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The True Toll Of The Trade War

by Raghuram Rajanvia Project Syndicate
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Chicago – Another day, another attack on trade. Why is it that every dispute – whether over intellectual property (IP), immigration, environmental damage, or war reparations – now produces new threats to trade?

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America’s Silence Helps Autocrats Triumph

by Larry Diamondvia Foreign Policy
Friday, September 6, 2019

Since the end of the Cold War, democracy has made many gains. But the fate of freedom is now hanging in the balance globally.

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Kids Who Had Been “Left Behind” Are Doing Much Better Today Than 25 Years Ago. But What About The Middle Class?

by Michael J. Petrillivia EducationNext
Friday, September 6, 2019

This summer, I’ve made this case: 1. Student outcomes rose significantly for the lowest-performing students and students of color from the late-1990s until the Great Recession—especially in reading and math, but in other academic subjects, too. There’s also been big recent improvement in the high school graduation rate for these groups.

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Budget Matters: The Unusual Suspects

by Daniel Heilvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, September 5, 2019

It seems every month, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) releases another report showing sharp increases in the federal debt. In June, CBO released its annual Long-Term Budget Outlook showing debt would pass 100% of GDP in 2034 and hit 144% in 2049. And, just last month, CBO’s updated 10-year budget forecasts showed even larger deficits than previously predicted.

Analysis and Commentary
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Analysis and Commentary

The Torch Has Been Passed . . . But Can A Fourth Generation Of Aspiring Kennedys Run With It?

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Try this for unusual: the most intriguing U.S. Senate race in 2020 may have nothing to do with the balance of power in the chamber. I’m referring to next year’s Democratic primary in Massachusetts, where the incumbent Sen. Ed Markey may find himself fending off a challenge from Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy.

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Analysis and Commentary

Hong Kong Protesters Teach China A Thing Or Two, But They Need Their Own History Lessons, Too

by Markos Kounalakisvia Miami Herald
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Pencils sharpened. Check. Lunches packed. Check. Yellow helmets and gas masks. Check.

Analysis and Commentary

Lanhee Chen: As The Field Narrows

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Townhall Review
Friday, September 6, 2019

And then there were ten. That is: Ten Democrats who have qualified to participate in the next presidential primary debate on September 12. Although the field has narrowed, the candidates’ drift toward far-left progressive policies continues—particularly when it comes to efforts to deal with climate change.

Analysis and Commentary

‘The Only Plane In The Sky’ And ‘Fall And Rise’ Review: Out Of The Blue On Sept. 11

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, September 6, 2019
A remembrance of beauty persists alongside the horrors that mark Sept. 11, 2001. A storm had swept across the Northeast the day before, giving rise that morning to a rare meteorological phenomenon known as “severe clear.”
Analysis and Commentary

Arnold Kling's Ex-Communist Mother's Testimony

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Arnold Kling, an EconLog mainstay, posted this morning with a link to his mother’s fascinating testimony before a St. Louis meeting of the famous House Unamerican Activities Committee. His mother, Anne Ruth Kling, nee Yasgur, had been a member of the Communist Party during and slightly after World War II. That in itself I find fascinating.

Analysis and Commentary

Paul Romer Likes Anarchy And Thinks It's Government

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Mr. Romer’s answer is to do with this moment what Burning Man does every summer: Stake out the street grid; separate public from private space; and leave room for what’s to come. Then let the free market take over. No market mechanism can ever create the road network that connects everyone. The government must do that first.

Interviews
Interviews

US And China In The Early Stages Of A Second Cold War, Academic Says

interview with Niall Fergusonvia CNBC International TV
Friday, September 6, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses world politics, Hong Kong, and the US-China trade war.

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Victor Davis Hanson: The Failed Cult Of The American University

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his American Greatness article "From Icon to Just a Con."

Interviews

Richard Epstein: The Cause Of The US Slowdown, & What Is To Be Done? (Part 1)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Trump’s Trade Travesty."

Interviews

Richard Epstein: The Cause Of The US Slowdown, & What Is To Be Done? (Part 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Trump’s Trade Travesty."

Interviews

Lanhee Chen: Hong Kong's Chief Executive Makes A Concession To Protesters

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia KCBS Radio
Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the heated political situation in Hong Kong and whether it will cool down now that Chief Executive, Carrie Lam announced that the government will be withdrawing the extradition bill that sparked massive protests for the past few months.

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Michael Petrilli: The Education Gadfly Show: Trends In Public Opinion On Choice, Testing, And Teacher Salaries

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses the results of Ed Next’s annual survey of public opinion.
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Book Of The Week: How To Be A Dictator By Frank Dikötter

featuring Frank Diköttervia Evening Standard
Thursday, September 5, 2019
For Dutch historian Frank Dikötter, the purpose of a dictator’s personality cult is clear. It is not to convince or persuade but rather to “sow confusion, to destroy common sense, to enforce obedience, to isolate individuals and crush their dignity”.
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US-China Trade Dispute Is ‘Already In The Early Stages’ Of A Second Cold War, Niall Ferguson Says

quoting Niall Fergusonvia CNBC
Friday, September 6, 2019
The world’s two largest economies are “already in the early stages” of a second Cold War, according to Niall Ferguson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
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Pakistan Most Dangerous Country, Its Leaders Don't Care About Their People: Jim Mattis

featuring General Jim Mattisvia The Economic Times
Thursday, September 5, 2019
Terming Pakistan as the "most dangerous" country for its nuclear capabilities and radicalisation, former US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis has said the tragedy for Pakistani people is that they do not have leaders who care about their future.
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Spin Wars And Spy Games: Global Media And Intelligence Gathering

featuring Markos Kounalakisvia Commonwealth Club
Monday, September 9, 2019

As most long-standing news outlets have shuttered their foreign bureaus and print operations, the role of Global News Networks (GNNs) as information collectors and policy influencers has changed. Western GNNs are both untethered to government entities and able to produce accurate yet critical situational analyses. But due to the emergence of other GNNs owned or directed by national governments, the global news cycle has become thoroughly manipulatable.

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Boris Johnson’s Only Way Out Of Brexit Chaos Is To Resign, Niall Ferguson Says

quoting Niall Fergusonvia CNBC
Friday, September 6, 2019
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has lost his game of Brexit “chicken” with U.K. opposition parties and the European Union, according to Niall Ferguson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
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Trade Uncertainty Likely To Cut U.S. Growth By More Than 1%, Fed Research Says

quoting Steven J. Davisvia The Wall Street Journal
Thursday, September 5, 2019

[Subscription Required] Uncertainty over trade policy is likely to reduce U.S. economic output by more than 1% through early 2020, new research from Federal Reserve economists suggests.

 

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Trump's All About The Base, But He Likely Needs More Than That — Here's Why

quoting Jonathan Roddenvia HPPR
Thursday, September 5, 2019
Many heads got scratched this week when President Trump doubled down on his erroneous claim that Alabama had been in the path of Hurricane Dorian.
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Without Principled Leadership, Things Can Go To Hell Quickly

quoting Andrew Robertsvia The Lewiston Tribune
Friday, September 6, 2019
In spare yet elegant language, Winston Churchill, determined to tell his story of the second Great War in his lifetime, wrote about this week 80 years ago.
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CNN's Insane Town Hall Posse

quoting Niall Fergusonvia Powerline
Friday, September 6, 2019
It used to be that those who peddled apocalypse sporting their placards in the service of some cult on a flyblown city corner were an object of amusement. One could compile a book of cartoons with variations on the theme. Now the theme has become Democratic Party orthodoxy. The Democratic presidential candidates must all bow before it, as they did earlier this week in the course of CNN’s “climate change town hall.”
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Why The Fed Needs A Monetary Rule To Protect Its Independence

quoting Charles Calomirisvia CATO
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
As the 2020 presidential election season heats up, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is being pushed from all sides. President Trump has castigated him for overly tight monetary policy and has implied that Powell is a “bigger enemy” than Xi Jinping.
In the News

Why Americans Should Worry About The National Debt

quoting David Davenportvia The Washington Examiner
Thursday, September 5, 2019
The federal government is plunging deeply into record-breaking debt, undermining the very foundations of our country and its economic health.
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Silicon Valley Becomes Punching Bag For Presidential Hopefuls

quoting Lanhee J. Chenvia VOA News
Friday, September 6, 2019

U.S. presidential candidates have long come to Silicon Valley to raise money and, with a tech company campus as a backdrop, talk about innovation and the future. But this year, things are different.

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Thank You, President Obama

mentioning Victor Davis Hansonvia The Santa Clarita Gazette
Thursday, September 5, 2019
The title of this article is likely one of the last things you’d imagine a person like me would say. As a conservative libertarian, many of Obama’s policies, actions and speeches while in office made me recoil in horror at the Orwellian neo-liberal state that he imagined for America.