This week on Banter, Dr. Michael Strain discussed a variety of hot topics, including immigration, minimum wage laws, and the significance of the U.S. Census. Dr. Strain is the director of economic policy studies at AEI. His research focuses on labor economics, public finance, and social policies. Several of his papers have been published in peer-reviewed academic and policy journals, and he also writes frequently for popular audiences.

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This week on Banter, Dr. Ken Pollack explained the causes and global implications of the ongoing Qatar stand-off with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Dr. Pollack is a resident scholar at AEI, where he studies Middle Eastern political-military affairs, specifically those of Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf countries. He is the author of nine books, including Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy (Simon & Schuster, 2013).

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This week on Banter, University of North Dakota president and former Member of Congress Mark Kennedy discusses his new book “Shapeholders: Business Success in the Age of Activism.” The book discusses how businesses engage with “shapeholders”—regulators, the media, and social and political activists who don’t necessarily have a stake in a company’s success but who often challenge what they view as bad business practice. You can check out the book webpage at the link below.

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This week on Banter, Myron Ebell and George Frampton debate the advantages and disadvantages of implementing a carbon tax. Ebell is director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Energy and Environment and chair of the Cooler Heads Coalition. Frampton is a cofounder of The Partnership for Responsible Growth and was previously senior of counsel at Covington & Burling LLP in the firm’s climate and clean energy practice. Both participated in a panel discussion at AEI to discuss the implications of the carbon tax proposal Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced at the event. The link below will take you to the full event video.

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This week on Banter, Dr. Desmond Lachman discussed the UK’s June election and its implications for Brexit negotiations. Dr. Lachman is a resident fellow at AEI where he studies the global economy. He previously served as deputy director in the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Policy Development and Review Department. This week, Dr. Lachman hosted a seminar at AEI on the likely outcome of Brexit negotiations and Brexit’s effect on the UK and European economies. The link below will take you to the full event video.

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This week, following President Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dr. Leon Aron joined Banter to discuss all things Russia—from election hacking to the conflict in Syria. Dr. Aron is a resident scholar and director of Russian studies at AEI, where he studies Russian domestic and foreign policy and US-Russia relations. He is the editor of the 2015 AEI collection of essays, “Putin’s Russia: How it rose, how it is maintained, and how it might end” and the author of two books: Roads to the Temple: Memory, Truth, Ideas and Ideals in the Making of the Russian Revolution, 1987–1991 and Yeltsin: A Revolutionary Life.

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This week’s episode of Banter featured a double-dose of Ronald Reagan. Henry Olsen, senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and Craig Shirley, author of four bestselling books on President Reagan, engaged in a conversation on Reagan and his legacy. Both have recently published books on Reagan: Olsen’s The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism and Shirley’s Reagan Rising: The Decisive Years, 1976-1980, offer different interpretations of President Reagan’s conservatism. They discussed their views at an AEI event which also featured a discussion on the future of the Republican party. The link below will take you to the full event video.

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This week, Al Felzenberg joined Banter to discuss his new book, A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr. Felzenberg, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, served in two presidential administrations and was principal spokesman for the 9/11 Commission. On this podcast, he shares little-known aspects of Buckley’s career and details about his close relationships with some of our greatest presidents.

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On this week’s Banter, Pat Nolan and Hayne Yoon join the show to talk criminal justice reform. Nolan is the director of the American Conservative Union Foundation’s Center for Criminal Justice Reform and is a leader of Right on Crime, a national movement of conservative leaders supporting reforms to the US criminal justice system. Yoon is the director of government affairs at the Vera Institute for Justice where she leads their national policy work. Both participated in a panel discussion following Senator Chuck Grassley’s (R-IA) remarks at an AEI event on reducing recidivism. The link below will take you to the full event video.

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This week on Banter, Ian Rowe, Brad Wilcox, and Wendy Wang explain the ‘success sequence,’ or the three norms that millennials can follow to reach the middle class and avoid poverty. Wilcox is a visiting scholar at AEI and a senior fellow at the Institute for Family Studies, where Wang is the director of research. Rowe is the CEO of Public Prep, the nation’s only non-profit network that develops tuition-free Pre-K and single-sex elementary and middle schools. Wilcox and Wang co-authored a report titled, “The millennial success sequence: Marriage, kids, and the ‘success sequence’ among young adults.” Rowe joined the co-authors for the report’s launch event at AEI. The links below will take you to the full report as well as the video from the report’s launch event.

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