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Obsolete Climate Science On CO2

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Trump administration should cast a suspicious eye on the Global Warming “consensus.”

The Sullen Leftists

by Allan H. Meltzervia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Their reaction to Trump’s victory reinforces that they are anti-democratic statists who want to control our lives. 

The United States Of Crybabies

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

America’s therapeutic view of human nature threatens our political order.

The Environmental Permit Menace

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, December 12, 2016

Critical infrastructure is being stymied by regulations that harm the environment and developers alike.

Subprime Lite

by Sanford Gordon, Howard Rosenthalvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, December 8, 2016

Mortgage regulation in the wake of Dodd-Frank.

Trump's Russia "Reset"?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Expect the new president to adopt a realpolitik stance toward Vladimir Putin.

America’s Immigration Quagmire

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, December 5, 2016

Trump should back off from his confrontational stance on illegal aliens.

A Question Of Prerogative

by Michael McConnellvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, December 1, 2016

The UK’s Supreme Court wrestles with Brexit, politics, and the British Constitution.

Eyes, Ears, And Daggers

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

From the beginning of America’s history, special warriors and intelligence officers have served a critical role in the defense of the nation—sometimes in cooperation, sometimes at cross-purposes.

Obama’s Labor Market Mischief

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, November 28, 2016

The new Trump administration should rescind the Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule.


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