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Criminal Justice Reform
Punishment with a Point: How to Use the Traffic Code to Improve Misdemeanor Justice

The criminal justice system imprisons far too many people for petty misdemeanors. A points-based system, not unlike the one built into our traffic code, could change that.

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Unrest in North Africa
The Roots of Sudan’s Revolution—and the Road Ahead

The persistence of Sudan’s protesters has already toppled its dictator. But will they succeed where the Egyptians and Libyans failed?

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Origins of Order
China’s Health and Safety Scandals Test Its Governance Model

China’s “responsive authoritarianism” model is less responsive—and resilient—than its proponents argue.

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Lone Star Literature
A Texas Tale: Billy Lee Brammer and The Gay Place

In 1961, a young LBJ aide wrote the greatest political novel you’ve never heard of—and then vanished into drug-fueled obscurity. A new biography tells his story.

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Culture Wars
The Intellectual Dark Web Cannot Defeat Identity Politics

The Intellectual Dark Web wants to defeat identity politics. But that won’t happen unless it develops a positive concept of identity.

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Middle East Watch
The Improbable Rise and Uncertain Future of Syria’s Kurds

The Kurds’ rapid rise in Syria has been remarkable by any standard. With the U.S. military now pulling back, can their experiment in autonomy last?

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Unrest in North Africa
Algeria’s False Spring?

Bouteflika’s resignation in Algeria is more the result of internal factional strife than people power. To understand why—and to see what may come next—it helps to look at some history.

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Israeli Elections
The Future of Bibi Netanyahu

Bibi is set for another term as Israel’s Prime Minister—and indictments are unlikely to cut it short.

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Desperate Refugees or Desperate Debtors?
Why the Latest Border Surge Is Bad News for Democrats

Trump’s hyperbole on the border has boomeranged against him, but Democrats should not accept opening the southern border to anyone who asks for asylum. That’s not even good for immigrants.

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Class Coalition
The Return of William McKinley’s Republican Party

Republicans are struggling with the question: What kind of party do we want to be? They might look to William McKinley for guidance.

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