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Abortion, Compelled Speech, And The Supreme Court

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 9, 2018

The next Justice should safeguard religious liberty from government intervention.

Clearing Up Misconceptions About Health Savings Accounts

by Scott W. Atlasvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Reformed HSAs represent a clear pathway to affordable, quality care for everyone.

Donald Trump’s Trade Travesty

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 2, 2018

Presidential hubris is no substitute for rational policy.

How Did The West Get Religious Freedom?

by Mark Koyamavia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Institutional change was crucial in bringing about equality before the law.  

Getting It Wrong On Cell Phone Searches

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 25, 2018

A confused Supreme Court upsets the balance between liberty and security.

Hillary’s Hamartia

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Democratic candidate’s three deadly blunders.

Harassment Gone Haywire

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 18, 2018

Pleas for gender and racial parity threaten to upend science research.

Europe's Dieselgate

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Friday, June 15, 2018

EU central planners wanted to combat climate change—but their policies actually did more harm than good.

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An Ill-Conceived New Wave Of Asbestos Liability

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 11, 2018

Legal theories of causation dictate that ‘bare metal’ cases be tossed out of court.

California’s Solar Power Madness

by Lee Ohanianvia Defining Ideas
Friday, June 8, 2018

California’s unwise rush into renewables will raise building costs by about $30,000 per home.


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