What’s next for space exploration? My long-read Q&A with Tim Fernholz, Sara Seager, Stan Veuger, and Matt Weinzierl

By James Pethokoukis, Tim Fernholz, Sara Seager, Stan Veuger, & Matt Weinzierl It seems as though American interest in space is surging in ways we haven’t seen since the 1960s. What does this renewal mean ....

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5 questions for Leah Brooks on US infrastructure costs since the 1960s

By James Pethokoukis and Leah Brooks How has infrastructure regulation changed over the past 50 years? Should we look to reverse those changes? What can the government do to ensure that future infrastructure spending is ....

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The American Rescue Plan’s likely cost is way more than $1.9 trillion

By Alex Brill The Senate is poised to consider President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, an elaborate bill recently passed by the House of Representatives through the budget reconciliation process at an estimated cost of $1.9 ....

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Economic growth shouldn’t need a defense. But here you go, again.

By James Pethokoukis One might think that long-lasting and sustainable economic growth, driven by technological improvement and innovation, would be an obviously awesome thing. It helps humanity live longer and better. The impact of rapid ....

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New research on the Paycheck Protection Program

By Michael R. Strain The Paycheck Protection Program was the most ambitious and creative fiscal policy response to the Pandemic Recession. Enacted by the Cares Act in March, PPP offered forgivable loans to businesses with ....

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What’s been the historical impact of populism on economies and political systems?

Donald Trump is gone, but his populism lives on. It’s not just that President Biden, like his predecessor, has signed a “Buy American” executive order for federal purchasing that’s meant to bolster domestic manufacturing. (Fun ....

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How environmental regulation could undercut Elon Musk’s $100 million innovation prize

Elon Musk is funding a $100 million innovation prize — apparently the largest in history — to fight climate change. The goal of the four-year competition, according to XPrize, is to encourage “innovators and teams ....

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