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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Further Reflections on the Legal Rationale For Using Force Against the Islamic State

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Friday, September 12, 2014

I had a pretty harsh reaction to the administration’s claim that Congress in the 2001 AUMF authorized force against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.  (For a different view, see Marty Lederman’s post.)  While I think the administration’s interpretation of the 2001 AUMF is unconvincing, I do not believe (as Bruce Ackerman appears to say today in the NYT) that military action against the Islamic State — to date or in the future — is unlawful under the Constitution.  

Analysis and Commentary

Few Interests, Fewer Friends in Middle East

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Townhall
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Try figuring out the maze of enemies, allies and neutrals in the Middle East.

In 2012, the Obama administration was on the verge of bombing the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Analysis and Commentary

Our Regulated Society

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Last night, after a productive meeting in Indianapolis, I flew home to Monterey. Well, not quite to Monterey. That was the plan. But the plan didn't work out. And the reason it didn't work out is a tale of regulation.

Analysis and Commentary

On the Anniversary of 9/11, Committing to National Service as an American Value

by Condoleezza Rice, Robert Gatesvia Time
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Now, as then, we should be conscious and intentional about all the elements of American power and influence

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Analysis and Commentary

The Final Straw In Mississippi

by Bill Whalenvia A Day At The Races
Friday, September 12, 2014

There are races featuring straw polls and straw men.

But a race decided by who draws the short straw?

Barack Obama
Analysis and Commentary

Encouraging Our Enemies, Discouraging Our Friends

by Kori Schakevia US News
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Last night President Barack Obama addressed the nation, ostensibly to describe a strategy for dealing with the burgeoning threat of the Islamic State. He claimed his administration has “consistently taken the fight to terrorists,” an assertion which failed to explain how the problem of the Islamic State burgeoned into such a threat.

Analysis and Commentary

When Activism Kills

by Bruce Thorntonvia Defining Ideas
Friday, September 12, 2014

The longer we keep genetically modified crops off the market, the more impoverished people in the developing world will starve to death. 

Analysis and Commentary

In Ohio, the Wreck of the Ed FitzGerald

by Bill Whalenvia A Day At The Races
Thursday, September 11, 2014

In all, not a bad year for Ohioans.

Cleveland landed the services of both LeBron James and Johnny Manziel, as well as the honor of hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Interviews
Barack Obama
Interviews

Richard Epstein on the John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia John Batchelor Show
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Senior Fellow Richard Epstein discusses the viability of President Obama's plan to destroy ISIS on the John Batchelor Show.

Interviews

Henry Kissinger on the Colbert Report

interview with Henry A. Kissingervia Colbert Report (Comedy Central)
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Distinguished Visiting Fellow Henry Kissinger discusses his new book World Order on the Colbert Report.

Interviews

Lanhee Chen on the Hays Advantage (36:35)

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Bloomberg Radio
Friday, September 12, 2014

Research Fellow Lanhee Chen discusses how Obamacare affects the upcoming midterm elections on the Hays Advantage.

In the News
In the News

Far From The Political Fray, States Get Greener

quoting Jeremy Carlvia MSNBC
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Democrats and Republicans in Washington, D.C. may be at loggerheads over carbon emissions, but things are different on the state level.

Ronald Reagan
In the News

Here Is Ronald Reagan, Nearly 40 Years Ago, Making Fun Of Healthy School Lunches

mentioning Hoover Institutionvia Washington Post
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sarah Palin drinks defiantly from a 7-11 “Big Gulp” at the annual CPAC conference, mocking former New York mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s campaign against sugary soft drinks. The audience cheers lustily, as if diabetes were an act of civil disobedience.

Protest against Bashar al-Assad
In the News

How Obama's Strategy To Fight ISIS In Syria Will Affect Bashar Assad's Regime

quoting Kori Schakevia International Business Times
Thursday, September 11, 2014

President Barack Obama’s announcement on Wednesday to strike the Islamic State militant group in Syria overlooked the other side of Syria’s double-barreled threat: President Bashar Assad. In taking out the Islamic State, experts say, Obama’s U.S.-led coalition might help Assad make territorial gains.

In the News

Rebranding Republicans In California

quoting Bill Whalenvia The Economist
Friday, September 12, 2014

NOT everyone likes robust debate. The chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley recently provoked ridicule by warning staff and students that there was a distinction “between free speech and political advocacy”, and that “we can only exercise our right to free speech insofar as we feel safe and respected”.