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Barack Obama

Barack vs. Bibi

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, March 23, 2015

The President’s foreign policy toward Israel and Iran reveals, once again, the dangers of “leading from behind.” 

The Nuclear Dilemma

by James Goodbyvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The world's nuclear stockpiles are shrinking. But that doesn't mean the world is a safer place. 

Race Baiting And Ferguson

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, March 16, 2015

The Department of Justice has exonerated Darren Wilson but still blames racism for unrest in Ferguson. Why?

Podcast: The Libertarian: “Ferguson Revisited”

The War That Must Never Be Fought

by George P. Shultzvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, March 12, 2015

Nuclear weapons are the gravest threat to humanity’s survival.


ISIS’s Sledgehammer Against Civilization

by Charles Hillvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

What we lose when ideologies like Islamism catastrophically destroy our precious cultural artifacts.

Obamacare's Tangled Web

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, March 9, 2015

The Supreme Court should strike down the IRS regulation allowing subsidies for health care policies purchased through the federal exchange.

Podcast: The Libertarian Podcast – “Obamacare at the Supreme Court — Part 2”

The E.U. Experiment Has Failed

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, March 5, 2015

With Christianity moribund and patriotism stigmatized, the only principle that unites Europeans is one of material comfort. 

Using Military Force Against ISIS

by General Jim Mattisvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, March 4, 2015

We need to match our commitment to the threat. 

Abercrombie’s Hijab Problem

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, March 2, 2015

The government wants to unwisely regulate the retailer's hiring policies. 

A New American Grand Strategy

by General Jim Mattisvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, February 26, 2015

We must adopt a firm and consistent stance in defense of our values. 


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