Unions and the Obama administration, ‘First Principles’ to prosperity and more [AM Briefing]

Competitive Enterprise Institute’s F. Vincent Vernuccio and Trey Kovacs: Big union’s unethical influence in government. (Washington Times)

New America’s Maggie Severens: Illinois offers lessons in teaching English as a second language. (Washington Post)

“Lech Walesa was once a trade-union activist. He was often arrested for speaking his mind against Communist oppression behind the Iron Curtain in Poland and for defying the Soviet Union. He was an electrician who, with no higher education, led one of the most profound freedom movements of the 20th century — Solidarity. He became president of Poland and swept in reforms, pushing the Soviet Union out of his homeland and moving the country toward a free-market economy and individual liberty. And President Obama doesn’t want him to set foot in the White House,” writes Heritage’s Rory Cooper. (National Review)

Manhattan Institute’s James Piereson says John Taylor’s ‘First Principles’ are the way to prosperity. (Washington Examiner)

AEI’s Jonah Goldberg: All (green) thumbs. (National Review)

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He blogs and hosts a podcast at governmentality.net and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.

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