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Friday Essays And Links – PolicySphere Morning Briefing – May 17, 2024

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NB: There will be no Morning Briefing this Monday, which is Whit Monday.

NEW: In response to yet another egregious doxxing case, we published the following article making the case for a Federal anti-doxxing statute.


#TaxPolicyA new report from the Tax Foundation looks at potential corporate tax increases that might come after the expiry of certain provisions from the TCJA, and tries to come up with the most pro-growth ones.

#AI – Yet another lawsuit against OpenAI alleges that its using of copyrighted material to train its models is copyright infringement. Analysis of the lawsuit by AEI’s Michael Rosen.

#TheEconomy – RAND asks: “Which threats to the financial system should we be paying closer attention to?,” and evaluates threats including bond dumping by China, AI, deepfakes, and more.

#HealthcareNew paper from NBER: Medicare pricing for healthcare facilities has spillover effects on physicians, impacting time allocations and use of surgical technology, and thus blunting the impact of price signals in promoting innovation.

#Healthcare – From Manhattan Institute’s Judge Glock: “The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently finalized a rule that mandates staffing increases at nursing homes that will cost taxpayers and families billions of dollars a year. The regulation is a transparent payoff to politically connected unions with little policy justification.” More.

Friday Essays

Why Should a Christian Study the Humanities?,” asks Nathaniel Peters at Public Discourse.

At First Things, James F. Keating reviews two books that teach us about the relationship between the Catholic Church and America.

At Law & Liberty, George Hawley reviews Coleman Hughes’ The End of Race Politics.

Important: Public Discourse is running a series of articles on “the necessity of beauty across contexts: art, homemaking, architecture, and education.” Here is Mark Dooley’s contribution, concerning beauty in architecture.

Here is a sequence of words we were not expecting to be typing today: in Modern Age, Jack Hunger reviews the movie Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes and uses that as a launching-off point to discuss identity and heritage.

In Law & Liberty, Theodore Darlymple offers a rave review of Who Is Big Brother? by D.J. Taylor, an intellectual biography of George Orwell.

Chart of the Day

Economic cost of various potential tax increases, according to Tax Foundation analysis.

Meme of the Day

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