Daily Policy Digest

Teachers Unions Oppose Teacher Accountability Standards in Common Core

Lately, opposition to the CCSS has come from teachers' unions, who are trying to remove its teacher accountability provisions...

Dodd-Frank Increases Likelihood of Bailouts

The Dodd-Frank Act, the epitome of the post-2008 financial crisis regulation, has strengthened rather than ended the "too big to fail" doctrine...

Free Trade Boosts Incomes, Reduces Hunger

Free trade -- the sale and purchase of goods free of tariffs and similar barriers -- has blossomed over the last half-century. In 1947, the average tariff rate in industrial nations was 40 percent; today, that number is below 3 percent...

How Will HealthCare.gov Fare This Fall?

It's no secret that the Obamacare enrollment website HealthCare.gov had its share of problems during last year's open enrollment period. While the site is reportedly stronger this year, there are a number of areas that might pose trouble for the Department of Health and Human Services…...

Pushing the Energy Boom Forward

America's shale boom has provided a remarkable boost to the otherwise sluggish U.S. economy. The oil and gas sector has added $300 billion annually to U.S. GDP...

The Financial Costs of Illegal Immigration

Many people believe that illegal immigrants receive little government welfare, but that is not the case...

Welfare Work Requirements Prompt Lawsuit

The federal food stamp program (more formally, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) imposes a work requirement for able-bodied adults without children...

Medicare Paying for Drugs for the Dead

The Inspector General within the Department of Health and Human Services has released a new report revealing a bizarre rule within the Medicare program: it covers payment for prescription drugs filled up to a month after a patient has died...

U.S. Economy Could See Dramatic Gains from 1 More Percentage Point of Growth

For 40 years, the American economy grew at a rate of 3.3 percent annually after World War II. That trend, however, has halted; growth since 2007 has been just 1.5 percent...

Young Americans Have a Negative Saving Rate

While Americans overall have increased their saving since the recession, young Americans have not...


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