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From Trade War To Tech War

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, February 4, 2019

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.

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Progressives Pulling A Bait-And-Switch With 'Medicare For All'

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Sunday, February 3, 2019

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.

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Should Every Election Day Be A Federal Holiday?

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Friday, February 1, 2019

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.

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How To Make It Home In California: Rules For The Modern Odysseus

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, February 3, 2019

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. 

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Governance In An Emerging New World: Europe

Monday, February 4, 2019
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.

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Gary Greenberg On The Placebo Effect

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, February 4, 2019

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? 

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The Education Exchange

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, February 4, 2019

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.

Analysis and Commentary

Kamala Harris Wants To Eliminate Private Health Insurance

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Townhall
Monday, February 4, 2019

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.

Analysis and Commentary

Good News On Employment

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, February 1, 2019

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.

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Customs Officer Discovers Effects Of International Trade

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, February 3, 2019

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. 

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Jake Tapper Doesn't Understand Freedom

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, February 3, 2019

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.

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, February 2, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "The Hidden Costs Of The LA Teachers Strike."

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, February 2, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "The Hidden Costs Of The LA Teachers Strike."

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Adam J. White: Make Congress Great Again

interview with Adam J. Whitevia Bulwa
Saturday, February 2, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Adam White discusses the growth of executive power, and what precedent President Trump might set if he declares a national emergency to build a wall on the US-Mexico border.

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A Libertarian Litigator Dons The Judge's Robes

featuring Clint Bolickvia Reason
Monday, February 4, 2019

Clint Bolick, a co-founder of the Institute for Justice, was for years one of the libertarian movement's most successful trial lawyers.

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Why The Media Blew It

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia ArkansasOnline
Monday, February 4, 2019

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.

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Can The Government Make Cyber Cool For College Grads?

quoting Amy Zegartvia Fifth Domain
Friday, February 1, 2019

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.

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Chart Of The Day: The Inverse Relationship Between The Top Marginal Income Tax Rate And The Tax Burden On ‘The Rich’

quoting Thomas Sowellvia AEI
Friday, February 1, 2019

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.

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Will Trump's China Trade Deal Amount To More Than A Hill Of Beans?

quoting Martin Feldsteinvia Fortune
Saturday, February 2, 2019

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.

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Disparities Divide People, States And The Country

quoting Raghuram Rajanvia Tehelka
Sunday, February 3, 2019

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.

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Atomic Scientists: Humanity Flirting With Annihilation

quoting Herbert Lin, William J. Perryvia Tribune Star (IN)
Sunday, February 3, 2019

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.

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Russia Secretly Offered North Korea A Denuclearization Deal Last Year

quoting Elizabeth Economyvia Citizen Truth
Friday, February 1, 2019

A secret offer between Russia and North Korea is being viewed by analysts as a move by Russia to assert its influence on the world stage.

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Khomeini's Return To Iran: Broken Promises And Breaking Alliances

quoting Abbas Milanivia Radio Farda
Friday, February 1, 2019

On February 1, 1979 Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini returned to Iran after 15 years in exile as the leader of a revolution that had sent Iran's last monarch, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi to exile.

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Under Pressure To Recalibrate, Defiant Trump Tackles Big Speech

quoting Lanhee J. Chenvia US News
Friday, February 1, 2019

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.

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Economists Say The EFF's Election Manifesto Is Impractical And Populist

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Briefly
Monday, February 4, 2019

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.