TEWS: 5G, Planes, and Progress

By Shane Tews Last week, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies. He said that the aviation industry is continuing talks with the wireless industry about


December’s jobs report and where we go from here

BY BRENT ORELL Last week, the Department of Labor released the final employment report of the Trump administration, and the news there, much like all the news these days, was not good. For months, I’ve written that the key to getting the economy


Don’t call them data caps: A deep dive on usage-based broadband pricing

BY DANIEL LYONS Last week, Comcast announced plans to expand its existing usage-based broadband pricing model to northeastern markets, prompting a fresh wave of criticism by some long-time opponents of the practice. But setting aside these critics’ loaded rhetoric and straw-man arguments, a


How federal housing policies hurt borrowers of color

BY TOBIAS PETER The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed a distressing fact in the housing world: Federal home loan policies that promote risky lending in the name of providing “responsible, affordable mortgage credit access” for minority households are setting up minority


Awaiting the signal: Assessing the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines

BY JAMES C. CAPRETTA AND SCOTT GANZ The global campaign to identify effective vaccines against COVID-19 has entered the final stage of testing for regulatory approval—Phase III trials—for several promising candidates. Evaluation will be guided by criteria established by the

Foreign Policy

Report envisions partial decoupling from China

BY DEREK SCISSORS Key Points Partial decoupling from China is overdue. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) suppresses foreign competition and infringes intellectual property. It is an ugly dictatorship at home and increasingly aggressive overseas. Decoupling involves a range of

Foreign Policy

Replacing phase 1: Options for dealing with China

BY DEREK SCISSORS President Trump should stop talking about China and act. First-quarter trade numbers show his “phase one” deal is a non-starter for 2020, not to mention dwarfed by COVID. The president’s elevation of selling more to China above everything else has frozen


Time to reset the Doomsday Clock of ‘late capitalism’

BY JAMES PETHOKOUKIS The famous Doomsday Clock — it’s a key visual motif in the Watchmen graphic novel and television miniseries — was created by Manhattan Project scientists as a metaphor to suggest how close mankind might be to global catastrophe, originally atomic war.


AEI report details the benefits of consumer choice in K-12 education

The American Enterprise Institute released a report last week that details the benefits of consumer choice in education. The report’s key findings are as follows: Despite overall declines in college enrollment, various accredited and unaccredited providers of postsecondary education delivery are

Letter to Editor

SCISSORS: Parsing the ‘China Deal’ facts sheet

BY DEREK SCISSORS “Fact sheets” are public relations efforts. So it’s telling that the fact sheet for the US-China trade deal announced last week is not convincing — phase 1 is in fact a small deal. The twist: small is beautiful in

Vice President

Nikki Haley honored by AEI with the 2019 Irving Kristol Award

Former Governor of South Carolina and United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley was honored by the American Enterprise Institute last week, naming her the recipient of the 2019 Irving Kristol Award.  She delivered charming and, at times,

Political Analysis

Polls on the 2020 presidential contest and the NRA

BY KARLYN BOWMAN In this issue of AEI’s Political Report, we examine interest in the presidential campaign, how Democrats are thinking about the Democratic contest, whether their minds are made up, and how the general election looks 13 months out.

Urban Design

Younger Americans don’t hate suburbia

BY SAMUEL J. ABRAMS As a college professor who teaches courses about politics and geography at an extremely progressive liberal arts college, my students regularly want to talk about the narratives surrounding deep urban-rural divides which routinely make the news or the seemingly