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100 Years of the Panama Canal

One of the supreme engineering feats of the early 20th century, the canal has been an immense boon to shipping and of major geopolitical benefit to the United States.

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The Long-Hours Luxury

One factor that is often overlooked in the debate over causes of income inequality is a shift in the distribution of working hours. The rich now work more than the poor.

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Melodrama at the Met

The 130-year-old Metropolitan Opera is under threat from unions – and philanthropists.

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The Most Important of Unimportant Things

During the last few weeks, one’s confidence about the essential unimportance of sports has been cast into the shadows of doubt.

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Capitalizing on the Capitalist Peace

The next time the United States is compelled to try to rescue and rehabilitate a broken nation, Washington needs to pay as much attention to building free markets as to holding free elections.

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This Astounding Enterprise

'The first self-constituted, self-declared, self-created people in the history of the world.'

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The Refrigerator's Cool Century

The home refrigerator, a vital but modest technology, is 100 years old.

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How the South Came to Rise Again: The Civil Rights Act of 1964

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed one of the most significant pieces of legislation in American history.

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Why Voters Grew Tired of Cantor

One can argue that, from the Tea Party point of view, if the establishment refuses to address the government-by-cronyism issue, then upsetting the table is the right move.

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Aereo Decision a Boon, Not a Bane for Innovation

Aereo’s system was a case of legal engineering rather than technical ingenuity.

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The EPA Overreaches Again

A new EPA rule is a disaster for farmers and the traditional understanding of the relationship between the federal government and the states.

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Stanley Cup Blues

As much as I’ve grown to love hockey, I can’t bring myself to watch the ongoing Stanley Cup finals.

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Death, Duty, D-Day

Seventy years ago, our nation led the Western World to a costly victory over tyranny in what was the greatest military undertaking in history.

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Time for a New Contract with America

One way to turn probable pick-ups into a 1994-style rout this midterm would be for the Republicans to, once again, nationalize the election with a new Contract with America, positioning themselves credibly as the party of real reform.

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The Playoffs: A Couch Potato's High Holidays

The playoffs — there's something, to the averagely insane sports fan, magical in that phrase.

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Taking Religion Seriously

A good way to jar yourself out of unreflective atheism is to read about contemporary science.

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Crowdfunders' Losing Deal

Shouldn’t those who contribute the funds to launch successful startups also share in any profits?

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Hoping for China's Success

There is one effort in which everybody should wish to see China successful: preservation of the country’s farmland. It has already been reduced to well below the level needed to keep the country self-sufficient in grain production.

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The Post-Protestant Ethic and Spirit of America

The new elite class of America is the old one: America’s mainline Protestant Christians in both the glory and the annoyingness of their moral confidence and spiritual certainty. They just stripped out the Christianity along the way.

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AEI Classics: The Origins and Traditions of Washington’s Birthday Holiday

Americans celebrated Washington’s birthday long before Congress in 1879 declared it a holiday for federal workers in the District of Columbia, and, in 1885, a holiday for federal employees everywhere.

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