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Brent Orrell

Brent Orrell is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute where he works on criminal justice reform and job training.


Articles by Brent Orrell

January 22, 2021 5:30 am

Fragments of Rage

The neuroscience of how social media and fake news are hijacking our brains and fomenting violence.
Brent Orrell
January 20, 2021 5:30 am

No, Trump’s Presidency Wasn’t Worth It

The terrible cost of the last four years—for the country and for the Republican party—far exceeds the value.
Brent Orrell
January 6, 2021 2:23 pm

The Trump Supernova: Lies, Damned Lies, and the End of the GOP

Today’s MAGA rally, electoral vote cosplay, and violent protests threaten to destroy the Republican party.
Brent Orrell
December 19, 2020 5:30 am

Taking ‘The Stand’

It’s early days in the new miniseries but longtime fans of Stephen King’s book have reason to hope.
Brent Orrell
December 2, 2020 5:30 am

The Hard Facts on Hard Time

We need to align criminal justice policy with today’s realities.
Brent Orrell
November 30, 2020 5:30 am

School Closings (Probably) Work

Let’s learn the lessons of past pandemics in deciding on when, whether, and for how long to close schools.
Brent Orrell
November 13, 2020 10:12 am

Pfizer’s Art of the Deal

Why it kept the Trump administration at arm’s length.
Brent Orrell
October 11, 2020 3:20 pm

Storm Warnings

Two recent novels, ‘The Second Sleep’ and ‘The End of October,’ are just prophetic enough to keep you awake at night.
Brent Orrell
October 9, 2020 5:30 am

Invisible Wounds

A second wave of COVID may be underway. We have to choose between flattening the curve or flattening our health workforce.
Brent Orrell
September 25, 2020 5:30 am

Vaccine Victimhood

Donald Trump has dug a ditch and now we’re all in it.
Brent Orrell