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Presidential Payback For Media Hubris

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Journalists who celebrated Obama and demonize Trump are only empowering the new President. 

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A Global Reform That Helps America

by David C. Mulfordvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

President Trump should take the initiative to revive and reconstruct the G-5 to face today's global realities.

The Affordable Housing Crisis

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, February 27, 2017

Zoning restrictions and building regulations only serve to hurt low-income tenants. 

A Humane Reduction In Healthcare Costs

by Allan H. Meltzervia Defining Ideas
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Modest, voluntary co-pays on end-of-life care would encourage families to opt for free hospice or palliative care. 

A Two-State Solution For The West Bank?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, February 20, 2017

The Trump administration may want to broker a new deal, but insuperable obstacles stand in the way. 

The End Of Identity Politics

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Friday, February 17, 2017

Trump signals the eclipse of the diversity industry and a yearning for a more unified America.

What Does Rex Tillerson Need To Know?

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

A Secretary of State’s lack of experience may actually be an asset in his tenure as head diplomat. 

Time For Trump To Resign?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, February 13, 2017

To Republicans wary of criticizing the President: the alternative is no longer Hillary but Pence.

A Flawed Restraining Of A Flawed Order

by Michael McConnellvia Defining Ideas
Friday, February 10, 2017

The President’s travel ban was overhasty and incompetent. The Ninth Circuit’s response wasn’t impressive either.

Can Trump Make Bureaucrats Accountable?

by Henry I. Millervia Defining Ideas
Friday, February 10, 2017

Officials deserve protection, but not when they undermine the public interest.


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