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Center’s Annual Dinner Is a Smash Hit!

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Last night, 800 people attended American Experiment's 27th Annual Dinner at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. It was a great event, highlighted by Senator Tom Cotton's hard-hitting defense of conservative policies and values. In a Washington, D.C. that sometimes seems to be turning into the Twilight Zone, Tom Cotton is a voice of sanity. The big, enthusiastic crowd made for a festive occasion: I led off the program by talking about the Center's accomplishments over the last 12 months. My Power Point included the Center's new video, which has been viewed more than 130,000 times since it debuted four weeks ago: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6pi18ZKZgw I...

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Howard Root Wows Lunch Forum Crowd

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Today a crowd of nearly 400 at the Hilton Hotel in Minneapolis listened attentively as Howard Root, the former CEO of Vascular Solutions, Inc., recounted his five-year ordeal at the hands of the Department of Justice. In 2011, the Department of Justice began frivolous criminal proceedings against Vascular Solutions and Root. The legal battle went on for five years, in part because DOJ refused any reasonable effort to settle, saying they "needed a body," that is, a corporate executive to go to jail. Howard Root's presentation featured an extensive Power Point with many quotes from legal documents. The story was riveting....

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America’s Young Betrayed

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Age ain’t nothing but a number, right? Tell that to 25-year-olds who can’t believe they still live at home. As the newest Policy Fellow at the Center of the American Experiment, I recorded a radio ad last week that sheds light on this reality.   [audio mp3="https://2lffqo2moysixpyb349z0bj6-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Center-of-the-American-Experiment-clothes.mp3"][/audio] Millennials, myself included, view our twenties as our prime years. Unfortunately, this supposed “golden age” of life is threatened by liberal policies that impair our ability to flourish. Limited job opportunities, unaffordable health care, and a costly housing market jeopardize our chances at success. But somehow liberal bureaucrats who put these roadblocks in place still convince my...

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Why Liberal Policies Are Bad For Young People

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The theme of the Center's quarterly lunch forums this year will be, why liberal policies are bad for young people. It has long been accepted that young people tend to be liberal, but they shouldn't be. More than anyone else, young Americans stand to lose as a result of liberal policies. Our first lunch forum of 2017 will be on February 22, at noon at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis. Our speaker will be Diana Furchtgott-Roth, an economist and the author of Disinherited: How Washington Is Betraying America's Young. You can register by going here. For more information about the...

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Millennials Voted On the Economy

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This Millennial Impact Report survey is interesting, but beware--the sample size is only 350. Still, the findings are fascinating: The organization found that millennials had considered education to be the most important topic during the election through each of three waves of surveying. However, this changed when respondents were surveyed between Nov. 9 and Nov. 14. The survey showed employment and wages were the primary concern for millennial voters. Which means they wised up! The country's slow growth during the liberal Obama years didn't do much damage to middle-aged Americans who already had jobs, and quantitative easing improved their bank accounts. But these...

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Heather Mac Donald’s Research on the Law and Order Crisis

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On Thursday (Dec. 8) American Experiment will host Heather Mac Donald, the premier crime expert in the nation for a special lunch forum on her new book: The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law Enforcement Makes Everyone Less Safe.  We are expecting a full room of over 350 that will include about 150 law enforcement officers who will be recognized and honored. $30 tickets are available here.   This morning (Dec. 2) Heather Mac Donald gave a terrific interview to the Justice & Drew Show on AM-1130.  The summary below gives a good concise review of her important...

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Don’t Miss CAE Fall Briefing featuring Jonah Goldberg Oct. 24 at Guthrie Theater

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Don’t miss seeing Jonah Goldberg, one of America’s most insightful and entertaining political observers, at American Experiment’s Fall Briefing on Monday, Oct. 24 at the Guthrie Theater. Jonah, best-selling author of The Tyranny of Clichés – How Liberals Cheat in the War of Ideas, will discuss the principles of the American founding and how democratic capitalism is the most revolutionary and successful ever conceived for improving the lot of mankind. Reception begins at 4:30 pm, keynote is at 5:30 pm, and a program conclusion of 6:30 pm gives you plenty of time for dinner in the Theater District.  Purchase tickets and VIP packages...

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Greetings From Nashville

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This year's annual meeting of the State Policy Network started yesterday in Nashville, Tennessee. SPN is the umbrella organization that serves state-based think tanks like American Experiment. Its annual meetings are a great way to learn about the latest developments in various policy areas, get training in skills useful to nonprofits, and exchange ideas with leaders of other policy organizations around the country. The event is taking place at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, which must be one of the biggest hotels in the country with 2,880 rooms. After close to 24 hours here, we are still learning our way around....

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Why the Minimum Wage Is a Bad Idea

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In anticipation of our dialogue on the minimum wage that will take place on Tuesday, I recorded a three-minute segment on the issue with the Rookie, Matt Michalski, on KSTP radio. The segment played yesterday. Here it is; I think it is a pretty good short explanation of why a high minimum wage (higher than employers are already paying to entry level employees) is unfair to young people; If you haven't been hearing our Monday segments with the Rookie on AM1500, as well as the 30-second ads we have every day on the Joe Soucheray show, you should start listening for...

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Don’t Miss Our BIG Minimum Wage DEBATE This Tuesday (Sept. 20)

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Featuring Sen. John Marty, Dan McElroy of Hospitality Minnesota & Dr. Mark Perry of the American Enterprise Institute.  The lunch forum starts at Noon at Hilton Minneapolis (1001 S. Marquette Ave., Minneapolis, 55403) and cost is $30.  Register Now before we sell out. To give you a taste, here's Prof. Mark Perry's excellent piece on What a $15 Minimum Wage Can and Cannot Do: A. Here is what the $15 an hour minimum wage law can do: For any firms that decide to employ unskilled, low-skilled, and limited-experienced workers, they must pay them a mandated minimum hourly wage of $15 according to government fiat. B. Here is what...

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