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    Patriotic Millionaires: Wealth for the Common Good Oct23  Renegotiating Money and Power in America: A Talk with Morris Pearl (EAS’82, W’82) and Erica Payne (WG’00) 4:30pm
    Location: Jon M. Huntsman Hall, Room 340
    After retiring from his position as managing director at BlackRock, one of the largest investment firms in the world, Penn alumnus Morris Pearl turned his attention to the public sphere. He currently serves as Chair of the Patriotic Millionaires, a group of 200+ high-net-worth individuals who are committed to making all Americans, including themselves, better off by building a more prosperous, stable, and inclusive nation.  As described on their website, the group focuses on promoting public policy solutions that encourage political equality, guarantee a sustaining wage for working Americans, and ensure that the wealthiest individuals and corporations pay their fair share of taxes.
  • Fed indicates it's staying the course on rate hikes despite growing criticism from Trump October 17 Fed staying course on rate hikes

    Interior Secretary approves selective state participation in offshore drilling expansion; Banks contest new regulations on accounting practices; Housing sales fall; Federal Reserve anticipated to continue interest rate hikes. 

  • Artificial Intelligence Computer Graphic October 17 The Real Implications of AI

    More than 70% of Americans are concerned that artificial intelligence will lead to “robots taking over.” [1] Fears that AI machines will replace the human workforce or that robots will develop superintelligence and rebel are propagated throughout the media and pop culture. Even Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have warned that artificial intelligence could “spell the end of the human race” and is “our biggest existential threat.” [2] Musk has even suggested that “there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish.” [3]

  • U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday that separating migrant families at the border could deter illegal immigratio... October 15 President Trump claims border policy an effective illegal immigration deterrent

    President Trump argues that family separation is an effective illegal immigration deterrent; A group of vulnerable house GOP members present a bill that protects patients against discrimination; Retail sales rise, but only marginally. 

  • (Source: Wiki Commons) October 15 Tariffs, Trade, and National Security: The U.S.-China Trade War in Context

    On July 5th, the United States placed tariffs against $34 billion worth of Chinese goods. To many pundits, this was yet another sign of the worsening trade war between the United States and China. However, the latest strife is only part of a larger web of trade disputes involving the United States and the rest of the world. Since imposing a wide reaching 25% tariff on steel and 10% tariff on aluminum, the US has been engaged in a multi-front trade war with adversaries and allies alike. Although similar to previous trade disputes, these latest tariffs are both economically and legally unique, thereby meriting additional analysis. This article explains how the latest trade restrictions threaten not only years of US trade policy but also the country’s international economic and diplomatic standing.

  • Image: Healthcare, Source: Pixnio October 11 The Future of Physician Payment Reform

    From 1996 to 2013, United States health care spending increased by $933.5 billion, driven largely by increases in the intensity and price of care.[1] In 2016 alone, the United States spent $3.3 trillion or 17.9% of our GDP on health care.[2] In response, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) aimed to curb the rise in health care spending by instituting cost control policies. These measures were designed to eliminate waste, improve efficiency, and rein in overutilization. A central part of this reform was the development of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), which hold groups of providers collectively responsible for the overall cost and quality of care for a defined patient population.