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Scott Pruitt And The Environment

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, January 23, 2017

Trump’s pick for EPA head deserves credit for planning to correct policy errors. 

Environmental Regulations Run Amok

by Gary D. Libecapvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Trump administration has a reform opportunity that should not be squandered.

A Revolution In Administrative Law

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, January 16, 2017

New legislation could spell the end of judicial deference to regulatory agencies.

Ten Proposals On The Middle East For The New U.S. Administration

by Russell A. Berman, Charles Hillvia Defining Ideas
Friday, January 13, 2017

The new administration will inherit a Middle East foreign policy in tatters—and the aspirations of Obama's 2009 Cairo speech have not been met.  

Rugged Individualism: Dead Or Alive?

by David Davenport, Gordon Lloydvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

We cannot tip the delicate balance between equality and liberty so heavily in favor of equality so that there is no liberty left.

Obama’s Dangerous Palestinian Gambit

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, January 9, 2017

The recent UN Resolution denouncing Israel will disrupt all peace initiatives.

Obama’s Legacy Of Deceit

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, January 5, 2017

From Obamacare to the Iran deal, the administration has misrepresented the facts to the American public. 

Obsolete Climate Science On CO2

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Trump administration should cast a suspicious eye on the Global Warming “consensus.”

The Sullen Leftists

by Allan H. Meltzervia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Their reaction to Trump’s victory reinforces that they are anti-democratic statists who want to control our lives. 

The United States Of Crybabies

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

America’s therapeutic view of human nature threatens our political order.


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