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Silence of the Churches

Nina Shea

American churches can help the persecuted—both to stay safely and thrive in their home countries and, if impossible, to give them refuge here....

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The EU's Soft Utopia

John Fonte

John Fonte's review of "The New Totalitarian Temptation: Global Governance and the Crisis of Democracy in Europe", by Todd Huizinga...

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Why America Needs Japan

Arthur Herman

Japan to the rescue. It's a refrain Americans are going to be hearing more often....

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Will Obama Apologize for Truman’s Decision to Drop the Bomb in WWII?

Arthur Herman

Obama and Kerry are more fixated on something that America did 70 years ago than on bolstering America’s strength in a vital region today....

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Homegrown Terrorism and a New Ukrainian PM

Hannah Thoburn & Simond de Galbert

Richard Aldous discusses Ukraine’s new Prime Minister with Hannah Thoburn before speaking with Simond de Galbert about homegrown terrorism in Europe....

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Trump's Assault on Majority Rule

Jeffrey H. Anderson

Donald Trump continues to argue that the Republican presidential-selection process is “rigged" and that any result other than his getting the party'...

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Drone-Flattop Wedding & the Wisdom of Seth Cropsey

Peter Navarro & Seth Cropsey

Seth Cropsey on marrying drones and flattops, the withering of America’s shipyards, and how any war is likely to start between China and the US....

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Sentencing Reform Loses Its Way

David W. Murray

Responsible policy and genuine political leadership require a more realistic understanding of our duties to past, present, and future victims....

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KI Weekly News Highlights: April 16-22, 2016

Kleptocracy Initiative

Financial corruption and autocracy news clips...

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Hit Job

Lee Smith

It's Obama's standard operating procedure—denigrate allies while ignoring the threats posed by adversaries....

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Well, Well, Well

Irwin M. Stelzer

The Saudi war on frackers....

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Kazakhstan and US Renew Nonproliferation Partnership

Vladimir Socor, Richard Weitz & Daniel Witt

The two countries are working together to protect against nuclear terrorism....

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Small Business Should Be Priority Number One

Walter Russell Mead

Booming minority populations are girding for opportunities to build more enterprises of their own....

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Cotton Puts His Foot Down on Iran Deal

Lee Smith

Sen. Tom Cotton moved to block confirmation of an Obama nominee for an important post at the Department of Treasury....

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Obama's Saudi Problem Stems from His Tilt toward Iran

Arthur Herman

Obama’s real Saudi problem is himself, by stiff-arming allies Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Israel while trying to embrace Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood....

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Saudi Arabia Is a Great American Ally

Michael Pregent

While Tehran continues to sow anti-American terrorism across the Middle East, Riyadh holds the key to regional stability....

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Hasta Luego, Dilma

Jaime Daremblum

Dilma Rousseff, la simpática presidenta de Brasil, ha sido degradada por las turbas callejeras de su país. Y así, en el estado de ebriedad fomentad...

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The FCC and Kafkaesque Merger Reviews

Harold Furchtgott­Roth

In May of 2015, Charter Communications announced the acquisition of Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks....

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America's Largest Health Insurer Bails on Obamacare

Jeffrey H. Anderson

If you like your UnitedHealthcare Obamacare plan, that doesn’t mean you can keep your UnitedHealthcare Obamacare plan. ...

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Could Obama Make the Global Drug Problem Much Worse?

David W. Murray

The failures of American drug policy could turn into a global rout....

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Un Nouvel Isolationnisme Américain?

Benjamin Haddad

Tout a priori oppose Barack Obama et Donald Trump en matière de politique étrangère. ...

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Everything Old Is New Again

Walter Russell Mead

Liberal Southern cities and conservative Southern states are in the midst of a series of pitched political battles. ...

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A Popular Conservative Alternative to Obamacare

Jeffrey H. Anderson

Obamacare is unacceptable to the American public—and with a popular conservative alternative in play, it will be repealed....

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The Trade-offs of Trade

Irwin M. Stelzer

Voters are convinced free trade is inimical to their interests, and even if it were a good thing our trading partners don't play fair....

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KI Weekly News Highlights: April 9-15, 2016

Kleptocracy Initiative

Financial corruption and autocracy media clips...

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Student Loan Excesses Harm the Most Vulnerable

Walter Russell Mead

The real losers in the student loan merry-go-round are precisely kinds of students that the Obama administration most wants to help....

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Same Old, Same Old?

Hannah Thoburn

Ukraine’s new Prime Minister will have trouble pushing through important reforms if his mentor, President Poroshenko, does not allow it....

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A World Unmoored

Lee Smith

In dismantling the global order backed by American power and leadership, Obama has left the world, including his secretary of state, unmoored....

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Misconnecting the Dots

Simond de Galbert, Benjamin Haddad & Iskander Rehman

The threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism, particularly in francophone Europe, is very real. Hasty generalizations about its causes help no one....

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Russian Jets Buzz U.S. Navy Ship at 30 Feet

Walter Russell Mead

Russian planes ran a simulated attack on a U.S. Navy ship yesterday. Russia continues to test, to probe, and to provoke....

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Bernie's Jewish Problem, and Hillary's Surprisingly Bold Response

Ronald Radosh

The Bernie Sanders campaign recently announced that it hired a new team member who will be in charge of ...

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College Isn’t Always Worth It

Walter Russell Mead

We need to meet the practical needs of the sizable population percentage that doesn't benefit very much from sitting in classrooms year after year....

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New American Grand Strategy

Seth Cropsey

Since Woodrow Wilson, the goal of American foreign policy has been to prevent regional hegemony. ...

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Obama Causes a Drug Epidemic and Makes It Worse

John P. Walters

Obama's Administration is dismantling the tools, international partnerships, and governing structures needed to stop the destruction it has unleashed...

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Turkish Town Riots Against Syrian Refugees

Walter Russell Mead

Ominous signs point to serious turbulence ahead for the EU-Turkey migrant deal....

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Enseñanzas de la Historia

Jaime Daremblum

La semana pasada hubo una celebración en Washington de la OTAN, alianza política y militar que emergió tras la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Más allá d...

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The FCC Should Drop Its Proposed Rules For Set-Top Boxes

Harold Furchtgott­Roth

When the FCC exercises its power with little purpose and little thought, it is unlikely to do much if any good....

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Japan's Wild Monetary Experiment Is Far From Over

Brendan Brown

The leading narrative in the foreign exchange markets is told and re-told to explain how the Japanese yen has surged this year despite an ever wilder ...

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Financial Transparency After Panama

Walter Russell Mead

Berlin and Paris unveiled a welcome set of new initiatives on transparency and tax dodging yesterday....

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Time for Southeast Asia to Stop Diplomatic Free-riding

John Lee

Why the voices of Southeast Asian countries that are not treaty allies of the U.S. matter....

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Vladimir Putin's Big Short

Arthur Herman

Vladimir Putin's Middle East policy is predicated on U.S. decline....

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We've Said It – Now What? Genocide in the Middle East

Nina Shea

What does the genocide designation do for targeted religious groups? ...

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A Drought of Ideas

Walter Russell Mead

It is the cognitive elite that has let the country down....

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Philanthropy Can Fend Off Attacks on Endowments by Giving at the Grass-Roots

William A. Schambra

The fact that modern American democracy tolerates foundation endowments is simply amazing....

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Pity the Poor Bankers

Irwin M. Stelzer

There ariseth a little cloud out of Minneapolis, smaller than the hand of a central banker, but worrying nevertheless....

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The Birth of a Nation

Arthur Herman

Japanese and American troops landed in Siberia to support the Czech Legion....

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KI Weekly News Highlights: April 2-8, 2016

Kleptocracy Initiative

Financial corruptions and autocracy media clips....

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Senator Lindsey Graham on Lessons from the Syrian War and the Need for U.S. Leadership

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham on the lessons learned after five years of civil war in Syria and the need for U.S. leadership in the region....

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China's Defense Reforms and their U.S. Implications

Richard Weitz

Improved equipment, technology, and structures will likely make the PLA a much more formidable opponent in a future conflict....

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Otra Muerte Extraña

Jaime Daremblum

De nuevo la muerte toca las puertas de un periodista prominente en Rusia. ...

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Obama's Nonproliferation Record Earns Failing Grade

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

The world is far more unstable while nuclear war more plausible....

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An Easter Remembrance of Persecuted Christians

Lela Gilbert

I left Israel just two days after Easter. But though I’d been busy preparing to be abroad for a few weeks, the beauty of that holiday’s timeles...

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Discredited Brazilian Left Cries Foul

Walter Russell Mead

‘Leftist academics’ are calling the growing firestorm around President Rousseff and revelations of mass corruption in the ruling party a coup....

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The Nemesis of the California Bureaucracy Is Running for the California Assembly

Jeffrey H. Anderson

One suspects that CalTrans will regret not having given in sooner to the former Marine....

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The Global Vote of No Confidence in Pax Americana

Walter Russell Mead

Defense spending is rising around the world, and it’s not because people feel safer....

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Wikileaks Produces Unity in Europe--Against the IMF

Walter Russell Mead

Sometimes taped conversations reveal skullduggery. More rarely, they provide a glimpse of honest people trying to do a difficult job....

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Clean Up the UN

Walter Russell Mead

In addition to the Panama papers, there’s another bi...

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The GOP Delegate Game

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

Rebeccah Heinrichs on North Korea, the JCPOA, and Donald Trump's foreign policy....

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Is Asia Worrying Too Much About 'The Donald'?

John Lee

Should America’s security and economic partners in Asia worry about the possibility of a Donald Trump presidency?...

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Saudi-India-Pakistan Triangle

Aparna Pande

After years of considering Saudi Arabia as a major ally and economic benefactor, Pakistan may be on the verge of losing its erstwhile patron to India....

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Why Can't Yellen Raise Rates?

Irwin M. Stelzer

Wondering if Yellen & Co should swallow its fears and gradually get out of the business of forecasting and of trying to micromanage the macroeconomy....

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The CBO's numbers on Obamacare

Jeffrey H. Anderson

Jeffrey Anderson discusses the Congressional Budget Office numbers on Obamacare showing 24 million less enrollees in private insurance than expected....

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President Obama Wraps Up the Nuclear Security Summit

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

President Obama wrapped up the Nuclear Security Summit on Friday....

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Clueless Capitalists

Irwin M. Stelzer

What has happened to the traditional reservoir of support for America's market economy?...

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KI Weekly News Highlights: March 26-April 1, 2016

Kleptocracy Initiative

Financial corruption and autocracy media highlights....

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EU after Brussels

Benjamin Haddad

Benjamin Haddad on the fallout from the Brussels terror attacks and if it will spark a unified push to improve intelligence, security among EU states...

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How to Win Friends and Kill People

Lee Smith

Strange new respect for Syria's Assad....

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Opiates of the Masses

John P. Walters, David W. Murray & Brian Blake

The president at this point may be just passing through, but his policies will destroy lives for years to come....

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How the FCC's Proposed Privacy Rules Would Create a False Sense of Consumer Privacy

Harold Furchtgott­Roth & Arielle Roth

The FCC is poised to erect the very same illusions as Apple in its proposed rules for consumer privacy....

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Prime Minister Modi in Washington to Attend Nuclear Security Summit, N-Terrorism Threat in Agenda

Aparna Pande

Smita Sharma spoke to former Pakistan High Commissioner Akbar Ahmad and research fellow at the Hudson Institute Aparna Pande in the US....

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More U.S. Defensive Measures Wise Response

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

Does the brutal, provocative and nuclear-armed North Korean regime actually pose a threat to the United States?...

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The Contest for Australia's New Subs is Turning Nasty

John Lee

The desperation of France, Germany and Japan to win the region's most lucrative defense contract is increasing, and understandably so....

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Why Real Estate Is Not Immune to Inflation Threat

Brendan Brown

Many households are right to ask whether their main asset will insulate them from this shock whenever it occurs...

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Don't Abandon Japan

Arthur Herman & Lewis Libby

As a vital ally in Asia and a bulwark against China, it needs our support, not decades-old calumnies....

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What the GOP Should Know NOW About Warren G. Harding’s Presidential Win in 1920

Ronald Radosh & Allis Radosh

The contested Republican Convention of 1920, which nominated Ohio Senator Warren G. Harding, is analogous to the situation facing the GOP today....

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Wrong Playbook: Why The NFL's Response To Its Attackers Is Out Of Bounds

Hank Cardello

The NFL’s attack-dog playbook is clearly not working in today’s environment and is guaranteed to fail....

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Why It's Important To Tell The Truth About ISIS's Christian Targets

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

If our leaders will not be honest about the roots of ISIS’s rage, Americans cannot trust them to protect us....

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Manufacturing Consent -- to Legal Marijuana

David W. Murray

This polling/reporting news cycle owes more to politics than to science....

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Newly Released Letters Show Reagan Left Liberalism When Communists Infiltrated

Ronald Radosh

New light on when and why Reagan shifted from being a supporter of the Popular Front to becoming a strong anti-Communist liberal....

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Obama's Surprising Reversal

Abram N. Shulsky

The president has argued that there will be no comprehensive solution to Islamist terrorism until Islam reconciles itself to modernity....

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India and Nuclear Security

Aparna Pande

An economically strong and self-confident India feels a lot more reassured about its place in the world....

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Making Work Work in the 21st Century

Walter Russell Mead

The way Americans work is changing rapidly, but our bureaucratic, slow-moving institutions are not keeping up....

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Why a Hardline Extremist Group Targeted Lahore in Easter Bombing

Husain Haqqani

A suicide bomber targeted Christians at an Easter celebration at a park in Lahore, Pakistan, on Sunday, but most of the victims were Muslim....

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CBO Misses Its Obamacare Projection by 24 Million People

Jeffrey H. Anderson

Based on the CBO's own numbers, it seems possible that Obamacare has actually reduced the number of people with private health insurance....

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Christianity With Chinese Characteristics

Walter Russell Mead

The spread of Christianity continues to unnerve Chinese officials....

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How Hillary Clinton Assisted the "Mainstreaming of Taliban Ideology" in Pakistan to Deadly Effect

Nina Shea

Nina Shea, director of the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute, joined SiriusXM host Stephen K. Bannon on Breitbart News Daily Monday...

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The "End of Islamism" and the Future of Tunisia

Said Ferjani

An interview with Said Ferjani...

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Obama Takes Havana

Irwin M. Stelzer

It is not clear that what is good for American business, and for the regime, will be good for the Cuban people....

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Blue Civil War Escalates

Walter Russell Mead

Connecticut Democrats are going after Yale, for the same reason Henry HVIII went after the monks and Willie Sutton went after the banks....

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What Putin Wants

Walter Russell Mead

The Russian President has a plan in the Middle East. Next step: raise the price of oil....

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Another Shambolic Election in Africa

Walter Russell Mead

There really are problems in Africa that we should be focusing on, but they don’t fit the preferred narratives of the Afrophile establishment....

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Of Deer, Terrorism, and Liberal Triumphalism

Walter Russell Mead

The American political establishment keeps getting more and more caught up in glittering fantasies and theories about inevitable liberal triumph....

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Karadzic Behind Bars, Assad Still Killing

Walter Russell Mead

The world is producing mass murders and genocidaires much faster than courts can try them....

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The Wall Street Journal's Case For Kasich Makes No Sense

Jeffrey H. Anderson

John Kasich's presence in the Republican presidential race only serves to keep Donald Trump ahead....

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In Argentina, Obama Is Doing the Right Thing

Walter Russell Mead

In Argentina, President Obama is building bridges to better relations based on a realistic assessment of the status quo....

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Obama's Iran Ransom Diplomacy

Arthur Herman

Did the Obama administration pay off Iran last January to release the five Americans being held there against their will?...

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Federal Overtime Rules Skewer Colleges

Walter Russell Mead

We've long argued that the biggest challenge blue model governance faces isn’t Republicans—it’s math. ...

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