learning - as have all other presidents before him - how constrained his new position of power actually is.

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Fact Check: The Universal Health Care Tax Cut

Fact Check: The Universal Health Care Tax Cut

Recently I saw a Facebook post that was starting to seriously make the rounds among my more politically inclined friends. It made the case that if the US were to switch over to a Single Payer system, it could pay for the entire thing with its current budget and also provide a $200B annual tax cut. Also nobody would pay for private health insurance. Sounds pretty great.
Unfortunately it has zero citations so I decided to do the research. Is it anywhere close to accurate or totally full of it?

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Dispatch from Seattle: Reviewing the $15 Minimum Wage

Dispatch from Seattle: Reviewing the $15 Minimum Wage

I was in Seattle recently (great city, fabulous, everyone says so), and while there a very nice and gregarious person was telling us about how excited she was for the $15 minimum wage. I knew almost nothing about it other than brief headlines on the news, so I listened but didn't add much.

But it was a good opportunity to then go do some research.

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What Drove Trump and Moon's North Korea Flip-Flops? Probably Geopolitics

What Drove Trump and Moon's North Korea Flip-Flops? Probably Geopolitics

If you're thinking, "the US and South Korea just quietly merged their divergent North Korean strategies into a single unified approach," you seem to be right. What's the deal?

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What's the Impact of The US Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement?

What's the Impact of The US Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement?

Trump withdrew from the Paris agreement in early June 2017. Not surprisingly, there was a big reaction. We were meeting with one of our ReConsider Cabinet members discussing the withdrawal the day it happened (as expected, great conversation). One thing we learned immediately hearing from her was that she had done much more research on the Paris Agreement and the withdrawal's implications than we had, so we did some research! You're welcome.

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