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California’s Crazy Climate Policy

by Gary D. Libecapvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Global Warming Solutions Act makes no sense environmentally or economically.

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Victory and the Savior Generals

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Reflections on history’s great captains of the battlefield.

Let’s Kill All the Jobs

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Until the president abandons his pro-union policies, our jobless recovery will continue apace.

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The Disregarded Options of American Health Care

by Scott W. Atlasvia Defining Ideas
Sunday, February 6, 2011

We need individual empowerment, not government centralization.

Beware of the Green Energy Crusade

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Regulating pollution is necessary. But we must get subsidies and penalties right.

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The Patent Process Run Amok

by F. Scott Kieffvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Supreme Court’s Microsoft v. i4i case will likely stifle innovation.

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Why Is It So Hard To Make Teachers Better?

by Eric Hanushekvia Defining Ideas
Sunday, January 30, 2011

A major focus of K-12 education reform should be placing a highly effective teacher in every classroom.

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In Defense of Defense Spending

by Kori Schakevia Defining Ideas
Thursday, January 27, 2011

Those looking to reduce federal spending should not target the Department of Defense for cuts.

Too Moderately Moderate

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, January 24, 2011

Obama’s rhetoric sounds conservative, but his policies are as liberal as ever.

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What Motivates Terrorists?

by Jessica Sternvia Defining Ideas
Friday, January 21, 2011

Ideology is not the only or even the principal reason why individuals join terrorist groups.


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