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America in Decline?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, June 16, 2011

That is a decision, not a destiny.

Religious Liberty vs. Civil Unions

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Why is Illinois preventing the Catholic Church from doing charitable work?

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File First, Invent Later?

by F. Scott Kieffvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 13, 2011

The America Invents Act turns the patent system into a lottery.

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Patent Reform Goes Haywire

by F. Scott Kieffvia Defining Ideas
Friday, June 10, 2011

Pending legislation undermines property rights and international trade.

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Welcome to Patent Purgatory

by F. Scott Kieffvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, June 9, 2011

The America Invents Act beleaguers inventors with endless process and politics.

The Fracking Panacea?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Not quite. The new technology is promising, but environmentally risky.

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The Perils of Patent Reform

by F. Scott Kieffvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Congress should vote down the America Invents Act.

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Shoot an Elephant, Save a Community

by Terry Anderson, Shawn Reganvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 6, 2011

By assigning economic value to animals, hunting preserves more wildlife than it kills.

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Reviving Memorial Day

by Diana Schaubvia Defining Ideas
Friday, June 3, 2011

What Frederick Douglass taught us about the holiday.

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Northern Exposure

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A prudent Canada shows up debt-ridden America.


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