[Subscription Required] The news that Johnson & Johnson has been ordered to pay $572m by the state of Oklahoma over its contribution to the US opioid crisis is just the latest skirmish in a seemingly never-ending war on drugs.
American politics feels broken because existing voting blocs are regrouping and reconsidering which issues motivate them and which political party they support. Ongoing economic and demographic structural changes have led to control of the legislative and executive branches shifting back and forth. While this is not the first time in the history this has occurred, political parties will need to figure out a winning combination of policies that can consistently win them elections in order to stabilize American politics.
An ideal format it’s not, but next month’s Democratic presidential debate will have at least one improvement over the previous two instalments: just one debate, on one stage, on one night, with only ten candidates present.
I gave a talk last night to approximately 80 members of the local Lincoln Club, a group within the Republican Party of California. The topic was “President Trump’s Economic Policies: A Balanced Assessment.
Entrepreneur and Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang has taken us all by surprise with his growing fan base and tie-less debate attire. On social media, he’s coined phrases like #YangGang and created viral apparel that says “MATH.”
What social institutions have the most immediate and strongest impact on a child’s development and well-being? According to researchers for the Pew Charitable Trust’s Economic Mobility Project, it’s the child’s family circumstances, with schools ranking as the second-most important factor.
When it comes to monetary policy, the popular commentary discusses the Federal Reserve System as a monolithic interest rate machine, raising and lowering rates to stabilize (or destabilize) the macroeconomy. More observant Fed watchers think of its big players, recognizing conflict among the voting members of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). In that framing, monetary policy comes down to a battle between hawks and doves.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will speak in Bender Arena on Sept. 12, along with co-author Dr. Phillip Zelikow to discuss the release of their book, “To Build a Better World,” the Kennedy Political Union announced on Thursday.