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5 Facts about Russian President Vladimir Putin

President Donald Trump met today with Vladimir Putin for a summit in Helsinki, Finland. Here are five facts you should know about the powerful and controversial Russian president. 1. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin was born in Cold War era Russia in 1952. Continue Reading...

The economics of ideas

Note: This is post #84 in a weekly video series on basic economics. What spurs the growth of new ideas? The vital factor is institutions, which serve as the soil where ideas are planted, says Alex Tabarrok in this video by Marginal Revolution University. Continue Reading...

5 things Christians and Muslims can agree on

At Acton University, Turkish Islamic scholar, Mustafa Akyol, gave multiple lectures on Islam, discussing topics ranging from its history to its controversial practices. Akyol has been speaking at Acton University for many years now and is a respected scholar in fields of Islam, politics, and Turkish affairs. Continue Reading...

6 Quotes: Judge Brett Kavanaugh on law, liberty, and the U.S. Constitution

Earlier this week, President Trump announced he has nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. In honor of the nomination, here are six quotes by Judge Kavanaugh on law, liberty, and the Constitution: On the Judiciary and the Rule of Law: “I believe very deeply in those visions of the rule of law as a law of rules, and of the judge as umpire. Continue Reading...

Explainer: What you should know about Democratic Socialism

While many left-leaning American politicians tend to avoid the labels “liberal” or “progressive,” two popular Democrats—Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—proudly self-identify as a “democratic socialists.” Here’s what you should know about democratic socialism. Continue Reading...

5 Facts about Independence Day

  July 4, 2018 will be America’s 242nd Independence Day, the day Americans celebrate our Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. Here are five facts you should know about America’s founding document and the day set aside for its commemoration. Continue Reading...

6 Quotes: Justice Anthony Kennedy on freedom of speech

Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy announced yesterday that at the end of next month he will retire from the U.S. Supreme Court. When he nominated Kennedy, President Ronald Reagan called the justice a “true conservative.” But over the years, Kennedy often served as a “swing vote” and sided with the court’s liberal faction in a vast number of substantial rulings. Continue Reading...