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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Internal Combustion

by Abbas Milanivia New Republic
Monday, August 3, 2009

Ever since the June 12 election, the world has seen signs of serious rifts in the ranks of the Islamic regime in Iran...

Analysis and Commentary

Why Was Biden There?

by Tunku Varadarajan with Shelby Steelevia Forbes
Monday, August 3, 2009

Here are five thoughts--four whimsical, one relatively serious--on the beer summit at the White House, hosted by President Obama for Professor Gates of Harvard and Sergeant Crowley of the Cambridge Police, with Vice-President Biden in attendance...

Analysis and Commentary

From Emmitt Till to Skip Gates

by Shelby Steelevia Wall Street Journal
Saturday, August 1, 2009

If the Henry Louis Gates imbroglio makes anything clear it is that, in 2009, the mere implication of racial profiling in the arrest of a black professor...

Analysis and Commentary

Letter: It’s Worth the Trouble To Value Toxic Assets

by John B. Taylor, Kenneth E. Scottvia Wall Street Journal
Saturday, August 1, 2009

The letters (July 27) on our July 20 op-ed on the complexity and pricing difficulty of toxic assets raise practical issues...

In the News
In the News

The Ascent of Money

with Niall Fergusonvia PBS
Monday, August 3, 2009

In the four-hour version of THE ASCENT OF MONEY, historian and author Niall Ferguson seeks to explain the financial history of the world, exploring how our complex system of global finance evolved over the centuries, how money has shaped the course of human affairs and how the mechanics of this economic system work to create seemingly unlimited wealth—or catastrophic loss...

In the News

Taxpayer cost per student soars in region

with Michael J. Petrillivia Examiner (DC)
Monday, August 3, 2009

Educating a public school student in the Washington, D.C., region costs taxpayers about 45 percent more than it did in 2002, according to district budget figures, with that robust influx of dollars funding only modest gains in student performance...

In the News

Trotsky with Hitchens and Service: Chapter 1 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with Christopher Hitchens, Robert Servicevia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, August 3, 2009

Christopher Hitchens and Robert Service introduce Leon Trotsky, whom Service describes as “one of the half-dozen outstanding Marxist revolutionaries.”...

In the News

Graham on Start-ups, Innovation, and Creativity

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, August 3, 2009

Paul Graham, essayist, programmer and partner in the y-combinator talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about start-ups, innovation, and creativity...

In the News

The Growth in Obesity

by Gary S. Beckervia Becker-Posner Blog
Sunday, August 2, 2009

The weight of the average male and female began to grow sharply around 1980 not only in the United States but also in all other developed countries...

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Education reformers push for school funding alternatives

with Michael J. Petrillivia Examiner (DC)
Sunday, August 2, 2009

Putting the brakes on school spending without stripping students of quality will require revolutionizing how districts are funded, and some experts say the timing couldn’t be better...

In the News

10 Reasons Why American Healthcare Is Better Than You've Been Told

with Scott W. Atlasvia Corner (National Review Online)
Saturday, August 1, 2009

From Hoover's Scott Atlas (who's also the head of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical School:...

In the News

China dips its toe in the Black Sea

with Niall Fergusonvia Asia Times
Saturday, August 1, 2009

Like the star gazers who last week watched the longest total solar eclipse of the 21st century, diplomatic observers had a field day watching the penumbra of big power politics involving the United States, Russia and China, which constitutes one of the crucial phenomena of 21st-century world politics...

In the News

Conspiracy Trial for 100 Dissidents Begins in Iran

with Abbas Milanivia New York Times
Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Iranian authorities opened an extraordinary mass trial against more than 100 opposition figures on Saturday, accusing them of conspiring with foreign powers to stage a revolution through terrorism, subversion, and a media campaign to discredit last month’s presidential election...

In the News

Crisis Tests Relevance of Americas Group

with William Ratliffvia Wall Street Journal
Saturday, August 1, 2009

The Organization of American States took shape after World War II as a mini United Nations for the Western Hemisphere -- and just like the U.N., it has struggled for decades to prove its effectiveness...

In the News

Where Are We Investing Our Education Dollars?

by Michael J. Petrillivia Corner (National Review Online)
Friday, July 31, 2009

The teachers unions are learning that even their friends within the Democratic party won't defend the indefensible, such as protecting bad instructors from losing their jobs...

In the News

The downside of a standardized curriculum

with Diane Ravitchvia Oregonian
Friday, July 31, 2009

Rick LaGreide's "In My Opinion" piece in The Sunday Oregonian of July 26 -- a rebuttal to a previous commentary written by Bill Bigelow the previous Sunday -- begins with a false distinction, a distinction that is all too common in current education policy...

In the News

Recession's end near?

with Niall Fergusonvia CNN
Sunday, July 26, 2009

Are we done with this recession?...