New school choice rankings, Xi’s visit with Trump, and a revival of U.S. migration flows.
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The Brookings Brief
April 1, 2017
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Trump begins reversal of U.S. trade policy. President Trump signed two executive orders on Friday mandating a review of trading practices as part of the administration’s goal of re-shaping U.S. trade policy.

  • Listen to Dany Bahar break down how the Trump administration might use the findings of its large-scale review of trade deficits.
  • In a new Unpacked video, Joshua Meltzer debunks misconceptions about free trade and highlights the economic and security benefits of U.S. trade agreements. 
  • Given the administration’s plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, Stuart Brotman argues for expanding the deal’s telecommunications provisions.
  • Joseph Parilla examines how changes to NAFTA would affect the state and local economies that rely on Mexican and Canadian supply chains.
  • Also in a new Unpacked video, Mireya Solís argues that Trump’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership marked the end of American leadership in the international trade arena.

Secretary DeVos and new school choice rankings. This week at Brookings, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos spoke at the launch of our annual Education Choice and Competition Index about the growing trend of school choice. Watch highlights from the event and explore the interactive scorecard.

Required reading for Xi’s visit with Trump. Ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit with Trump next week, Richard Bush shares some “Dos” and “Don’ts” on addressing the U.S. One-China policy, and Jonathan Pollack sees an opening for Washington-Beijing cooperation on North Korea. 

12 economic facts on energy and climate change. Did you know that 190,000 U.S. bridges are vulnerable to the effects of climate change? Learn more about the economic dangers posed by climate change in this new Hamilton Project study.  

Americans no longer seem to be stuck in place. Examining new U.S. Census data, demographer William Frey finds that many pre-recession American migration trends have finally begun to recover.

What our experts are reading

Re-reading: Can post-Brexit London survive as Europe's cultural and financial capital? (@Bruce_Katz)

On the role of charity, organized religion, and the golden rule. Wow. See how Utah keeps the American dream alive. (@kearney_melissa

Interesting piece on a coal town counterexample: "Appalachia is dying. Pikeville is not," by Lyman Stone. (@AdeleCMorris)


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