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Could reading a low tech book make it easier to handle a high tech world? That, a computer recreating Van Gogh, and why we need geeks in government… all here.

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With all the news on China, bet you missed that the US and China are fighting to dominate the global food supply. That and more surprise reads here.

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The Chinese government’s regulatory moves to better control its market have sent ripples throughout the global market. These developments highlight issues in the “rigged” market of China and within the party, as it does not seem to know what it wants to do, which drives uncertainty.

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High school leadership may build  skills that are rewarded years later in the labor market and that explain part of the systematic difference in pay between men and women.

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My new column argues that cutting funding for the Bureau of Labor Statistics would be penny wise and pound foolish.

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Michael R. Strain, a resident scholar at AEI, recently participated in a video series about the economy and income inequality produced by Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock’s Cinelan.

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1940 SSA Poster Promoting ADC

Eighty years ago today, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the 37-page Social Security Act (SSA) of 1935 into law, enacting the most fundamental change in social policy in America’s history. As the program evolved to emphasize first the economic welfare and, eventually, self-sufficiency of adults, its original direct focus on children’s human flourishing was largely lost.

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Your daily dose of science, business, and technology: interface-free tech, the digital Cold War, and policing by software, and more.

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In 43 of the 50 states, there is a possibility that public employees are “hiding” compensation in less-visible retirement benefits. Policymakers should consider reforms to ensure that benefits are paid at adequate, but reasonable, levels.

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