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by Clint Bolickvia Defining Ideas
Friday, July 15, 2011

Workers support it. States support it. The courts support it. Why doesn't the Obama administration?

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Nanny Runs Amok

by Henry I. Miller, Jeff Stiervia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Social engineering, Obamacare-style.

Our Curious CAFE Culture

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, July 12, 2011

There’s a better way, surely, to regulate automobile emissions.

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The SEC’s Publicity Hounds

by Jonathan Maceyvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, July 7, 2011

The commission’s perverse incentives are disrupting capital markets.

Would We Ever Ground Air Force One?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Of course not. So why the jihad against corporate jets?

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American Amnesia

by William Damonvia Defining Ideas
Friday, July 1, 2011

Young people in this country are failing civics, which is a crisis for the nation.

America Strikes Out

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, June 29, 2011

What an aging Derek Jeter tells us about a declining United States.

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Appeasing Jihadists

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A policy of guilt and flattery will not temper terrorists.

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How to Run Public Schools in the 21st Century

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Defining Ideas
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Our current models are bad for taxpayers--and calamitous for kids.

War Powers and Libya

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Congress is entitled to restrain the president’s military adventures abroad.


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