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James Pethokoukis

Columnist

James Pethokoukis is the DeWitt Wallace Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute where he runs the AEIdeas blog. He has also written for The New York Times, National Review, Commentary, The Weekly Standard, and other places.

Trump mocking Biden on clean energy is everything wrong with today's GOP
President Trump.
Opinion

Trump mocking Biden on clean energy is everything wrong with today's GOP

Why Republicans still aren't serious about social media regulation
A toy soldier and a phone.
Feature

Why Republicans still aren't serious about social media regulation

The winning re-election argument Trump could have made
President Trump.
Opinion

The winning re-election argument Trump could have made

Wall Street won't let Trump steal the election
President Trump.
Opinion

Wall Street won't let Trump steal the election

What Biden-omics ignores
Joe Biden.
Opinion

What Biden-omics ignores

Did the Fed give us Trump?
The Federal Reserve building.
Analysis

Did the Fed give us Trump?

Is the pandemic propping up the DNC?
Joe Biden.
Opinion

Is the pandemic propping up the DNC?

The terrible trade-off of keeping schools closed
A school.
Opinion

The terrible trade-off of keeping schools closed

Why aren't Republicans trying to juice the economy?
An elephant.
Opinion

Why aren't Republicans trying to juice the economy?

Wall Street pines for President Biden
Joe Biden.
Opinion

Wall Street pines for President Biden

Trump's visa ban is economic suicide
President Trump.
Opinion

Trump's visa ban is economic suicide

Maybe the stock market isn't crazy
A graph, a protest, and coronavirus.
Opinion

Maybe the stock market isn't crazy

What the SpaceX launch represents
A SpaceX rocket.
Opinion

What the SpaceX launch represents

Three cheers for the world's first trillionaire
Jeff Bezos.
Opinion

Three cheers for the world's first trillionaire

How the virus could weigh down America's economy for the long haul
Scales.
Opinion

How the virus could weigh down America's economy for the long haul

Why can't America build things anymore?
A hammer and nails.
Opinion

Why can't America build things anymore?

The left refights the financial crisis
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Opinion

The left refights the financial crisis

Washington's misguided pivot to infrastructure
A sign.
Opinion

Washington's misguided pivot to infrastructure

America is going to need a bigger stimulus
The Capitol building.
Opinion

America is going to need a bigger stimulus

The best way to avoid a coronavirus depression
A mall.
Opinion

The best way to avoid a coronavirus depression

Congress needs to start writing checks
The Capitol building.
Opinion

Congress needs to start writing checks

Is coronavirus really a black swan event?
A black swan.
Opinion

Is coronavirus really a black swan event?

A coronavirus recession would likely end Trump's presidency
President Trump.
Opinion

A coronavirus recession would likely end Trump's presidency

There's a way Democrats can beat the Trump economy — but they won't like it
President Trump and Barack Obama.
Opinion

There's a way Democrats can beat the Trump economy — but they won't like it

What would Trump do in a second term?
President Trump.
Opinion

What would Trump do in a second term?

Why Wall Street isn't freaking out about Bernie Sanders
Bernie Sanders.
Opinion

Why Wall Street isn't freaking out about Bernie Sanders

Late capitalism isn't killing us
Money and tombstones.
Opinion

Late capitalism isn't killing us

Has Bernie Sanders learned anything over the past 50 years?
Bernie Sanders.
Opinion

Has Bernie Sanders learned anything over the past 50 years?

Trump just ran a two-year trade war experiment. It failed.
President Trump and Liu He.
Opinion

Trump just ran a two-year trade war experiment. It failed.

America dreams of Chinese state capitalism
A coin gate in China.
Analysis

America dreams of Chinese state capitalism

The weird criticism that Big Tech is too digital
A flying car.
Feature

The weird criticism that Big Tech is too digital

What has 'Trump the disrupter' actually disrupted?
President Trump.
Opinion

What has 'Trump the disrupter' actually disrupted?

Escalating the trade war is risky for Trump. Signing a deal with China may be even riskier.
President Trump.
Feature

Escalating the trade war is risky for Trump. Signing a deal with China may be even riskier.

Democrats are running into Trump's economic buzzsaw
A saw.
Opinion

Democrats are running into Trump's economic buzzsaw

What left and right alike get wrong about 'late' capitalism
Marco Rubio.
Opinion

What left and right alike get wrong about 'late' capitalism

Elizabeth Warren's wealth tax is bad politics and worse policy
Elizabeth Warren.
Opinion

Elizabeth Warren's wealth tax is bad politics and worse policy