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The NEW Center for Economic Opportunity will develop and advocate common-sense policy solutions, grounded in data, to expand workplace choice, flexibility, freedom, and opportunity for women and workers.

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Katie Pavlich

Pavlich, 32, is one of a bright, young cadre of conservatives, many outspoken women, who counter liberal myths daily on Townhall and other publications and popular shows such as “Outnumbered,” “The Five,” and Fox’s “Special Report.” She recently hosted Fox’s new “Primetime.” Her grit and optimism have paid off.

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"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." - Aldous Huxley



Nuclear power is carbon-free, cheap and reliable.
  • But nuclear is underutilized in the United States despite the increased calls to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
  • Instead, environmental purists advocate for renewables only, such as the wind turbines that shut down when Texas faced freezing temperatures in February 2021.
  • This has caused America’s nuclear power capabilities to remain at the same level for the past three decades while increased energy consumption has led to overall higher carbon emissions.

By: Kelsey Bolar & Charlotte Whelan



States should reduce or eliminate occupational licenses.
  • States vary in their occupational licensing requirements, creating significant challenges for workers who cross state lines to keep their licenses in good standing.
  • States should make every effort to eliminate excessive licenses or reduce the onerous requirements for licenses in their jurisdiction.
  • States should conduct regular cost-benefit analyses of their licensing systems to determine if they truly serve a public good and remove any licensing requirements that do not.

By: Patrice Onwuka



Women depend on independent contract work.
  • Nearly half (46 percent) of the independent contractor workforce is female.
  • Women are more likely than men to be employed in an alternative work arrangement.
  • The top three reasons women cited for working in the gig economy were flexibility (44 percent), income (38 percent), and building a business (25 percent).
  • Flexible contract work allows women to balance employment with caregiving for children, sick spouses, and aging parents or other priorities.

By: Patrice Onwuka



Government paid leave programs hurt poorer workers and women.
  • Low-income workers are hurt most by payroll taxes taken from earnings to fund paid leave entitlements and are less likely to take benefits.
  • They are also more likely to lose job opportunities: As employment costs go up, employers will seek to minimize their costs and exposure by reducing staff.
  • One-size-fits-all government programs will discourage the creation of flexible options, such as telecommuting, job sharing, and part-time arrangements.
  • Employers may also see women, who are statistically more likely to use paid leave benefits, as less attractive hires, especially for management positions.

By: Carrie Lukas

Higher Ed


The real winners of student loan forgiveness are predatory universities.
  • Universities get paid upfront, leaving students with high debt burdens and taxpayers stuck with the bill. This system encourages predatory behavior, like accepting students who are unlikely to graduate.
  • Universities should have skin in the game with regard to their graduates’ success.
  • We should draw down government backing for student loans, and allow private lenders who will actually look at the value of a degree restore accountability.

By: Inez Feltscher Stepman

Foreign Affairs


There is no replacement for America leadership
  • Since victory in World War II, America has served as leader of the free world, forstering an era of relative peace and rising prosperity around the globe.
  • In his quest to make America great again, Trump was — whether he said it or not — reasserting America’s role as leader and bulwark of the free world. 
  • If America falters, there is no backup, no equivalent democratic superpower waiting in the wings.

By: Claudia Rosett

Safe Borders Petition

Demand COVID Screenings at the Border

Politico reports that the disjoined federal response under the Biden administration "shows that a year into the pandemic, the U.S. still doesn’t have the monitoring and communications systems needed to aggressively combat outbreaks of infectious disease—a necessity for a return to normal life."

IWF and The Daily Signal Present

A Severely Disabled Man Suffers Consequences of Paying Americans Not to Work

Quadriplegic and legally blind, Patrick Driscoll relies on caregivers to get him out of bed and perform basic life tasks. But when COVID-19 unemployment benefits began allowing many workers to earn more from not working than from their usual wages, he says his caregivers have been quitting or showing up late.


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