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Inequality and the economics of nostalgia, beating Citizens United and more [AM Briefing]

“The liberal nostalgiacs would like to see an economy that gives low-skill high-school graduates similar opportunities. That’s what Barack Obama seems to be envisioning when he talks about hundreds of thousands of ‘green jobs.’ But those ‘green jobs’ have not come into existence despite massive government subsidies and crony capitalism. It’s become apparent that the old Detroit model was unsustainable and cannot be revived even by the most gifted community organizer and adjunct law professor,” says AEI’s Michael Barone. (National Review)

The fight over inequality. (New York Times)

Hoover’s Deroy Murdock:We don’t need no stinkin’ budget. (National Review)

Brookings’ E.J. Dionne: How to beat Citizens United: “The idea is that to offset the power of large donors, citizens without deep pockets should be encouraged to flood the system with small contributions that the government would match. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has pledged to a state overhaul of this sort, based on the one already in force for New York City elections. In his state of the state address in January, Cuomo spoke of how urgent it is to “reconnect the people to the political process and their government.” He could make himself into a reform hero across the country if he and the Legislature created a model law for other states, and the nation.” (Washington Post)

Cato’s Alex Nowrasteh: The Arizona law fights phantom problems. (U.S. News & World Report)

Room for Debate asks: How can states address their concerns about illegal immigration, without overstepping their power? (New York Times)

Heritage’s James Carafano: One year after bin Laden. (Washington Examiner)

“Four years after the 2008 financial crisis, Wall Street still isn’t fixed. Yes, it looks healthier, thanks to the bailouts. But it also seemed healthy before the mortgage bubble popped. When the bailout bubble bursts, New York will suffer more than anywhere else,” writes Manhattan Institute’s Nicole Gelinas. (New York Post)

AEI’s Roger bate: The wrong way to stop fake drugs. (New York Times)

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He freelances 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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