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July 2014

Matthew Hennessey
Mad About Millennials | Pundits, pollsters, and political parties keep trying to figure out what makes young people tick.
30 July 2014

Heather Mac Donald
De Blasio’s Policing Dilemma | The Gotham mayor must decide whether to listen to his police commissioner or the New York Times.
28 July 2014

Heather Mac Donald
De-policing New York | A tragic death has the NYPD’s critics calling for an end to broken-windows policing.
23 July 2014

Theodore Dalrymple
Ferry Unfair | Thoughts on a recently settled French strike
22 July 2014

James Panero
How to Help the Mentally Ill? | A New York City task force could repeat the mistakes of deinstitutionalization.
21 July 2014

Matthew Hennessey
High-Class Trash | Why it costs so much to haul garbage in New York—at least when the Department of Sanitation is doing it
15 July 2014

Myron Magnet
Which Immigration Impasse? | Baloney from billionaires
13 July 2014

John H. McWhorter
The Case For Moving On | On ice cream trucks, memory, and race in America
11 July 2014

Steven Malanga
Why the State and Local Pension Problem Will Get Worse | Detroit’s cost-saving plan isn’t possible elsewhere.
9 July 2014

Dennis Saffran
After Hobby Lobby | The Supreme Court’s decision represents an expansion of freedom—with benefits for all.
8 July 2014

James Panero
Backstage Breakdown | The Met’s labor impasse penalizes opera lovers and supporters.
6 July 2014

Matthew Hennessey
Obama and the Verdict of Posterity | Thanks to liberal historians, the 44th president will probably get much higher marks than he deserves.
4 July 2014

Clark Whelton
Unruly Planet | Radical environmentalists can hector people, but they can’t control Mother Nature.
3 July 2014

June 2014

Steven Malanga
Grassroots Soccer Mania | American soccer skeptics are missing the big picture.
30 June 2014

Mark P. Mills, M. Anthony Mills
Every Datum Tells a Story | The dawning of the age of meta-information
29 June 2014

Matthew Hennessey
The Toughest Job in Town | A recent death highlights the risks of being a New York City sanitation worker.
27 June 2014

Judith Miller, Alex Armlovich
“This Is a New Port Authority” | A new deal will “jump-start” long-delayed projects at the World Trade Center.
26 June 2014

Stefan Kanfer
Operatic Naiveté | The Metropolitan Opera’s indefensible decision to stage The Death of Klinghoffer
24 June 2014

Theodore Dalrymple
The French (Jihad) Connection | How a routine search for drugs turned up a terrorist
19 June 2014

Myron Magnet
A Splash of Immigration Reality for the GOP | And an immigration policy that Republican voters would embrace
13 June 2014

Clark Whelton
What V.A. Health Care Should Be | Lessons for Obama from the Cleveland Clinic
10 June 2014

Joel Zinberg
The Worst Available Care | A physician reflects on the VA hospital system’s perverse incentives
6 June 2014

Matthew Hennessey
Manhattan Transfer | New York’s waste-management plan is turning into a battle of the boroughs.
4 June 2014

Dennis Saffran
Bloomberg at Harvard | In a blunt commencement speech, the former New York mayor calls out “modern-day McCarthyism.”
2 June 2014

May 2014

Theodore Dalrymple
Beijing on the Seine | Chinese police get to work—in Paris.
30 May 2014

Seth Barron
Demonizing Charters | New York’s City Council denounces schools that help disadvantaged kids.
28 May 2014

Aaron M. Renn
Rahm Emanuel’s Nightmare | The combative Chicago mayor’s reelection chances suddenly look grim.
23 May 2014

Heather Mac Donald
New York’s Welfare Reactionaries | Mayor de Blasio and his HRA chief look to turn back the clock on 20 years of progress.
21 May 2014

Steven Malanga
Fiscal Dodge City | Mayor de Blasio’s teacher contract continues a New York tradition of paying off unions with imaginary money.
20 May 2014

Joel Zinberg
Obamacare Is Awesome! | So says the Obama administration, no matter the facts.
14 May 2014

Bert Stratton
Tales From Landlordia | Cleveland efficiency apartments are a steal, unless you have no money.
9 May 2014

Stephen Eide
Overdue Decision | The New York Public Library shelves a controversial renovation plan.
8 May 2014

Heather Mac Donald
Majorities, Minorities, and Mismatches | The Supreme Court’s Schuette decision exposes the absurdity of racial-preferences jurisprudence.
6 May 2014

Steven Malanga
Oversold, Underfunded | New York’s burdensome new teachers’ contract uses gimmicks to make the numbers work.
2 May 2014

April 2014

Howard Husock
How de Blasio Can Get Housing Policy Right | The mayor has some good options—if creating affordable housing is really his goal.
30 April 2014

Matthew Hennessey
If You Spend It, They Will Come | States make wild claims about the effectiveness of their tourism promotion campaigns.
24 April 2014

Heather Mac Donald
Steven Banks, Reporting for Duty | Mayor de Blasio’s new welfare chief sends troubling signals right away.
18 April 2014

Nicole Gelinas
Choosing Citi Bike | The popular program gives New Yorkers an alternative to monopoly mass transit.
18 April 2014

Sol Stern
The Real Common Core Story | A response to Diane Ravitch and others
17 April 2014

Aaron M. Renn
Chicago’s Vanishing Middle Class | In the Windy City and elsewhere, a liberal top-bottom coalition drives it out.
16 April 2014

Heather Mac Donald
De Blasio’s Policing Test | Will the mayor stand up for the NYPD—and public housing residents?
15 April 2014

Joel Zinberg
The Doctor Won’t See You Now | Millions may get “insured” through Obamacare, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be able to see a physician.
14 April 2014

Fred Siegel
A Glimpse into the Political Future | Jonathan Chait’s advance apologia for the Democrats’ defeat in November
11 April 2014

Bruce Bawer
Rank Appeasement | Brandeis University’s shameful abandonment of Ayaan Hirsi Ali
10 April 2014

Gerald Walpin
A “Basic Tool” Against Crime | The stop-and-frisk story isn’t over yet.
8 April 2014

Dennis Saffran
De Blasio’s Dereliction | The city overpays to settle a discrimination claim against the FDNY.
8 April 2014

Seth Barron
The Progressive Avenger Strikes Again | Mayor de Blasio caves on a spurious—and expensive—discrimination claim.
8 April 2014

Steven Malanga
Trolling for Dollars | Patent trolls are no laughing matter, though a comedian has taken them on.
6 April 2014

Steven Malanga
March Labor Madness | Will student athletes prove a boon to public-sector unions?
2 April 2014

Harry Stein
Two Truth Tellers, Two Reactions | The racial referees who targeted Paul Ryan have been notably quiet about Kobe Bryant’s recent remarks.
1 April 2014

March 2014

Charles Upton Sahm
Broken and Divided | Rebuilding Venezuelan society won’t be easy.
27 March 2014

Marcus A. Winters
No Labels | Charters are less likely than traditional public schools to put kids in special ed.
20 March 2014

Theodore Dalrymple
Why Europe Sleeps | It has no appetite for conflict with Putin.
19 March 2014

Paul Starobin
“The History of Odessa Does Not Change” | A proud city maintains its individuality—and seeks new vistas—amid Ukraine’s turmoil.
18 March 2014

Steven Malanga
Andrew Cuomo’s Election-Year Right Turn | With no serious opposition to his left, New York’s governor pushes tax relief—but his proposals don’t go far enough.
16 March 2014

Nicole Gelinas
Too Soon for Answers in Harlem | Don’t jump to conclusions on the tragic building collapse.
14 March 2014

Heather Mac Donald
No Managers Need Apply | Bill de Blasio brings another professional leftist into city government.
11 March 2014

Matthew Hennessey
Smoke in the Water | Should e-cigarettes be regulated like tobacco?
7 March 2014

Judith Miller
Collaborate and Adapt | Police Commissioner William J. Bratton outlines his ambitious plans for the NYPD.
4 March 2014

February 2014

Marcus A. Winters
No Co-location For You | De Blasio’s charter school decision will only hurt New York’s kids.
28 February 2014

Heather Mac Donald
Unwise Counsel | Mayor de Blasio’s latest hire elevates “social justice” over simple competence.
26 February 2014

Steven Malanga
There Goes the Neighborhood | Governors Cuomo and Christie face off over taxes.
25 February 2014

Joel Zinberg
The Obamacare Lock-Out Effect | How the president’s health reform will harm the working poor
24 February 2014

Theodore Dalrymple
Wicked, Wicked Heroin | Addiction is a matter of persistence, not fate.
20 February 2014

D. J. Jaffe
Just Say No, Governor Cuomo | New York State should not close its psychiatric hospitals.
13 February 2014

Seth Barron
Progressive Values in Action? | New York’s city council has some strange priorities.
12 February 2014

Stephen Eide
Time to Start Governing | Mayor de Blasio needs to confront the city’s public-employee health-care costs.
10 February 2014

Nicole Gelinas
A Tale of Two Speeches | The differences between Mayor de Blasio and his predecessor go beyond style.
10 February 2014

Heather Mac Donald
Meretricious Meets Meddlesome | President Obama’s silly task force on campus sexual assault is wholly based on a fiction.
9 February 2014

Howard Husock
Minimum-Wage Mistakes | Nelson Mandela’s lesson for Bill de Blasio
7 February 2014

January 2014

Heather Mac Donald
Re-breaking the Windows | Mayor de Blasio’s decision to settle the NYPD lawsuit threatens the city’s triumph over crime.
31 January 2014

Jared Meyer
Who Should Pay for the Arts? | Private support beats public subsidies.
30 January 2014

Amar Bhide
A Law Unto Themselves | We need more checks and balances for federal prosecutors.
30 January 2014

Steven Malanga
Jersey’s Un-Super Bowl | The state’s taxpayers got little but grief and debt out of its sports “empire.”
28 January 2014

Matthew Hennessey
The Unplowable City | New York’s rookie mayor gets a tough lesson in the politics of snow removal.
24 January 2014

Nicole Gelinas
Jaywalk This Way | For New York City pedestrians, following the law can get you killed.
24 January 2014

Theodore Dalrymple
Liberté, Egalité, Jihad | Why are disaffected French youth exchanging France for Syria?
21 January 2014

Sol Stern
Who Is Carmen Fariña? | Mayor De Blasio’s new schools chancellor is a longtime champion of failed progressive pedagogy.
14 January 2014

Heather Mac Donald
Nothing More Timeless Than Ignorance | A response to Rebecca Schuman
13 January 2014

Paul Starobin
A Tale of Two Mayors—and Two Exits | Thomas Menino and Michael Bloomberg get strikingly different send-offs.
12 January 2014

Theodore Dalrymple
Tattoo Le Monde | The French succumb to the scourge of self-mutilation.
9 January 2014

Charles Upton Sahm
Choice, Accountability, and Achievement | Mayor de Blasio should build upon the Bloomberg education reforms, not roll them back.
9 January 2014

Nicole Gelinas
De Blasio’s French Lessons | Gotham’s new mayor sounds like François Hollande, and he risks similar results.
7 January 2014

Bob McManus
Irony and Oafishness on Inauguration Day | The de Blasio era kicks off with bitter denunciations and fantastical ramblings.
3 January 2014