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America's Proud Legacy Of Liberty

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Friday, December 27, 2019

As the second decade of the 21st century draws to a close, the American experiment in free and democratic self-government confronts two decisive challenges. One stems from an illiberal and anti-democratic great power abroad. The other arises from an obdurate attack on America’s commitment to freedom and democracy at home. Despite disparate sources, they are interconnected: To meet the challenge from without, the United States must prevail over the challenge from within.

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Trump’s ‘Failures’

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, December 29, 2019
The Left, far better than the NeverTrump Right, grasped that Trump is succeeding, and that it has little traction in demanding economic, energy, immigration, trade, and regulatory alternatives.
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Stalin Did Not Want An Iron Curtain To Descend, Stanford Historian Norman Naimark Says

interview with Norman M. Naimarkvia Stanford News
Thursday, December 26, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Norman Naimark discusses his book Stalin and the Fate of Europe: The Postwar Struggle for Sovereignty, as well as his research on the postwar order in Europe.

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In 2019, There's Still No Room At The Inn For Christmas

by David Davenport mentioning Morris P. Fiorinavia The Washington Examiner
Wednesday, December 25, 2019

In the Biblical story, the first Christmas occurred in a stable because there was no room at the inn for Joseph and Mary. Sadly, in many quarters, there is still no room at the inn for Christ and Christmas as elites seek to cleanse the public square of anything religious.

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Strategika Issue 62: Is The Mediterranean Still Geo-strategically Essential?

via Hoover Daily Report
Monday, December 30, 2019

Strategika Issue 62 is now available online. Strategika is an online journal that analyzes ongoing issues of national security in light of conflicts of the past—the efforts of the Military History Working Group of historians, analysts, and military personnel focusing on military history and contemporary conflict.

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Recalling The Battle Of The Bulge

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Patriot Post
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Seventy-five years ago, at the Battle of the Bulge (fought from Dec. 16, 1944, to Jan. 25, 1945), the United States suffered more casualties than in any other battle in its history. Some 19,000 Americans were killed, 47,500 wounded and 23,000 reported missing.

Analysis and Commentary

Ignored Evidence From A Kremlin Insider

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Washington Times
Monday, December 23, 2019

The Mueller report revealed that the one true Putin intimate, testifying under oath before the FBI, cast serious doubt on Vladimir Putin’s preference for Donald Trump. Was this crucial fact ignored because it rejects the “Putin prefers Trump” narrative at the core of the anti-Trump movement?

Analysis and Commentary

Trump Bringing More Transparency And Accountability To Government Bureaucracies

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Townhall
Friday, December 27, 2019

It’s not something that gets a lot of attention from the media, but the regulatory reforms undertaken by the Trump Administration have been critical to keeping the American economy strong. President Trump has led efforts to roll back red tape by cutting over 8 regulations for every new one that’s been put in place. This action alone will save American households an estimated $3,100 each year.

Analysis and Commentary

We Have Lost The War On Christmas

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Wednesday, December 25, 2019

The “war on Christmas” meme popular this time of year hasn’t been as intense as usual. Of course, there are still a few examples such as a Santa Hat embedded in Microsoft open source coding, which a developer discovered and demanded be removed, comparing it to a swastika. 

Analysis and Commentary

Is The Mediterranean Still Geo-Strategically Essential?

by Barry Strauss via Strategika
Friday, December 27, 2019

The Mediterranean Sea is today, as it has always been, a crossroads. The name itself testifies to that, as it means “the sea in the middle of the earth,” a Latin term reflecting an earlier Greek belief. We know better, or do we? From Syria to Libya and on the high seas, and with outside players including China, Iran, Russia, and the United States, the Mediterranean has re-emerged of late as a cockpit of conflict. 

Analysis and Commentary

Kimberly Clausing On Open And The Progressive Case For Free Trade

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, December 30, 2019

Economist and author Kimberly Clausing of Reed College talks about her book Open with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Clausing, a self-described progressive, argues that the United States should continue to embrace free trade but she argues for other interventions to soften the impact of trade on workers and communities.

Mexican Flag
Analysis and Commentary

New Trade Agreement With U.S. Could Breathe New Life Into Mexico’s Economy

by Markos Kounalakisvia Miami Herald
Friday, December 27, 2019

Zonkeys are a unique animal inhabiting this Mexican border town and found mainly along the central commercial drag on Avenida Revolución. A zonkey is a donkey painted white with dark zebra stripes in order to stand out in its unnatural habitat and attract both sober and drunk visitors onto their saddles and into pricey tourist photos.

Analysis and Commentary

Indian Health Service For All?

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, December 25, 2019

I read a recent WSJ article on the U.S. Indian Health Service a few months ago. The basic idea is that the IHS is doing a bad job.

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How Government Agencies Hamper Infrastructure Development

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
A half-century earlier, when Robert Moses had been in his prime, New York state wouldn’t have needed to depend on private developers, if only because Moses would have had the authority to shape and finance the project to his own liking.
Analysis and Commentary

Some Of My Top Books

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, December 26, 2019

I can’t come up with lists like “these are the books I’m reading this Christmas holiday” because I read at most two books at a time slowly and methodically. For my bedtime reading, which gets me through about 10 pages before I get sleepy and turn out the light, I’m reading Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr and learning what a jerk Alexander Hamilton was.

Interviews
Interviews

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "A Sorry Tale Of Two Investigations."

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Victor Davis Hanson: Media Feels 'Justified By The Noble End Of Removing' Trump

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Friday, December 27, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses Rachel Maddow's hope that the Steel dossier was true and Hanson notes that the mainstream media has not learned anything from the 2016 presidential election of Donald Trump, saying they feel "justified" in trying to remove him from office.

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Niall Ferguson On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1 of 3)

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, December 26, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses his book Civilization: The West and the Rest.

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Kiron Skinner: US Conducts Airstrike Against Iran-Backed Militia

interview with Kiron K. Skinnervia Fox Business
Monday, December 30, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Kiron Skinner discusses the violence in the Middle East and what the Trump administration is doing to combat it.

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Raghuram Rajan: 2020 And Africa's Decade For Trade

interview with Raghuram Rajanvia BBC
Monday, December 23, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Raghuram Rajan notes that trading under the new African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) will commence in July 2020 promising to open borders, cut tariffs, and boost intra-African trade by more than 50%.

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House Of Mystery True Crime History: In Hoffa's Shadow By Jack Goldsmith

interview with Jack Goldsmithvia House of Mystery Radio
Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jack Goldsmith discusses his recent book In Hoffa's Shadow: A Stepfather, a Disappearance in Detroit, and My Search for the Truth.

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Kiron Skinner: North Korea Fails To Deliver ‘Christmas Surprise'

interview with Kiron K. Skinnervia Fox Business
Thursday, December 26, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Kiron Skinner shares her insights on U.S.-North Korea relations.

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Herb Lin: Our Best Video And Audio And 2019 In Multimedia

interview with Herbert Linvia The Bulletin
Monday, December 23, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Herb Lin notes that the Doomsday Clock remained set at two minutes to midnight in 2019, reflecting unassuaged fears of a reignited nuclear arms race and accelerating climate change—as well as fresh concerns that those threats are amplified by new kinds of information warfare and the loss of shared reality.

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Jack Goldsmith: Who Really Killed Jimmy Hoffa?

interview with Jack Goldsmithvia Air Mail
Monday, December 30, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jack Goldsmith discusses his recent book In Hoffa's Shadow: A Stepfather, a Disappearance in Detroit, and My Search for the Truth, where he attempts to clear his stepfather’s name.

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Andrew Roberts On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1 Of 16)

interview with Andrew Robertsvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Andrew Robert's book Napoleon: A Life is read/narrated.

In the News
In the News

Norman Naimark Review – The Postwar Struggle For Power

featuring Norman M. Naimarkvia OltNews
Monday, December 23, 2019

European politicians in search of to rebuild their ravaged societies within the instant aftermath of the second world warfare had their work minimize out for them. The battle had devastated the continent, leveling cities, destroying economies, and uprooting 40 million individuals.

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Martin Feldstein: The Economist’s Economist

featuring Martin Feldsteinvia Politico
Sunday, December 29, 2019

Martin Feldstein was the consummate bridge builder in economic ideas at a time when economic policy grew more concerned with walls than bridges. His brilliant career offers a legacy, yes, but also a beacon for economics and economists to take a more center-stage role on key matters of public policy.

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Book Review: Call Sign Chaos

featuring General Jim Mattisvia WBAA
Sunday, December 29, 2019

Jim Mattis is a major proponent of reading to better yourself. Perhaps that is why he has co-written a memoir that is filled with leadership advice. Call Sign Chaos shares this former Secretary of State's unique story and the things he has learned. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has the review.

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Repo Fix Requires Wall Street, Fed Collaboration

quoting Darrell Duffievia The Wall Street Journal
Thursday, December 26, 2019

Strains in the repo market show a need to update outdated financial plumbing, investors say.

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The Decade That Shook America

quoting Niall Fergusonvia The Guardian
Saturday, December 21, 2019

2010 to 2020 was a contradictory decade that will confound future historians with a simple question: how did America go from Obama to Trump?

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Where Is Thy Freedom On The Internet?

quoting Larry Diamondvia The Daily Star
Friday, December 27, 2019

Since the Indian Parliament approved the Citizenship Amendment Bill on December 11, hundreds of thousands of Indians are protesting against the controversial amendment, which critics claim marginalizes Muslim minorities of the country.

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Victims Of Identities And Arguments Over Privilege

quoting Thomas Sowell, Shelby Steelevia The Post Millennial
Saturday, December 28, 2019

Modern-day Americans and Canadians, or newer immigrants who arrive in the same, could be forgiven for thinking their countries are unredeemed bastions of prejudice. Plenty of academics, politicians, and headline writers seem to think so, especially with the notion of “white privilege,” the idea that skin color—race—is quasi-deterministic for employment, incomes, and much else, as if little had changed since in the middle of the last century.

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The Coming Iranian Pearl Harbor

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia The Epoch Times
Friday, December 27, 2019

The Iranian dictatorship may be losing its grip on power. Consequently, its historical strategy of continuous but low-level attacks on American interests in the Middle East may be changing into something more deadly. The Iran regime may be so desperate that it is planning a spectacular attack, an Iranian Pearl Harbor, to induce the United States to settle matters largely on Iranian terms.

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India's Target Of $5 Trillion Economy An Unrealistic Goal

quoting Raghuram Rajanvia Khaleej Times
Wednesday, December 25, 2019

India's much vaunted goal of becoming a $5 trillion economy by 2025 is likely to remain an unrealistic target given the dismal economic data of the past few quarters and the doubts and concerns voiced by ratings agencies and economists on the medium-term outlook.

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Trump Slashes Liberal Majority In Ninth Circuit Court

quoting Thomas Sowellvia The Union Journal
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

President Trump has now appointed 9 members to the Ninth Circuit Court docket, slashing nearly all of Democrat-appointed judges down to simply three.

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America’s Role As The Guardian Of Last Resort

quoting Josef Joffevia Daily Press
Tuesday, December 24, 2019

While most Americans don’t want to see their country become the world’s policeman, the majority of citizens understand that America inherited the mantle of world leadership and in the words of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, America is the “indispensable” country in the world.

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China’s Authoritarian Turn Is A Challenge For The World

quoting Elizabeth Economyvia Financial Times
Monday, December 30, 2019

Beijing’s increasing inflexibility on the global stage risks backfiring.

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Report: Medicaid Expansion Has Produced 'Disastrous Results'

quoting Charles Blahousvia The Center Square
Thursday, December 26, 2019

A new report by the nonpartisan think tank The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) says that Medicaid expansion through the Affordable Care Act is like "Medicare for All Lite," which has created nothing but “disastrous results.”

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Vietnam-Linked Hacking Group Targets Toyota, Other Companies

quoting Andrew Grottovia San Francisco Chronicle
Monday, December 23, 2019

A Vietnam-based hacking group is learning from China's playbook, using increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks to spy on competitors and help Vietnam catch up to global competitors, according to cybersecurity experts.

In the News

2019 In Review: US Economy Strong, Entering The Longest Expansion In History

quoting Kevin Hassettvia The Epoch Times
Wednesday, December 25, 2019

The U.S. economy proved remarkably resilient in 2019, defying recession fears that dominated the headlines throughout the year. The economy has entered the longest expansion in American history, surpassing the economic boom of the 1990s.

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Clergy Have Helped Make Economics Moral For Centuries. Is It Time For Reboot?

cited Thomas J. Sargentvia America Magazine
Monday, January 6, 2020

As a Jesuit priest and professor of finance, I am often asked: How can a member of the clergy be involved in such a field? My response is that I am following in the footsteps of noted clergymen, not just Catholic, but also Calvinist and Anglican, going back centuries. 

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The Russian Presence In Syria Is A Force For Chaos Rather Than Order

quoting Jakub Grygielvia Mosaic Magazine
Friday, December 27, 2019

After a hiatus from involvement in the Middle East that began in 1991, Russia has reasserted itself in the region through its intervention in the Syrian civil war. Jakub Grygiel explains how America made this return possible through empty rhetoric, passivity, and shortsightedness.

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Here Are All the Books Donald Trump Recommended In 2019

mentioning Victor Davis Hansonvia Slate
Sunday, December 29, 2019

Over the weekend, former President Barack Obama released lists of his favorite books, movies, and TV shows from 2019, and once again the internet is ablaze with fond reminiscences of the good old days, when the empire had better table manners. Comparing reading and viewing habits has always struck me as a strange way to judge politicians; it doesn’t really matter if the boot stamping on a human face knows it is alluding to Orwell.

Stalin at the Tehran Conference in 1943.
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Why Dictators Make Terrible Conversationalists

mentioning Frank Diköttervia Quartz
Friday, December 27, 2019

Dictators are not ideal guests at dinner parties. They shout and pound on the table too much, jostling the wine glasses. They’re always making weird declarations like “Banish napkins” or else ordering children to chisel flattering busts out of radishes. Make one little comment that rubs a dictator the wrong way, and the whole evening can get a little murder-y.

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10 True Crime Books To Read Before The New Year

mentioning Jack Goldsmithvia Oxygen
Friday, December 27, 2019

Did you watch “The Irishman” are are still wondering how Jimmy Hoffa really died? This book is written from the point of view of Chuckie O’Brien’s adopted son Jack Goldsmith. O’Brien was the foster child of Hoffa.

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The Bestselling Books In Dubai This Week

mentioning Raghuram Rajanvia Arabian Business
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
The Arabian Business/Magrudy's Bestseller List compiles the biggest selling books in Dubai in the last week, according to data from Magrudy's bookstore.
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2019: A Year In Reading

mentioning Andrew Robertsvia National Review
Thursday, December 26, 2019

I recommend Jack Goldsmith’s In Hoffa’s Shadow. Goldsmith, a senior Justice Department official under George W. Bush, got that position only by renouncing his stepfather, Chuckie O’Brien, a longtime aide to Jimmy Hoffa suspected by the FBI of delivering Hoffa to his still mysterious demise.

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The Polish Diplomats Who Went Out Of Their Way To Save Jews

mentioning Hoover Institutionvia Israel Hayom
Friday, December 27, 2019

New documents shed light on the massive rescue effort undertaken by the Polish government-in-exile during World War II. It was, to a large extent, orchestrated by unsung hero Ambassador Aleksander Ładoś, despite this ordeal being risky and complicated.