Could a black, Republican, female military hero who once helped reunite our country do so again? The Trump administration has vacillated on whether or not to place Harriet Tubman on the new $20 bill, but confirming this choice would be smart for the president, his party, and the nation.
President Trump’s revocation of former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance brings together in an unfortunate way two pathological trends in the Trump era, and highlights the conundrum of the former intelligence official who wishes to speak out against the president’s attacks on the Russia investigation and the intelligence community more generally.
Political scientist Lilliana Mason of the University Maryland and author of Uncivil Agreement talks about the book with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Mason argues that political partisanship has become stronger in America in recent years because it aligns with other forms of community and identity.
The Boston Public Schools will be led by an interim superintendent this fall, since former superintendent Tommy Chang was asked by the mayor of Boston to step down last June. Steve Poftak talks with Paul E. Peterson about some of the challenges that have faced, and will continue to face, the school district, including debates over school start times, diversity levels at exam schools, whether the student assignment system is causing segregation, transportation costs, and what happens next for BPS.
Earlier this month, I went to the Winnipeg airport to fly home. One sign of a good vacation, for me at least, is that I’m so relaxed at the end that I forget to check carefully what time my flight leaves. I did that this year. For some reason, I had etched in my mind the idea that my flight from Winnipeg to Denver left at 4:30 p.m. So I took one last somewhat leisurely visit with my friend and mentor, Clancy Smith. At about 2:10 p.m., I left his house to stop at a drug store to find chocolate bars that I have trouble finding in the United States. I dropped off my car at the Winnipeg airport and got to the United kiosk just shy of 2:55 p.m. Lots of time, I thought.
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren has proposed a novel way to reform corporate governance. It would require companies with more than $1 billion in revenue to get a corporate charter from the federal government (rather than from an individual state), which in turn would require a commitment to a broad range of stakeholders, including not just shareholders but also employees and the communities in which the businesses operate. In addition, federally chartered companies would be required to let workers elect 40% of board members.
The rupee on Thursday hit a fresh record low of Rs 70.32/USD for the second consecutive day in row, but former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan, in an interaction with CNBC, said that he was not too concerned about the domestic currency as "it is more a factor of dollar strength rather than necessarily rupee weakness".
One of the most common questions we hear in response to the decline of our culture and to the conflict that has ensued from that erosion is “How can Americans change?” “How do we avoid the ‘veritable civil war’ that might be coming to our country?”
Things are shifting in the economic policy world. John Cochrane, an economist at the Hoover Institution and a staunch free-marketer, has been a leading critic of Obamacare and an advocate of a laissez-faire approach to health care.
“The minimum wage law very clearly is misnamed. The real minimum wage is zero. That is what many inexperienced and low skilled people receive as a result of legislation that makes it illegal to pay them what they are currently worth to an employer,” wrote Thomas Sowell, noted economist, social theorist, and Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, in Basic Economics: A Citizen’s Guide to the Economy.
The bull run in the stock-market may soon come to an end, Martin Feldstein, the economist who chaired US president Ronald Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers from 1982 to 1984, tells CNBC. “If it is not a bubble, it is very close” to one. Feldstein points out that “the S&P 500 price-earnings ratio is now more than 50% higher than it has been on average historically, so that’s way out of line and it makes the whole situation very fragile”.
At a time when parents, politicians and universities all want more students to go to college and graduate on time, the idea of letting them take college courses while in high school seems a great solution. Dual-credit or dual-enrollment programs let high school students earn college credit, get them used to college-level work, give them a head start toward degrees and save them money on courses they won’t need to pay for later.
Despite attempts by their leadership to tamp down pre-midterm impeachment talk, the Democrats are clearly anxious to remove President Trump from office if the voters are crazy enough to grant them a majority in the House this fall. The only question involves the pretext Pelosi, et al., will use to justify the coup. Their last impeachment resolution, introduced by Texas Rep. Al Green, didn’t list any actual crimes or misdemeanors and it’s unlikely that the Mueller investigation will produce enough evidence of wrongdoing to impeach a ham sandwich. So, what’s a Trump-deranged Democrat to do? Nail him for Obamacare sabotage, of course.
CNN's Jake Tapper fact-checked Democratic socialists Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) during a segment that aired on Friday over their claims that a study funded by the Koch brothers showed that universal health care would save the U.S. government money.
India could brave the global financial tsunami about a decade ago because of its resilient economy and the robustness of its financial institution. This was backed by most experts who had explained the meltdown of 2008. Finance ministry’s carefully calibrated policies and prudent functioning of Indian bankers under the watchful eyes of the banking sector regulator, the Reserve Bank of India, were credited for the financial stability.
More than 7,000 women applied for the honor of serving their country as telephone operators with the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Only 450 were accepted. Among them was Marine City resident Oleda Ruth Joure Christides, who was one of the 223 women deployed to France during World War I as part of a unit that came to be known as the “Hello Girls.”