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December 2014

Clark Whelton
The Job Thieves of Albany | Governor Cuomo’s fracking ban ensures a generation of poverty in New York’s Southern Tier.
December 30, 2014

Daniel Finkelstein
No Magic Bullets | Britain’s Tories must adapt to a changing country.
December 26, 2014

Theodore Dalrymple
Imagine No Religion | The French press refuses to see a clear case of Islamic terrorism.
December 24, 2014

Matthew Hennessey
Tomorrow’s Weather Today | Whiz kids like Jacob Meisel are democratizing meteorology.
December 24, 2014

Claire Berlinski
Turkey’s Two Thugs | Erdoğan and Gülen are both dangerous—but only one of them lives in the Poconos.​
December 23, 2014

Heather Mac Donald
The Big Lie of the Anti-Cop Left Turns Lethal | The real story behind the murder of two NYPD officers
December 22, 2014

Matthew Hennessey
A City on the Brink | Anti-cop attitudes among the city’s progressive elites created the context for this weekend’s atrocity.
December 21, 2014

Joel Zinberg
Say Goodbye to the Family Doctor | Young doctors are increasingly becoming employees rather than independent practitioners.
December 18, 2014

Matthew Hennessey
Backing the Wrong Horse | Mayor de Blasio’s proposed ban on Central Park horse carriages is making enemies out of allies.
December 17, 2014

Heather Mac Donald
New York City’s Crime Drop Is Real | Longtime Compstat critics Eli Silverman and John Eterno have a problem.
December 10, 2014

Seth Barron
In the Name of Progress | New York City progressives like rhetoric, not details.
December 5, 2014

Steven Malanga
What the Numbers Say on Police Use of Force | Two decades of data show police interactions with Americans of all races decreasing in number and improving in quality.
December 4, 2014

Steven Malanga
A Pyrrhic Pension Victory | Illinois public workers may pay dearly for a court decision to overturn retirement reforms.
December 2, 2014

November 2014

M. Anthony Mills
Please, No Google in the Gallery | Encouraging cell-phone use in museums is a mistake.
November 28, 2014

Matthew Hennessey
Hidebound on Homeschooling | Connecticut officials seem unwilling to admit that Adam Lanza was educated in Newtown public schools.
November 25, 2014

Heather Mac Donald
Obama’s Ferguson Sellout | The president’s irresponsible statements will make a bad situation worse.
November 25, 2014

David Marcus
A Fan Base Grows in Brooklyn | The NBA’s Nets put down roots in a diverse and resurgent borough.
November 21, 2014

Myron Magnet
Identity Politics Crashes at City Hall | Rachel Noerdlinger’s exit highlights the de Blasio team’s intellectual emptiness.
November 18, 2014

Francis Menton
Letter to a Manhattan Resident | A view from that big country outside New York
November 14, 2014

Heather Mac Donald
Drama in Bratton’s Second Act | The future of the NYPD’s proactive policing hangs in the balance.
November 13, 2014

Dennis Saffran
Locking Up Stop-and-Frisk | An appellate court decision subverts democracy by limiting the options of future mayors.
November 11, 2014

Fred Siegel
Look in the Mirror | Democrats try to assign blame for their election losses, but the real culprit is a conflict within the party.
November 10, 2014

Steven Malanga
Republican Governors Face Down Labor | Union efforts to defeat controversial GOP chief executives largely failed.
November 5, 2014

Nicole Gelinas
Governor Up, Mayor Down | With Republicans in charge of the state senate, de Blasio will need more help from Cuomo.
November 5, 2014

Myron Magnet
De Blasio’s Dilemma | What to do with a top cop who’s smarter than the mayor?
November 3, 2014

October 2014

Steve Cohen
Lies, Damned Lies, and College Admissions | The media should stop ranking schools.
October 29, 2014

Paul Howard
The Hunt for an Ebola Vaccine | We could have one by next year, but it may not be enough to stop the virus’s deadly spread.
October 28, 2014

Dennis Saffran
Twisted Times | The Gray Lady’s unexpected defense of the Second Amendment
October 24, 2014

Nicole Gelinas
Savior of the Subways | As New York’s first MTA chairman, William Ronan helped start the city on its remarkable turnaround.
October 23, 2014

Heather Mac Donald
Infected by Politics | The public-health profession is more committed to social justice than to sound science.
October 21, 2014

Steven Malanga
The CDC’s Dr. Talk Good | The Obama administration got exactly what it bargained for with Tom Frieden.
October 20, 2014

Judith Miller
Surveillance-Proof | Technology companies take heat for making phones the government can’t tap.
October 17, 2014

Joel Zinberg
Ebola and Electronic Medical Records | EMRs are costly, difficult to use, and time-consuming, taking precious time away from doctors and patients.
October 16, 2014

Matthew Hennessey
Keep ’Em Separated | Elevated bikeways in New York City would serve the needs of bicyclists, drivers, and pedestrians alike.
October 15, 2014

Judah Bellin
Can Harrisburg Come Back? | The troubled Pennsylvania city’s fiscal future looks better than it has in years.
October 14, 2014

Nicole Gelinas
Inverted Priorities | Rather than worry about tax “inversions,” President Obama and Congress should fix the tax system.
October 12, 2014

Dennis Saffran
Making Merit Subjective | The de Blasio administration floats a proposal to water down the admissions test to the city’s specialized high schools.
October 7, 2014

Heather Mac Donald
Ferguson’s Unasked Questions | In the Missouri city and elsewhere, the media clings to predetermined conclusions.
October 6, 2014

Matthew Hennessey
Connecticut Targets Homeschoolers | In the aftermath of the Newtown massacre, a state panel tries to restrict parental rights.
October 5, 2014

Myron Magnet
Strange Bedfellows Make Strange Politics | Understanding the Rachel Noerdlinger affair
October 1, 2014

September 2014

Stephen Eide
Lessons from a Catastrophe | The South Bronx came back—can Detroit?
September 30, 2014

Aaron M. Renn
Detroit Water City | If the city can’t even make customers pay their bills, how can it move forward?
September 28, 2014

Charles Upton Sahm
Bidding Jeter Adieu | Despite what Keith Olbermann says, the Yankee shortstop is an all-time great.
September 26, 2014

Heather Mac Donald
Comparing American Cops with Islamic Terrorists | With his U.N. speech, President Obama sinks to a shameful new low.
September 25, 2014

Sol Stern
The Free Speech Movement at 50 | The movement won; free speech lost.
September 25, 2014

Theodore Dalrymple
The Reeducation of Dinesh D’Souza | Crime is not disease.
September 24, 2014

Theodore Dalrymple
The Scottish Play | The Nationalists win by losing.
September 23, 2014

Joel Zinberg
No Second Opinion | A medical journal’s one-sided view on the conflict between Israel and Palestine
September 18, 2014

Steven Malanga
Jersey Jihadist | Why have investigators downplayed a murder suspect’s radical beliefs?
September 17, 2014

Judith Miller
Lonely Ukraine | The embattled Eastern Europe country is finding few real allies in its struggle with Russia.
September 16, 2014

Matthew Hennessey
Which Side Are You On? | Bill de Blasio must choose between animal-rights activists and New York’s powerful unions.
September 10, 2014

Steve Cohen
Willful Avoidance | The media ignores an important, bipartisan warning on American military readiness.
September 9, 2014

Dennis Saffran
Non-Neutrality Pact | The end of its “gay ban” will open the St. Patrick’s Day Parade to political causes of every stripe.
September 9, 2014

Clark Whelton
Summer’s End | The original antiques roadshow
September 5, 2014

August 2014

Bert Stratton
Bubbles, Booms, and Cash Flow | Notes from a skeptical property owner
August 28, 2014

Dennis Saffran
The Subsidy Show | Colbert, Fallon and the crony capitalism of the creative class
August 27, 2014

Myron Magnet
An Ounce of Prevention | What should we do about the ISIS threat to the U.S.?
August 25, 2014

Mark Pulliam
Who Should Pick the Judges? | The people should.
August 20, 2014

Fred Siegel
A Grotesque Pantomime of Repression and Redemption | Activists and journalists are stuck in the racial resentments of the 1960s.
August 18, 2014

Fred Siegel
Inversion | Liberals confusing cause and effect
August 15, 2014

Heather Mac Donald
New York City’s Crime Disease | Bill de Blasio’s new initiative treats gun violence as a public-health problem.
August 14, 2014

Dennis Saffran
Lewis & Clark’s Racial Inquisition | How good-natured joshing turned two college football teammates into pariahs.
August 12, 2014

Joel Zinberg
Inadequate and Prone to Fraud | The GAO finds the beleaguered federal health exchanges easy to dupe.
August 7, 2014

Myron Magnet
President Humpty Dumpty | Obama meant to make the anarchic mess we have.
August 6, 2014

Steven Malanga
A Tale of Two Scandals | Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland Commission episode may prove worse than Chris Christie’s Bridgegate—but you wouldn’t know it from the news coverage.
August 5, 2014

Brandon Fuller
Don’t Fear Driverless Cars | They could solve a host of urban transportation problems.
August 1, 2014

July 2014

Myron Magnet
Constitution Party | It’s past time for Republicans to take action against President Obama’s lawlessness.
July 31, 2014

Matthew Hennessey
Mad About Millennials | Pundits, pollsters, and political parties keep trying to figure out what makes young people tick.
July 30, 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.
July 28, 2014

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

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

James Panero
How to Help the Mentally Ill? | A New York City task force could repeat the mistakes of deinstitutionalization.
July 21, 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
July 15, 2014

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

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

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

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

James Panero
Backstage Breakdown | The Met’s labor impasse penalizes opera lovers and supporters.
July 6, 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.
July 4, 2014

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

June 2014

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

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

Matthew Hennessey
The Toughest Job in Town | A recent death highlights the risks of being a New York City sanitation worker.
June 27, 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.
June 26, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 2014

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

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

Aaron M. Renn
Rahm Emanuel’s Nightmare | The combative Chicago mayor’s reelection chances suddenly look grim.
May 23, 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.
May 21, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Steven Malanga
Oversold, Underfunded | New York’s burdensome new teachers’ contract uses gimmicks to make the numbers work.
May 2, 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.
April 30, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Heather Mac Donald
De Blasio’s Policing Test | Will the mayor stand up for the NYPD—and public housing residents?
April 15, 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.
April 14, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steven Malanga
March Labor Madness | Will student athletes prove a boon to public-sector unions?
April 2, 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.
April 1, 2014

March 2014

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

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

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

Paul Starobin
“The History of Odessa Does Not Change” | A proud city maintains its individuality—and seeks new vistas—amid Ukraine’s turmoil.
March 18, 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.
March 16, 2014

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

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

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

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

February 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Howard Husock
Minimum-Wage Mistakes | Nelson Mandela’s lesson for Bill de Blasio
February 7, 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.
January 31, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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