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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.

Obama’s Jobs Bill: Read It and Weep

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 27, 2011

An infernal mish-mash of taxes, subsidies, and regulations.

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Defund the U.N.

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Monday, September 26, 2011

Why should we pay for the unprincipled behavior of hostile nations?

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Cybersecurity, An Introduction

by Paul Rosenzweigvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, September 22, 2011

This is our next great policy challenge.

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Poll Dance

by Henry I. Millervia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Governing by public opinion is admirable, but not when it’s at the expense of sound policy.

The Obama-Buffett Siren Call

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The president’s new tax plan defies the basic laws of economics.

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The Education of Steve Jobs

by William Damonvia Defining Ideas
Friday, September 16, 2011

Why do so many talented entrepreneurs drop out of school?

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Dick Cheney, Our Modern Ajax

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

The United States owes much to this courageous and unpopular public figure.

A Decade of Legal Blunders

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

We’ve made many mistakes since 9/11—including torturing detainees and expanding presidential power.

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The Road to 9/11

by Fouad Ajamivia Defining Ideas
Friday, September 9, 2011

Ten years after the attacks, we are still in a drawn-out, twilight war with Islamism.


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