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Congress Forgot Investigations Should Be Connected To Legislation

by David Davenportvia The Washington Examiner
Monday, April 15, 2019

It’s not only in sports that “you can’t tell the players without a scorecard.” The huge number of Trump investigations, proposed and actual, would require a spreadsheet. The Justice Department and the New York Attorney General have many entries on that scorecard, but so does Congress. Congress still has several investigations going about Russia, White House security clearances, Trump’s tax returns and, oh wait, there is also Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., investigating Trump investigations.

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Striking Teachers Unions And Reforming Nevada Labor Law

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Las Vegas Review-Journal
Saturday, April 13, 2019

There is strike talk in the air from the Clark County Education Association. The bone of contention is what nationwide typically pits teachers unions against local school boards and politicians. The teachers want higher pay and better working conditions.

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Are There Any Limits To Illegal Immigration?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, April 14, 2019

The U.S.-Mexican border is essentially wide open. Why? Because there is a general expectation in Mexico and Latin America that American immigration law is unenforced. Or it is so bizarre that simple illegal entry almost always ensures temporary legal residence, pending an asylum hearing.

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A Message To All Professional Thinkers — We Either Hang Together Or We Hang Separately

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, April 15, 2019

Seventy years ago this month, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was established to protect Western Europe and the freedoms of its inhabitants from the threat of Soviet communism. It has become clear to me that we now need a similar organization to protect Western intellectuals from a growing threat to academic freedom.

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The Theory Behind My Disinvitation

by Harvey C. Mansfieldvia The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, April 14, 2019

If the purpose of speech is to get the better of one’s opponent, why not do it via censorship instead?

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

There Will Be Blood

by Adam J. Whitevia The Bulwark
Friday, April 12, 2019

Ceaseless partisan bloodletting won’t heal the nation’s political wounds.

Analysis and Commentary

The Testing Devil We Know Or...?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Tom Vander Ark is a very smart guy who cares deeply about education, has wide-ranging experience in it (including service as a district superintendent), and knows far more about technology than I do. I like and respect and often agree with him. And perhaps the grand, arguably utopian, scheme he is proposing by which to “end a century of standardized testing” can one day come to pass.

Analysis and Commentary

Perpetually Wrong Forecasts

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Friday, April 12, 2019

Torsten Slok of Deutsche Bank sends along the following fascinating graphs. The titles seem a little off. Yes, the market is expecting rate cuts (forward rate) but the market has been exactly wrong about everything for 10 years (and longer) first forecasting the recovery that never came, then forecasting much slower interest rate rises than actually happened. Survey expectations seem to match the forward curves well except perhaps at the very end.

Analysis and Commentary

Cory Booker Has A Dream: To Become Relevant Again

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Seven summers ago, then-Newark Mayor Cory Booker returned to his alma mater, Stanford University, to deliver that year’s commencement address. Booker’s is the sort of virtue-laden biography that Stanford loves to extol – a refined, courteous, cerebral football player who went on to a Rhodes scholarship and Yale Law School before making the pivot from a glidepath toward wealth to a nobler career in public service.

Analysis and Commentary

Jill Lepore On Nationalism, Populism, And The State Of America

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, April 15, 2019

Historian and author Jill Lepore talks about nationalism, populism, and the state of America with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Lepore argues that we need a new Americanism, a common story we share and tell ourselves. Along the way, topics in the conversation include populism, the rise of globalization, and the challenge of knowing what is true and what is false in the internet era.

Analysis and Commentary

Finding The Right Role For Social And Emotional Learning

by Paul E. Peterson with Chester E. Finn Jr.via The Education Exchange
Monday, April 15, 2019

What is social and emotional learning, how does it relate to academic learning, and how much should schools focus on it? Chester E. Finn, Jr., a distinguished senior fellow and president emeritus at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss “What Social and Emotional Learning Needs to Succeed and Survive,” a new paper co-written with Rick Hess.

Analysis and Commentary

A Private Jet May Break The Sound Barrier

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, April 12, 2019

The Concorde last flew in 2003. Aerion CEO Tom Vice plans a new 12-seat plane that can travel at Mach 1.4.

Analysis and Commentary

Bernie Sanders Discovers Value And Sanctity Of Private Property

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, April 14, 2019

“This is an event that we paid [the Bernie Sanders campaign] for. This is an event — we bought this space,” the campaign official explained when [Kaitlin] Bennett protested. “I’m going to ask you one more time,” he said before threatening to turn the matter over to security.

Analysis and Commentary

A Strong Indicator Of Economic Well-Being

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, April 13, 2019

For over a week, some neighbors of mine up the street put 3 nice-looking chairs in front of their house. It was their way of inviting passersby on a busy street to take the chairs. As I said, though, the chairs were there for over a week. I think they were finally picked up by the trash collector.

Interviews
Interviews

H.R. McMaster On Firing Line

via The Firing Line
Friday, April 12, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow H.R. McMaster discusses his time as President Trump’s National Security Adviser, his military career that spanned 30 years including service in both Iraq wars, the rise of a new generation of geopolitical threats, and what America needs to do to stay secure.

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H.R. McMaster on Firing Line with Margaret Hoover

featuring H. R. McMastervia Firing Line with Margaret Hoover
Friday, April 12, 2019

Retired Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster discusses his time as President Trump’s National Security Advisor, his military career that spanned 30 years including service in both Iraq wars, the rise of a new generation of geopolitical threats, and what America needs to do to stay secure.

Interviews

Shelby Steele On The Ricochet Podcast: Event Horizon (12:33)

interview with Shelby Steelevia Ricochet
Friday, April 12, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Shelby Steele discusses reparations.

Interviews

Raghuram Rajan: Global Economy Is ‘Slowing’ But Should 'Stabilize’

interview with Raghuram Rajanvia Yahoo Finance
Friday, April 12, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Raghuram Rajan discusses the stimulus that has been injected back into the system in China, and the Fed backing off in the US, which should be enough to stabilize the global economy even though we are slowing.

Interviews

John Yoo: Will Democrats Be Happy With A Redacted Mueller Report?

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo weighs in on growing tensions between Attorney General Bill Barr and Democratic lawmakers.

In the News
In the News

Friday Evening Links

quoting Thomas Sowellvia AEI
Friday, April 12, 2019

Black leaders have a vested interest in black dependency — on them and on the government that they can try to influence. We have now reached the point where virtually everything that serves black “leaders” — dependency, grievance-hunting, racial hype and paranoia — are major disservices to the cause of advancing blacks, at a time when their opportunities have never been better.

In the News

All That US Help To Poor Kids In School Makes No Difference At All

quoting Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Petersonvia Continental Telegraph
Sunday, April 14, 2019

At least, no great difference in the gap between poor kids and richer kids in achievements at school. Which is something of a pity because the US does spend a fortune on these things.

In the News

Towards Pax Technologica?

quoting Larry Diamondvia The Hindu
Sunday, April 14, 2019

A decade has passed since Larry Diamond, a political scientist at Stanford University, put forward the idea of a global “democratic recession”.

In the News

ECB Faces Stimulus Pressure Over Falling Inflation Outlook

quoting Melvyn B. Kraussvia Financial Times
Sunday, April 14, 2019

A technical measure of the inflation expectations of eurozone investors has fallen to its lowest level for three years, putting pressure on the European Central Bank to convince doubters that it is willing to use fresh stimulus to boost the region’s economy.

In the News

U.S. Democracy And Foreign Policy Since 1919

mentioning Condoleezza Rice, Niall Ferguson, Stephen D. Krasnervia CSPAN
Monday, April 15, 2019

Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice joins Hoover Institution senior fellows Stephen Krasner and Niall Ferguson in a conversation analyzing the changing role of U.S. democracy in foreign policy over the past hundred years.