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Golden State Blues
Golden State Blues
Why California Can’t Build More Housing

Labor unions side with NIMBYs to block a measure that would slow the growth in housing costs.

Golden State Blues
The Fruits of Pension Politicization

In California, pensioners have taken a back seat to well-connected corporations and fashionable liberal political causes.

Golden State Blues
Another California Rail Fail

The high-speed rail increasingly looks like a last-ditch effort to project 20th-century ideas about transportation into the future.

Golden State Blues
Why Can’t California Cut Prison Costs?

A part of the answer: prison guard unions.

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Horn of Africa

…and that may not be such a bad thing.

The Inauguration

As Donald Trump takes the oath, an essay on the historical forces that have shaped this moment by Walter Russell Mead.


Clearly a lot of frustration for the outgoing American President has been stored up in the Russian psyche.

the roots of populism

If the term “intellectual” only encompasses thinkers on the Left, then it is only natural that right-wing populists would turn it into a slur.

Rebuilding America

Paul Ryan will target $40 in private investment for every $1 his caucus approves in infrastructure spending.

Violence in Myanmar

Many of Myanmar’s long-suffering Rohingyas are now turning to internationally funded Islamist insurgents to resist the government.

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