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Obama Versus Obama

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, August 11, 2011

The president has lost his credibility. No wonder the public is tuning him out.

Four Reasons S&P Got it Right

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, August 9, 2011

When will the Obama administration learn that more debt equals fewer jobs?

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'Ugly America'

by Russell A. Bermanvia Defining Ideas
Friday, August 5, 2011

Europeans will even defend Strauss-Kahn and bin Laden if it gives them a chance to kick the U.S.

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Mortgage Morass

by Charles Calomiris, Eric Higgins, Joseph Masonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, August 4, 2011

The latest housing market "fix" is bad news for borrowers--and for the economy.

The Tax Expenditures Muddle

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Though often misunderstood, they can ease our deficit dilemma.

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Congress: A Pre-9/11 State of Mind

by Amy Zegartvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, July 28, 2011

Intelligence oversight on Capitol Hill remains in dismal condition.

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The FDA’s War on Drugs

by Charles L. Hooper, David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, July 27, 2011

When it comes to off-label uses, government policy is harming sick people.

Raise Taxes on the Poor?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Yes. A flat tax could help solve the debt crisis.

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What Would Alexander Hamilton Do?

by Michael McConnellvia Defining Ideas
Friday, July 22, 2011

The founder’s financial wisdom holds lessons for today’s debt crisis.

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We Want Our Citizens Engaged, Not Enraged

by Mark Blitzvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, July 21, 2011

That's the only way to keep excessive government at bay.


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