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In California, Republican Candidate Runs Outside-the-Box Campaign for Governor

quoting Bill Whalenvia
Friday, August 22, 2014

Neel Kashkari is running a different kind of Republican campaign. He spent one week over the summer living as a homeless person to bring attention to poverty. He visited an African American church frequented by Democratic politicians to speak with congregants. He marched in a gay pride parade. 

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Why the President Should Seek Congressional Authorization for the Use of Force Against The Islamic State [UPDATE on War Powers Resolution]

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Friday, August 22, 2014

A few days ago I discussed why President Obama is shying away from seeking congressional authorization to use force against The Islamic State (IS, or ISIS, or ISIL).  But as the aims and scope of U.S. military involvement against IS expand on a daily basis, the case for the President getting Congress formally on board continues to grow.  That case, as I see it, is as follows.


Obamacare “Perfect Storm” in Arkansas

by Bill Whalenvia A Day At The Races
Friday, August 22, 2014

If you watched 2000’s The Perfect Storm, you’ll remember that the Andrea Gail had one of two course options: sit out the storm (and let its catch spoil), or plow through the storm and try to make it back to port and set the market price.

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Does California Need a Debate Commission?

by Carson Brunovia Eureka
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Earlier this week, too much fanfare, it was announced that Governor Jerry Brown and his Republican challenger, Neel Kashkari, will meet for this election season’s only gubernatorial debate on September 4, which also happens to be the same evening as the 2014 NFL season kick-off. 

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Stanford’s Taylor Says U.S. Rate Rise Will Help Emerging Markets

featuring John B. Taylorvia Bloomberg
Thursday, August 21, 2014

The phasing out of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s monetary stimulus will help emerging markets by ridding them of a source of turbulence, according to Stanford University Professor John Taylor.

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Final ISIS Email To Foley's Parents: Intel Experts See Warning - And Recruitment Effort

quoting Abraham D. Sofaervia International Business Times
Thursday, August 21, 2014

The email sent to Global Post from ISIS explaining why the militants were killing reporter James Foley isn’t just a warning to U.S. leaders, it’s a statement of intent and a smart piece of PR, say foreign policy and national security affairs experts. “It’s not an entirely primitive document,” said Abraham Sofaer, the George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy and National Security Affairs at the Hoover Institute, Stanford University.

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A Few Things the Fed Has Done Right

by John H. Cochrane via Wall Street Journal
Thursday, August 21, 2014

As Federal Reserve officials lay the groundwork for raising interest rates, they are doing a few things right. They need a little cheering, and a bit more courage of their convictions.


Comparing PDK and Education Next Polls

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Just released this week are two major education polls, one by Education Next (EdNext), a journal of opinion and research, and the other by Phi Delta Kappan (PDK), a journal that serves the alumnae of schools of education. Both survey nationally representative samples of the U. S. adult population. EdNext polls about 5,000 respondents, including a nationally representative sample of teachers, by means of an online survey administered by Knowledge Networks. PDK poses questions to about 1,000 respondents in a poll administered by Gallup.

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Gov. Brown Has a Point About Low Birthrates Among California’s Well-to-Do

by Bill Whalenvia Sacramento Bee
Thursday, August 21, 2014

I don’t like to play the “imagine if a Republican said this” card – whining being an unproductive pursuit in politics and in life.

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Chaos in Libya

by Matthew Waxmanvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

That humanitarian intervention may be tragically counter-productive.