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Insider Trading And The Supreme Court

by Jonathan Maceyvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, September 29, 2016

The SEC and Department of Justice want more stringent securities laws that will enhance their own power at the expense of the marketplace. 

The Government’s Civil Rights Bullies

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, September 26, 2016

People seeking religious exemptions from antidiscrimination laws aren’t “bigots."

Clinton-Trump: Not Such A Melodrama

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Sunday, September 25, 2016

Voters and politicians are not as polarized as they seem—they want less guns abroad and more butter at home.

Life After Merkel: A Preview

by Russell A. Bermanvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Germany’s vulnerable chancellor looks likely to lose out on a fourth term.

America's Versailles Set

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Like Marie Antoinette, today’s elites pretend to commiserate with the less fortunate.

The Supreme Court In The Balance

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The rule of law and constitutional government depend on an independent judiciary—and we are far from that ideal today.

Will The Undecided Decide The Election?

by David Bradyvia Defining Ideas
Monday, September 19, 2016

Clinton and Trump battle it out for voters who have turned their backs on them.

Clinton’s Tax Conceit

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, September 19, 2016

Her fiscal plan gives targeted benefits to her favorites—but it won’t grow the economy.

The Myth Of Growing Polarization

by Morris P. Fiorinavia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Contrary to public perception, the American people are not segregating themselves into “ideological silos.” 

Dispatch From Havana

by Kori Schakevia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Obama’s realignment with Cuba marked a high point in his presidency, but the future looks bleak for our southern neighbor. 


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