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Will The Undecided Decide The Election?

by David Bradyvia Defining Ideas
Monday, September 19, 2016

Clinton and Trump battle it out for voters who have turned their backs on them.

Clinton’s Tax Conceit

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, September 19, 2016

Her fiscal plan gives targeted benefits to her favorites—but it won’t grow the economy.

The Myth Of Growing Polarization

by Morris P. Fiorinavia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Contrary to public perception, the American people are not segregating themselves into “ideological silos.” 

Dispatch From Havana

by Kori Schakevia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Obama’s realignment with Cuba marked a high point in his presidency, but the future looks bleak for our southern neighbor. 

Europe Gets Apple Right

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, September 12, 2016

American commenters on the left and right have disparaged the European Commission’s ruling, but it makes a classical liberal argument in favor of free trade. 

The FDA’s Power Grab

by David R. Henderson, Charles L. Hoopervia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, September 8, 2016

The agency has changed its own rules and now seeks to regulate drugs that pre-date its founding.

Who Are Those Darned “Elites”?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, September 8, 2016

And what have they done to enrage the working- and middle-class voters of Western democracies?

An Era of Tenuous Majorities

by Morris P. Fiorinavia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The United States is currently experiencing an almost unprecedented period of electoral instability. Why?

Berkeley Betrays Due Process Again

by Peter Berkowitzvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 6, 2016

The school’s Kafkaesque response to a sexual harassment allegation has unjustly tarnished a respected professor. 

New York’s Self-Inflicted Housing Crunch

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, September 5, 2016

Developers who want to build new and better buildings face crazy restrictions.


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