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Richard J. Gelles
Land of the Rising Gun
Why Not Tax Bullets?

The U.S. has had some success in reducing cigarette use, alcohol consumption, and even fuel consumption by increasing taxes on the consumable. Let’s try it with guns.

State of the Union
Not Promising Enough

The President missed an opportunity with his “America’s College Promise” plan. A joint college and home-ownership access program would have been more the ticket—and yes, there is a way to pay for it.

Audacities
The Futures Account

A bold proposal to sustain the American middle class long into the future.

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff
Asia's Game of Thrones

Time will tell if this strategy will backfire, generating more pushback from potential allies like South Korea.

Not Dead Yet

But this weekend’s protests, impressive as they were, are a long way from constituting a lasting threat to Putin’s power.

Crude Economics

OPEC and co. hardly have a choice in the matter.

Asia's Game of Thrones

China is moving closer to replacing the United States as a key Pakistani ally.

The Future

Here’s some fodder for your next dinner party.

Psy-ops

Hint: It involves leaflets, psy-ops, and calls from Mom.

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