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James Pethokoukis

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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.

Elizabeth Warren is the new Paul Ryan
Elizabeth Warren and Paul Ryan.
Opinion

Elizabeth Warren is the new Paul Ryan

Why has America stopped caring about the future?
A space gun.
Opinion

Why has America stopped caring about the future?

The 2020 Democrats are totally missing what's wrong with the American economy
Democratic candidates.
Opinion

The 2020 Democrats are totally missing what's wrong with the American economy

Trump is letting China beat up American businesses
President Trump.
Feature

Trump is letting China beat up American businesses

The economy is dragging. End the trade war.
President Trump.
Opinion

The economy is dragging. End the trade war.

Greta Thunberg's prosperous future
Greta Thunberg.
Opinion

Greta Thunberg's prosperous future

The backlash to the tech backlash
A phone.
Opinion

The backlash to the tech backlash

The unserious virtue signaling of Elizabeth Warren's wealth tax
Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Opinion

The unserious virtue signaling of Elizabeth Warren's wealth tax

Would a Democratic president really be better for the economy than a second Trump term?
Democratic candidates.
Opinion

Would a Democratic president really be better for the economy than a second Trump term?

America's new CEOs are telling the wrong story about capitalism
Tim Cook.
Opinion

America's new CEOs are telling the wrong story about capitalism

Trump just showed his hand in the trade war
President Trump and Chinese farming.
Opinion

Trump just showed his hand in the trade war

Republicans don't hate cities, they only talk like they do
President Trump.
Opinion

Republicans don't hate cities, they only talk like they do

The GOP's stupid swoon for big government
President Trump.
Feature

The GOP's stupid swoon for big government

Why America shouldn't stop at the moon — or Mars
Rocket ships.
Opinion

Why America shouldn't stop at the moon — or Mars

Can Democrats really beat the Trump economy in 2020?
President Trump.
Opinion

Can Democrats really beat the Trump economy in 2020?

Trump didn't fix the economy that Obama didn't break
President Trump.
Opinion

Trump didn't fix the economy that Obama didn't break

Trump's war on Big Tech is getting even dumber
President Trump.
Opinion

Trump's war on Big Tech is getting even dumber

Josh Hawley's new tech bill would blow up the internet
Josh Hawley.
Opinion

Josh Hawley's new tech bill would blow up the internet

Why Washington's war on Big Tech will fizzle
A laptop.
Opinion

Why Washington's war on Big Tech will fizzle

Why Nancy Pelosi's attack on Facebook is dangerous
Nancy Pelosi.
Opinion

Why Nancy Pelosi's attack on Facebook is dangerous

Why the fears of a U.S.-China tech cold war are overblown
President Trump.
Analysis

Why the fears of a U.S.-China tech cold war are overblown

Democrats are cornered on Trump's trade war. But there's a way out.
The Democratic logo.
Opinion

Democrats are cornered on Trump's trade war. But there's a way out.

How much credit does Trump deserve for the booming economy?
President Trump.
Opinion

How much credit does Trump deserve for the booming economy?

Will the Trump economy doom the Democrats?
President Trumps economy.
Opinion

Will the Trump economy doom the Democrats?

Ray Dalio is wrong about capitalism
Ray Dalio.
Opinion

Ray Dalio is wrong about capitalism

Don't let Trump blow up the Fed
President Trump.
Opinion

Don't let Trump blow up the Fed

The best thing that could happen to the American economy just happened
The Wall Street bull.
Analysis

The best thing that could happen to the American economy just happened

Elizabeth Warren's fairy tale about Big Bad Tech
Elizabeth Warren.
Opinion

Elizabeth Warren's fairy tale about Big Bad Tech

Republicans want to make 2020 about capitalism vs. socialism. But there's a problem: Trump.
President Trump.
Opinion

Republicans want to make 2020 about capitalism vs. socialism. But there's a problem: Trump.

Democrats, you can call yourselves capitalists. Really.
Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, and Beto ORourke.
Opinion

Democrats, you can call yourselves capitalists. Really.

New York succumbs to the billionaire backlash
Jeff Bezos is chased out of New York.
Opinion

New York succumbs to the billionaire backlash

Stock buybacks aren't destroying the economy
Stock traders.
Opinion

Stock buybacks aren't destroying the economy

How Howard Schultz could reveal the Democrats' inconvenient truth
Howard Schultz.
Opinion

How Howard Schultz could reveal the Democrats' inconvenient truth

Why America needs more billionaires
Billionaires.
Opinion

Why America needs more billionaires

Why Modern Monetary Theory is an unserious idea for an unserious time
Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris.
Opinion

Why Modern Monetary Theory is an unserious idea for an unserious time

The GOP is completely botching the tax hike issue
An elephant.
Opinion

The GOP is completely botching the tax hike issue