Research & Commentary


Congress and Foreign Affairs: Reasserting the Power of First Branch
Casey Burgat & James Wallner & Anthony Marcum & Kevin Kosar

Article I of the U.S. Constitution assigns Congress many significant authorities over foreign policy. The legislature may “regulate
commerce with foreign nations,” and “define and punish…

Character Matters: An R Street Q&A Series on Character Education — Kaya Henderson
Andy Smarick

Kaya Henderson is the former Chancellor of Washington, D.C. Public Schools. She leads the Global Learning Lab for Community Impact at Teach For All.  

Do our public schools really need to focus…

USDA Dietary Guidelines on Alcohol Comments
C. Jarrett Dieterle & Chelsea Boyd

Secretary Sonny Perdue
United States Department of Agriculture
1280 Maryland Ave SW
Washington, DC 20250

Dear Secretary Perdue:

The following comments are respectfully submitted in response…

Character Matters: An R Street Q&A Series on Character Education — Chester E. Finn, Jr.
Andy Smarick

Chester E. Finn, Jr. is a distinguished senior fellow and president emeritus of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. He is also a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. Previously, he was U.S….

, The Crime Report
Why ‘Enforcing’ the Law is Not the Same as Doing Justice
Lars Trautman & Arthur Rizer

“Law enforcement” was never meant to be a moniker.

After all, it is just one possible response in a toolkit full of them for our public safety officials.

The fact that “LEO” (law…

, Maryland Matters
Electric Monopoly Corruption and Market Promise
Mike Haugh

As bags of cash were being passed around Illinois and Ohio statehouses, one thing was clear. No one paying or receiving the bribes had one iota of concern for the true victim in all of this: the…

Twin nuclear scandals in Ohio and Illinois show why politicians shouldn’t be picking energy winners and losers: Josiah Neeley and Michael Haugh
Josiah Neeley & Mike Haugh

Back when people still went to the movies, there was a strange tendency for similar films to come out in pairs. “Deep Impact” and “Armageddon,” both released in 1998, were about saving the…

, The Hill
Raise a toast to alcohol reform
C. Jarrett Dieterle

Would anyone have guessed that COVID-19 would bring greater liberty to drinkers? During the pandemic, state lawmakers across the country are saying “cheers” to alcohol reform and loosening…

California Supreme Court ruling ends the pension-reform game – for now
Steven Greenhut

Every football fan has experienced this many times. Your team is in the hunt – down but not out after a grinding game. It puts together a drive that could lead to victory. As weary players march…

Coalition letter opposition to extending the production tax credit (PTC) and the investment tax credit (ITC)
Eli Lehrer

Leader McConnell and Chairman Grassley:

On behalf of millions of taxpayers and consumers across the country, we are writing to express our opposition to extending the production tax credit (PTC)…