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Regulation ad Absurdum

by Henry I. Millervia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Our bloated government agencies are hampering economic growth.

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The Unbearable Heaviness of Governing

by Morton Kellervia Defining Ideas
Friday, May 13, 2011

Taking the measure of the Obama presidency

Executive Discretion on Steroids

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Beware of government actions aimed at "virtuous" ends.

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The Wages of Appeasement

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 10, 2011

We are blind to the real threat jihadists pose to America.

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Once Upon a Time in America

by Kori Schakevia Defining Ideas
Friday, May 6, 2011

What our country’s nineteenth century experience teaches us about China today

Repeal Title IX

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Federal intervention in college sports remains a disastrous mistake

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Islam and the Early History of Pakistan

by Ziad Haidervia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 3, 2011

With Osama bin Laden dead, a reflection on this increasingly Islamist country.

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Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise

by John F. Cogan, R. Glenn Hubbard, Daniel P. Kesslervia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Five steps to a better health care system.

Senseless in Seattle

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

The Obama administration tells Boeing how to run its business.

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Compassionate Conservatism, An Idea in Tension

by Clifford Orwinvia Defining Ideas
Friday, April 22, 2011

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