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Analysis and Commentary

Unusual Nonsense

by Benjamin Wittesvia New Republic
Monday, April 28, 2008

The Supreme Court last week gave the country an object lesson in the absurdity of the Eighth Amendment--at least, as it is currently understood by the justices...

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Economics of college: Part III

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Saturday, April 26, 2008

Why does college cost so much?

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Twenty-Five Years Later, A Nation Still at Risk

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Wall Street Journal
Saturday, April 26, 2008

Today marks the 25th anniversary of "A Nation at Risk," the influential Reagan-era report by a blue-ribbon panel that alerted Americans to the weak performance of our education system...

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West Village to West Bank

by Niall Fergusonvia Financial Times
Saturday, April 26, 2008

Tony Judt is an intellectuals' intellectual...

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Education Next: Americans Vastly Underestimate Spending on Schools and Teacher Salaries, Survey Finds

with Education Nextvia Business Wire
Monday, April 28, 2008

Do Americans have an accurate grasp of how much is currently being spent on public education?...

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When there's a new sheriff in town

with Joseph D. McNamaravia Orange County Register
Sunday, April 27, 2008

Long before federal prosecutors filed seven federal corruption charges against former county Sheriff Mike Carona, astute observers (and even some not-so-astute ones) should have noticed the disreputable way the man once described by Larry King as "America's sheriff" was running the state's second-largest sheriff's department...

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Hillary Clinton risks rift in Democrats by ‘cheating’ black voters

with Shelby Steelevia Times
Sunday, April 27, 2008

The most senior black congressman in America had a tough warning for Hillary Clinton this weekend as she fought to wrest the Democratic presidential nomination from Barack Obama...

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So how much power do the commentators really wield?

with Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Sunday, April 27, 2008

British commentators usually disclaim much influence...

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Truth: Can You Handle It?

with Hoover Institutionvia Washington Post
Sunday, April 27, 2008

Inhabitants of the Wiki-world, consider these random but related events, most of which pertain to the under-25 set, all of which occurred in the past six months:...

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Divided nations to meet on ailing atom control pact

with George P. Shultz, William J. Perryvia Reuters
Sunday, April 27, 2008

More than 180 nations gather on Monday to seek elusive common ground on how to save the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty...

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It is ludicrous to dismiss us as neocon former extremists

with Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Sunday, April 27, 2008

Ziauddin Sardar's attack on Britain's first direct Muslim counter-extremism initiative, the Quilliam Foundation, was ill-informed in a number of ways (To lionise former extremists feeds anti-Muslim prejudice, April 24)...

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Freer Trade Could Fill the World’s Rice Bowl

with Milton Friedmanvia New York Times
Sunday, April 27, 2008

RISING food prices mean hunger for millions and also political unrest, as has already been seen in Haiti, Egypt and Ivory Coast...

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Dire warnings often taken with a grain of salt

with Chester E. Finn Jr.via Deseret News (UT)
Sunday, April 27, 2008

Maybe it's so hard to enact meaningful public education reforms in America because critics have been prone to overstate dire warnings through the years.

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Forum Held On Effectiveness Of School Grades

with Diane Ravitchvia NY1
Saturday, April 26, 2008

Every year, city students receive report cards on their school performances...

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How the Economy Really Works- Inflation, Money Supply and the Velocity of Money

with Milton Friedmanvia Market Oracle (U.K.)
Saturday, April 26, 2008

The late and great Milton Friedman told us that inflation is always and everywhere a monetary phenomenon...

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Who gets the racist vote?

with Victor Davis Hansonvia World on the Web
Saturday, April 26, 2008

Despite the fact that Obama says he wants his campaign to transcend race, exit polls and election anecdotes seem to reveal another shameful truth: Some people aren’t going to vote for a black candidate, and others are going to put up vocal, overt and racist opposition...

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United States Reducing Nuclear Weapons at an Extraordinary Pace

with George P. Shultz, William J. Perryvia News Blaze (CA)
Saturday, April 26, 2008

All three candidates for president of the United States have expressed support for nuclear arms reductions and strengthening the 1970 treaty governing nuclear nonproliferation...

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The evolution of democracy in Nepal

with Larry Diamondvia Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)
Saturday, April 26, 2008

In the two years since the sidelining of Nepal’s monarchy in April 2006, and the restoration of a democracy that promised a more inclusive polity, the country has been characterised by a surge of ethno-nationalism...

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CHI to Host Conversation with George Shultz, Leading Economists, and Biomedical Industry to Address Healthcare Reform and Income Security

with George P. Shultz, John Shovenvia Business Wire
Friday, April 25, 2008

George Shultz, Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution, and John Shoven, Director, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, co-authors of Putting Our House in Order: A Guide to Social Security & Health Care Reform, and Victor Fuchs, Stanford University Professor of Economics and of Health Research and Policy, Emeritus, as moderator...

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From Obama to the Wild Bunch

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Friday, April 25, 2008

What strange paradoxes: the more the Democrats tried to show their egalitarian fides, they more they crafted an undemocratic nominating process; the more Obama talked of transcending race, the more he appealed to racial solidarity; the more Bill Clinton stumped and shook hands, the more he threw away his legacy; and the more Hillary and Barack slurred McCain as a right-wing nut, the more they repaired his relations with the his conservative base...

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Outside View: Overcoming nuclear legacy

with George P. Shultz, William J. Perryvia United Press International
Friday, April 25, 2008

Perhaps it says something about the "positive" state of Russian-American relations that the recent Bush-Putin Sochi summit could take place at all against the backdrop of Moscow's strenuous opposition to NATO expansion and Washington's plans to build a ballistic defense in neighboring countries...

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Undoing America's Ethanol Mistake

with Milton Friedmanvia Investor's Business Daily
Friday, April 25, 2008

The Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman once said, "One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results."...

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Government Got What It Asked for in Housing Bust: Caroline Baum

with Gary S. Beckervia Bloomberg
Friday, April 25, 2008

In its rush to hold hearings, assign blame and seek redress for the collapse of the housing market, the U.S. Congress has looked every which way but inward...

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Families and percentiles

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Friday, April 25, 2008

As I have written here before, looking at slices of the population over time is a very misleading indicator of what happens to particular families over time, particularly when family composition is changing...

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Whitman doing her homework for GOP gov run?

with George P. Shultz, John F. Coganvia San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, April 25, 2008

Take it to the bank: powerhouse former Ebay CEO Meg Whitman has been quietly doing all the right the groundwork to seriously explore a 2010 Republican run for governor...

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Avoiding a 'Soylent Green' Future

with Gary S. Beckervia US News and World Report
Thursday, April 24, 2008

Here is something to keep in mind concerning the sudden Soylent Green hysteria about rising food prices: Resources are limited only by the imagination and creativity of people operating in a free marketplace...

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Hoover Institution Library and Archives Open Exhibit Highlighting the Role of Soviet Dissidents and Their Supporters in the West

with Yuri Yarim-Agaevvia Business Wire
Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Hoover Institution Library and Archives exhibition, To Choose Freedom: Soviet Dissidents and Their Supporters, offers a glimpse into the era of repression that followed the “thaw” of the Khrushchev years and extended through the perestroika and glasnost era of the 1980s...

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Fed boss gets aggressive in battle with Depression

with Milton Friedmanvia Bloomberg
Thursday, April 24, 2008

The event was a 2002 conference at the University of Chicago to celebrate the Nobel laureate Milton Friedman's 90th birthday...

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Fighting for a piece of Clio

with Diane Ravitchvia Economist
Thursday, April 24, 2008

THREE years ago Bob Huff, a newly-elected Republican assemblyman, voted for a bill that would have pressed schools to teach pupils more about Filipinos' role in the second world war...

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Can Bush attack again?

with John Abizaidvia Al-Ahram (Egypt)
Thursday, April 24, 2008

At a time of ongoing talks between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), of diplomatic efforts by a group of UN Security Council members to persuade Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment activities, and coordination between Washington and Tehran over Iraq to the extent of forming joint security committees, a dangerous current is pushing in the polar opposite direction and gaining momentum...

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Tsvangirai on Mbeki, The Fed's Interest Rate Dilemma, and Hillary's Comeback

with Timothy Garton Ashvia Council on Foreign Relations
Thursday, April 24, 2008

A selection of op-eds and editorials from the U.S. and around the world...

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Focus on Issues: Economics and the Environment

with Laura E. Huggins, Henry I. Miller, Terry Anderson, Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Institution
Thursday, April 24, 2008

According to a popular website devoted to Earth Day, earthdaynetwork.com, approximately 1 billion people were expected to participate in Earth Day events across the globe...

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Comment: Time to reform teacher pay schedules

with Eric Hanushekvia San Antonio Express-News
Thursday, April 24, 2008

As the cost of food, fuel and electricity continues to increase, school officials inevitably face trying to do more with less...

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Walking a tightrope

with Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Wednesday, April 23, 2008

There's a long-running joke among British Asians that they never get an event started on time...