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 What President Moon may look like after a call with Kim

North Korea's Nuclear Bait-and-Switch

May 08, 2018

Enjoy the fine notes emanating from North Korea these days, but recall that when things sound too good to be true—they usually are.

Dozens of cardboard cutouts of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are seen during an Avaaz.org protest outside the U.S. Capitol

Facebook Facts: Americans Are Giving up Their Fourth Amendment Rights

April 10, 2018

Must the nation find new ways to limit the personal information corporations can amass, and above all, what they can share with the government?

Rex Tillerson sitting with Xi Jinping.

China: A ‘Strategic’ Threat?

March 05, 2018

The Pentagon’s latest National Defense Strategy rests on some shaky assumptions.

U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) leaves after announcing his resignation

#MeToo: America's Fastest-Changing Conversation

February 14, 2018

America can't afford to ignore the speed and sweep and effect of recent moral dialogues on sexual harassment.

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How to Give Up the Electronic Ghost and Get Back to Shabbat

January 06, 2018

For decades now the “secular” world of weekdays has invaded the world of holidays and weekends. Today many of us are addicted to our inboxes.

U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) arrives at the U.S. Senate prior to his resignation over allegations of sexual misconduct

How Can America Deal with Its Sexual Harassment Problem?

December 17, 2017

Politicians should be made to apologize, reduced in rank, be isolated, and fined—but not forced out of office. This is the job of the voters.

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America's Enduring Bacha Bazi Problem in Afghanistan

December 07, 2017

The selling and using of young boys for sex has deep roots in Afghanistan and has been widely practiced for generations.

Antifa members carrying red flag

Notes for Antifa from a Former “Terrorist”

November 29, 2017

Antifa embraces violence as a legitimate political tool. But even in Trump's United States, this tactic fails on moral and strategic grounds. 

Capitol dome

Congress Acts Like It's above the Law

November 28, 2017

More people need to be aware that Congress exempts itself from laws that it imposes on the rest of us.

Saudis riding camels wave the country's national flag

Why Saudi Arabia's Regional Power Plays Won't Lead to War

November 17, 2017

Saudi Arabia has become more assertive, but that doesn't mean it's going to war.

Peng Liyuan, Xi Jinping, Donald Trump, and Melania Trump.

China – A Reluctant Global Power

November 16, 2017

Trump has created a global power vacuum. Is Beijing ready to fill it?

Researcher's hands taking notes. Credit: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Turn health insurance subsidies into health insurance vouchers

November 13, 2017

There are plenty of precedents for this approach, including food stamps, housing vouchers, and energy credits, all provided to individual consumers and not to corporate providers.

Soldier in Niger holding a gun. Credit: Reuters

Why Niger Proves America's Counterterrorism Tactics Are Failing

November 11, 2017

How many Niger-like tragedies will it take before America gets the message?

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gestures while speaking to staff members at the U.S. Mission to the U.N. in Switzerland

Is America Losing Its Credibility with the Middle East?

October 26, 2017

Case in point: Washington has found no way to stop its loss of influence over Iraq.