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Deep in the Red, California Pension Fund Pulls Political Stunts

State governance would proceed more smoothly if leaders focused on getting the basic job done before taking on elaborate special projects.

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The Rockefeller Divestment and Other Empty Gestures

The Rockefeller family announced that it will “divest” one of its big funds of investments in the fossil fuel industry. Perhaps it can afford the inefficient gesture, but environmentalists ought to embrace smarter economics.

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Regulation Drives Up LA Housing Costs

Los Angeles has the highest rental rates in the country, thanks to bad zoning laws and counterproductive environmental regulation. But its problems are hardly unique.

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Massachusetts Debates Worst Pensions Idea Yet

Massachusetts has the most severe pensions crisis in the nation, and now it could get even worse: State legislators are debating dumping profitable pension investments.

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Climate Skepticism on the Rise

More than four in ten people think that the media exaggerates the dangers of global warming—the highest numbers ever recorded. Green exaggerations, more than “big oil,” are the leading cause of Americans’ growing climate skepticism.

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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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