Foxconn Should Have Us Asking: Are State and Local Economic Development Practices Undermining Competition? : The deal between Foxconn and the state of Wisconsin announced on Wednesday is symbolic in many ways. Among them is that the deal epitomizes what is short-sighted and problematic about economic development in the United States today: The practice is too often anti-competitive and distortionary. Unfortunately, the deal also encapsulates the dilemma facing regions in an era of diminished economic dynamism: When the economic pie isn’t growing, places have to fight over whatever scraps of it they can. There must be, to borrow a phrase from Wisconsin’s own, a better way.

Does the GOP deserve to survive? : Since President Trump won the Republican presidential nomination a question hangs over the right: Should the GOP survive or is it morally corrupted and politically deformed to such an extent that those of good conscience on the center-right must start anew? Having engaged in the original sin, if you will, of supporting Trump and then defending his aberrant presidency and helping thereby to define political deviancy down (as the late Daniel Patrick Moynihan described the decline of social and behavioral norms in his lifetime), has the GOP in essence forfeited political legitimacy permanently? There are several aspects to the question that deserve attention.

Obama returns to political fray for a Democratic Party cause : Obama’s appearance Thursday before a few dozen people at a closed-door event in the District on behalf of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee (NDRC) highlights the balance he is trying to strike as his party seeks to regain its footing at both the state and national levels. Obama does not want to cast “a long shadow,” in the words of Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, but he remains a central figure for a party that has yet to settle on a single strategy to combat President Trump. Perez said in an interview Sunday that while some Democrats have urged Obama recently, “You’ve got to get out front on issue X or issue Y,” the former president wants instead to “build the bench” for the party.

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