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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

The surrealism of Iraq

by Niall Fergusonvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, December 4, 2006

In Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five," the hero has a hallucination — or, perhaps, a vision...

Analysis and Commentary

The U.N. Menu

by Henry I. Millervia Wall Street Journal
Monday, December 4, 2006

The U.N. task force that wrapped up here on Friday deliberated on the regulation of foods obtained with recombinant DNA (or gene-splicing) technology...

Analysis and Commentary

Renew Milton Friedman’s Conservatism

by Newt Gingrich with Milton Friedmanvia National Review Online
Monday, December 4, 2006

Milton Friedman was a man of towering eminence...

Analysis and Commentary

Reaganaut Realism Should Guide Foreign Policy

by Richard V. Allenvia Human Events Online
Monday, December 4, 2006

These days, as foreign policy and national security challenges become ever more threatening, complex and costly, I am often asked how I think Ronald Reagan would assess the range of problems now confronting United States...

Analysis and Commentary

The New Demagogues

by Niall Fergusonvia Washington Post
Sunday, December 3, 2006

"We are confronting the devil -- and we will hit a home run off the devil!"

Analysis and Commentary

What's good for pharma is good for America

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Boston Globe
Sunday, December 3, 2006

The winds of political fortune have brought the Democrats into power in both houses of Congress, and high on their 2007 agenda is tightening the regulatory screws on the pharmaceutical industry...

Analysis and Commentary

Flickering Signs

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Saturday, December 2, 2006

Despite years of getting a steady diet of "non-judgmental" attitudes from our educational system and the media, we have not yet lost all sense of right and wrong...

In the News
In the News

Why Military Calls to Raise Iraq Effort Grow

with Hoover Digest, William C. Hixvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, December 4, 2006

As demands mount to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq, a growing number of senior military officials are arguing that the only way to salvage the situation is to add more U.S. forces and more U.S. money...

In the News

Chavez Calls Re-Election Bush Defeat, Vows to Fight U.S.

with William Ratliffvia Bloomberg
Monday, December 4, 2006

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called his re-election a defeat for George W. Bush, vowing to use his nation's oil wealth to expand social welfare programs and challenge U.S. interests across Latin America...

In the News

Hints of a Rumsfeld-ian style

with George P. Shultzvia Los Angeles Times
Monday, December 4, 2006

Shortly after Ronald Reagan was reelected president, the CIA forwarded a controversial intelligence report on the 1981 assassination attempt against Pope John Paul II to the White House...

In the News

Diplomacy seen as essential, but difficult U.S. has ignored Iraq's neighbors for too long, experts say

with Abbas Milani, Charles Hillvia San Francisco Chronicle
Monday, December 4, 2006

For eight months, the congressionally chartered, bipartisan Iraq Study Group has debated the available options for U.S. policy in Iraq -- options so limited that one leading analyst has called them the "almost good, the bad and the ugly..."

In the News

In Praise of Vouchers

with Milton Friedmanvia Business Week
Monday, December 4, 2006

When it comes to addressing America's social and economic ills, the reform mantra chanted by everyone from economists to chief executives to governors is "Fix K-12 Education..."

In the News

Cultural bias isn't only cause of poor grades

with Eric Hanushekvia Chicago Tribune
Monday, December 4, 2006

Ever since a May 2004 event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown vs. Board of Education decision, entertainer Bill Cosby has been a traveling salesman of sorts, flying around the country trying to sell his ideas on blacks and parental responsibility, conspicuous consumption and education...

In the News

Poisoning Latest Blow to Russia's Image

with Michael McFaulvia Associated Press
Monday, December 4, 2006

This was the year the Russian government aimed to brighten its image overseas...

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For Defense Nominee, Echoes of Old Questions

with George P. Shultzvia Washington Post
Monday, December 4, 2006

When President George H.W. Bush nominated him to lead the CIA in 1991, Robert M. Gates was at 47 the youngest intelligence professional to achieve that distinction...

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Columbia's Rare Book & Manuscript Library Acquires Archive of The New Leader Magazine

with Diane Ravitchvia Media Newswire
Sunday, December 3, 2006

Columbia University's Rare Book & Manuscript Library has acquired the archive of The New Leader, a magazine of political opinion and cultural criticism...

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Sweden (and America) can save our schools

with Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Telegraph
Sunday, December 3, 2006

David Cameron is presenting a "mid-term" review of Tory education policy on Tuesday, just after both Ofsted and Tony Blair have conceded that the Government has failed to achieve its primary objective: to provide a good start in life for every child, including those from the most disadvantaged backgrounds...

In the News

Letters To Business

with Milton Friedmanvia San Francisco Chronicle
Sunday, December 3, 2006

Editor -- Thanks to David Lazarus for setting such a fine tone in his reminiscence of Milton Friedman ("Milton Friedman, the watch and me," Lazarus at Large, Nov. 17)...

In the News

War and More

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Saturday, December 2, 2006

Some readers will complain about reading here more on Iraq, and the need to defeat the Islamists in the more general war against terror...

In the News

The Baker group enters the debate

with Larry Diamond, Michael McFaul, Abbas Milanivia Rocky Mountain News
Saturday, December 2, 2006

Talk about an anticlimax...

In the News

NEA stands against real reform to help students

with Eric Hanushekvia Chicago Sun-Times
Saturday, December 2, 2006

The number of high school dropouts is reaching crisis proportions...

In the News

School Choice Movement Mourns Founder

with Milton Friedmanvia Heartland Institute
Friday, December 1, 2006

When Milton Friedman died on November 16 at the age of 94, the school choice movement lost its founder...

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Oil News Roundup

with Victor Davis Hansonvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, December 1, 2006

Crude-oil futures extended their gains into a fifth straight session Friday, settling at a two-month high of more than $63 on New York Mercantile Exchange, partly on supportive comments from OPEC officials...

In the News

Putting Them Away

with Milton Friedmanvia Investor's Business Daily
Friday, December 1, 2006

Two federal reports released this fall support the common-sense argument that America is safer because more criminals are behind bars...

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Poisonous Air over Russia

with David Sattervia Council on Foreign Relations
Friday, December 1, 2006

At first blush, the poisoning death of former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko by a dose of highly radioactive polonium-210 evokes memories of a Cold War mystery in London from a generation ago...