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What I Learned From Listening To Americans Deliberate

by Larry Diamondvia The American Interest
Friday, September 27, 2019
We don’t need a new crisis over presidential abuse of power to reveal how badly polarized and degraded our politics have become. Before Watergate, majorities of the American public trusted the federal government “to do what is right,” and as recently as the early 2000s, you could find at least four in ten Americans expressing that confidence. Over the last decade, that number has hovered at or below 20 percent.
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Why The Impeachment Frenzy May Only Strengthen Trump

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Contrary to suggestions by some, most Trump supporters are not automatons or blind supporters. What bothers them, and should bother others, about the latest Ukraine hysterias is the familiar monotony of this latest scripted psychodrama.

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The Whistle-Blower Really Knows How to Write

by Amy Zegartvia The Atlantic
Friday, September 27, 2019

Smoking guns are the stuff of spy movies. In real-life intelligence-gathering, they are exceptionally rare. That’s why the business of intelligence typically requires collecting and analyzing fragments of information—putting together secret nuggets with unclassified information—to try to make sense of complex reality.

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Why Not Censure The President And Move On?

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Thursday, September 26, 2019

A sad aspect of the Trump Ukraine controversy: the dearth of members of Congress looking for a middle-ground solution that spares America the ordeal of an impeachment process that may turn out to be a political cul-de-sac.

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

To Begin The World Over Again: How The American Revolution Devastated The Globe, By Matthew Lockwood

by Elizabeth Cobbsvia Times Higher Education
Friday, September 27, 2019
Elizabeth Cobbs is unconvinced by a lively revisionist account of what the American Revolution did to the wider world.
Analysis and Commentary

Quiggin Needs A Third Lesson

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, September 26, 2019

I don’t know if Hazlitt would ever have said that all the economics you need to know is in his book. But in Economics in Two Lessons, University of Queensland economist John Quiggin writes as if he thinks that was Hazlitt’s thinking. Because Quiggin sees it that way, he decides to give two lessons.

Interviews
Interviews

Jonathan Rodden: Why Cities Are Less Powerful In U.S. National Politics

interview with Jonathan Roddenvia City Lab
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jonathan Rodden discusses his book Why Cities Lose: The Deep Roots of the Urban-Rural Political Divide, as well as the origins of America’s urban-rural political divide and how economic geography shapes elections

Interviews

Bill Whalen: Elizabeth Warren As The Howard Dean Of 2019?

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses his Forbes article "Warren’s Challenge Now That She’s Ahead In Iowa: Staying Off The Dean’s List."

Interviews

Michael Petrilli: The Meaning Of Success Academy’s Success

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli and David Griffith talk with Robert Pondiscio about his new book on Success Academy.
In the News
In the News

Jim Mattis And The Duty Of Reserve

featuring General Jim Mattisvia The Atlantic
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Before serving and then resigning as secretary of defense in the Trump administration, Jim Mattis was a general in the U.S. Marine Corps.
In the News

Who Is To Blame For Polarization In America?

quoting Morris P. Fiorinavia St. Louis Jewish Light
Friday, September 27, 2019

It has been commonly observed that polarization in America has increased greatly in recent years. It is hard to disagree, given the rancorous political discourse we witness on a daily basis between the two major political parties, not to mention among many friends and neighbors. However, it is useful to remind ourselves that the current polarization is not completely new or unprecedented in scale.

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California, Like Ukraine, Familiar With Trump Tactic Of Withholding Federal Funds

with Michael McConnellvia Mercury News
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Long before President Trump raised alarm by halting hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. aid in an alleged effort to influence Ukraine, his administration had built up plenty of practice in using federal funds to punish a favorite target: California.
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President Trump’s Ukraine Call And The Dangers Of Personal Diplomacy

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia The Washington Post
Thursday, September 26, 2019
President Trump’s comments in a phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July have prompted the House of Representatives to launch an impeachment inquiry.
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James Mattis: Constitution Is 'Hearty Document' That Can Hold Against The Country's 'Turmoil'

quoting General Jim Mattisvia The Washington Examiner
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis said amid the looming cloud of impeachment, the country will be able to survive because of how the Founding Fathers designed the Constitution.
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Will Backing Impeachment Inquiry Hurt Freshman Democrats?

quoting Bill Whalenvia The New York Times
Thursday, September 26, 2019
By Tuesday afternoon it was official: The last freshman Democrat of the seven who flipped previously Republican House districts in California had joined his colleagues in supporting an impeachment inquiry into the president.
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Using Facts To Refute Medicare For All

quoting Charles Blahousvia PJ Media
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Medicare for All is the left’s newest branding strategy for socialized medicine in the United States. Promoted by several Democratic presidential candidates and introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, its backers say it would improve the cost and quality of health care in America.

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Would Giving Up Meat Really Help Save The Planet?

quoting Bjorn Lomborgvia Yahoo
Thursday, September 26, 2019

With global population levels set to reach close to 10 billion people by 2050, the ecological impact of the food we eat has come under intense scrutiny. Scientists believe human food consumption is having a devastating effect on the environment due to a combination of greenhouse gas emissions, overuse of land and pollution from the increased use of fertilizers and pesticides.

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John Yoo Warns That Impeachment Would Undermine Presidential Power. That's The Point.

quoting John Yoovia Reason
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Berkeley law professor John Yoo warns that impeaching Donald Trump over his alleged solicitation of re-election assistance from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy could undermine presidential powers to conduct foreign policy and protect national security. Given Yoo's expansive understanding of those powers, that prospect may count as an argument in favor of impeachment.
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Press Release: Washington Examiner Launches New Podcast With Ricochet Audio Network

with Peter M. Robinsonvia The Washington Examiner
Thursday, September 26, 2019

The Washington Examiner is excited to announce that we’re joining forces with the Ricochet Audio Network on a new podcast.