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  • Commentary posted June 28, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Brexit's Aftermath

    For many people outside of Britain, the Brexit vote came in like a typical news item. One minute, you knew nothing about it (or almost nothing), then it was all over the news. And now you see people reacting with great passion over the result. For me, it wasn’t a surprise. Regular readers may recall that I endorsed a pro-Brexit vote two weeks ago, calling on my British…

  • Commentary posted June 28, 2016 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Next President Shouldn't Be a Mad Scientist

    The next president should take a dramatic step to show that science is truly important to policy-making and good governance. The best way to do that? Abolish the White House Office of Science and Technology. How science gets done in America has changed dramatically over the last 50 years, and 21st-century presidents ought to restructure the executive office of the White…

  • Commentary posted June 27, 2016 by Nile Gardiner, Ph.D. Britain's Exit is a Good Thing for Everyone

    Thursday's Brexit vote is a momentous step for the British people. For the first time in more than 40 years, they will be able to shape their own destiny as a world power. Brexit frees Great Britain from the shackles of the supra-national European Union, which has evolved into a big-government super-state -- one that restricts and constrains the sovereignty and freedom of…

  • Commentary posted June 27, 2016 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. Sanctions Won't Bring Kim to Heel

    How do you solve a problem like Kim Jong Un? The solutions proposed thus far on the campaign trail are less than promising. For example, both Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, a U.S. senator from Vermont, and Republican hopeful Donald Trump have suggested outsourcing the challenge of dealing with North Korea to China. That’s magical thinking. The notion that Beijing…

  • Commentary posted June 27, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. A Win for Britain: Brexit's Victory is Democracy's Victory

    The results in Britain’s referendum on its membership of the European Union are in. And what a result. Britain has voted to leave, by a margin of 52 percent in favor, or over 1.2 million votes. Prime Minister David Cameron announced his resignation Friday morning. No pollster saw this coming. Nor did almost any of the Brexit campaigners. The evening opened with Nigel…

  • Commentary posted June 24, 2016 by Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D. The New Intolerance: Attorneys General Try to Shut Down Free Speech

    Last week more than a dozen attorneys general gathered in New York.  You might think they were there to discuss how to combat crime, the heroin epidemic… maybe even terrorism.  They weren’t.  Instead they were conferring on how to use the law to punish scientists and researchers who question climate change orthodoxy. That’s right—if your scientific research bucks the…

  • Commentary posted June 24, 2016 by Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D. Why U.S. College Censorship Reminds Me of Authoritarian Regimes

    The one place where freedom of expression and the open mind should prevail is on college campuses, right?  Isn’t that what liberal education is supposed to be about — the free and open inquiry into history, science and the arts in order to understand how humanity has understood itself for millennia? But if that is so, why has the university become its opposite: an…

  • Commentary posted June 22, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. The Great Brexit Stitch-Up

    At times—blessedly—politics barely intrude on normal life. Last year, for example, Britain held an election that bored virtually everyone who wasn't directly involved in it. It was no more consequential than most elections (in other words, it mattered, but not as much as everyone believed), but it had the merit of producing an entirely reasonable outcome that almost no…

  • Commentary posted June 21, 2016 by Nicolas Loris, Brett D. Schaefer The U.S. Should Withdraw from U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change

    The U.S. has wasted tens of billions of dollars on an ineffective approach to addressing man-made global warming. Unfortunately, the organization behind these efforts shows little interest in changing tactics. And now it has granted membership to the Palestinians. For practical as well as political considerations, it's time for the U.S. to get out. The U.S. and most…

  • Commentary posted June 21, 2016 by Edwin J. Feulner, Ph.D. Defeating the Next Strain of Terrorism

    It's been only 15 years since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. But when you look at how the terrorist threat has evolved since then, it seems as if a century or more has gone by. Things have been changing — fast. And if our response doesn't change, and just as quickly, we're practically begging for trouble. Not another Sept. 11, necessarily — but another Orlando. Another…

  • Commentary posted June 20, 2016 by Theodore R. Bromund, Ph.D. Brexit, Britain's Immigration Fight

    On Thursday, Britain will vote in a referendum on whether it should exit — hence, Brexit — the European Union. If it does leave, one reason will be because the British people are fed up with uncontrolled immigration. This is a story about the arrogance of Britain’s elite, with a lesson for politicians in all countries. First, a word about the EU: If you’re in it, you…

  • Commentary posted June 20, 2016 by David Inserra The Terrorist Watch List Explained

    In the aftermath of the Orlando, Fla., terrorist attack, the fact that Omar Mateen was twice investigated by the FBI has many wondering why he was allowed to purchase firearms and why the FBI wasn't aware of his plans for terror. Here are the key details about America's terror watch lists and what they do. WHAT IS THE TERRORIST WATCH LIST? The Terrorism Screening…

  • Commentary posted June 17, 2016 by Jim DeMint A Father's Prayer

    My father left my mother and four children when I was very young. As a boy growing up without a dad, I found it hard to imagine a father in heaven who really loved me and would never leave. And while my mother was persistent about taking us all to church, I disliked religion and believed churchgoers to be mostly hypocrites. It wasn't until I graduated college, got married…

  • Commentary posted June 17, 2016 by Norbert J. Michel, Ph.D. CFPB's Payday Lender Rules: Markets Exploit, Government Saves

    Radical change may soon come to the short-term lending business. And we’re not talking about the good kind of change. New rules proposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) are bad news for consumers, those who work for short-term lenders, and the people who supply the capital to make these loans. Topping out at more than 1,300 pages, the proposal is a…

  • Commentary posted June 16, 2016 by James Jay Carafano, Ph.D. After Orlando, Obama Drops Most Partisan Speech Ever

    Tuesday, our president came to us live from the Treasury Department. Allegedly, the purpose was to update Americans on the horrific Islamist terrorist attack at an LGBT club in Florida, as well as offer an update in the war against ISIS. But Obama reserved the second half of the speech for a vicious partisan diatribe. It would be as if FDR, partway through his “Day of…