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Evan Smith
Staff Writer

Evan Smith is a staff writer and radio producer from Ohio who has spent more than five years covering local and national news for a variety of publications. Before joining OL, he served as an investigative reporter for the USA Today Network with a focus on the economic and political issues facing rural Appalachia. When he's not writing daily feature stories for OL, he serves as producer on "Opportunity Vive, with Israel Ortega", a weekly rush-hour talk radio program airing in the Miami market that focuses on Hispanic issues.

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In his address to a joint session of Congress, President Trump made it clear that infrastructure would be a top priority for his first …

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Even if you’re well versed in the lingo of school choice — vouchers, charter schools and the like — odds are you might not …

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Perhaps no phrase carries more political baggage in today’s dialogue than “a path to citizenship” for undocumented immigrants. Indeed, this issue explains why so …

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Vice President Mike Pence wasted no time Thursday rallying a group of Latino small business owners gathered in the nation’s capital. “Understand one thing,” …

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A troubling misconception has overwhelmed much of the debate about education policy in America: money does not matter in education. Of course, there are …

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A new report by the American Enterprise Institute shines a light on one of our nation’s most overlooked heroes: government-collected data. No, you didn’t …

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With the repeal and replacement of Obamacare a top priority of Congress and the White House, the law’s defenders are claiming millions will be harmed. …

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When she was in elementary school, Denisha Merriweather failed the third grade — twice. But that wasn’t Merriweather’s fault, says U.S. Education Secretary Betsy …

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Anyone who has ever read “The Great Gatsby” knows that the promise of the American Dream might require an asterisk next to it. “Just …

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When Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker saw the zombies approaching, he wanted to scream. Of course, they weren’t real zombies. The year was 2011. The …