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December 2013

Steven Malanga
De Blasio’s Weak Transition Game | The mayor-elect enters office with many key positions unfilled.
31 December 2013

Aaron M. Renn
The Old Regime and the New | Will Bill de Blasio tackle New Yorkers’ real problems or undo the achievements of his predecessors?
29 December 2013

Bob McManus
Union Feeding Time at City Hall | The incoming de Blasio administration owes its organized labor allies dearly.
27 December 2013

Kay S. Hymowitz
The Child Is Father of the Man | A response to James Taranto
23 December 2013

Seth Barron
De Blasio’s Speaker | New York City’s mayor-elect installs a progressive ally atop the City Council.
22 December 2013

Theodore Dalrymple
The Government Made Me Do It | Washington wants to treat addiction and mental disorders as “diseases” like any other.
18 December 2013

Bob McManus
How Do You Solve a Problem Like Dasani? | It’s not for lack of trying.
11 December 2013

Mark Pulliam
Austin, Texas, Paging Frank Capra | For UT Regent Wallace Hall, it’s not a wonderful life.
10 December 2013

Guy Sorman
Nelson Mandela, Christian | A little-appreciated factor in his political development
9 December 2013

Sol Stern
The Redemption of E. D. Hirsch | How my kids’ progressive school helped teach me the value of a content-rich curriculum
6 December 2013

Seth Barron
Power to the Progressives | What effect will a wave of new members have on the New York City Council?
5 December 2013

Steven Malanga
Who Really Betrayed Detroit? | The pension-system trustees and the municipal unions
4 December 2013

Nicole Gelinas
System Failure | Even if speed caused Sunday’s Metro-North catastrophe, identifying the real culprit is more complicated.
3 December 2013

Bob McManus
De Blasio’s Hospital Bill Comes Due | The mayor-elect will soon have to deliver on his campaign posturing.
2 December 2013

November 2013

Matthew Hennessey
Passing the Bar | Nostalgia for the Metro North’s bar car is misplaced.
29 November 2013

Daniel DiSalvo
French Misconnection | The New York Times won’t let facts get in the way of a good story.
26 November 2013

Yevgeniy Feyman
Obamacare Isn’t Romneycare | The administration only wishes that it was.
21 November 2013

Matthew Hennessey
What Vandals Call Vandalism | The whitewashing of 5Pointz sparks outrage from the usual quarters.
21 November 2013

Guy Sorman
The Plot Against Krugman | The columnist takes S&P’s downgrade of France personally.
19 November 2013

Bob McManus
Whispers From History | As Bill de Blasio prepares to take office, eerie reminders of the city’s turbulent past
15 November 2013

Peter Wood
Big Man on Campus Comes to City Hall | Bill de Blasio’s policy preferences are rooted in the left-wing agitprop prevalent at our universities.
14 November 2013

William J. Bratton, Paul Romer
Public Safety and Democracy | A dialogue on the evolution and future of policing
12 November 2013

Steven Malanga
Growing the Garden State | Chris Christie’s biggest second-term challenge: improving New Jersey’s woeful business climate
12 November 2013

Harry Stein
Bullies and Their Pulpit | Sports media rush to judgment in the Richie Incognito matter.
11 November 2013

Nicole Gelinas
Meet the New Boss | Bill de Blasio’s only mandate is not to screw up.
6 November 2013

Heather Mac Donald
Stopped, Questioned, Nixed | An appeals court rightly throws a biased judge off the city’s policing lawsuit.
1 November 2013

October 2013

Scott Beyer
Justice Isn’t Colorblind in New Orleans | The Feds target a school-choice program that is helping minority kids and reducing segregation.
31 October 2013

Steven Malanga
The Streetfighter Subdued | Where did the real Cory Booker go?
22 October 2013

Theodore Dalrymple
Banksy in Neverland | The curious appeal of a marginal artist
20 October 2013

Nicole Gelinas
Enter Stage Left | The Carnegie Hall stagehands’ victory is emblematic of New York City’s labor problems.
17 October 2013

Aaron M. Renn
Well-Heeled in the Windy City | Rahm Emanuel splurges on amenities for the elite, while poor and middle-class Chicagoans suffer.
16 October 2013

Steven Malanga
New York’s Hospital Challenge | The city’s health-care institutions are in crisis, but Bill de Blasio seems more interested in protest than leadership.
15 October 2013

Scott Winship
The “Two Cities” Myth | Whatever Bill de Blasio may think, New Yorkers’ incomes rise and fall together.
13 October 2013

Matthew Hennessey
Slip Slidin’ Away | High-profile recent crimes have some New Yorkers wondering what the future holds.
11 October 2013

Myron Magnet
A Fairytale of Two Cities | Contra Bill de Blasio, the real divide is between those who pay taxes and those who live off them.
7 October 2013

Kay S. Hymowitz
De Blasio’s Inequality Dodge | The candidate’s home borough of Brooklyn illustrates the hypocrisy of his rhetoric.
7 October 2013

Brandon Fuller
A More Affordable New York | The city can ease sky-high housing costs by increasing supply.
6 October 2013

Bob McManus
Remember the Permanent Panhandler? | Gotham’s next mayor could dismantle 20 years of progress in establishing public order.
1 October 2013

September 2013

Sol Stern
The New Popular Front | A Bill de Blasio mayoralty would revive the city’s far-left coalition.
27 September 2013

Matthew Hennessey
Matured, Or Just Older? | New Yorkers should wonder how much Bill de Blasio has evolved from his Marxist past.
27 September 2013

Judith Miller
Chilly Neighbors | Vladimir Putin tries to keep former Soviet republics in Moscow’s economic orbit.
24 September 2013

Matthew Hennessey
Families Are Off-Limits—Unless They’re Republican | The double standard for talking about candidates’ children
11 September 2013

Nicole Gelinas
Citi Bike and the City | Some thoughts on cycling around Manhattan
6 September 2013

August 2013

Scott Beyer
Déjà Vu Detroit | Ignoring history, the city moves to subsidize yet another sports arena.
22 August 2013

Steven Malanga
Elmore Leonard, Cowboy | The legendary crime novelist started out as an entirely different kind of writer.
21 August 2013

Heather Mac Donald
The NYPD’s Hanging Judge | As her ruling showed, Shira Scheindlin is patently ignorant about the realities of policing.
19 August 2013

Clark Whelton
Stop-and-Frisk and American Freedom | Recognizing “furtive movements” is part of basic self-preservation.
19 August 2013

Heather Mac Donald
Safe Streets, Overruled | A judge’s appalling decision will endanger New York’s most vulnerable residents.
13 August 2013

Clark Whelton
Stand Your Ground, New York | The city should defend its anticrime culture.
12 August 2013

July 2013

Stefan Kanfer
Useful Atheists | A memo to the Führer
25 July 2013

Nicole Gelinas
What New York Should Learn from Detroit | The Motor City’s bankruptcy proves that even big cities are not too big to fail.
23 July 2013

Heather Mac Donald
Obama Strikes Out | The president wastes a precious opportunity to speak frankly about race.
22 July 2013

Scott Beyer
Stop Walmart First, Help the Poor Second | Washington’s new law will hurt low-income people much more than it hurts the big retailer.
11 July 2013

Andrew Klavan
New York’s Creep-Off Election | Can’t the city do better than Weiner and Spitzer?
11 July 2013

Nicole Gelinas
Adrift in Albany | An agenda for New York’s GOP
9 July 2013

Clark Whelton
Gettysburg and the City | Prominent New Yorkers were briefly linked on the great battlefield.
3 July 2013

Judith Miller
Egypt Spring, Phase Two | Millions call for a “modern civil society”—and Mohammed Morsi’s departure.
2 July 2013

June 2013

Claire Berlinski
Notes on the Turkish Troubles | America’s muted response is both confusing and disheartening.
28 June 2013

Scott Beyer
Beware the Cure | Across the country, human rights commissions cause more harm than they prevent.
19 June 2013

Michael J. Totten
The Friend of My Enemy Is My Enemy | Ordinary Syrians are confused by American hesitation to remove Bashar al-Assad.
4 June 2013

Claire Berlinski
Erdoğan Over the Edge | The Turkish prime minister may have miscalculated with his brutal crackdown.
3 June 2013

May 2013

Nicole Gelinas
Bike Share’s Promise and Peril | New York can learn from Paris’s successes as well as its tragedies.
30 May 2013

Theodore Dalrymple
Thoughts on Woolwich | Lee Rigby’s murder tells us as much about contemporary society as it does about radical Islam.
29 May 2013

Scott Beyer
Live Free or Move | Economic freedom drives state (and metro) job growth.
28 May 2013

Marcus A. Winters
New York’s Public School Paradox | Support runs high for education reforms—but also for the teachers who block them.
22 May 2013

Clark Whelton
Death by Media | President Obama’s current woes and his cozy relationship with the press
21 May 2013

Charles C. Johnson
From Anarchists to Islamists | Americans have been dealing with terrorism for longer than we realize.
15 May 2013

Harry Stein
Not a Crook—Yet | The Obama administration seems more Nixonian by the day.
14 May 2013

Paul Howard, Yevgeniy Feyman
Republicans and the Budget | Where to bargain, where to resist
8 May 2013

Guy Sorman
Where the “Super-Rich” Give Back | Only in America does a true philanthropic model flourish.
1 May 2013

April 2013

Nicole Gelinas
Freedom, Privacy, and Boston | Thanks to social media, strangers can obliviously abuse not only the living but also the dead.
26 April 2013

Judith Miller
Not in New York? | The NYPD might have stopped the Tsarnaev brothers before they started.
25 April 2013

Heather Mac Donald
The Real Risks of Amnesty | American competitiveness and educational achievement are the worry, not an increased threat to national security.
22 April 2013

Sol Stern
Core Confusion | Do New York education officials understand the schools’ new standards?
17 April 2013

Judith Miller
Somber Linings | Amid the grief and carnage in Boston, signs of security progress since 9/11
16 April 2013

Nicole Gelinas
Thatcher’s Lesson for Today | What was good for mining then would be good for bankers now.
12 April 2013

Stefan Kanfer
Made for Each Other | On Columbia and Kathy Boudin
9 April 2013

Claire Berlinski
Her Iron Road | Margaret Thatcher made her own political way, from beginning to end.
8 April 2013

Peter Whittle
Britain’s Conviction Politician | Even her adversaries knew that Margaret Thatcher meant what she said.
8 April 2013

Judith Miller
The Pharaoh Weeps | Egypt is perched on the precipice of chaos.
4 April 2013

March 2013

Theodore Dalrymple
Sharks in the Water and Out | On the abuses of “work-related stress”
26 March 2013

Heather Mac Donald
Color Them Blind | The New York Times twists a police-bias trial beyond comprehension.
22 March 2013

Bob McManus
Wither Mayoral Control? | If the teachers’ union gets its way, yes—much to the detriment of city schools.
20 March 2013

Nicole Gelinas
Bold Cyprus | The tiny nation’s revolt against Germany may prevent future financial crises.
20 March 2013

Stefan Kanfer
White Wristbands | Wisconsin declares war on Caucasian privilege.
18 March 2013

Heather Mac Donald
To Speak of Woe That Is in Teen Pregnancy | Mayor Bloomberg dares do it, with predictable backlash
11 March 2013

Paul Beston
Ye Blizzard Men and Ladies | Looking back on the great storm of 1888—and some others
10 March 2013

Stefan Kanfer
With Apologies to Satchmo | An ode to Bloomberg’s new drink rules
8 March 2013

Sokeel Park
The Worm and the Rotten Apple | Dennis Rodman’s cluelessness shouldn’t obscure the heroic struggle of the North Korean people.
7 March 2013

Theodore Dalrymple
Beguiled by “Europe” | The E.U.’s supporters seem blind to its dangers and likely dissolution.
5 March 2013

Harry Stein
Woodward’s Apostasy | The hero of Watergate becomes a Beltway villain.
1 March 2013

February 2013

Paul Howard, Yevgeniy Feyman
Health Care, Unsolved | Obamacare may be here to stay, but so are all the problems it was supposed to address.
27 February 2013

Heather Mac Donald
E Pluribus Duo | America is fast becoming two nations—one English-speaking and one Spanish-speaking.
20 February 2013

Jens-Martin Eriksen, Frederik Stjernfelt
Europe’s Battle over Symbols | Multiculturalism has created separate societies within the same territory.
12 February 2013

Claire Berlinski
They Kill Because They Like It | Turkey’s Marxist terrorists strike again—this time, against America.
4 February 2013

Tevi Troy
Mr. New York | Ed Koch, 1924–2013
1 February 2013

Clark Whelton
Be Not Afraid | A speechwriter remembers Ed Koch
1 February 2013

January 2013

Peter Whittle
David Cameron, Euro-Skeptic? | The British prime minister rejects one of the E.U.’s founding assumptions.
31 January 2013

Nicole Gelinas
Preaching to the Choir on Housing | At last week’s debate, New York’s mayoral candidates sang the same old chorus.
28 January 2013

Heather Mac Donald
Onward, Gender Soldiers | The New York Times trains its obsessive eye on the Obama administration.
18 January 2013

Theodore Dalrymple
French Tax Hell | The country’s taxes are stifling enough without President Hollande’s confiscatory proposals.
15 January 2013

Nicole Gelinas
What New York Can Learn from Britain’s Rail Fiasco | Public-private partnerships have real benefits, but they’re no substitute for government competence.
13 January 2013

Peter Whittle
Muzzled Britain | Running afoul of political correctness in the U.K. is increasingly costly.
9 January 2013

Theodore Dalrymple
“Justice” Comes to Islington | A London borough makes townhouses available to the poor.
2 January 2013