Are the United States and China heading for a new Cold War? And if they are, what should we call it? These may seem strange questions to ask just four days after President Trump appeared to raise hopes of an end to the trade war he started against China last year.
Politicians are known to misrepresent themselves to get elected, but Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is supposed to be an exception. It is said that he has remained true to his socialist convictions through thick and thin. Surely, such a dedicated socialist can truthfully explain what socialism is.
Move past the theatrics of the government shutdown, impeachment and the threat of investigations ad infinitum and there’s the question of Democrat squad goals in a Pelosi-run House of Representatives. One way to judge that: prioritized legislation.
I drove back from San Francisco not long ago to the rural San Joaquin Valley. It is only 200 miles. But in fact, it can feel like Odysseus trying to get back home to Ithaca from Troy. Walking to the car in San Francisco was an early morning obstacle course dotted with the occasional human feces and lots of trash.
Hauck Auditorium, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
The Europe of the early 21st century is rapidly changing, as European institutions evolve, populations age, and new political forces emerge. The panelists review how internet and communications technologies, new means of production, and rapid flows of people are affecting governance across the continent.
The Hoover Institution hosted a public panel discussion "Europe in an Emerging World" on Monday, February 4, 2019 from 4:00pm - 5:15pm PST. The event was Livestreamed and can be viewed here.
Author and psychotherapist Gary Greenberg talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the placebo effect. Is it real? How does the placebo effect influence drug testing? If it's real, what is the underlying mechanism of why it works and how might it be harnessed to improve health care?
Polling data reveal that when it comes to most debates in education policy, the divide between Republicans and Democrats is not growing. Only on issues like teacher tenure and merit pay is public opinion becoming more polarized.
Liberal California Senator Kamala Harris made a splash last week when she launched her campaign for president. The signature idea she plans to run on? A single-payer, government-run health care system called Medicare-for-all.
The latest data (for January) on employment and unemployment came out this morning and the news is good. The biggest news: The labor force participation rate, which has been the sick puppy this century, rose by 0.1 percentage point, from 63.1 percent to 63.2 percent. The employment to population ratio rose by 0.1 percentage point, from 60.6 percent to 60.7 percent.
About a week after I was made a Commissioner of the Customs, upon looking over the list of prohibited goods, (which is hung up in every Customhouse and which is well worth your considering) and upon examining my own wearing apparel, I found, to my great astonishment, that I had scarce a stock, a cravat, a pair of ruffles, or a pocket handkerchief which was not prohibited to be worn or used in G. Britain.
We shouldn’t get to a place where there are people yelling from the rafters that because you have been successful, you are a bad person and we’re going to be punitive to you. That’s, to me, the antithesis of the spirit of the country.” So said Starbucks chairman emeritus Howard Schultz.
The media reporting on the Covington kids/Lincoln Memorial story was disgraceful, to the point where the story ultimately became not what actually happened that day--there is, after all, no intrinsic newsworthiness in a teenager supposedly "smirking" at a nutjob banging a drum--but how the media eagerly constructed and then tried to impose a thoroughly fake narrative upon the American public.
One by one, six intelligence officers made a pitch for tech-savvy college graduates to join their ranks. “There is nothing more rewarding than protecting the American people,” FBI Director Chris Wray said when asked by Senator Richard Burr, R-N.C., how the government can draw in engineers and ingenuity to help secure the nation in the face of big data-driven adversaries.
Now that Rep. Ocasio-Cortez wants to raise the top personal income tax rate to 70% and Rep. Ilhan Omar thinks 90% would be even better, it might be a good time to review the history over time from 1960 to 2013 of: a) the top marginal tax rate in every year and b) the share of total income taxes collected from the top one-half percent of taxpayers.
In Data Sheet last month, I predicted Donald Trump and Xi Jinping would agree on a trade deal this year—and that it would do little to ease long-term tensions in the US-China relationship. In the wake of Trump’s White House meeting Thursday with Chinese vice-premier Liu He, that seems like a pretty safe bet.
More than seven decades have passed since India’s Independence on August 15, 1947. The country has gradually become the world’s sixth-largest economy in terms of nominal GDP and the third-largest in purchasing power parity. After the 1991 economic liberalisation, India achieved 6-7 per cent average GDP growth annually. The country, according to former Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan, is likely to become bigger than China in the long run.
Some scientists say the world is, figuratively, two minutes away from the end. Citing rising threats of nuclear war and a lack of world action against climate change, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has kept the hands of the symbolic Doomsday Clock as close to annihilation as it has ever been since 1953 at the height of the Cold War.
Under pressure from fellow Republicans to reset his contentious presidency, Donald Trump plans to offer Democrats a choice in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday: Work together to make progress, or fight each other and get nothing done.
Several economists have shared their thoughts on the EFF's election manifesto, with many calling it populist and unrealistic. The manifesto, unveiled this weekend, included major increases in the minimum wages of several professions. Mineworkers, for example, would have a minimum salary of R12 500.