In conversation with AEI’s Sally Satel, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) discusses the ongoing nationwide efforts to curb opioid misuse and addiction, and how recent legislation provides crucial resources to the communities that need it most.

Steve Williams, the mayor of Huntington, West Virginia, Joe Parks from the National Council for Behavioral Health and AEI’s Alex Brill also join our panel to discuss major challenges to recovery, focusing in particular on how recent federal efforts are interacting with existing state and local initiatives to curb opioid misuse and promote stronger, healthier communities.

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On December 14, a federal district court in Texas ruled that the current version of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate was unconstitutional. Join our AEI panel to learn how the severability law should be applied properly as this case advances. If an appellate court upholds the district court decision on constitutional issues, it still must decide what to do next. The primary options including striking down only the individual mandate (full severability), severing other functionally linked ACA insurance regulation provisions (partial severability), and finding that the entire ACA cannot be sustained.

Our panelists are Josh Blackman, Jim Blumstein, Ted Frank, Ilya Somin, and AEI’s Thomas P. Miller.

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Why do so many people believe the American dream is dead? Growing inequality, rising rates of deadly addiction, and heightening political strife are the disturbing realities threatening American lives today, especially the working class. The root of the problem comes from a lack of community. The dissolution of our most cherished institutions — nuclear families, places of worship, and civic organizations — has not only divided Americans but also eroded our sense of worth, belief in opportunity, and connections.

Megan McArdle of The Washington Post and F. A. Hayek Emeritus Chair in Cultural Studies Charles Murray join AEI’s Timothy P. Carney to discuss his upcoming book, “Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse” which provides a framework that will lead us back out of a lonely, modern wilderness.

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President Donald Trump has made his foreign policy views clear through the National Security Strategy, emphasizing great power competition, national interest, and alliance and trade relationships. How does this then change the Senate’s role in conducting foreign policy and advancing America’s national security interests?

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) joins AEI’s Colin Dueck to discuss what the Senate’s role should be in shaping American foreign policy. Sen. Cruz highlights how American national interest should be the driving force of foreign policy and explores the present and future of conservative foreign policy.

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The landscape of higher education and the cost of a college education has changed drastically over the past decade. Why hasn’t the Higher Education Act, which covers the federal government’s major student aid programs such as Pell Grants and student loans, changed as well?

On this episode of the events podcast, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) outlines his priorities for reforming and reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, including key topics such as FAFSA simplification, automatic student loan payments through payroll withholding, and program-level accountability reform that measures if students are repaying their debt. Is it possible for Congress to reach a bipartisan deal by the end of this year, or will the nation’s higher education system continue to be governed by rules and regulations last reauthorized over a decade ago?

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In a climate of increasing social isolation and limited civic engagement, how is it possible that most people can still believe in the goodness of their communities and neighbors, and continue to have faith in the American dream?

The new AEI Survey on Community and Society explores these findings, diving into this relationship between local communities and the American dream, as well as highlighting the ties between social infrastructure and social capital.

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Harvard President Larry Bacow discusses the future of education and how American universities have stepped up to the challenge of surviving in the face of existential threats. How have universities overcome the widespread perception of being “elite” and too focused on being “politically correct”?

Through his interview and the following panel discussion with Michelle Weise of Strada Education Network, Sandy Baum of the Urban Institute, Anthony Carnevale of Georgetown University, and Richard Reeves of the Brookings Institution, this AEI Events Podcast tackles the main challenges facing higher education today.

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In many schools across the country, students are underperforming. But what can we do about it?

In this episode of “The Report with Nat Malkus,” on the AEI Education Podcast, host Nat Malkus discusses lessons learned from the Obama Administration’s School Improvement Grants with Deven Carlson, and an effort to train school leaders to improve student outcomes with Michael Sonbert.

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On this episode of the AEI Events Podcast, we travel back to 1991 with President George H.W. Bush as he discusses U.S. economic conditions, the fall of communism, the economy, and the 1990 budget agreement.

This event took place on December 3, 1991.

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How can policymakers bolster regional security cooperation, help local economies affected by transnational organized crime, and ensure US agencies have the resources they need for this fight?

Join us on this episode of the AEI Events Podcast, with opening remarks from Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing Marshall Billingslea, along with panelists from AEI and the Federalist Society, as we examine the Trump administration’s options in the fight against transnational organized crime networks.

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AEA renaissance is underway inside the United States Army, ushering in some of the most dramatic reforms since the 1970s in talent management, design of the force, and modernization. The “war” for talent is a growing priority as the Army seeks to bring aboard and train leaders capable of maintaining a competitive advantage against peer competitors and future enemies.

Join us on this episode of the AEI Events Podcast, with Secretary of the Army Mark Esper and AEI’s Jim Talent for a conversation about modernization and the larger Army renaissance.

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On this episode of the AEI Events Podcast, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) Administrator Neomi Rao visits AEI to discuss her office’s role in a centralized approach to deregulation and the administration’s regulatory reform agenda.

AEI’s John Yoo joins Administrator Rao in a conversation about how the president’s emphasis on deregulation has helped her office become more effective, and what the possible benefits may be of applying the centralized review process to independent agencies.

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On this episode of the AEI Events Podcast, join us as we delve into the what the 2018 midterm election results mean for k-12 schooling and higher education, and find out what we can expect now that Democrats control the House of Representatives and what issues may have potential for bipartisan collaboration.

A panel discussion moderated by AEI’s Nat Malkus, highlights the election results and how policies related to school safety, workforce development, and early childhood education may change at the federal and state level.

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On this episode of the AEI Events Podcast, join AEI’s Election Watch team as they discuss what happened in the 2018 US House, Senate, and gubernatorial races around the country and look ahead to what the new political landscape might mean going into the 2020 elections.

Michael Barone, Karlyn Bowman, John Fortier, Sean Trende, Henry Olsen, and Norman Ornstein examine the election results, exit polls, and analyze what factors influenced the 2018 contests. They also discuss how the US House and Senate results could affect the legislative agenda and congressional political climate and what the new governors’ lineup might bring.

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On this episode of the AEI Events Podcast, Peter Buerhaus presents on his new report “Nurse Practitioners: A Solution to America’s Primary Care Crisis” and how the shortage of primary care providers are likely to worsen in the coming years.

According to Dr. Buerhaus’ research, an estimated 84 million people in the United States do not have adequate access to primary care, and a disproportionate amount of these individuals live in rural areas. His research strongly suggests that reevaluating restrictions on nurse practitioners can help Americans gain greater access to primary care while easing the strain on public health insurance programs.

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Tight labor markets, low real interest rates, and large federal budget deficits are a textbook recipe for inflation, and yet, inflationary expectations remain contained. Is there a monetary policy that will simultaneously engender robust economic growth and “normalize” interest rates? Can the Fed push interest rates to levels that, when the next recession hits, allow the Fed to stimulate growth by lowering rates, or will the required rate hikes stifle growth?

On this episode of the AEI Events Podcast, join AEI’s Paul Kupiec and a panel of experts to discuss the governing principles behind the Fed’s monetary policies, their treatment of economic growth, and other important issues.

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On this episode of the AEI Events Podcast, experts gather at AEI to examine the challenges that the new Italian government poses for Europe and the eurozone’s future.

In June 2018, a self-proclaimed populist and antiestablishment government took office in Italy with the primary objective of renegotiating Italy’s relationship with Europe to put the country on a more rapid economic path. Join Alex Pollack, Carlo Bastasin, Desmond Lachman, Silvia Merler, Ashoka Mody, and Luigi Zingales as they review how consistent this new government’s policies are with the objectives of promoting economic growth, restoring public debt sustainability, and addressing the country’s banking sector weaknesses.

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On this episode of the AEI Events Podcast, join AEI and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs for the release of the council’s 2018 report on American attitudes toward US global leadership and a discussion on the future of America’s role in the world.

Strong global leadership has been a pillar of US foreign policy for more than half a century, but some believe the Trump administration’s America First agenda strays from the country’s enduring tradition of international engagement. But disengagement in the Middle East and an empty “pivot to Asia” in the Obama administration also signaled a similar drift from internationalism. For years, public support of the nation’s visible role in the world was a given, but is there a more fundamental shift in American thinking?

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On this episode of the AEI Events Podcast, join AEI’s Election Watch team- Michael Barone, Karlyn Bowman, John Fortier, Sean Trende, Henry Olsen, and Norman Ornstein- as they give a comprehensive briefing on where the 2018 contests stand and what the outcomes may mean for 2019 and beyond.

Drawing on their deep experience in analyzing elections, the panelists examine specific contests, the polls, levels of enthusiasm, key voting groups, the issues, and what the results will mean for the Democratic and Republican parties and for Trump’s coalition and the resistance. In addition, they address whether America’s election systems are ready for November.

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On this episode of the AEI Events Podcast, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon joins AEI President Arthur C. Brooks for a wide-ranging conversation about public policy, barriers to growth, and the lessons he has learned running one of the largest companies in the world.

Mr. Dimon and Dr. Brooks assess modern public policy challenges, including the economic and cultural value of immigration, corporate taxation, infrastructure investment, and skills and technical education. They also touch on the dignity that comes from meaningful work, the unintended consequences of a “college for all” mentality, and the many small — but easily fixable — problems that collectively act as a drag on growth.

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