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Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Islam’s Most Eloquent Apostate

by Tunku Varadarajan featuring Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Wall Street Journal
Friday, April 7, 2017

The West’s obsession with ‘terror’ has been a mistake, she argues. Dawa, the ideology behind it, is a broader threat.

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ECB Watching

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Sunday, April 9, 2017

Hundreds of financial market participants and news reporters showed up for the 18th annual “ECB and its Watchers” conference in Frankfurt last week. I was one of the speakers as I was at the first conference in 1999. It was a good day for talking about policy with candid questions and answers.

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Hall Of Mirrors In Syria

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Sunday, April 9, 2017

Syria is weird for reasons that transcend even the bizarre situation of bombing an abhorrent Bashar al-Assad who was bombing an abhorrent ISIS — as we de facto ally with Iran, the greater strategic threat, to defeat the more odious, but less long-term strategic threat, ISIS.

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Trump’s Red Line In Syria

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, April 10, 2017

When a president finds his approval rating in the doldrums and Congress slow to enact his domestic agenda, he naturally turns to foreign policy in search of quick wins.

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Erica Sandberg On Homelessness And Downtown Streets Team

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, April 10, 2017

Podcaster and writer Erica Sandberg talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about homelessness in San Francisco. Sandberg talks about what the city can do about homelessness and her experience with Downtown Streets Team, which gives homeless people in the Bay Area the chance to work in exchange for gift cards that let them buy food and other basics.

Analysis and Commentary

The Kremlin Claims Trump Has Joined The Terrorists With An Invented WMD Excuse To Strike Syria

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, April 10, 2017

Most Russians get their news (and form their opinions) from state TV broadcasts. Channel One’s influential hour-long Vesti (The News) broadcast at 8PM provides its viewers with the Kremlin’s version of news of the day.

Analysis and Commentary

The Mystery Of Trump's Character Deepens

by Jim Hoaglandvia The Washington Post
Friday, April 7, 2017

Most of what President Trump has done and said in his brief time in office has bordered on squalid, incompetent or unbalanced. The bold moral clarity of his missile attack against a Syrian air base involved in chemical warfare deepens rather than resolves the mystery of the real character of this president.

Interviews
Interviews

Michael McFaul: Syrian Conflict Underlines Russian-American Divide

interview with Michael McFaulvia WBUR
Monday, April 10, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Michael McFaul talks about increased tensions with Russia as Secretary of State Tillerson visits Moscow. The discussion includes the strikes on Syria as well as the investigations into Trump’s Russian ties. Where is the relationship with Russia headed?

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Kori Schake: What Trump's Syria Airstrikes Accomplish

interview with Kori Schakevia Alabama Public Radio
Saturday, April 8, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Kori Schake discusses what the airstrikes on Syria will and have accomplished.

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Kori Schake: Trump's First 100 Days, Part Three

interview with Kori Schakevia Commonwealth Club
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Kori Schake joins a panel to discusses the first 100 days of the Trump presidency.

Interviews

Michael Petrilli: Charters Come To The Bluegrass State

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses charter schools in the Bluegrass State, which recently passed its first charter law.

In the News
In the News

Latrobe Native Who Teaches At Stanford Says Parties, Not People, Are Polarized

featuring Morris P. Fiorinavia TribLive
Friday, April 7, 2017

There is a “polarization of the political elites” in American politics with Republicans and Democrats on the extremes of the political spectrum, even though there is no evidence the public they serve is so split, a Stanford University political science professor said Friday at St. Vincent College.

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Legal Experts Question Whether Trump's Syria Strike Was Constitutional

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia The Intercept
Friday, April 7, 2017

It has become normal over the past 15 years for the morning news to report that the president has bombed an obscure terror group in a far-flung region of the world. These attacks take place without any public debate or a vote in Congress — despite the fact that the Constitution gives Congress alone the power “to declare war.”

In the News

The Curse Of The Cross Subsidy

quoting John H. Cochranevia Adam Smith Institute
Friday, April 7, 2017

John Cochrane's wrote an interesting piece on what he calls "the second original sin of healthcare regulation" (the first being the tax deductibility of employer provided group insurance of course). His post describes what's fundamentally broken about the US healthcare system, but his observation applies to far more than just healthcare.

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Is Rice’s ‘Crime’ The New ‘Wire Tapping’?

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Saturday, April 8, 2017

She apparently abused her power. His own worst enemy, Trump called it criminal, giving the media fodder for weeks.

In the News

Thought Of The Week

quoting Niall Fergusonvia Tenby Observer
Sunday, April 9, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow and Stanford historian Niall Ferguson hit the nail on the head recently when he suggested that “The Trump presidency seems to re-enact Jekyll and Hyde on a weekly basis”.

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California Gas Tax A Victory For Jerry Brown 2.0

quoting Bill Whalenvia San Jose Mercury News
Friday, April 7, 2017

The $52 billion transportation deal that would either become a hallmark of Gov. Jerry Brown’s legacy or a hard-fought political disaster hung in the balance late Thursday afternoon as the governor sat down outside an emergency meeting of the Democratic caucus, instantly drawing a crowd of reporters and photographers.

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Cancellation Of Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Australian Tour Is Regrettable

quoting Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Sydney Morning Herald
Sunday, April 9, 2017

Passing through Amman airport last month after the imposition of the US ban on carrying laptop computers in cabin baggage, counter-insurgency expert David Kilcullen had the flying dangers put in perspective by a Jordanian airline employee.

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Mark Pocan Wrongly Claims Donald Trump Had No Legal Authority To Launch Missile Attack On Syria

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia Politifact
Friday, April 7, 2017

The morning after the U.S. cruise missiles assault on a Syrian air base, U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan questioned the legal authority of President Donald Trump to order the attack.

In the News

Keynesian Economics Is Hot Again

mentioning Thomas J. Sargentvia Bloomberg
Monday, April 10, 2017

To the growing list of famous mainstream macroeconomists who have publicly criticized their discipline, add another: In a recent essay, Lawrence Christiano of Northwestern University argues that the Great Recession was an “earthquake” that dramatically changed how researchers think about the U.S. economy.

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Lifting The Veil: Hirsi Ali's Awkward Truths About Islam

featuring Ayaan Hirsi Alivia The Australian
Sunday, April 9, 2017

[Subscription Required] Last week’s media storm about the decision by Muslim reform advocate Ayaan Hirsi Ali to abandon her trip to Australia — and the spin various media put on the cancellation — is the ultimate culture war false narrative and highlights how debased our politics and media have become.

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8 Key Questions For Trump And The World After The Syria Strike

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia KQED
Saturday, April 8, 2017

President Trump made the biggest move of his presidency so far Thursday night — he struck Syrian military targets after an apparent chemical weapons attack allegedly ordered by Syria's Bashar Assad against his own people.

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Does Trump Need Congressional Approval To Strike Syria? The Debate, Explained.

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia Vox
Friday, April 7, 2017

It’s often easier, Congress has found, to just let the president do what he wants.