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Doctrinal Tangle At SCOTUS

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 26, 2017

All substantive constitutional protections are entitled to equal respect. 

Prestige As A Tool Of Foreign Policy

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 12, 2017

Trump is reasserting America’s strength on the world stage.  

The Cagey Mr. Comey

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 12, 2017

His own questionable actions might warrant an obstruction of justice charge.

Why The Fed Should Only Own Treasuries

by Charles I. Plosservia Defining Ideas
Saturday, June 10, 2017

A way to protect Fed independence and the integrity of fiscal policy from political pressure.

Containing Climate Change Hysteria

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 5, 2017

Trump’s exit from Paris was less than graceful, but his position is sound. 

The Pentagon’s Personnel Problem

by Timothy Kanevia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 5, 2017

Perverse incentives in compensation and retirement have distorted the shape of the force.

Trump… Our Claudius

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The president, like the Roman emperor, has been dismissed as a crude and crazy outsider.  

Forget The Paris Accords

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The U.S. should withdraw from an agreement based in bad science—and bad economics. 

Stalin As A Study Aid

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, May 25, 2017

There are striking parallels between today’s North Korea and the Stalinist USSR of the 1930s.

The End Of Teacher Tenure?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Ending the practice in K-12 schools would be good for students and taxpayers.  


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