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By / 8.1.2016

After the Republican fear-fest in Cleveland, watching the Democrats in Philadelphia last week was like stepping out of the Dark Ages into the Enlightenment. Donald Trump may have no use for facts, civility or rational argument, but these things still seem to matter to Democrats. There was, however, a big exception to the rule: trade. […]

By / 7.18.2016

When Republicans nominate Donald J. Trump for president in Cleveland next week, it will mark the nadir of their party’s 164-year existence. To go from Lincoln to Trump is to descend from the sublime to the ridiculous. As a progressive, I should be delighted because a Trump-led GOP should portend sweeping Democratic gains this fall. […]

By / 7.15.2016

President Obama often cites escalating college costs and student debt burdens as major obstacles to upward mobility for many young Americans. He is right, but the White House just proposed a new rule that, rather than make college more affordable, makes it too easy for students to get out of paying back their student loans. The problem is that it could stick American taxpayers with the […]

By / 7.6.2016

With so much ink spilled on the prospects of a Trump presidency, far less attention is being devoted to the more likely scenario of a Hillary Clinton presidency. When there has been sustained speculation, it’s typically been either biographical or ideological: how would her storied professional and personal life, or her sometimes unclear political beliefs, shape […]

By / 6.28.2016

On what basis should presidential nominees pick their running mates? Theories abound, but there’s scant proof that vice presidential candidates ever change electoral outcomes. It’s still an important choice that says much about a nominee’s political psychology and needs. But selecting a veep, like pairing wines with food, is more art than science. There used […]

By / 6.23.2016

The ‘Brexit’ tide at last seems to have hit the sturdy seawall of British common sense. Heading into today’s national referendum, polls show rising support for staying in the European Union. True, the contest remains a dead heat and could go either way. But the momentum apparently shifted after last week’s shocking murder of Labour […]

The Hill’s Vicki Needham cited a PPI poll and quoted both PPI President Will Marshall and Senior Fellow for Trade and Global Opportunity Ed Gerwin in an article on how voter’s opinions on trade will impact the election. Voters in four battleground states — Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Ohio — expressed positive views about the […]

By / 6.22.2016

On Saturday, Donald Trump issued an “emergency” appeal seeking $100,000 for his campaign “to help get our ads on the air.” This was odd for three reasons. First, according to his own commercials, the main premise of Trump’s campaign was that he would pay for it himself. Second, Trump’s campaign disclosure forms allege that his […]

By and / 6.22.2016

The Washington Post’s Catherine Rampell recently detailed the economic carnage that would result from Donald Trump’s reckless approach to trade — including likely recessions, millions of lost jobs, and higher prices for American consumers. As we’ve detailed, protectionism is bad economics. But, apparently, it’s been good politics for Trump as well as Bernie Sanders, both […]

Dr. Michael Mandel, PPI’s chief economic strategist, is quoted in David Rotman’s piece about the advances in technology and economic slowdown.  Michael Mandel, an economist at the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., says the productivity slowdown is occurring in what he calls the physical industries, including manufacturing and health care. Such industries, which he […]