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Let's Study It Instead: Commissions Can Be Policy Graveyard

It’s a time-tested Washington strategy for making a difficult policy question disappear: death by “blue ribbon” commission. Presidents, Congress and some agency heads set up panels stocked with subject experts to offer sage advice to policymakers. But these panels sometimes are used to slow-walk thorny policy into oblivion.  President Donald Trump chose what one expert calls “the blue ribbon option” when he assigned a sensitive gun control proposal to a new panel on school safety,...

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