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January, 2016


Obama proposes new rules to close the gender pay gap even though there’s a 16% gender pay gap in his White House

The persistent gender pay gap at the Obama White House has been well-documented on CD. In 2015, the median salary for women working at the White House was $65,650, which is 15.8% and $12,350 less than the median salary of $78,000 for men (see chart above), see CD post here.Read More

A regional look at charter school diversity

As National School Choice Week draws to a close, we have seen over 16,000 events planned, many scarves passed out, and even an official dance. Although the week celebrates all educational options, from public to private to online and homeschooling, many people think specifically of charter schools when they hearRead More

Compounding labs: No answer for high prices

Before 2012, the Food and Drug Administration reluctantly embraced the basic framework advocated by Mark Baum (“A New Prescription for Lower Drug Prices,” op-ed, Jan. 26). The FDA allowed compounders to manufacture and ship some medicines on a wide scale, absent the agency’s usual oversight, simply because compounded drugs couldRead More

Washington’s prescription for cheaper, and unregulated medicines

In 2011, in an effort to bring a lower-cost drug to the market, the Food and Drug Administration was forced to accept the widespread compounding of a specialty drugs. The agency’s submission involved an old, and previously cheap, generic medicine that had secured some renewed exclusivity, and was being sold asRead More

2016 Data Point: Will Trump’s supporters turn out in Iowa?

One of the looming questions of the GOP Iowa caucus is whether Donald Trump’s supporters will show up to caucus even though many of them appear not to have attended a caucus before. A new Monmouth University poll of likely Iowa Republican caucus-goers estimated that for Trump to win, turnoutRead More

2016 Data Point: Getting from Iowa to the GOP nomination

How important is the Iowa caucus in determining the Republican nominee for president? Of the last seven competitive Republican presidential primaries, the winner in Iowa has won the party’s nomination three times: Gerald Ford in 1976, Bob Dole in 1996, and George W. Bush in 2000. John McCain came inRead More