New this week
Real roots of the midlife crisis. Writing in the Atlantic, Jonathan Rauch looks at the “happiness u-curve” that helps explain the relationship between age and well-being in the United States.
High-skilled immigrants could reverse America’s entrepreneurship decline. New research from Robert Litan looks at a decades-long decline in entrepreneurship and what immigration policies could help reverse the trend.
The ACA’s markets are working pretty well. Many ACA beneficiaries will discover new plan options or higher premiums as the law moves into its second open enrollment period, but Alice Rivlin says that’s because the markets are in their infancy.
“American exceptionalism does not carry to our political institutions.” So says Thomas Mann in the newest Brookings Cafeteria Podcast on dysfunctional politics and the road to 2016.
What our experts are reading
Admiral Michael McDevitt offers sound analysis of and prescriptions for US policy re South China Sea.
[On the possibility of ongoing secret negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea] I am always wondering if my chain is being yanked. It could also mean Kim is trying to undermine Moon, who positions himself as a broker between the U.S. and North Korea. These two potential explanations are not mutually exclusive.