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How to Elect Good Judges

by Clint Bolickvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 17, 2012

Vote for a good president. The courts can change the course of American history, but nobody thinks about them during elections.

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A Philadelphia Story

by John E. Chubbvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Or, how technology will fundamentally reverse the course of our failing public schools.

Michael Sandel Is Wrong on Markets...

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

...and (no surprise!) Tom Friedman is wrong, too.

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How Not to Cure Chronic Diseases

by Henry I. Millervia Defining Ideas
Friday, May 11, 2012

Have Congress pass costly legislation that fails to address the problem it’s trying to solve.

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China's Bully Tactics

by Ying Mavia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 10, 2012

Why so much authoritarian wrath for a dissident “nerd who stutters”?

Higher Education for All?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 8, 2012

The federal government needs to rein in the business of making student loans.

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Policing Terrorism

by Matthew Waxmanvia Defining Ideas
Friday, May 4, 2012

Why are the principles of federalism absent from national security policy?

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More Rubble, Less Trouble

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 3, 2012

Have drones killed the traditional American way of war, defined by annihilation and attrition?

Beyond Austerity

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 1, 2012

We must liberalize labor markets, not rely on macroeconomic “fixes.”

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Race and Violence, the European Way

by Russell A. Bermanvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, April 26, 2012

For every Sanford, Fla., there’s an Amsterdam, Utoya, Zwickau & Toulouse.


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