April 24th Edition

College education for one’s kids has become a central component of the American Dream. In recent years, however, the cost, value, and federal financing of higher education have become part of a rising public debate over the future of higher education. To get a better understanding of the issues most important to the public, AAF commissioned a nationwide poll on this issue by Glen Bolger  and Jim Hobart of Public Opinion Strategies.

April 21st Edition

The U.S. housing recoveries — recoveries, not recovery, because there are hundreds of regional and metropolitan housing markets with different trajectories — continue to make slow, painstaking progress. See, for example, Andrew Winkler's excellent summary of the Florida experience. Unfortunately, the only thing moving slower is reform of the Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that were at the center of the bubble and collapse.

April 18th Edition

President Obama personally announced that at the close of the first open enrollment period 8 million Americans had signed up for coverage in the Affordable Care Act (ACAs) exchanges. He also took this opportunity for a full-throated defense of the ACA, arguing "I find it strange that the Republican position on this law is still stuck in the same place that it has always been. They still can't bring themselves to admit that the Affordable Care Act is working.”

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