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Unintended Consequences
Unintended Consequences
“Ban the Box” Doesn’t Work

Add the phrase to the pantheon of alliterative social justice slogans that sound appealing but collapse under scrutiny.

Unintended Consequences
When Liberal Goals Collide

Generous family leave policies advocated by university feminists seem to have backfired spectacularly.

Unintended Consequences
War on McDonald’s Harms the Poor

The offensive against franchises won’t just destroy opportunities for workers—it will hollow out the communities where these restaurants are actually an important source of social capital.

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Another Green Policy Backfires

Homeowners that participated in a federal green financing program are having trouble selling their houses in California.

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A Pushy China Brings Neighbors Together

Japan gets cozy with Australia and the Philippines: yet more evidence that China’s increasingly assertive regional strategy is pushing its neighbors into each others’ hands.

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Riyadh: Nuke Deal Will Make Us Get Nukes Too

The Saudis and the GCC will be venting all of their frustrations with the Iran nuclear deal on President Obama today.

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Asia's Game of Thrones

Both Washington and Manila are doing damage control in the wake of Duterte’s latest comments, but the real test is yet to come.


Even the New York Times is beginning to acknowledge Obama’s sorry legacy in the Middle East.

beyond blue

Financial literacy has to become a basic element of the U.S. educational system.


The inability to pass the easiest of trade deals with Canada speaks to a deeper structural crisis at the heart of the continent.

After the Elections

Fair enough. But some of the Realpolitik Russia won’t like.

Shale Is Hale

Welcome to the era of the “monster frack.”

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