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Brief Examines Limits of Executive Orders and Deregulation

The Trump administration’s early efforts to roll back regulation, especially in the areas of energy and the environment, are commendable, but sole reliance on executive orders is unlikely to produce lasting deregulatory change, according to a new policy brief from the R Street Institute, a Washington, DC-based free market think tank.

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Rust Belt’s Changing Economics, Political Profiles Examined

The small- and medium-sized factory towns that dot the highways and byways of Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin have lost their anchor employers and are struggling to fill the void...

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Don’t Think ACA Repeal Effort Will Affect Jobs? Think Again

If enacted as it is now written, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) proposed by the Republican-led Senate could cause an estimated 1.45 million jobs to disappear by 2026 and trigger an economic downturn in all but one state, according to a new study from the Center for Health Policy Research at the Milken Institute School of Public Health.

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Urban Institute Researchers Examine ‘Pathways to Success’

One of the fundamental questions that challenges thoughtful city planners and conscientious developers is how to create neighborhoods that provide people with clear pathways to economic success.

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2008 Recovery Act Provides Lessons for Infrastructure Spending

Two former senior Obama administration officials say if the pace of infrastructure improvement, which was twice what it was during the comparable period before the Recovery Act, were to continue, the backlog of structurally deficient bridges could be cleared within 10-20 years.

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Does Trump’s Presidency Signal the End of Dodd-Frank?

It’s worth noting that Trump’s recent executive order does not mention the Dodd-Frank Act by name. However, in signing the order, the president noted: “We expect to be cutting a lot of Dodd-Frank, because frankly, I have so many people -- friends of mine that had nice businesses, they can’t borrow money.”

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HUD Braces for Carson's Entry

HUD’s civil service workforce is in turmoil over the prospect of Dr. Ben Carson’s installation as HUD secretary in January, provided the Senate confirms him. Meanwhile, Carson has not made an attempt to visit HUD and receive a brief review of what hurdles he faces.

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Trump Pick for Treasury Head Likely Faces Tough Confirmation Process

Steven Mnuchin, the multi-millionaire hedge funder selected by President-elect Donald Trump to head the Treasury Department, will likely face a plethora of tough questions when he appears before the Senate Finance Committee next year for his confirmation hearing. He increased his personal fortune through his co-ownership of OneWest, a controversial California-based bank that profited during the height of the Wall Street financial crisis by engaging in an array of unethical practice ,including making predatory loans to the elderly by way of so-called reverse mortgages and then aggressively foreclosing on their homes.

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Why Trump Won’t Bring Back Manufacturing Jobs

The decline of U.S. manufacturing jobs is an unmistakable source of the working class rage that helped get Trump elected, but automation in modern manufacturing is the main reason Trump won’t be able to "make America great again" by bringing back production jobs.

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How Will Trump's Presidency Affect Housing?

CD Publications housing policy expert Thomas Edwards looks into his crystal ball to provide a glimpse of what's ahead.

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