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The Words, They Are A-Changing Robert McHenry 08/01/2013
What is the role of the humble dictionary in an era when word usage changes by the hour?
Immigration and America’s Broken Civics Education System Christina Hoff Sommers 07/24/2013
America’s schools no longer teach our history or celebrate our unique culture, devaluing a powerful force for national unity.
Congress Isn't What It Used to Be Norman Ornstein and Jennifer Marsico 07/16/2013
The definitive source for data on our nation’s legislative branch, Vital Statistics on Congress, has been released online for the first time ever.
5 Things Every Parent Needs to Know About The Common Core Michael McShane 07/15/2013
The Common Core has the potential to be a positive force in education, but parents must be vigilant.
Rediscovering American Exceptionalism Josh Good 07/12/2013
In his latest book, Charles Murray says that today's America would be unrecognizable to our Founding Fathers.
America's Birthday: The True Meaning of July 4 (Part 3) Amy Kass and Leon Kass 07/03/2013
All Americans would agree that July 4th is an important date for our nation, but we have constantly debated its meaning and the proper way to celebrate it, with interpretations changing over time and in particular circumstances.
America’s Birthday: The True Meaning of July 4 (Part 2) Amy Kass and Leon Kass 07/02/2013
In speeches delivered nearly 10 years apart, two men from very different backgrounds – one a president and one a former slave – reflect on the meaning of July 4th and the Declaration for themselves and their nation.
America’s Birthday: The True Meaning of July 4 (Part 1) Amy Kass and Leon Kass 07/01/2013
The Declaration of Independence is the birth announcement of the American Republic. Do we understand its full meaning? Does our modern Republic live up to its promise?
Conservatism and Gratitude Yuval Levin 06/24/2013
Upon accepting one of the four Bradley Foundation prizes on June 12, Ethics and Public Policy Hertog Fellow Yuval Levin spoke about conservatism and gratitude. Excerpts from his speech follow.
Nudging Conservatives to Harness Behavioral Science Rich Thau and Celeste Gregory 05/03/2013
While liberals are deploying behavioral science with stunning results, conservatives have failed to follow up on their success three decades ago with the psychology of ‘broken windows.’ Here are several policy initiatives with which to begin.