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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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9/11: Three Major Mistakes

by John Rizzovia Defining Ideas
Thursday, September 8, 2011

The CIA's chief legal officer from 2001-2009 reflects on what we did wrong—and on the lessons we've learned.

The Road to Economic Perdition

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Why are Democrats serving up a smorgasbord of job-killing policies?

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A Robust State Department

by Kori Schakevia Defining Ideas
Friday, September 2, 2011

Wouldn’t it be nice if we had one?

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The Vexing Virtue

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, September 1, 2011

In a new book, Eric Felten offers a charming and erudite account of loyalty.

The Perils of Price Controls

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Why is there a shortage of cancer drugs in the United States?

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Five Myths About Social Security and Medicare

by Charles Blahousvia Defining Ideas
Friday, August 26, 2011

The national discussion on entitlement programs is dazed and confused.

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Can Google Make Non-Violence Cool?

by Jessica Sternvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, August 25, 2011

The company’s new ‘think/do tank’ aims to steer youth away from terrorism and gangs.


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