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North Korean Missiles and Greek Spears

by Barry Strauss via Military History in the News
Friday, April 29, 2016

North Korea has launched three intermediate range ballistic missiles in the last two weeks. Each one was a failure and ended in an explosion or crash. The UN Security Council has banned such tests and issued a warning about increasing sanctions if such misbehavior continues. Indeed, there might be worse trouble in store. Many expect North Korea to conduct another nuclear test, its fifth. On May 6 the country is holding the first congress of its ruling Workers’ Party in 36 years.


Terry Moe On Opinion Journal

interview with Terry M. Moevia The Wall Street Journal
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Terry Moe discusses his new book, "Relic,” which argues for a constitutional amendment to strengthen the executive branch.


The Blame-Thy-Neighbor Economic Excuse

by Kevin Warshvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Faced with stagnation, the big economies cite vague ‘headwinds’ and play a devaluation tit-for-tat.

Analysis and Commentary

Setting The Record Straight On Great Britain, America And World War II

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, April 28, 2016

While in London last week, President Obama waded into the upcoming British referendum about whether the United Kingdom should stay in the European Union.


Symbolism Instead Of History

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Thursday, April 28, 2016

The real motivation behind replacing Andrew Jackson with Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill.

In the News

Bidding Farewell To One Of The U's Oldest Buildings Is More Spirited Wake Than Funeral

mentioning Shelby Steelevia Salt Lake City Weekly
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

My first class at the University of Utah was Econ 101. I arrived early, fashionably dressed in a long-sleeved Gant shirt, chinos and polished Weejuns loafers. I carried a briefcase as everyone did. I was determined to do well. I had been a middling student in high school and I regretted it. It was 1963. 

In the News

This Bill Would Let 9/11 Victims' Families Sue Saudi Arabia. Here's How It Could Backfire.

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia Vox
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Obama administration is trying to block a bill, known as the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), that would seek to allow the families of 9/11 victims to sue the government of Saudi Arabia for its alleged financial support of al-Qaeda.

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Analysis and Commentary

Early American Immigrants

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Scott Alexander has written a fantastic review of David Fischer's Albion's Seed. The book is about early immigration to the Eastern United States. Alexander gives a nice summary of each of the 4 immigrant groups, along with some really interesting facts about them. In the process, he comes off as Dave Barry without the exaggeration.

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The Libertarian: “Deflategate And The Law”

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

An NFL controversy reaches the federal courts.

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World War II Amnesia

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

For seventy years, the war’s lessons guided U.S. foreign policy—but no longer.


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The Working Group on the Role of Military History in Contemporary Conflict examines how knowledge of past military operations can influence contemporary public policy decisions concerning current conflicts.