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James Pethokoukis

James Pethokoukis

James Pethokoukis is a columnist, CNBC contributor, and DeWitt Wallace Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.

The freedom agenda is under attack, both at home and abroad. As America retreats overseas, the American government expands domestically. Now, more than ever, we...

The freedom agenda is under attack, both at home and abroad. As America retreats overseas, the American government expands domestically. Now, more than ever, we...

Whenever the U.S. economy experiences a nasty shock or extended period of sluggish growth, economists—particularly those on the left—start speculating that maybe the good times...

JFK, ConservativeBy Ira StollHoughton Mifflin Harcourt, 288 pages Is Ira Stoll’s JFK, Conservative just a bit of high-end trolling of liberals? Nothing wrong with that, of...

Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney by a large enough margin—three percentage points and more than three million votes—that it’s hard to say changing any one...

FDR had the New Deal, LBJ the Great Society. But the economic adventurism of Barack Obama lacks a catchy nickname, and it deserves one, because...

It’s probably safe to assume that no elected official in America understands the ins and outs of the labyrinthine U.S. budget the way Paul Ryan...

Ezra Klein, an online columnist for the Washington Post, has been a sympathetic chronicler of President Barack Obama’s efforts to combat the Great Recession and...

What if the president of the United States hadn’t proposed an $800 billion stimulus plan back in 2009—but one twice as large? That is the...

The Federal Reserve’s dramatic new intervention into the U.S. economy—a $600 billion purchase of Treasury bonds that was immediately branded with the nautical nickname of...