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Outgoing AEI president wants a healthy "competition of ideas"

Aug 30, 2018
Arthur Brooks explains why ideas are the engine of the economy.
American Enterprise Institute president Arthur C. Brooks
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Tax think tanks are having a moment

Nov 29, 2017
With Congress working on a tax reform bill, demand for tax theories is way up.
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From Reagan to Trump: How the Heritage Foundation has influenced policy

May 3, 2017
The president has relied on the conservative think tank for guidance, but its ideas can be traced to health care and welfare reform.
The Heritage Foundation's role in the conservative movement goes back to the 1970s, says Atlantic writer Molly Ball. Above, George W. Bush speaks to the foundation in 2007.
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Power shifts in the 'think-tank-ocracy'

Jan 20, 2017
Conservative think tanks are ascendant as the Trump administration plans wave of legislation and policy changes.
President Donald Trump shakes hands with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y, as he is joined by the Congressional leadership and his family while he formally signs his cabinet nominations into law, in the President's Room of the Senate, at the Capitol in Washington, January 20, 2017. 
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By the numbers: What violence costs the planet

Jun 19, 2014
A think tank did some calculations.

Bernanke's probably thinking about a think tank

Jan 21, 2014
Think tanks are influential organizations that lure big names. What do those big names lend them in return?