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Richard A. Posner

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Judge, U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals; Author, Breaking the Deadlock.

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Rigid, excessive union contracts are a big part of the Detroit catastrophe.

Autoworkers Need to Get Real

by Richard A. Posnervia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2009

Rigid, excessive union contracts are a big part of the Detroit catastrophe. By Richard A. Posner.

Blowing Bubbles

by Richard A. Posnervia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 27, 2008

The mortgage crisis is a burst bubble, a failure of intelligence, and a rich psychological case study. What to do about it? Perhaps nothing. By Richard A. Posner.

In the News

The Medicare Challenge

by Richard A. Posner, Gary S. Beckervia Becker-Posner Blog
Sunday, March 30, 2008

Becker makes the ingenious suggestion that the effect of adding drug coverage to the Medicare program is to prevent spending on drugs from growing as rapidly as the number of persons covered by Medicare....

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Disaster Insurance

by Richard A. Posnervia Hoover Digest
Sunday, April 1, 2007

No one knows how global warming will unfold, but we should prepare today as if catastrophe will strike tomorrow. By Richard A. Posner.

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Paycheck Politics

by Gary S. Becker, Richard A. Posnervia Hoover Digest
Sunday, April 1, 2007

Increasing the federal minimum wage sounds humane, but doing so would only make the poor poorer. By Gary S. Becker and Richard A. Posner.

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The Job the FBI Can't Do

by Richard A. Posnervia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 30, 2006

A tale of two cultures—spies and cops—and why they just won’t mix in a single agency. Richard A. Posner on how to remake domestic intelligence.

Analysis and Commentary

The Constitution vs. Counterterrorism

by Richard A. Posnervia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Last week a federal district judge in Detroit ruled that the National Security Agency's conduct of electronic surveillance outside the boundaries of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is illegal…

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Our Intelligence Quotient

by Richard A. Posnervia Hoover Digest
Sunday, July 30, 2006

Why we need a domestic CIA. By Richard A. Posner.

Uncertain Shield: The U.S. Intelligence System in the Throes of Reform

Uncertain Shield: The U.S. Intelligence System in the Throes of Reform

by Richard A. Posnervia Books by Hoover Fellows
Sunday, January 1, 2006

A continuation of Posner's illuminating Preventing Surprise Attacks, Uncertain Shield is not only an update, but an argument that the decisions that the administration has made in implementing the defective Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 are creating a too top-heavy, too centralized, intelligence system. Described as "a first-rate analysis of an arcane and difficult subject."

The Danger in “Fixing” the CIA

by Richard A. Posnervia Hoover Digest
Saturday, July 30, 2005

Despite opinion to the contrary, our nation’s intelligence services are not broken, nor can they be “fixed” simply by reshuffling the CIA’s organizational chart. The true strengths—and limitations—of our country’s spy agencies. By Richard A. Posner.

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