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  • Inequality Starts at the Top

    President Obama has vowed to spend his remaining years battling against income inequality. He’s proposing, among other solutions, a national minimum wage. But Washington, D.C., an island of success in a country that’s a sea of struggle, is the wrong place to try to combat inequality. “During the past decade, … More

    How One Hedge Fund Manager Is Using Washington to Destroy a Company

    It may seem a bit crazy to pour huge amounts of cash into lobbying efforts. But if you can spend a few hundred thousand dollars and make a billion, it’s probably worth the risk. As one savvy investor is well aware, it’s unusual to make that sort of return on … More

    (Sex) Workers of the World, Unite!

    Until recently, few Duke University students had probably heard of Miriam Weeks, a.k.a. “Belle Knox.” But some, at least, were familiar with her body of work. She is doing something old-fashioned: working to put herself through college. But she’s doing it in a very modern way: by making pornography. And … More

    Direct Democracy: A Progressive Legacy

    Elections matter, but, because of Progressive reforms, less than they should. As we enter the second century of Progressivism, it’s easy to point to the problems it has caused at the national level. Obamacare is only the latest example, coming on the heels of the New Deal and the Great … More

    Happy 225th Birthday, U.S. Constitution!

    One day after a snowstorm shut down D.C., Congress is back in session today. Its hearings might not make much news, but March 4 is actually an astonishing anniversary. It was 225 years ago that the Constitution officially came into effect, when members of Congress were sworn in for the … More

    Congress’ Real Problem: They’re Letting Regulators Become Legislators

      Washington D.C. won’t have John Dingell to push around much longer. The venerable Democrat, who’s been in the House of Representatives since 1955, is preparing to retire and hand his family’s seat (his father held it before him, having been elected in 1932) to his wife. But he’s not … More

    'The Pursuit of Happiness' Doesn't Justify Obamacare Mandates

    No, Rep. Pelosi, the “pursuit of happiness” clause in the Declaration of Independence does not make Obamacare okay. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) recently invoked the Declaration to defend ObamaCare. “To go to back to our Founders once again, they sacrificed it all for life, liberty, and the pursuit … More

    George Washington: An Indispensable Birthday

    While all men are created equal, some stand head and shoulders above others. Consider George Washington. He was that rarity: an indispensable man, crucial to the revolution that won American independence and the Constitution that secured it. For generations, Americans understood that. His birthday, moved to February 22 when the … More

    When Presidents Upheld the Law

    Today is known as “President’s Day,” a three-day weekend retailers use to lend an air of Founding-era seriousness to their sales. But its legal name is Washington’s birthday—and how appropriate to reflect on a President who took his bearings from the Constitution while serving in office. George Washington “understood himself … More

    We Heart Douglass

    Valentine’s Day is always a celebration of love. But this year, instead of simply focusing on candy hearts and Hallmark cards, let’s talk about love of country, and a man who grew to love our Constitution even before it had been amended to treat him properly. Frederick Douglass was born … More