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May 23, 2024

Biden’s Unending Student Loan Forgiveness Run

…been forgone or forgiven during the Trump and Biden presidencies. With Tuesday’s addition of $7.7 billion, the tracker’s total now sits at about $405 billion. A single, one-time announcement of…

May 23, 2024

Vast Vote-Buying Strategy — ‘Like We Have Never Seen Before’ — Is Laid to Democrats by North Dakota’s Governor

…resulted in millions of expanded benefit checks sent by the IRS in an election year. Not exactly subtle on the message or timing.   For sheer scheduling chutzpah, it would be hard to…

May 22, 2024

Missed Opportunities in the Proposed Farm Bill

…ignored precedent and increased SNAP benefit levels by about 23 percent—costing $200 billion more over 10 years—raising benefits without Congressional approval for the first time in the program’s history. The…

May 21, 2024

Did AI Just Pass the Turing Test?

…GPT-4 was mistakenly identified as human 54 percent of the time, contrasted with ELIZA’s 22 percent. These findings not only highlight the strides AI has made but also underscore the…

May 15, 2024

The American heart is closing to marriage and family. Can red states change that?

…decline of 6% over the same time frame. Efforts such as these are important because research carried out with my colleague Nicholas Zill indicates that “Florida counties that enjoy strong and stable…

May 14, 2024

Biden Can Follow FDR and Dump His VP

…won her no broad public following. At the same time, Democrats have a deep bench of plausible women to replace Harris. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, a former governor of Rhode Island,…

May 14, 2024

Understanding Trends in Worker Pay over the Past 50 years

…in which men occupied a privileged place in the economy. First, being dominant in the high-productivity goods-producing sector through the mid-20th century, men saw their pay decelerate over time as…

May 13, 2024

The Biden Administration Crossed a Line in Its Rule on Gender Health Care and Foster Children

…be “affirmed.” Many loving parents believe that a child with gender dysphoria might need therapy and time — time because adolescents often struggle with their identities in various ways. When…

May 13, 2024

Do Mothers Have “Societal Support”? Does It Count if It Comes from Neighbors?

It is an annual tradition, for some reason, for folks on social media to dump all over Mother’s Day. Some on the fringe decide it’s sexist or cisnormative or something to believe…

May 10, 2024

A Jumble of Standards: How State and Federal Authorities Have Underestimated Child Maltreatment Fatalities

…reported, differences between state maltreatment fatality rates, and differences over time. More specifically, several key points emerge from the analysis. First, states reported approximately 1,990 child fatalities to the federal…