Finally, A University Who Stands Up for Free Expression

There is so much going wrong on college campuses today, from shout downs to violent protests, from indulgent administrators to dogmatic students, from safe spaces to microaggressions, that we rarely take time to highlight the colleges who are bucking the trend and embracing free expression. The University of Chicago has long been one of those…
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Promoting the Rule of Law is a Necessary Part of Protecting Civil Liberties

Republicans are a party who believe in individual rights. We are a party who defends civil liberties without exception. We believe in the immutable strength of the Constitution. And we support the rule of law and the institutions created to support it. Those are not contradictory positions. Yet somehow liberals, in their desire to distract…
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Democrats Already Preparing Their Excuses for Midterm Letdown

Love water-centric metaphors? Then the 2018 election cycle is the one for you. In late 2017, all the stories suggested that the upcoming 2018 elections were shaping up to be a Democratic wave. The combination of historic losses for the president’s party in the first midterm following their election, a president with low approval ratings,…
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Democrats Have Veered Left on Immigration Debate

It wasn’t that long ago that Democrats supported an immigration proposal that looked much like the one that has currently been put on the table by Republicans. The so-called Gang of Eight, led by Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer, included three key planks: A path to citizenship for certain unlawfully present aliens, increased border security (including…
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College Leadership Believes There Are Problems Everywhere, Except on Their Own Campus

There is a epidemic of intolerance spreading throughout American institutions of higher learning. The crisis begins with the increasingly uniform ideological bent of professors on campus. According to data compiled by the Higher Education Research Institute, only 12 percent of university faculty identify as politically right of center, and these mainly professors in schools of…
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Ignore the Noise. Trump’s Budget Is a Big Win for Undergrads

As with almost anything President Trump does, the release of his proposed budget was met with sturm und drang by the media, who immediately deemed it as the next step toward inevitable Armageddon. The budget’s implications for student loans is a perfect example. Take this analysis dose of hyperbole, courtesy of Business Insider: President Donald…
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Work Requirements are a Powerful Anti-Poverty Tool

New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan offered a dystopian prediction for the impact of the welfare reform. “If, in 10 years time, we find children sleeping on grates, picked up in the morning frozen, and ask, ‘Why are we here,scavenging, awful to ourselves, awful to one another, will anyone remember how it began?” he asked…
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Even Liberal Professors Can’t Navigate the Topsy-Turvy World of Political Correctness

There is an odd ideological dynamic playing out across college campuses. The highest share of students since the 1970s consider themselves left of center and yet they are also more likely to hold illiberal views, such as demonstrating hostility to free speech. Every year the Higher Education Research Institute surveys incoming freshman about a variety…
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Grassley-Graham Is the Real Bombshell Memo

A bombshell just dropped on Washington. A newly released memo from Senators Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham reveals that officials within the Obama administration used hearsay from an unreliable source to justify surveilling associates of the Trump campaign. It’s an enormous story. Or at least, it should be. Unfortunately, it works better as a salacious,…
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Bipartisan Budget Deal is a Big Deal for a Depleted Military

Congressional leaders completed a bipartisan two-year budget agreement that lifts spending caps on military and domestic spending and suspended the debt limit for a year. “This bill is the product of extensive negotiations among congressional leaders and the White House. No one would suggest it was perfect, but we worked hard to find common ground…
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