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Historically, universities and colleges saw themselves as havens of free speech and fair play, insulated from the larger society to protect those things from interference. Now they insulate themselves in order to violate due process, suppress speech and discriminate by race.
It is misguided to believe that China will threaten its relationship with North Korea over the Sony hacks. The threat of North Korean regime collapse, and thus war on the Korean Peninsula, will continue to ensure Beijing’s support for Pyongyang.
We’ve made a lot of economic progress in the last 50 years as this example illustrates — for what a single Sears TV console cost in 1964, the same amount of inflation-adjusted dollars today could buy five modern kitchen appliances and seven state-of-the-art electronics items, including a 50-inch Sharp LED HDTV.
A recent hearing on the findings of the blue-ribbon National Defense Panel points to several key items that need to be on the Pentagon’s to-do list over the final two years of the Obama administration.
While it’s certainly an overreaction to argue that Bush’s support for Common Core is a poison pill before the first ballot is cast, the tea leaves suggest an uphill climb in the key states that will make or break Republican nominees.
Among the many myths advanced to help inflate perceptions of Obamacare’s success is the lore that the new exchanges are sites of robust competition and choice.
Rolling Stone magazine has been criticized for publishing serious accusations without bothering to interview those it accused to check the facts and get their side of the story. So why is it wrong for Rolling Stone to do this, but okay for Sen. Dianne Feinstein?
Less decent-paying work for less-educated men, cultural shifts away from marriage-centered familism, and the erosion of masculinity have drastically reduced marriage rates and eroded American society.
Bills like Cromnibus, crafted in darkness and presented as must-pass legislation, allow the special interests to get what they want. A free and open debate on these issues is what the country needs.
Congress must do its part to ensure that progress made in 2014 continues in 2015, so that when pen meets paper, modernized communications regulations will see their way to the president’s desk.
The Fed’s decision to end the QE purchases was easy. The harder decision – when to raise the funds rate – lies ahead. Could the data provide a compelling case by June in favor of tightening given the risk of making a policy mistake that would be difficult to reverse? It’s possible, but not likely.
Though the Federal Reserve now publishes the Federal Reserve Board members’ forecasts for the future path of a key Fed-set interest rate, historically, these Fed forecasts have not predicted the rate especially well. This suggests that the Fed’s new push towards transparency should be met with at least some measure of skepticism.
Much of what we hear about the plight of American women is false. Some faux facts have been repeated so often they are almost beyond the reach of critical analysis. Though they are baseless, these canards have become the foundation of Congressional debates, the inspiration for new legislation and the focus of college programs.