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Lies Politicians Tell Us

by Allan H. Meltzervia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Clinton, Trump, the Obama administration, and the media—all are guilty of obfuscation, deceit, and dishonesty.  

Argentina Redux?

by Charles I. Plosservia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Congress is undermining the Federal Reserve’s independence by using it as a piggy bank.

Are Voter ID Laws Racist?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 25, 2016

Requiring individuals to show picture identification—a minimal burden—is a valid way to prevent fraud.

Alphabet Soup Corruption

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Historians will remember the Obama administration for its ideological disregard of the rule of law.

The Politics Of The New Deal

by Price Fishback, Valentina Kachanovskaya via Defining Ideas
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Did FDR use this sweeping body of legislation to gain an electoral advantage? 

Religious Liberty Under Siege In Mississippi

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, July 18, 2016

Recent developments confirm the creeping intolerance of the civil rights movement.

Education Reform Decouples

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Defining Ideas
Thursday, July 14, 2016

For years, the movement was held together by centrists on the left and right—but now it’s grown polarized. 

Berlin's Politics Of Appeasement

by Russell A. Bermanvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Brexit means that power has shifted to Germany—but will the country be a reliable ally against Russia?

America Is Not A Pure Democracy

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Trump and Sanders claim that the will of the people is at risk of being thwarted, but sometimes that’s as it should be.          

Hasty Judgment On “Institutional Racism”

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 11, 2016

Did the President's and the media’s inflammatory rhetoric on race motivate the Dallas shooter?

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