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Americans Express Record-Low Confidence in Government

Amidst a still-recovering economy and concerns over a possible confrontation with Syria, a new poll by Gallup suggests that Americans have a record low level of confidence in the government. Released on Friday, the survey shows that less than half the public has even a fair amount of confidence in the government’s ability to handle domestic or international matters.


A Gentleman and a Scholar

Earlier this month, the great American political scientist James Q. Wilson passed away. Much has been written about Wilson’s legacy–see remembrances by the New York Times, Ross Douthat, David Brooks, the Economist, Steven Teles for Washington Monthly–and justly so. As AEI’s Arthur Brooks wrote, “[Wilson’s] influence on policy and politics was so vast that it inspired columnist George Will to quip, ‘To be a political commentator in James Q. Wilson’s era is to know how Mel Tormé must have felt being a singer in Frank Sinatra’s era.”