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Jan. 18, 2011

An Argument Against Gay Marriage You’ve Never Heard Before

Queer arguments against gay marriage are often excluded from the debate, but some queer activists say marriage is a conservative institution in which they want no part.
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Jan. 18, 2011

Get The Government Out Of Marriage

Privatization would preserve the legal advantages of marriage for those who prefer it, and wouldn't penalize those who don't.
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Jan. 17, 2011

Barack Obama's Presidency: Two Solid Years Down

In two years, President Obama has delivered on campaign promises and passed historic legislation in spite of intense opposition. Democrats should view Obama’s young presidency as a success...
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Jan. 20, 2011

Lebanon in Limbo: Countering the Iranian-Hezbollah Axis

Lebanon's fate hangs in the balance: A unified Arab voice will be needed to counteract Hezbollah and give credence to the U.N. Special Tribunal for Lebanon's impending Hezbollah indictments.
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Jan. 18, 2011

What Caused the Tucson Shooting? Don’t Forget Sexism

In the debate over what caused the Arizona shooting, few are mentioning sexism. The shooting is an example of male violence against women, an issue which is widespread, yet flies under the radar.
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Jan. 25, 2011

Why DOMA is a Federal Government Overstep

A federal Massachusetts judge was correct in July 2010 in declaring the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. The Justice Department's refusal to accept that decision lacks legal grounding.
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Jan. 24, 2011

Interview with David Dietz: Life in a Tunisian Revolution

Ever wonder what it's like to live through a revolution? David Dietz speaks about his experience in Tunisia during the riots that brought the country to a halt earlier this month.
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Jan. 31, 2011

Coming to Terms With How Our Society Funds Innovation (Part I): Subsidies

While renewable energy subsidies generate controversy, fossil fuel subsidies are also written permanently into the tax code.
Jan. 24, 2011

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Muslim? Representative Peter King Is

NY Representative Peter King's call for an inquiry into the "radicalization" of American Muslims obscures the extent to which Muslim communities in the U.S. actively thwart terrorism.
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Jan. 24, 2011

President Obama's Presidency: Two Years of Failure

From a struggling economy to a historic midterm loss, President Obama's brand has been damaged amongst the American electorate during his first two years in office.
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Jan. 25, 2011

Interview with David Dietz (Part II): Making Sense of Tunisia

We ask David Dietz about the causes of the Tunisian revolution, whether we can expect spillover in the broader Arab world, and the implications for U.S. interests in the Middle East.
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Jan. 26, 2011

A Naive Interpretation of Obama's State of the Union

There's so much talk about the State of the Union, but its lesson might be very simple: the U.S. lacks a national purpose and we better get one.
Jan. 26, 2011

Does Internet Freedom Lead to Democracy?

Everyone's talking about how the Internet will bring democracy to regions like the Middle East. While the Internet is a powerful catalyst, it will not necessarily produce more democracies.
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Jan. 31, 2011

The Difference Between Climate Change and Clean Technology Development

Carbon is everywhere. To eliminate it, we need to rethink how we operate our economy over a broad spectrum of industries and implement a program that spurs innovation in mitigation technologies.
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Jan. 30, 2011

America’s Dilemma in Egypt

America faces a dilemma in Egypt: support the people in the name of democracy, or the regime in the name of stability. If the people prevail, the U.S. won't want to be on the wrong side.
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Jan. 29, 2011

From Unrest to Revolution: Egyptian Woes and the Mideast Paradigm Shift

Egyptian protests are not just about Egypt's future, but the future of autocratic regimes across the Middle East. The Tunisian and Egyptian riots may bring about a paradigm shift in the region.
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Jan. 28, 2011

Finding Energy Policies That Work

Environmentalists have unrealistic expectations and propose unrealistic policies. The challenge for everyone in the energy debate is to find good and pragmatic policies that will actually work.
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Jan. 28, 2011

Rulers, Ragers, and Reformers: Why It’s Game Over for Egypt’s Mubarak

The Egyptian government is using its full arsenal to contain demonstrations that have erupted against the Mubarak regime, but the crackdowns won't be enough to stop the rising tide of history.
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Jan. 28, 2011

Revolution in Egypt? Why the Demonstrations Could Succeed

Egyptians have taken to the streets demanding change. Why this time is different and we could see regime change in Egypt.
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Jan. 28, 2011

The Case For Relegalizing Drugs

Not only is the decades-long "War on Drugs" not working, but drug prohibition also violates individual freedom. Relegalization would breed responsibility and be a more effective approach.
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Jan. 27, 2011

Afghanistan: The New Hotel California

The Eagles' "Hotel California" tells of a traveler trapped in a resort who cannot leave. Replace the traveler with America, the resort with Afghanistan, and you have the Afghan war in a nutshell.
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Jan. 27, 2011

What We Talk About When We Talk About Food

Quick fixes to solve America's obesity epidemic like stocking school vending machines with healthy snacks fail to address the problem of corporate interests that benefit from America's obesity.
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Jan. 23, 2011

Do Profit Incentives or Subsidies Encourage Energy Innovation?

Profit incentives work better than government subsidies in encouraging innovation.
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Jan. 21, 2011

From Heroes to Zeroes: Greece, Ireland, and the Future of the Euro

First Greece, then Ireland: Who will be the next European country to fall? The global economic crisis has left the future of the Eurozone in jeopardy.
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Jan. 20, 2011

Education Debt: The Next Bubble? The Next Bailout?

Is education debt the next bubble to burst? Will there be an education debt bailout?
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Jan. 5, 2011

Byron v. Doshi: Should the U.S. Prosecute Wikileaks?

American politicians have spoken out strongly against Wikileaks as jeopardizing national security. Should the government go the next step and take them to court?
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Jan. 10, 2011

Eliminate Energy Subsidies to Encourage a Sustainable Future

Government gets in the way of developing sustainable energies. Consumers and unfavored businesses would benefit if the government got out of the energy market.
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Jan. 10, 2011

Israeli Preemption is Not an Option

While some argue that Israel should, and has the right to, preemptively strike Iran, such an action is unnecessary, illegal and would do more harm than good.
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Jan. 12, 2011

Snapshot of a New Tunisia: An Uneasy, But Hopeful Calm

David Dietz provides live on-the-ground Updates from Tunis during the Jasmine Revolution.
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Jan. 12, 2011

The Game of Economics for College Athletes

Athletes who participate in major college sports generate millions of dollars a year. Why are they excluded from reaping some benefit on their labor?
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Jan. 12, 2011

Using Health Care Regulation to Pick Winners and Losers

The federal government is picking winners and losers by exempting some companies from regulation, and not others.
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Jan. 13, 2011

Byron v. Hudson: Let's Inform, Not Inflame, on Israel and Iran

The chance that Israel will launch a military strike on Iran is quite low, so the recurring debates on the merits of Israeli preemption might be more inflammatory, than informative.
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Jan. 14, 2011

What Tunisia's Students Can Teach the Rest of North Africa

Tunisia's riots are symptomatic of a broader trend: With unemployment soaring in the Maghreb, well-educated, but jobless students are using social media to mobilize and take to the streets.
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Jan. 14, 2011

A Real Budget Cut: Ending The Afghan War

Congress is debating how to reduce the national deficit. One way to trim America's bloated budget? End the war in Afghanistan.
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Jan. 15, 2011

Now Trending: Twitter Topples Tunisian Tyrant ... Who's Next?

#tunisia Social media has helped to fuel the historic revolution in Tunisia. Will Twitter and Facebook help protestors mobilize against other authoritarian regimes in the Middle East?
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Jan. 16, 2011

Offsetting Naiveté: Coming to Terms with Environmental Realism

Environmentalists need a dose of realism: most Americans place short-term economic progress above our long-term climate problem. We should not waste resources on restoring the climate.
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Jan. 17, 2011

Amidst Brewing North African Turmoil, Morocco Shines

Tunisia's "Jasmine Revolution" has sparked protests in Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, and Egypt. In contrast to its North African neighbors, Morocco remains calm.
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Jan. 17, 2011

Bipolar Disorder: Israeli and Iranian Power Politics

A preemptive attack on Iran has a low chance of success, so Israel has no choice but to sit back as Iran strengthens its nuclear capability.
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Jan. 18, 2011

The Silver Lining of the Obama Presidency: A Left/Right Coalition?

President Obama has continued the Bush administration policies that are dragging our country down. This stasis is giving birth to a new Left-Right coalition that could shake up politics.
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Jan. 19, 2011

For Microfinance Institutions, a Return to Basic Principles is Needed

Microfinance institutions needs to return to their roots: focus on women and families, require periodic training, and develop close ties with borrowers.
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Jan. 20, 2011

After DADT, Should Colleges Welcome Back ROTC?

As DADT was often cited as the main reason some universities persisted in refusing to recognize ROTC, must they now welcome ROTC back?
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Jan. 5, 2011

Kohan v. Christiansen: Obama, Settlements, & Middle East Peace

America's threatening to withhold crucial security aid from Israel to further the peace process will prove counterproductive and jeopardize U.S. interests in the Middle East.