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Filtering The Clean Water Act

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, September 7, 2015

In an overdue setback for the regulatory state, a judge reins in the EPA. 

Global Warming Goes To Court

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

In a landmark case, Dutch judges abandon the rule of law to craft climate change policy. 

The Little Church That Could

by William Sutervia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Supreme Court made a wise ruling in favor of free speech rights.

How Democrats Stifle Labor Markets

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A new NLRB decision is a win for unions but a loss for businesses and their employees. 

A Memoir Of The Missile Age

by Vitaly Leonidovich Katayevvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Behind the scenes during the nuclear arms race—a Soviet insider’s perspective. 

The Truth About Campaign Finance Reform

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, August 24, 2015

The more power is concentrated in the hands of the government, the more dangerous money becomes in politics. 

Funding Retiree Healthcare Plans

by Robert C. Pozen, Joshua D. Rauhvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

New accounting rules won’t cure the budgetary ills of state and local governments. 

Immigration And The GOP

by Timothy Kanevia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The status of illegal aliens is and will continue to be a central issue of the 2016 presidential race. 

When Bureaucrats Do Good

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, August 17, 2015

The FTC’s recent policy statement on unfair business methods has generated an intelligent debate about government regulation.

The Conservative Heart

by Peter Berkowitzvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Republicans would do well to embrace the moral case for free enterprise.


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