Hamilton, the man and the musical, can teach us much

The popularity of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton” offers us all an opportunity to consider the wisdom of one of our most prolific Founding Fathers - while we wait in line for tickets.…

Conservative ideas will survive Trump

Sell your Adam Smith ties, everybody, and smash your busts of Ronald Reagan. It’s all over. Why? Because we have entered a new era of nationalism, or patriotism, or simply Trumpism, and the GOP will never be a traditionally and ideologically conservative party ever again.

We must pay more attention to the cost of medical mistakes

First, do no harm. Doctors get that. They embrace it. It’s nevertheless the conclusion of a major study that medical mistakes kill at least 250,000 Americans a year, trailing only heart disease and cancer as a threat to human life.

Privatize the TSA to improve safety

Just in time for summer travels, the Transportation Security Administration has longer than ever lines, causing passengers to miss flights. Perhaps this is a good time to talk about privatizing the agency.

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