Businesses in 103 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) representing 20% of the total civilian labor force would be ineligible to hire new ‘W’ guest workers if the Senate Gang of Eight’s immigration bill (S.744) were passed today. Regulations in the bill prevent businesses from hiring guest workers if the unemployment rate in their MSA is higher than 8.5%, absent special consideration by the commissioner of the soon-to-be-created Bureau of Immigration and Labor Market Research.
Richard Epstein, the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, discusses recent revelations of IRS discrimination against conservative nonprofits and considers the scandal surrounding the Justice Department's monitoring of the Associated Press.
John B. Taylor, the George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics at the Hoover Institution, testified before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations that the Orderly Liquidation Act (OLA) in Title II of the Dodd-Frank Act has not reduced the likelihood of bailouts of large financial firms. Taylor’s blog and Wall Street Journal commentary with Kenneth E. Scott, senior research fellow at Hoover, explain that the OLA requires more discretion by the FDIC, thus leaving policy makers with less clarity about the reorganization process and more likely to ignore it in the heat of a crisis.
The finding aid to the Iris Chang papers in the archives has been expanded to include a description of the substantial increments added to the collection since it was originally received in 2004.
From 1935 to 1940, students from all over the United States participated in a contest to create posters inspired by the theme of Peace. The National Circulating Library of Students' Peace Posters, based in Philadelphia, sponsored the contest; in 1940, the winning posters were reproduced and sold as collectible, stamp-sized stickers. The sponsoring organization was founded by Nancy Babb, a Quaker who volunteered with the American Relief Administration's famine relief efforts in Russia in 1921.
For decades after his defeat by the Chinese Communists in 1949, Chiang Kai-shek relied heavily and almost exclusively on the United States to defend and consolidate his island redoubt, Taiwan, against the communist invasion. Under the facade of an ostensibly formidable US-Taiwan alliance during the cold war, however, Chiang would, from time to time, turn to his erstwhile enemies in World War II for military advice.
The Hoover Institution Library and Archives is home to art with enduring historic value that is both diverse in content and style. One such collection, the illustrations of Mieczyslaw Jałowiecki, were recently photographed by the Digital Imaging Lab so we could provide digital copies to our partner institutions in Lithuania and Poland.
The Maude Cleveland miscellany collection includes a world map that depicts our home state of California as an island. The map, likely printed in Amsterdam around 1750 and titled NIEUWE WERELD KAART, was created by Baron George Anson, a British admiral known for his circumnavigation of the globe and his oversight of the Royal Navy during the Seven Years' War.
Fouad Ajami, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and cochair of the Working Group on Islamism and the International Order, discusses Turkey’s Prime Minister Erdogan and the dilemma he is in because of the Syrian provocations. Erdogan threatens dire consequences, yet draws back, sheltered behind the assertion that his country won’t be drawn into a full-scale war with the regime in Damascus.
Scott W. Atlas, MD, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, in discussing his book In Excellent Health, takes a critical look at the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) and alternatives such the single-payer system in place in other advanced countries.
Victor Davis Hanson, the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, discusses his book The Savior Generals: How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost—from Ancient Greece to Iraq.
In this podcast Russell Roberts, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and EconTalk host, discusses, with Austin Frakt of Boston University and blogger at The Incidental Economist, Medicaid and the recent results of the Oregon Medicaid study, a randomized experiment that looked at individuals with and without access to Medicaid.
Richard Epstein, the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, notes that the best lawyers he knows don't want law schools to turn out graduates with less knowledge and more gimmicks; they want better-educated lawyers who can hit the ground running. If fifty years ago students could make good use of three years of a law school education, they certainly can do so in today's vastly more complicated world.