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What's happening in the "third places" beyond home and work.
Warning Pollution Ike Brannon 06/26/2013
Transportation and municipal authorities have inundated the public with warnings, alerts, and notifications. The effort may be counterproductive; it is certainly annoying.
Benghazi Matters Ambassador Richard S. Williamson 06/11/2013
The Benghazi attack raises fundamental questions on how to keep America safe and whether to trust the administration. We need a substantive debate on how to protect America against the growing threat of Islamic extremists.
Tribal Politics in the 21st Century Arnold Kling 06/04/2013
Progressives, conservatives, and libertarians each have a mythology in which they are the heroes and the other tribes are villains. Partisans of these three ideologies even speak different languages.
Fallen Heroes, Never Forgotten Ralph Kinney Bennett 05/25/2013
Toward a deeper gratitude for our freedom, with a clean pride in a country that has spilled so much of its blood for others.
Desegregation by Deliciousness Michael McShane 02/27/2013
What schools can learn from barbeque restaurants.
Can the GOP Be Saved? The Myth of the Demographic Fix Lee Harris 01/30/2013
Conventional wisdom holds that as African Americans, Asians, Hispanics, and gays increase their political clout, Republicans must devise a way of reaching out to these critical demographic groups. Is this wisdom correct?
The GOP Must Lead (Again) on Civil Rights Cliff Asness 01/29/2013
Here are three important civil rights issues that the GOP should take action on.
What Does It Mean to Say That a Gun Law Is Tough? Lee Harris 01/16/2013
Perhaps the best that can be said about the New York gun law is that it is a modern updating of the old principle of apotropaic magic.
A Student Debt Cure Worse Than the Disease Andrew Kelly 12/18/2012
Taxpayers may have more reason to be concerned about the government’s response to high levels of student debt than the debt itself.
Debt and the Constitution John Steele Gordon 12/13/2012
Congress and Congress alone is granted the power ‘to borrow money on the credit of the United States.’ Can Congress delegate that power to the president and restrain its own ability to take the power back?