• The ACLU's Cynical Attack on Criminal Justice Reform


    Under the leadership of Anthony Romero, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is a diminished shadow of its former self. The ACLU is now led by cafeteria civil libertarians who choose the liberties they deem worthy of protection based on a narrow ideological agenda.

    The latest incarnation of this betrayal of the Bill of Rights is the ACLU’s refusal to support criminal justice reform legislation that strengthens the mens rea requirement for most federal criminal statutes. Translated from the Latin as “guilty mind,” mens rea is a legal phrase that describes the mental state of mind formed prior to the commission of a crime. Traditionally, the law requires the government to prove that a defendant was aware of and intended to break the law before he can be punished for doing so. READ MORE...

  • Trump’s Foreign Policy Speech


    Trump’s foreign policy speech yesterday veered between a few sensible comments and a large number of contradictory and worrisome assertions. Like previous Trump statements on foreign policy, this speech was all over the map. While he insisted on the importance of a coherent foreign policy, he demonstrated that he does not have one. The speech offered his supporters and detractors material to justify their earlier opinions of him, but offered too few specific commitments to give us a clear idea of how Trump would handle a wide range of international issues. There were some good elements in it, but on the whole it didn’t make a lot of sense. READ MORE...

  • “Time Traveler”: Unearthed 1500 Year Old Mummy Wearing… Adidas?


    How can it be? Scientists have put a rare find on display – a mummified woman found in Mongolia who appears to be wearing modern footwear.

    RT reports:

    The rare and ancient discovery of a mummified woman in Mongolia has been overshadowed by an obsession with her footwear, as people liken the 1,500-year-old boots to a pair of Adidas sneakers.

    Archaeologists unearthed the female’s remains on the Mongolian side of the Altai Mountains.

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  • “Time Traveler”: Unearthed 1500 Year Old Mummy Wearing… Adidas?


    How can it be? Scientists have put a rare find on display – a mummified woman found in Mongolia who appears to be wearing modern footwear.

    RT reports:

    The rare and ancient discovery of a mummified woman in Mongolia has been overshadowed by an obsession with her footwear, as people liken the 1,500-year-old boots to a pair of Adidas sneakers.

    Archaeologists unearthed the female’s remains on the Mongolian side of the Altai Mountains.

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  • Education and civil society


    Education plays a critical role in promoting a healthy society— and vice versa. Yet the connection between the two is often overlooked. In his new blog series, “Education and Civil Society,” AEI expert and former Virginia and Florida state education official Gerard Robinson discusses the importance of communities in educating children as well as how education affects areas like criminal justice and the military. Visit AEIdeas on the last Wednesday of each month for a new installment from the “Education and Civil Society” blog series. Here are the blogs to date:

    What kind of America will our children inherit?  READ MORE...

  • Our Republican Constitution


    Every imaginable product and service has a price, and yet there is something different about pricing prescription medicines. In the new issue of Regulation, Charles L. Hooper and David R. Henderson say that to “fix” drug pricing, we need more competition, more cost sharing, and the liberalization of some regulations. Also in this issue, Larry Downes describes how rent-seeking and public choice have put a telecom deregulation success story at risk, and Jason Scott Johnston looks at the social cost of carbon – how is it derived and how is it used to justify America’s climate policy?



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  • Pedophiles: The Next Protected Minority Group


    With regard to its designs for our nation, debasement has been the name of the game for the political left for a long time. While volumes could be written on the moral debasement alone catalyzed by the left, America’s standing in the world, our economy, our educational system, our worldview and collective self-image, among many other things, have been targets for incremental debasement by the left.

    When liberals began targeting the sexual attitudes of our population through mass media and junk science such as Alfred Kinsey’s perverted sex studies, suddenly the worst thing one could be was a prude, and the accusation was thrown around almost as liberally (no pun intended) as “homophobe” has been in recent years. In retrospect, we can see that both were part of the same stratagem of shaming ideological opponents into acquiescence. READ MORE...