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July 2015

Kay S. Hymowitz
The Great Teen Sex Decline? | Not exactly
July 29, 2015

Myron Magnet
Order, Please, Not Utopia | Bill de Blasio’s New York has the wrong priorities.
July 27, 2015

Oren Cass
Pope Francis’s Plan to Impoverish New York . . . | . . . and the Gotham mayor who embraces it
July 24, 2015

Jared Meyer
Let 100 Ubers Bloom | The rideshare company wins a temporary reprieve in New York City—but the battle is just beginning.
July 23, 2015

Robert Cherry
How Our Current Immigration System Impedes Black Progress | African-Americans lose out when immigration favors low-skill labor.
July 22, 2015

Fred Siegel, Sol Stern
No Checks, No Balances | President Obama seems set on ignoring congressional review of his Iran deal.
July 22, 2015

Nicole Gelinas
The Productivity Puzzle | It’s no surprise that stagnant infrastructure mirrors a stagnant economy.
July 17, 2015

Judith Miller
Chattanooga’s Lone Wolf | Mohammad Abdulazeez’s attack illustrates the challenges facing counter-terrorism officials.
July 17, 2015

Michael Hendrix
The Mall Rises Again | How to breathe new life into America’s much-maligned indoor shopping centers.
July 16, 2015

Milton Ezrati
Don’t Read Their Lips | New York State politicians promise to invest in the future but never do.
July 14, 2015

Diana Furchtgott-Roth
Don’t Supersize the Minimum Wage | Boosting New York’s fast-food hourly wage to $15 will kill jobs and raise prices.
July 13, 2015

Aaron M. Renn
Chicago’s Financial Fire | The city faces trouble from every direction.
July 12, 2015

Guy Sorman
Luddites in Paris | Attacking Uber, taxi drivers and their government allies try to forestall the future.
July 9, 2015

Milton Ezrati
Don’t Subsidize This | New York is too fond of expensive giveaways to business—which don’t work, anyway.
July 8, 2015

Steven Malanga
In Praise of Soccer Moms | After a World Cup victory, it’s time to rehabilitate an abused phrase.
July 7, 2015

Nicole Gelinas
Still Serving | World War II’s surviving veterans give us a valuable lesson.
July 6, 2015

Mark P. Mills
How Silicon Valley Could Really Change the World | Today’s tech firms have yet to match their predecessors for transformative discoveries.
July 5, 2015

Myron Magnet
Preservation Palpitations | How to preserve and develop sensibly on the West Side
July 3, 2015

Nicole Gelinas
The Greek Endgame | What happens when you lend to borrowers who could never pay you back
July 2, 2015

Adam Freedman
Obergefell’s Threat to Religious Liberty | The Supreme Court decision takes self-government out of Americans’ hands.
July 1, 2015

June 2015

Theodore Dalrymple
Through a Glass, Dishonestly | Thoughts on the attacks in Tunisia and elsewhere
June 30, 2015

Seth Barron
The Mayor Who Froze the Rent | Bill de Blasio takes out his frustrations with Albany on New York City’s landlords.
June 30, 2015

John O. McGinnis
John Roberts’s Principled Mistake | Instead of “textualism,” the chief justice chose “purposivism”—much to the benefit of progressives.
June 29, 2015

Oren Cass
Five-Ring Circus | Weary of megaprojects, Boston turns on its Olympic bid.
June 28, 2015

Adam Freedman
SCOTUS-care Is Here to Stay | The Supreme Court abandons the rule of law in King v. Burwell.
June 26, 2015

Dennis Saffran
The Times Strikes Out | Historian Michael Beschloss imputes racism to the selection of the 1960 World Series MVP.
June 26, 2015

Matthew Hennessey
Liberal Hecklers Only, Please | If you’re going to razz a Democratic president, make sure you’re on the left.
June 25, 2015

Ethan Epstein
Philadelphia’s Troubled Tomorrow | The City of Brotherly Love’s likely next mayor is set to roll back policing policies that have made the streets safer.
June 24, 2015

Emily Washington
Parking Gets Smart | How to make sure a spot is available when you need one
June 24, 2015

Myron Magnet
Crappy Days Are Here Again | It’s De Blasio Time, and madmen with machetes are on the loose.
June 24, 2015

Aaron M. Renn
Hooray for the High Bridge | A civic restoration project that deserves to be celebrated
June 22, 2015

Steven Malanga
Brother Glum, Mother Earth | The pope’s encyclical on climate change ignores how markets and technology have lifted hundreds of millions out of poverty.
June 19, 2015

Matthew Hennessey
The Softest Soft Target | In the wake of the Charleston massacre, sitting in church may never feel the same.
June 18, 2015

Myron Magnet
Currency Devaluation | Don’t banish Alexander Hamilton to the sidelines of the $10 bill.
June 18, 2015

Harry Stein
No Jokes for You | Jerry Seinfeld targets politically correct campus culture.
June 17, 2015

Stephen Eide
Investing in Libraries . . . or Pensions? | Retirement-benefit costs leave the New York Public Library badly in need of more funding.
June 15, 2015

Michael Hendrix
Restarting Christchurch | After an earthquake leveled the New Zealand city’s downtown, business leaders took an unconventional approach to rebuilding.
June 12, 2015

Steven Malanga
Chris Christie’s Pension Victory | The New Jersey Supreme Court gives taxpayers a say in how the state’s public pensions are funded.
June 11, 2015

Stefan Kanfer
Bloodless Headers in Lifeless Papers | The art of writing vivid and original headlines is dying.
June 11, 2015

Oren Cass
The Carbon Tax Charade | Many fossil fuel producers will benefit, while the poor—and the economy—will suffer.
June 8, 2015

Yevgeniy Feyman
Obamacare’s Revenge | New York City taxpayers are headed for a collision with the ACA’s Cadillac Tax on high-cost health plans.
June 4, 2015

Matthew Hennessey
Don’t Free Oscar López Rivera | The convicted terrorist belongs in jail.
June 2, 2015

May 2015

Johan Wennström
Shantytown Sweden | The welfare-state country finds itself engulfed by international beggars.
May 28, 2015

Steven Malanga
Give FIFA the Boot | U.S. Soccer shouldn’t let the corrupt group exploit America’s fans and resources.
May 28, 2015

Theodore Dalrymple
Pre-Traumatic Stress Disorder | On the phenomenon of campus “trigger” warnings
May 27, 2015

Suzanne Bates, Zachary Janowski
Gold Coast Land Grab | Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy wants to remake the state’s suburban communities.
May 27, 2015

Michael J. Totten
The Borg of the Middle East | ISIS wants to transform everything in its path to a single structure, with itself at the center.
May 26, 2015

Paul Beston
Out of Mind | The separation between civilians and the military makes Memorial Day somber in unintended ways.
May 22, 2015

Matthew Hennessey
Trash Talk | Why did it take Bill de Blasio so long to cut a deal with New York’s sanitation workers?
May 21, 2015

Myron Magnet
Wanted: New York Businessmen With Guts | We can end rent regulations in June if the state’s business leaders step up to the plate.
May 18, 2015

Stephen Eide
America Meets Mayor Bill | What to know about the man behind the Progressive Contract with America
May 15, 2015

Casey B. Mulligan
The ACA’s Unintended Consequences | Obamacare will depress wages and productivity.
May 14, 2015

Joel Zinberg
The King v. Burwell Bogeyman | Disallowing federal-exchange subsidies will not create a “death spiral.”
May 14, 2015

Diana Furchtgott-Roth, Jared Meyer
Education Reform That Works | Only charter schools can rescue American public education from the teachers’ unions.
May 12, 2015

Theodore Dalrymple
Britain in Crisis | David Cameron’s troubles are just beginning.
May 11, 2015

Nicole Gelinas
Free Speech, No Compromise | Pamela Geller might be a provocateur, but she has the right to free expression.
May 7, 2015

Yevgeniy Feyman, Jon Hartley
Free the Nurse Practitioners! | A physician shortage is not the same as a shortage of care.
May 7, 2015

Judith Miller
The Jihad At Home | ISIS strikes in Texas.
May 6, 2015

Myron Magnet
Professor Tribe’s Transgression | He takes the Constitution seriously.
May 6, 2015

Theodore Dalrymple
Fascists in Kilts | The Scottish National Party could hold the balance of power in the next British Parliament.
May 5, 2015

Matthew Hennessey
De Blasio’s New York | Despite the mayor’s commitment to Broken Windows policing, his OneNYC plan could undo the city’s public-safety gains.
May 1, 2015

April 2015

Theodore Dalrymple
The New Whitney: A Reply | Against the fashionable tendency to regard ugliness as beauty
April 30, 2015

Seth Barron
Who Needs Quality of Life, Anyway? | The New York City Council debates whether to decriminalize public urination and turnstile-jumping.
April 29, 2015

Matthew Hennessey
One Man’s Riot | Reflections on Baltimore
April 28, 2015

Heather Mac Donald
Baltimore in Flames | While the city burns, liberals place blame everywhere but where it belongs: on criminality and on family breakdown.
April 28, 2015

Paul Beston
Before the Bell | The biggest fight in a generation has plenty to fascinate, but it’s not quite the old days.
April 24, 2015

Theodore Dalrymple
A Monument to Tastelessness | The new Whitney Museum looks like a torture chamber.
April 22, 2015

Francis Menton
The Food Stamp Pirouette | By Washington’s own metrics, the program makes no dent whatsoever on poverty rates—except when it does.
April 21, 2015

Oren Cass
Steps on an Upward Ladder | Why the government should subsidize low-wage work.
April 20, 2015

Steven Malanga
De Blasio’s Iowa Field of Daydreams | The New York mayor brings his out-of-touch progressive message to the heartland.
April 17, 2015

Seth Barron
“That’s the Way We Play Our Game” | New York City’s first family has cynically made political use of their children.
April 16, 2015

E. J. McMahon
Cuomo’s Sluggish “Start-up” | The New York governor’s economic-development program is heavy on hype but light on jobs.
April 15, 2015

Heather Mac Donald
Tragedy, Not Pattern | Unjustified police shootings, like that of Walter Scott, remain rare.
April 14, 2015

Howard Husock
A Tale of Two First Ladies | Hillary Clinton owes Tammy Wynette an apology.
April 13, 2015

Aaron M. Renn
Rahm’s Reprieve | The Chicago mayor survives his runoff election, but he faces all the same problems.
April 8, 2015

Nicole Gelinas
Piketty’s Logic Gap | If governments are so inept, why trust them with the power to redistribute wealth?
April 8, 2015

Steven Malanga
A Cautionary Tale About Union Power | New York labor leader Victor Gotbaum spent a career backing the wrong guy.
April 7, 2015

Stefan Kanfer
Times Change | The Newspaper of Record offers a revealing hit parade.
April 7, 2015

Aaron M. Renn
Strong People, Strong Cities | The conservative case for resilience
April 5, 2015

E. J. McMahon
How to Blow a Windfall | Albany squanders an unprecedented influx of cash.
April 1, 2015

March 2015

Matthew Hennessey
Mayor Dad | When you live in Bill de Blasio’s city, you play by his rules.
March 31, 2015

Theodore Dalrymple
In the Near Hereafter | Michel Houellebecq’s latest novel could foretell France’s future.
March 30, 2015

Stephen Eide
Sucker Bet | Bankruptcy is looking more likely for Atlantic City.
March 29, 2015

Steven Malanga
Pension Sticker Shock | Funding woes in Illinois and Arizona should worry New York taxpayers.
March 26, 2015

Theodore Dalrymple
The Man Who Made Singapore | Lee Kwan Yew willed a well-ordered and disciplined society into existence.
March 23, 2015

Myron Magnet
Iran and the Lessons of History | With the pending nuclear deal, Obama courts dishonor—and possibly war.
March 22, 2015

Theodore Dalrymple
Macron Economics | A minor economic reform leads to panic in France.
March 18, 2015

Matthew Hennessey
Policing Wikipedia | So what if someone from the NYPD edited Eric Garner’s Wikipedia page?
March 17, 2015

Dennis Saffran
Parade Blarney | Organizers of New York’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration renege on a promise to allow pro-life groups to march.
March 13, 2015

Matthew Hennessey
Springtime for Chaos in Ferguson | Sadly, the latest violence was entirely predictable.
March 12, 2015

Michael J. Totten
A Real Downside to Any Deal With Iran | It could push moderate Sunnis into an alliance with ISIS.
March 10, 2015

Andrew Klavan
The Wrong “America Works” | House of Cards borrows the name of a real-life jobs program that actually puts people to work.
March 9, 2015

Matthew Hennessey
Taking None of It Back | Mayor de Blasio stands by his statements on the police and racial bias.
March 6, 2015

Steven Malanga
Politics on the Plate | The government’s dietary guidelines peddle an environmental agenda with no connection to health.
March 3, 2015

Heather Mac Donald
Perpetual Grievance | The latest advancement in victimhood links “queer theory” with illegal immigration.
March 1, 2015

February 2015

Theodore Dalrymple
The Coulibaly Chronicles | The rappers and ex-cons in the terrorist’s inner circle were none too bright.
February 27, 2015

Heather Mac Donald
Not Your Parents’ Open House | At Wesleyan University, if you’re oppressed, there’s a “safe space” for you.
February 26, 2015

Aaron M. Renn
Rahm’s Runoff | Chicago’s problems run deeper than many in the city want to acknowledge.
February 26, 2015

Marcus A. Winters
Charter Myths and Realities | The nontraditional public schools are not discriminating against special-needs students.
February 25, 2015

Joel Zinberg
When Transparency Isn’t Transparent | A planned release of Medicare and Medicaid physician data will likely confuse patients and the public.
February 24, 2015

Fred Siegel
Ranting About Rudy | Giuliani’s criticism of Obama has sparked fury—because it rings true.
February 22, 2015

Myron Magnet
You Work for Me, Mac! | Public employees should act like public servants—because they are.
February 20, 2015

Kay S. Hymowitz
How Smart is 50 Shades of Grey? | This smart.
February 17, 2015

Theodore Dalrymple
Denial and Grandiosity | Some observations after the Copenhagen killings
February 17, 2015

Jared Meyer
Small Justice | Eric Holder’s welcome, if limited, reform to civil asset forfeiture
February 13, 2015

Stephen Eide
Debts That No Honest Man Can Pay | Will Chris Christie bail out Atlantic City?
February 12, 2015

Myron Magnet
Bring Back Self-Government | That’s Job One for conservatives.
February 11, 2015

Stefan Kanfer
Hamas, Hitler’s Hope | An update on campus anti-Semitism
February 9, 2015

Nicole Gelinas
Rail Tragedy and Triumph | Despite this week’s deadly crash, New York’s commuter railroads are safer than they’ve ever been.
February 6, 2015

Seth Barron
Mayor Blue Sky | Bill de Blasio’s empathy agenda for New York City
February 6, 2015

Heather Mac Donald
Queering Agriculture? | On campus, theory is as high as an elephant’s eye.
February 5, 2015

January 2015

Tim Hoefer
Albany’s Corruption Cauldron | Sheldon Silver exemplifies it, but he isn’t the end of it.
January 28, 2015

Nicole Gelinas
Thumbs-Up for the Transit Shutdown | Despite public whining, the governor and the MTA made the right call.
January 28, 2015

Aaron M. Renn
After the Mirage | New Yorkers grumble and get back to life as usual.
January 27, 2015

Matthew Hennessey
Connecticut’s Homeschool Hokum | The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission continues to tread on parents’ rights.‚Äč
January 26, 2015

Myron Magnet
Debates, Not Game Shows | How to make the Republican primary contest more effective
January 25, 2015

Theodore Dalrymple
Looking Away from Europe’s Muslim Problem | It’s easier to condemn Steven Emerson than to confront issues of assimilation and culture.
January 22, 2015

Nicole Gelinas
Silver’s Lining | New York voters should have kicked out the assembly speaker years ago.
January 22, 2015

Steven Malanga
Hail to the States | President Obama takes credit for growth stoked largely by red state policies.
January 21, 2015

Heather Mac Donald
A Tale of Two Very Different Cities | The New York Times resurrects a disingenuous comparison between New York and San Diego.
January 20, 2015

Matthew Hennessey
A Parade of Troubles | Irish politics come to the streets of New York.
January 15, 2015

Robert Pondiscio
Because Carmen Fariña Says So | New York’s schools chancellor has a history of ignoring evidence.
January 14, 2015

Aaron M. Renn
Why Policing? | Without public safety, cities fail.
January 12, 2015

Nicole Gelinas
Words, Pictures, Bikes, and Freedom | One murdered French cartoonist stuck up for Paris in more ways than one.
January 12, 2015

Stefan Kanfer
Them Damn Pictures | Cartoonists provide the only effective answer to the barbarity in Paris.
January 11, 2015

Jared Meyer
Gordon Tullock’s Legacy | The father of public choice theory deserves a Nobel Prize.
January 9, 2015

Theodore Dalrymple
Tyranny of the Minority | There is more to fear in one terrorist than to celebrate in 99 well-adjusted immigrants.
January 9, 2015

Theodore Dalrymple
Equating Prudence with Cowardice | France must continue to mock, bait, and needle its Muslims.
January 7, 2015

Dennis Saffran
On Steven Scalise—and Al Sharpton | What conduct should disqualify someone from a public career?
January 6, 2015

Matthew Hennessey
Ending Broken Windows? | The NYPD’s critics set new standards for hypocrisy.
January 5, 2015

E. J. McMahon
Mario Cuomo, Tax Cutter | The three-term governor wasn’t just a big-government liberal.
January 2, 2015