Defining Ideas by topic: Politics: United States

November 2, 2012

Barack Obama, Version 2.0

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In our grim economy, can the president rely on a cult of personality to carry him into victory Tuesday?
October 29, 2012

Intro to Romneynomics

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Why the Obama recovery has failed—and how to fix it in four charts.
October 24, 2012

The Obamacare Election

The Romney-Ryan plan is maddeningly vague, but at least it reduces the role of government in health care.
October 19, 2012

Is Mitt Romney Likable Enough?

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Despite what the chattering classes say, likability plays a minor role in deciding modern presidential elections.
October 16, 2012

The New Yorker’s Closet Libertarian

James Surowiecki’s attack on “Corporate Welfare Queens” is like something out of Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations.
October 10, 2012

Obama's Death by Jobs

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Everything you wanted to know about killing jobs, but were too afraid to ask.
October 2, 2012

David Brooks, You're Wrong.

Government, not the market, poses the largest threat to human flourishing.
September 25, 2012

How to Stymie the Teachers Unions

Want to prevent another Chicago? Let charter schools flourish.
September 19, 2012

One Nation, Under God?

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The decline of religion in the United States has troubling consequences for public life.
September 11, 2012

The Preacher-in-Chief

The president’s DNC speech was long on rhetoric and short on coherent policy.