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California Tears Into Trump

quoting Bill Whalenvia Politico
Sunday, September 17, 2017

The finale of the state's legislative session was a primal scream aimed at the president.


A Lack Of Ideas Has Consequences

by James W. Ceaservia The Weekly Standard
Monday, September 18, 2017

Something has gone missing from American politics. Since the beginning of the new administration in January, public debate focused on general ideas has largely disappeared.


Who Leads The West And Why: Trump Or Merkel? Constitutional Cultures In The United States And Germany

by Russell A. Bermanvia Telos
Monday, September 18, 2017

In these brief comments, I am likely to err on the side of excessive schematization: the positions I want to tease out of several texts deserve more nuance and differentiation than I can provide in this short text. Yet the binary character of the analysis is also a reflection of the highly polarized public debate, certainly in the United States but also in Western Europe, in the wake of various political developments, above all the 2016 election that led to the Donald Trump presidency.

Analysis and Commentary

Criticism Doesn't Violate The First Amendment

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, September 16, 2017

Over at Hit and Run, Reason's blog, Robby Soave, whose work I normally like a lot, laid an egg. His post is titled "The Real Boobs Are People Who Think ESPN Must Fire Jemele Hill."

Analysis and Commentary

Donald Trump's Constitution

by David Davenportvia Forbes
Friday, September 15, 2017

Donald Trump has a love/hate relationship with the Constitution. He loves it in theory, but in practice it limits his presidential power.

Analysis and Commentary

Kamala Harris, Flash And Style, Can’t Measure Up To Dianne Feinstein

by Bill Whalenvia Sacramento Bee
Thursday, August 31, 2017

I won’t try to guess Feinstein’s move. But I hope she’ll consider what’s best for her and for California – and seek another six-year term until, maybe, someone with her gravitas comes along.

Analysis and Commentary

Once The Floodwaters Recede, Will Trump Have Seized The Political High Ground?

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Rahm Emanuel is famous for two things. One is this quote: “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that: it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” That passage comes to mind watching President Trump’s stops in Texas and Missouri. Amidst a terrible tragedy, there’s opportunity for this president. Will he seize the moment?

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LAHS Hosts Gerrymandering Lecture

featuring Jonathan Roddenvia Los Altos Town Crier (CA)
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow and Stanford University professor Jonathan Rodden is scheduled to discuss “Political Geography and Minority Rule” 7:30 p.m. today at Los Altos High School.

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Bill Whalen Discusses The Prospects Of Kasich vs Trump In The 2020 Primaries On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses his Forbes article "A GOP Challenge To Trump In 2020: Would Republicans Dare Flip Their Whig?"

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Area 45: A View From Across The Aisle

interview with Ro Khannavia Area 45
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Representative Ro Khanna on re-creating, with bipartisan support, the technology economy across America.