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Funny Thing about Christmas

Nowhere in the Bible are Christians commanded to observe Christ’s birthday. It is as if God said to man, 'Make of this event what you will.'

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Scientific Groupthink and Gay Parenting

The controversy over a recent study on gay parenting illustrates a sociopolitical groupthink operating in the social scientific community. Scientists should go where the science takes them, not where their politics does.

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Mexico’s Reforms: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Mexico’s Congress has delivered an energy reform plan that could alter Mexico’s economic outlook for decades to come, but its populist tax policies and profligate spending threaten the steady growth the country has achieved in recent years.

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Why the Volcker Rule Will Harm the U.S. Economy

Americans were told the rule stops banks from taking risky bets with insured deposits, but it actually bars bank-related entities from valuable activities that pose no threat to deposits and are no more risky than ordinary lending.

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How to Clean Up the Senate’s Nuclear Fallout

It would be a mistake for Republicans to perpetuate Senator Reid’s drastic changes to Senate procedures on nominations. Here’s a proposal for restoring the upper chamber’s deliberate and effective functioning.

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Big Farms Are About to Get Bigger

Big data will make farming more environmentally responsible and easier to regulate, but will lessen the sense of place cherished by the local food movement.

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‘Because’ Is the New ‘Whatever’

The emergence of a new grammatical entity signifies an elision not of words but of the orderly thought that is the precondition of orderly expression. We see a lapse into vagueness, a failure or refusal to construct any sort of argument.

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The Arctic Becomes a Hot Spot

The main source of global energy reserves and geopolitical tensions could shift in the not-too-distant future from the Middle East to the Arctic. Here’s why.

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Why Greece Will Leave the Euro

As Greece's political and economic conditions worsen, the conventional wisdom about Greece never abandoning the euro will be sorely tested.

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More Pipelines in the Pipeline

Environmentalists continue to resist pipelines such as the Keystone XL, even though pipelines result in fewer spillage incidents and personal injuries, and in a substantial cost advantage, when compared to road and rail.

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Newspeak's Comeback and the Invincible Sincerity of America's Liberal Elite

The president was not lying when he promised that people could keep their existing health insurance. He was using Newspeak, a language which allows reigning liberals to convince themselves that they aren't restricting others' liberties.

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The Climate Change Climate Keeps Changing, but the Carbon Tax Is Eternal

Confronted with more data that contradict climate change orthodoxy, climate change alarmists still advocate a carbon tax, but with new rationales.

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Tomorrow's Technological Breakthroughs: Hiding in Plain Sight?

A look back at the Depression era reminds us to be skeptical of the technological pessimism of some leading economists today — few people foresaw just which inventions would be most momentous.

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AEI Classics: The Origins and Traditions of Thanksgiving

As Americans settle in to celebrate another Thanksgiving, we look back at the holiday's history.

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An American Thanksgiving

We are a grateful nation. And because we are a grateful nation, we are a generous nation. Our founders were steeped in this idea, and it is still strong among us.

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JFK's Assassination, 50 Years Later

When great events are precipitated by little people, it is common for conspiracy theories to abound.

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America's Enduring Conspiracy Theories

Fifty years later, a majority of Americans still believe that more than one man was involved in the JFK assassination. What explains the tenacious nature of this belief?

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Smoking Kills, and So Might E-Cigarette Regulation

Smoking is a leading cause of death, and cessation treatments are largely ineffective, yet regulation threatens a promising new technology that might help smokers quit.

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AEI Classics: The Gettysburg Address and Lincoln's Reinterpretation of the American Founding

The Gettysburg Address is, in both form and substance, a perfect text for the bible of American political religion.

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‘A Few Appropriate Remarks’

Why was Lincoln’s prophecy that ‘the world will little note nor long remember what we say here’ so spectacularly wrong?

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