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Biden’s Unlawful Re-Entry Into Climate Accord

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, February 1, 2021

His executive order undermines the constitutional role of both the Senate and the House.

Biden Goes Deep Green

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, January 25, 2021

His cavalier decision to stop the Keystone XL pipeline is misguided and dangerous.

Appreciating Walter Williams

by David R. Henderson featuring Walter E. Williamsvia Defining Ideas
Friday, January 22, 2021

The late writer and teacher blazed a trail “up from the projects” that led to his belief in economic freedom.

The Trial That Should Not Be

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, January 19, 2021

The Constitution does not allow the Senate to try presidents after they leave office.

In Search Of An Education Breakthrough

by Clint Bolick, Kate J. Hardimanvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Schools need top-to-bottom transformation, and there’s no more time to waste.

What Goes Wrong When Government Interferes With Prices

by Daniel Heil featuring the work of Russ Roberts, Lee Ohanian, Lanhee J. Chen, John H. Cochranevia Policy Insights | A Succinct Guide to Important Policy Questions
Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Prices are a fact of life, and so is complaining about them. You probably prefer lower prices on just about everything, but especially when buying a house or paying for college, and you wish for higher prices when it comes time to sell that house or negotiate your salary. Complaints aside, prices are the key to widespread prosperity.

Trump’s Bitter Denouement

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, January 11, 2021

His sorry ending should not conceal his administration’s real achievements.

Markets Work, Government Doesn’t

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, January 7, 2021

Nimble private enterprise has risen to the pandemic challenge. Officialdom has not.

George Shultz: A Century of Wisdom

featuring the work of George P. Shultzvia Policy Insights | A Succinct Guide to Important Policy Questions
Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Over the past century, George P. Shultz has made an immeasurable mark on the world. He is one of only two individuals in American history to have held four different federal cabinet posts. He taught at three of the country’s finest universities, and for eight years he was president of a major engineering and construction company. With such a distinguished career in academia, business, and government, Shultz has lived through some of the greatest events in history and shared his knowledge with countless individuals.

Fannie And Freddie Revisited

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Friday, December 11, 2020

Takings law and administrative law cannot peacefully coexist in the Supreme Court.


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