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The best education investments start well before school

December 02, 2019

In debates over education policy, we often hear new ideas about investing large amounts of funds in higher education in the form of free tuition, fellowships and loan forgiveness programs, among others.

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Why America Is Still Great

November 27, 2019

As the holidays commence, let’s focus on what Americans have to be thankful for, as difficult as it is to take one’s mind off the news that emanates from Capitol Hill and the White House.

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America Must Learn to Deal with Moral Outrage

November 24, 2019

Reforms are good, but those who make minor mistakes must be given a path to redemption.

The First 100 Moderate Days

November 18, 2019

In my desperate search for a moderate Democratic candidate in whom I can have more confidence than the flailing former Joe Biden, I decided to look at what the various candidates are promising to d

Should We Privatize Censorship?

November 18, 2019

Over the past few decades, the United States has increasingly relied on the private sector to carry out missions that were once considered largely the mission of the state.

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Why Aren’t the Democratic Presidential Candidates Pushing for Bold Change in the Middle East?

November 16, 2019

Even if the proposals of many Democratic candidates were implemented, little would change in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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China Needs a New Ethos

November 14, 2019

For the last few decades the Chinese government has relied greatly on the legitimacy of affluence.

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There are poor ideas, bad ones and Facebook's Libra

November 12, 2019

Libra, Facebook’s proposed blockchain digital currency, is a horrible idea whose time should never come...

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What Should Donald Trump Really Be Impeached For?

November 10, 2019

Trump, like one of those defendants in a trial who arrogantly ignores the advice of his lawyers, is so sure that he has locked in a crucial part of the jury that he feels free to lash out at the process, and has so little self-control that he spills it all out.

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Does Israel Have Something to Fear from Donald Trump?

October 26, 2019

The Israelis are concerned that Trump will change his mind about supporting them in the same cavalier way that he switched his position with regard to the Kurds.

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Trump's Parting Gift: An Iran with Nuclear Weapons?

October 06, 2019

A nuclear-armed Iran is going to be one of Donald Trump’s going-away presents to the international community.

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‘Good’ vs ‘Bad’ Nationalism in Asia

September 23, 2019

Developments in India, Japan, and Hong Kong provide significant lessons for the intensive debate between those who view nationalism as inherently jingoistic and those who hold that nationalism can be civic.

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Facial Recognition Meets the Fourth Amendment Test

September 22, 2019

There may be no way to address the overarching fears all new surveillance technologies raise; however, major concerns can be addressed without slowing the use of facial recognition.

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Gun Control: Campaigning vs. Legislating

September 15, 2019

Much attention has been paid recently to the policy differences between moderate and progressive Democrats.

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How the European Union Lost Its Luster

September 14, 2019

Brexit is often depicted as driven by a wave of right-wing nationalism.