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Center of the American Experiment Joins Amicus Brief in Forced Union Fees Case Before U.S. Supreme Court, Unions Push Back

The Janus case is expected to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in January of 2018 so stay tuned. The case is first and foremost a defense of Free Speech and Liberty, which if successful, will begin to restore some sanity to our country. Why should public employees have to support the political speech of a union in order to keep their jobs? And what price have we paid for monopoly funding to government unions for the last 50 years? How has our electoral and legislative process been warped? ...

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Parental Choice is Working: Why are the teachers’ union and Hollywood attacking charter schools?

Charter schools are the “polite cousins of segregation,” in the words of Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. Last year the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People called for a moratorium on charters. Film festivals are screening “Backpack Full of Cash,” a pro-union documentary narrated by Matt Damon that portrays charters as separate and unequal institutions....

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President Trump Updates Executive Order on Refugees: Could Help MN Track Costs

The Center has been trying for several years to answer a simple question: how much does the refugee resettlement program costing taxpayers. Why? Minnesota is the number one destination for refugees in the United States on a per capita basis. We get a large number of refugees placed here by the federal government—and we get a big surge from what is called “secondary migration.” ...

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Pop Culture is Finding its Way into Presidential Portraiture

Art and history lovers should be very excited for the new portraits of former President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama. The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery has bestowed these important commissions upon Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald. Wiley will paint the former president, and his style of portraiture will give us keen insight into how Obama wishes to frame his legacy. According to the Wall Street Journal: Mr. Wiley often depicts his subjects wearing hip-hop attire like hoodies and baggy, blue jeans and arranges them in postures once reserved for European aristocrats—a juxtaposition that helps the artist explore potent issues of...

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SKOL! It’s Columbus Day in Minnesota.

We live in the “I am bending over so far that I have fallen and can’t get up politically correct Minnesota.” It is one thing to critically examine our unvarnished history. It is another thing to white-wash the history of the very indigenous people we seek to respect. Or to teach children at school that white people are bad because Columbus sailed the ocean blue with his 15th century attitude. ...

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Deer Herd is Up, Along With Your Odds of a Collision

It may not be as wonkish as Kiplinger’s new top ten list ranking Minnesota the second least tax-friendly state in America. But Minnesota just made another top ten list that should also serve as a warning shot.  I know from personal experience. That's my trusty 2002 Suburban with 300,000 miles being towed for the last time. Every fall about this time, State Farm Insurance calculates the likelihood of drivers hitting a deer or other large animal based on the number of accidents the year before and ranks the states. Minnesota remains seventh on the list again this year. But the chances of...

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“Good Thing We’ve Gotten Past All That P.C. Nonsense”

I came across a study the other day about the effects of fatherlessness on children’s self-control, conducted 60 years ago, that I should have known about in more recent decades, as its results were that vivid and important.  I read about it in a book I also should have known about earlier, first published in 2011, a copy of which Amazon overnighted to my doorstep only last week, Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, by the top-tier research psychologist Roy F. Baumeister, and a well-known journalist who writes about science, John Tierney. Our story starts when another distinguished scholar, Walter Mischel,...

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The NFL would find it easier to tell politicians to mind their own business if they weren’t taking cash from them

When President Trump says NFL teams should fire kneeling players, the teams respond by saying that they are private enterprises. But if they want to be treated like private enterprises they should act like them. A first step would be to stop asking taxpayers for handouts. ...

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A Statistically Sound Star Tribune Article on Income Disparities

Center of the American Experiment may or may not have had anything to do with it, but I choose to view a story in the Star Tribune on Sunday (September 17) as vindication when it comes to reporting statistical information in general and interpreting income disparities in Minnesota specifically. In an article headlined “Household Incomes Making Gains in Minnesota, but Not Equally,” MaryJo  Webster wrote, “One of the reasons black household income is much lower than other groups is because more than 37 percent are single-person households.”  Having not read all Star Tribune stories on the topic in recent years, perhaps...

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