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Demographics and the Future of the GOP

by Bill Whalenvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, October 20, 2011

If Republicans are unable to rally the Hispanic vote in 2012 and beyond, their political prospects are doomed.

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Jihad in the Arabian Sea

by Camille Pecastaingvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, October 19, 2011

What is the future of this troubled and treacherous region?

Uneven Stevens

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 17, 2011

The former justice's outbursts are doing a disservice to the Supreme Court.

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Lessons of the Libya War

by Kori Schakevia Defining Ideas
Thursday, October 13, 2011

This military adventure has set a precedent we may not want to repeat.

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Join the Green Tea Party

by Terry Andersonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A manifesto for free market environmentalism.

California's Kafkaesque Rent Control Laws

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Property rights and due process get second-class status in the courts.

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Predicting Our Demise

by Charles L. Hoopervia Defining Ideas
Friday, October 7, 2011

Climate change models are misleading and unhelpful in forecasting future temperatures.

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You Say You Want a Revolution

by Joseph D. McNamaravia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

First the Arab Spring, now the American autumn. What next?

The Debit Card Stealth Tax

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, October 4, 2011

We need to repeal the Durbin Amendment of the Dodd-Frank Act.

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The Fall of Compassionate Conservatism

by Clifford Orwinvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, September 29, 2011

George W. Bush first embraced the idea and then let it die.


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