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What In The Sam Hill Are Cows Doing On Sand Hill Road?

by Lee Ohanian, Edward Prescottvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, December 1, 2017

[Subscription Required] They’re eating the priciest grass in America, thanks to California’s out-of-control land-use rules.

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The Plot Behind Saudi Arabia’s Fight With Qatar

by Ayaan Hirsi Alivia The New York Times
Monday, December 4, 2017

In June, Saudi Arabia — along with two other Persian Gulf states and Egypt — picked a fight with Qatar, on the grounds that the country is funding Islamic terrorism. The move was almost satirical, given that Saudi Arabia itself has long funded the spread of fundamentalist Salafi Islam, which is often associated with extremism.

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Private Governance, Public Governance And Sexual Harassment

by Russell Robertsvia Medium
Monday, December 4, 2017

I generally favor private, voluntary solutions to social problems over government mandated solutions. Some private solutions involve business. Others involve charities or foundations. But I’m not an anarchist. There are many things the government does better than the private sector — defense, police, the courts, enforcing property rights and protecting the environment. 

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Reasonable Searches In The Digital Age

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, December 4, 2017

The Fourth Amendment doesn’t prohibit the tracking of private individuals. 

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Redefining 'Winners And Losers' On Taxes

by Timothy Kanevia Real Clear Politics
Sunday, December 3, 2017

Who wins and who loses when Congress passes, and President Trump signs, the most consequential tax reform in decades? This question in itself has spun out of control.

Analysis and Commentary

Rachel Laudan On Food Waste

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, December 4, 2017

Historian Rachel Laudan talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about food waste. Laudan argues that much of the alleged wasting of food serves a purpose and reducing waste would have costs that exceed the benefits. 

Analysis and Commentary

The Cost Of Trump's Attacks On The FBI

by Jack Goldsmithvia The Atlantic
Monday, December 4, 2017

When cabinet officials don’t push back on Trump’s efforts to delegitimize their agencies, they leave their staff frustrated and demoralized.

Analysis and Commentary

Social Media, Fake News, And Free Speech

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Monday, December 4, 2017

Free speech has come under attack on two fronts since Donald Trump was elected president. Many unhappy with his victory charge that Russia interfered in our election on his behalf by using social media like Facebook and Twitter, which should be held responsible for the content on their sites.

Analysis and Commentary

The Inverse-Hirschman Scenario

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, December 4, 2017

I call attention to the Inverse-Hirschman scenario's twist for a specific historical reason. It basically describes another historical situation--this one in Charlottesville, Virginia in the spring of 1959, amidst ongoing court orders to desegregate.

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College Credit While In High School

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Friday, December 1, 2017

Like pumpkin-spice lattes during autumn, ways of getting college credit during high school (CCHS) are big business nowadays, whether one is looking at such tried-and-true vehicles as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate or fast-growing newcomers like dual credit, dual enrollment, early-college high schools and P-tech schools.

Analysis and Commentary

Vladimir Kogan Replies On Sabotage

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Vladimir Kogan, one of the co-authors of the study I recently criticized on Republicans "sabotaging" the implantation of Obamacare, wrote me on November 27. I replied to him on November 29 and he replied to my reply the same day. Given that the issues he raised are of more-general interest, I asked his consent to my posting our whole discussion on EconLog.

Interviews
Interviews

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Sunday, December 3, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Let Them Bake Cake."

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Kiron Skinner: US Emerging As The Leader In Taking On The North Korea Threat?

interview with Kiron K. Skinnervia Fox Business
Monday, December 4, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Kiron Skinner discusses sanctions, THAAD, layered defenses, and the US efforts to stop the mounting threat from North Korea.

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Robotics, Artificial Intelligence Central To US Security: Kiron Skinner

interview with Kiron K. Skinnervia Yahoo! Finance
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Kiron Skinner discusses how hacking, robotics, and artificial intelligence have become very important in developing the US economy and protecting its national interests.

In the News
In the News

Should The Internet Be Regulated?

featuring Jack Goldsmithvia The New York Times
Friday, December 1, 2017

The Federal Communications Commission’s plan to roll back net neutrality has sparked intense debate; those in favor worry that deregulation would limit access to information in a way that disproportionally affects vulnerable populations, while opponents argue that the market naturally regulates itself without government interference. 

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America’s Role On The World Stage: A Conversation With NBC News And MSNBC

featuring Michael McFaulvia Commonwealth Club
Monday, December 4, 2017

The national security experts and intelligence contributors of NBC News join Andrea Mitchell, NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” for a panel discussion on the United States’ role on the global stage and its position as a world leader in diplomatic scenarios.

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The Upside Of Giving Up On North Korea

quoting Michael R. Auslinvia Gulf News (Dubai)
Saturday, December 2, 2017

United States Ambassador Nikki Haley’s remarks last week at the United Nations, after North Korea’s latest missile test, sounded like what a superpower should say: If war comes, “the North Korean regime will be utterly destroyed”. If China doesn’t cut off oil to the Hermit Kingdom, “we can take the oil situation into our own hands”.

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Dismantling Common Core & Improving Idaho's Schools

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Idaho State Journal
Friday, December 1, 2017

There are few things more important than our children’s education. I know that from experience — as the father of five kids who attended Idaho public schools, and as the son of a single mom who pushed me to go as far as I could with my education.

Photographic portrait of the “Great and Generous Leader,” Joseph Stalin.
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Anthony Sattin’s Best History Books Of 2017

mentioning Stephen Kotkinvia The Guardian
Sunday, December 3, 2017

You need time to savor Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, in which Stephen Kotkin fills 900 close-typed pages with an epic telling of how Stalin consolidated power, killed millions of his citizens and then miscalculated Hitler’s intentions.

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Department Of Defense Announces New Defense Policy Board Members

mentioning Kiron K. Skinnervia United States Department of Defense
Friday, December 1, 2017

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis yesterday announced J.D. Crouch will chair the Defense Policy Board. Crouch, a former assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor, is currently the chief executive officer and the president of the United Services Organization.

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Women Under Islam

mentioning Ayaan Hirsi Alivia City Journal
Friday, December 1, 2017

A feminist takes an unblinking look at gender repression in the Muslim world.