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Trump's Tax Plan

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, May 1, 2017

The next important step: more concrete detail.

Three Democrat Errors

by Allan H. Meltzervia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A party that rejects free speech and popular sovereignty cannot hope to win.

The Bill O’Reilly Scandal

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, April 24, 2017

Lesson: We don’t need federal enforcement of civil rights laws to curb sexual abuse. 

The Tar Pits Abroad

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Friday, April 21, 2017

Is foreign intervention still worth it for America? 

The Task Of The Public Intellectual

by Peter Berkowitzvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Amid democratic hustle and bustle and free market churn, it is the job of the thinker and writer to illuminate the public interest and conserve freedom. 

Trump’s Forceful Syrian Gambit

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, April 17, 2017

Progress in the Middle East requires prudent use of the American military.

Will Trump Reform Entitlements?

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The election was hailed by many as the dawn of a conservative era. Was that wishful thinking? 

Brussels Gets Brexit Wrong—Again

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, April 10, 2017

The EU’s priority should be trade with the UK, not a dogmatic protection of the status quo. 

France Isn't Good For The Jews

by Russell A. Bermanvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, April 6, 2017

These are troubling times for the Jewish French, which ‘BHL’ glosses over in his new book.  

Flawed Climate Models

by David R. Henderson, Charles L. Hoopervia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The relationship between CO2 and temperature is more complicated than the polemics suggest.


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