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A Sorry Tale Of Two Investigations

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, December 16, 2019

The Democrats overplayed their hand in the impeachment proceedings and the FBI probe.

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A Brexit Victory For Britain — And Boris

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, December 16, 2019

Britain has led again — but not in the wrong direction I had feared.

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The Battle For EU Membership Is Lost, But A European England Is Still Possible

by Timothy Garton Ashvia The Guardian
Saturday, December 14, 2019

With Brexit now a certainty, we can still champion the values we share with millions of other Europeans.

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When Hate Becomes An Agenda

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, December 15, 2019

Trump so infuriated his opponents that, rather than find arguments to convince a majority of Americans that the president’s policies were flawed, his enemies instead sought to destroy him.

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Chiang Ching-Kuo: His Time And Legacy In Taiwan

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The Hoover Institution hosted "Chiang Ching-kuo: His Time and Legacy in Taiwan" on Tuesday, December 17, 2019 from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. PST.

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Analysis and Commentary
The Classicist with Victor Davis Hanson:
Analysis and Commentary

The Classicist: The Impeachment Farce

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Saturday, December 14, 2019

How House Democrats’ attempt to undermine President Trump backfired.

Analysis and Commentary

Binyamin Appelbaum On The Economists' Hour

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, December 16, 2019

Journalist and author Binyamin Appelbaum of the New York Times talks about his book, The Economists' Hour, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Appelbaum blames the triumph of free-market ideology for the rise in inequality and the decline in growth rates over the last half-century. The result is a lively, civil conversation about the economic events over that time period and the role of economists in changing economic policy.

Analysis and Commentary

What If The Democrats Held A Debate And No One Attended? California May Soon Find Out

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Sunday, December 15, 2019

To the age-old question of the falling tree, the forest and what if any sound exists, I give you this week’s Democratic presidential debate in Los Angeles.

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: Poverty Rate In America On The Decline

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, December 16, 2019

Bruce Meyer, the McCormick Foundation Professor at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss his annual report on U.S. consumption poverty, which reveals that poverty has fallen sharply in the past 50 years.

Analysis and Commentary

Providing For Customers

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, December 14, 2019

Q: You embody a form of capitalism and entrepreneurship without romance. Where does that come from? A: I believe that the DNA of a business is to provide to its constituents. Customers come No. 1; No. 2 are employees; and somewhere in there are the shareholders. You who started it, you’re last.

Analysis and Commentary

Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party Blowout Win In Britain On December 12, 2019, Foretells President Trump’s Reelection In 2020

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Monday, December 16, 2019

President Trump will be reelected in 2020. The Hoover Institution lists 200 Fellows on its website. Some are full-time, some part-time, some in residence, some off-campus, some short-term visitors, some long-term visitors, and so on. Of the 200 or so affiliated with Hoover in 2016, I was the only Fellow to predict that Trump would win.

Analysis and Commentary

Sunk Costs In Foreign Policy

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, December 13, 2019

And then there was the manner in which Trump conducted himself personally. In an astonishing display of insensitivity, during a 2017 meeting about how to best prosecute the Afghan war, Trump said in Kelly’s presence that the young American soldiers who had died in Afghanistan had died for a worthless cause. 

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Interviews

Michael Auslin On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, December 14, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses his Wall Street Journal article "China Sends a Superhero to the Batcave."

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John Yoo: Boris And Blighty’s Big Day

interview with John Yoovia The Ricochet Podcast
Friday, December 13, 2019

(46:44) Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo walks us through the impeachment events with lots of legal insight and analysis. 

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Markos Kounalakis: How Misinformation Was Spread Ahead Of U.K. Election

interview with Markos Kounalakisvia CBS News
Sunday, December 15, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Markos Kounalakis discusses what lessons we can learn concerning foreign and domestic disinformation campaigns from the recent UK elections.

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Hoover Institution Library & Archives Reading Room
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Hoover Library & Archives Reading Room Reopening 2020

Thursday, December 12, 2019

In preparation for the construction of the Hoover Institution’s new George P. Shultz Building, the Hoover Institution Library & Archives has been working over the past year on a project to relocate archival collection material housed in the Lou Henry Hoover (LHH) Building to secure off-site storage. 

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The Field Guide To Tyranny

featuring Frank Diköttervia The New Yorker
Monday, December 16, 2019

Dictatorship has, in one sense, been the default condition of humanity. The basic governmental setup since the dawn of civilization could be summarized, simply, as taking orders from the boss. Big chiefs, almost invariably male, tell their underlings what to do, and they do it, or they are killed.

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Friday Short Cuts

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Patriot Post
Friday, December 13, 2019

“Trump’s many enemies fear he will be re-elected in 2020, given a booming economy and peace abroad. They know that they cannot remove him from office. And yet they fear that the more they try to stain him with impeachment, the more frustrated and unpopular they will become. Yet, like end-stage addicts, they simply cannot stop the behavior that is consuming them.” —Victor Davis Hanson

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Why Foreign Aid Benefits Cronies, Not Touted Recipients

quoting Thomas Sowellvia The Epoch Times
Friday, December 13, 2019

Wealth-redistribution schemes “end up redistributing poverty,” economist Thomas Sowell once said. While he was referring to individuals, the dictum also applies to countries.

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After Exposing Surveillance Errors In Trump Probe, Inspector General Looks For A Pattern

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia The Washington Post
Saturday, December 14, 2019

The Justice Department watchdog is investigating whether the alarming errors revealed in a wiretap application for one of President Trump’s former campaign aides were one-offs or indicative of systemic flaws in the government’s use of its most intrusive, secretive and powerful surveillance tool.

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Slovak Corruption: Enemy Of Democracy, Ally Of Extremism

quoting Timothy Garton Ashvia Reporting Democracy
Monday, December 16, 2019

Unlike some of their neighbors, Slovakia’s nationalist-populists lack a coherent illiberal vision — but that does not make them any less dangerous in a state corroded by corruption.

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Rage Across India Over New Citizenship Law

quoting Raghuram Rajanvia Asia Times
Friday, December 13, 2019

Violent protests broke out across India after the Narendra Modi government pushed through amendments to India’s citizenship laws that now use religion as a criteria to exclude Muslims from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. So far, four people have been killed and scores injured as protests continue to grow.

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How Fiscal Policy Drives Inflation

cited John H. Cochranevia Chicago Booth Review
Friday, December 13, 2019

In recent years, as the US economy has slowly recovered from the Great Recession, a puzzle has emerged: Where is the inflation? Despite a historically low unemployment rate, and interest rates that remain low by historical standards, inflation in the United States sits stubbornly below the Federal Reserve’s target rate of 2 percent. 

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Economic Impact: Should The U.S. Consider Modern Monetary Theory To Improve Economy?

cited Thomas J. Sargentvia Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA)
Sunday, December 15, 2019

The U.S. budget deficit reached $984 billion in 2019. That’s 4.6% of gross domestic product. Such a large deficit should cause interest rates to rise, according to traditional economic theory, because government debt “crowds out” private sector debt.

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Calculating ROI On Education: Earning A College Is Also About Signaling Value

cited Michael Spencevia Financial Express
Monday, December 16, 2019

Every year millions of Indians receive an asset that promises to be the master key to a well-paying job, i.e. a bachelor’s degree, earning which is an achievement. For the vast majority of the millennials, however, this prized possession is turning out to be quite a dud.

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Predication Is For Chumps: The Sorry Lesson Linking Crossfire Hurricane To Robert Hanssen

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia American Thinker
Sunday, December 15, 2019

At approximately 8 PM on Sunday, February 18, 2001, there was a knock on my front door. At the time I was a Special Agent (SA) with the FBI, so imagine my shock when I opened the door and found the two top officials in the Division on my doorstep. I knew this couldn't possibly be good news, but they quickly sought to reassure me.

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The Democrats’ Bad Poker Faces

quoting John Yoovia Powerline
Thursday, December 12, 2019

Everyone who plays poker is familiar with the “tell,” that is, a nervous tic or subtle mannerism that betrays when a player has a strong or bluff hand. I think the Democrats’ behavior this week includes several “tells” that their impeachment hand is weak, and might cause them to lose the whole political pot next year.

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Iraqi Protesters Are Mostly Shiite. And This Identity Is Shaping How They Protest.

mentioning Hoover Institutionvia The Washington Post
Saturday, December 14, 2019

On Tuesday, Iraqi protesters from the southern provinces planned to gather in the holy city of Karbala to march to Baghdad’s Tahrir Square. Although they were prevented from entering Karbala by tribal actors affiliated with the state, their decision to gather in Karbala is steeped in Shiite symbolism. Karbala is home to the shrine of Shi’ism’s most revolutionary figure, Imam Al-Hussein.