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Volume 21, Issue 2: January 15, 2019

By Art Carden (Forbes, 11/27/18)
How do we talk across the huge political chasm that separates Americans on hot-button issues such as illegal immigration? The trick is to learn the three political languages spoken by liberals, conservatives, and libertarians. READ MORE »

By Raymond J. March (The Beacon, 1/3/19)
Federal efforts to improve drug-price transparency are well-intentioned but unlikely to reduce drug prices. To accomplish that feat, we need less regulation. READ MORE »

By Richard K. Vedder (Forbes, 12/17/18)
For-profit colleges still feel the heat from Obama-era regulations. Designed to weed out the industry’s “bad apples,” the regulatory onslaught was a mistake that harmed the interests of students and parents in the long run. READ MORE »

Faulty Towers
Tenure and the Structure of Higher Education
By Ryan C. Amacher, Roger E. Meiners

By Ivan Eland (The Hill, 12/23/18)
During the reigns of Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, the Justice Department issued decrees stating that a sitting president could not be indicted for crimes. Such decrees, it’s worth noting, have potential to motivate a president to take desperate measures, such as declaring martial law or starting a war, in order to get re-elected and thus stay out of jail. READ MORE »

By K. Lloyd Billingsley (The Beacon, 12/29/18)
California officials have enacted measures to prohibit state-funded and state-sponsored travel to states with socially conservative policies they oppose. Even some college sports teams are prohibited from traveling to certain politically incorrect states on the public dime. READ MORE »

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