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  • Commentary posted May 29, 2015 by Lisa Curtis First Year: Modi Invigorates Indian Economy and Foreign Policy

    Marking one year in office this week, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gets high marks for reviving India’s foundering economy and energizing foreign relations with global powers and regional neighbors. The government has experienced some setbacks in implementing its ambitious agenda, like failure (so far) to pass the land acquisition and GST bills, but overall the…

  • Commentary posted May 28, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Loretta Lynch Should Stand Up for the Voting Rights of Every Citizen, Regardless of Race

    A  May 8 decision of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has given new attorney general Loretta Lynch her first public test: Will she break from Eric Holder’s policies by enforcing voting-rights law on a race-neutral basis, as Congress intended, or will she continue Holder’s non-neutral enforcement policy? For those who don’t remember, in 2011 the Center for Individual…

  • Commentary posted May 28, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky Very Big News Out of New Orleans on Immigration

    As Patrick Brennan notes, a three-judge panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals just handed the Obama administration a huge defeat. It denied the government’s request for an emergency stay of a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of President Obama’s immigration amnesty program. This is not a decision on the merits of the lawsuit filed against the…

  • Commentary posted May 28, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Lessons in Lousy Leadership

    Retired Army General Stanley McChrystal has penned a revealing book—but its revelations are not intentional. The combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan and his team of co-authors intended to author a guide on how to use small teams to infuse organizations with dynamic and adaptive leadership. Instead they deliver an accidental expose of what is wrong with the modern major…

  • Commentary posted May 27, 2015 by Stephen Moore Using tax dollars to lobby for more tax dollars

    Here's a half-serious question: How much do taxpayers have to pay off Boeing to make the Export-Import Bank finally and irrevocably go away? If the feds wrote a check to Boeing for $100 million, would they then let the Ex-Im Bank fade away after the current portfolio winds down? I ask this because the aerospace giant is the largest beneficiary of the Ex-Im Bank. The…

  • Commentary posted May 27, 2015 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. The Real Meaning of Memorial Day

    Dead matted the fields of Gettysburg, as thick as a corn crop before harvest. The fallen of World War I were so numerous, that many lay exposed for years, white bones glinting through tattered cloth in the noonday sun. During World War II, the frozen dead at Bastogne had to be stacked for later burial. On Okinawa, E.B. Sledge wrote in his diary, “Every crater was half…

  • Commentary posted May 27, 2015 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. The last full measure of devotion

    “If you can read this, thank a teacher,” begins a saying you can find on T-shirts and bumper stickers. “If you can read it in English, thank a veteran.” It seems particularly fitting to recall that sentiment on Memorial Day. Especially this year, as we mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War, and the 70th anniversary of the end of World War…

  • Commentary posted May 27, 2015 by Salim Furth, Ph.D. The elusive magic of neighborhoods

    What determines where you live? Housing costs, family income, the quality of schools, length of commute all matter in our housing decisions. But there are overarching factors that are even more important: the people who compose your family and where you work. Have your first child? Get a divorce? Find a new job? You’re a strong candidate for a move. Families that move…

  • Commentary posted May 27, 2015 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. The Obama Doctrine and the Future of U.S. Foreign Policy

    On Tuesday, President Barack Obama lost a vote on trade policy in the Senate. The strange thing is why he lost. For years, conservatives have voiced impatience with Obama's foreign policy. But this time, all but one Republican voted for him, and all but one Democrat voted against him. Foreign policy used to be one of Obama's political strengths. But since June, his…

  • Commentary posted May 26, 2015 by Dakota Wood The Real Problem with America's Military

    Over the last several years, there has been a noticeable uptick in terribly confused thinking about military matters that extends to understanding the nature of conflict, the role of military forces, and general thinking about military affairs. Sometimes the confusion emerges in the form of an identity crisis. The U.S. Army seems to have experienced this (and here and…

  • Commentary posted May 26, 2015 by Salim Furth, Ph.D. How L.A.’s Wage Hike Doesn’t Help the Poor

    The Los Angeles City Council has voted to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, a move that will help some workers at the expense of others and lead to higher prices for consumers as businesses pass along the new expense. Occupational Employment Statistics estimates that there are 837,000 people in Los Angeles County working in professions where at least…

  • Commentary posted May 21, 2015 by Hans A. von Spakovsky The FEC’s Latest Great Idea: Dismantle Capitalism to Get More Women in Office

    Earlier this month, I predicted that a scheduled hearing at the Federal Election Commission was shaping up to be nothing more than a presentation of “the goofy gender ideology and politics of the progressive Left and academia.” And, oh, how right I was. The May 12 forum on “Women in Politics” was organized by FEC chairwoman Ann Ravel without the approval of any of her…

  • Commentary posted May 21, 2015 by Mike Gonzalez Why a spirited, moral defense of human rights overseas is in our national interest

    Two little-known bills in Congress—one on world press freedom, the other on Hong Kong—seek to reassert the idea that a moral defense of human rights overseas is in U.S. national interests. It’s a concept worthy of a full airing over the next 18 months as candidates of both parties seek the presidency. One of the bills is sponsored by Sen. Marco Rubio (R – Fla.), who…

  • Commentary posted May 21, 2015 by Steven P. Bucci, Ph.D. Don't Be Fooled: America's ISIS Crisis Is Just Beginning

    Developments over this last weekend have left many Americans (and many of our allies) wondering about the progress (or lack thereof) of our fight against ISIS. First came news that U.S. Special Operations Forces had conducted a daring raid into Syria, killing a major ISIS leader. Then came word that ISIS had captured the city of Ramadi in Iraq. What does each development…

  • Commentary posted May 19, 2015 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. TTIP: small upside, big downside

    One of the best things about the debate between believers in the free market over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the so-called US-EU free trade area, is that it cuts to the heart of a larger question: how do we advance freedom in practice? A lot of opponents of TTIP on the left (and some on the right) reject it either because they hate free…