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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Better vaccines for the next pandemic

by Henry I. Millervia Washington Times
Monday, December 7, 2009

The H1N1 swine flu has sickened at least 22 million and killed almost 4,000 in the United States since April, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

A Glimmer of Hope on Freedom

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, December 6, 2009

In some ways, Canada has much less freedom of speech than we have in the United States. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Monetary Policy and the Wisdom of Wayne Gretzky

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One (blog)
Sunday, December 6, 2009

For years I compared it to flying a fighter jet where you have to anticipate the actions of the other pilots, and if you get it wrong you crash and burn in a great depression or a great inflation. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Ridiculous Sentence on Economic Policy

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, December 5, 2009

Co-blogger Bryan asked for candidates for ridiculous sentences on economic policy. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Dean Baker Nails It on Immigration

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, December 5, 2009

In a Washington Post story today, reporter Philip Rucker bemoans the fact that the expansion of demand for medical care that would follow from the passage of Congress's health care bill would butt up against a restricted supply of doctors. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Our Present Anxieties

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Friday, December 4, 2009

These guys are really sensitive, aren’t they? . . .

Analysis and Commentary

How Congress Ignored Warnings And Stiff-Armed Reform Of GSEs

by Thomas Sowellvia Investor's Business Daily
Friday, December 4, 2009

This is the fourth of five parts of a Monday series excerpting Thomas Sowell's latest book, "The Housing Boom and Bust." . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Obama's Afghanistan Problems Are His Own Making

by Kori Schakevia Sphere (aol.com)
Tuesday, December 1, 2009

President Obama is in a tight spot politically on Afghanistan. . . .

Analysis and Commentary

How Fannie Mae And Freddie Mac Sank In The Subprime Quicksand

by Thomas Sowellvia Investor's Business Daily
Friday, November 27, 2009

This is the third installment of a Monday series excerpting the chapter on political causes from Thomas Sowell's latest book, "The Housing Boom and Bust." . . .

In the News
In the News

Insights with Rene Girard: Chapter 1 of 5

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, December 7, 2009

Rene Girard describes the triangular structure of desire — object, model, and subject. . . .

In the News

Chiang Kai-shek’s 1949 diary displayed

with Hoover Institutionvia China Daily
Monday, December 7, 2009

With Dec. 7 the 60th anniversary of the ROC government’s relocation to Taiwan, the Academia Historica is presenting an exhibition of late President Chiang Kai-shek’s 1949 diary. . . .

In the News

Hedge Funds’ Scholarly Investments

with Caroline M. Hoxbyvia New York Times
Monday, December 7, 2009

Their company names were conspicuously absent from their nametags, but that is how these hedge fund managers and analysts — members of a field known for secrecy — preferred it. . . .

In the News

McArdle on Debt and Self-Restraint

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, December 7, 2009

Megan McArdle, who writes the blog Asymmetrical Information at The Atlantic, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about debt and the challenge of self-restraint. . . .

In the News

Maldonado nomination poses GOP dilemma

with Thad Kousservia Contra Costa Times
Sunday, December 6, 2009

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's choice of Sen. Abel Maldonado for lieutenant governor was essentially a political challenge to his fellow Republicans: Expand the party, or continue to wither on the vine of ideological purity. . . .

In the News

Israel shopping issue of Iran among world powers

with Robert Zelnickvia WND - World Net Daily
Saturday, December 5, 2009

Israel, through Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman's current travels, is shopping the issue of Iran among the world powers, trying to obtain action on the surging effort in the Muslim nation to obtain nuclear power. . . .

In the News

Israel fears Turkey's changing stance

with Daniel Pipesvia Gulf News (Dubai)
Saturday, December 5, 2009

If Ankara drops Tel Aviv in favour of Syria and Iran, Israel's worst nightmare would have come true. . . .

In the News

Upbeat job report sparks debate over recovery

with Michael J. Boskinvia San Francisco Chronicle
Saturday, December 5, 2009

A surprisingly upbeat unemployment report suggests that the U.S. job market is finally on the mend, but the detailed survey issued Friday will fuel debate about how quickly the economy can put 15.4 million jobless Americans back to work. . . .

In the News

The Not So Big Conservative Base

with Morris P. Fiorinavia FrumForum
Saturday, December 5, 2009

Stanford’s Morris Fiorina, one of America’s leading political scientists, has published a new book titled, Disconnect: The Breakdown of Representation in American Politics. . . .

In the News

Polarized Pols Versus Moderate Voters?

with Morris P. Fiorinavia National Journal
Saturday, December 5, 2009

A scholar disputes the notion that the American electorate is deeply polarized. . . .

In the News

Is the Fed to Blame for Asset Bubbles?

with David R. Henderson, Todd Zywickivia Fox Business
Friday, December 4, 2009

When the housing bubble burst, it flattened investor portfolios across the country. . . .

In the News

The Obama administration's 'reset button' for Russia

with Michael McFaulvia RIA Novosti (Russia)
Friday, December 4, 2009

The interests of the Obama administration in improving ties with Russia, a policy metaphorically first described by Vice President Biden in February 2009 as ‘pressing the reset button,’ are principally driven by three goals. . . .

In the News

Tough-on-crime stance emptied California's pocketbook

with Bill Whalenvia Orange County Register
Friday, December 4, 2009

Up and down the Golden State, from San Francisco to San Diego, voters consistently put their support behind tough-on-crime candidates, tough-on-crime ballot initiatives, tough-on-crime sentencing laws. . . .

In the News

Limited Purpose Banking Needs Transparency

with Niall Fergusonvia Seeking Alpha
Friday, December 4, 2009

Niall Ferguson and Laurence Kotlikoff wrote a fascinating opinion piece yesterday in the Financial Times: How to take moral hazard out of banking. . . .