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Rebuilding America
Paul Ryan’s Infrastructure Privatization Plan

Paul Ryan will target $40 in private investment for every $1 his caucus approves in infrastructure spending.

City Blues
New York’s Terrible Fiscal Health

Blue governance is costly, and De Blasio’s agenda has been as blue as any in the country.

Rebuilding America
A Test for the Democratic Party

How blue politicians reform the infrastructure construction process will be a key determinant of the future of Democratic Party.

Obama's Legacy
The Democrats Turn on Obama

Almost everywhere you look, the gap between Obama’s stirring rhetoric and his underwhelming accomplishments is immense.

Pension Crisis
California Has a Weird Definition of “Social Responsibility”

While pension fund bigwigs try to limit donations to think tanks advocating pension reform, California reaffirms its commitment to keeping pension money out of tobacco.

Not-So-Great Power Politics
Austria Fails to Halt Turkey Accession Talks

Vienna tries and fails to halt EU accession negotiations.

Rebuilding America
Dems May Come Around on Privatized Infrastructure

Blue New York’s Governor Cuomo encourages Trump to embrace privatized infrastructure.

Rebuilding America
How Trump Can Build a Powerful Political Machine

Trump’s infrastructure ambitions can help him build the most powerful political machine America has seen in decades.

The Information Age
Amazon Shows the Futility of Minimum Wage Increases

Policymakers and pundits can bemoan technological advances all they want, but they can’t stop them.

City Blues
Storm Clouds Gather Over America’s Cities

Some of the bloodiest fights over the next few years will be between blue cities and red state legislatures.

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Asia's Game of Thrones

The Trump Administration is likely to comply.

demographic transformation

The millennial urban boom may be coming to a close. This could have major consequences for America’s politics and geography.

A Heavy Lift

No, probably not. But President Trump may have trouble lifting them in the first place.

Delivering on Promises

TPP, NAFTA, and a special deal with the UK: Trump’s first week will be a busy one.

WRM in the WSJ

Eliot Cohen’s new book presents a nuanced and compelling defense of hard power.


Regular readers know the answer: not very effective at all.

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