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The Race To Challenge Trump

by Michael J. Boskinvia Project Syndicate
Monday, February 25, 2019

With 12 candidates already in the 2020 US presidential race, Democrats clearly believe that President Donald Trump is extremely vulnerable. If current trends continue, the next presidential election could be as dramatic and unpredictable as the last one.

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Hoover Scholar Russell Berman Examines Rise Of Anti-Semitism

Friday, February 22, 2019
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The crisis of globalism, changing views on religion, and Middle Eastern conflicts are driving factors in the rise of anti-Semitism, a Hoover scholar says. Russell Berman, a professor of comparative literature and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, is the co-chair of the Working Group on Islamism and the International Order. He was recently interviewed about the increase in anti-Semitism, particularly in Europe.

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Creating An Ivory Tower Welcoming To Conservatives

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Sunday, February 24, 2019

The crisis of higher education imposes severe, if indirect and long-term, costs on the country. The harms it inflicts on conservatives in particular are direct and immediate. All students and the nation at large pay the price when universities replace transmission of knowledge and cultivation of inquiring minds as their primary purpose with reproduction of ideology and the formation of like-minded political activists.

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Yes, ‘This Is America, 2019’

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, February 24, 2019

There have been so far about three general reactions to the concocted Jussie Smollett psychodrama. One, and the most common, has been apprehension that Smollett’s lies will discredit future real incidents of hate crimes against gays and minorities. This could be a legitimate concern, given the tensions within a multiracial society.

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The $22 Trillion Debt Is Gross

by Daniel Heilvia Budget Matters, America Off Balance
Monday, February 25, 2019

Last week the US Treasury Department released new figures on the national debt. Typically, this would not be newsworthy. Treasury provides daily updates—down to the penny—on current debt levels. Last week’s update, however, included a new milestone: debt surpassed $22 trillion.

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

The Green New Deal And The Politics Of Pessimism

by David Davenportvia Washington Examiner
Monday, February 25, 2019

I read House Resolution 109 introducing the Green New Deal so you won’t have to. I already knew that it was an effort to reinvent the economy, while also keeping sea levels from rising, eliminating unemployment, and guaranteeing healthcare for all. This new utopia was supposed to be available to us for a mere $90 billion.

Analysis and Commentary

What Does "Luck" Have To Do With Trump? Everything, If You Poll Presidential Scholars

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Saturday, February 23, 2019

For fans of political bar debates, I give you this latest ranking of the American presidents courtesy of the Siena College Research Institute. The top five comes as no surprise – George Washington, followed by Franklin Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson (those five have stood atop the White House pyramid since Siena first began this exercise in 1982, coinciding with the second year of a new presidency).

Analysis and Commentary

Will The US Capitulate To China?

by Martin Feldsteinvia Project Syndicate
Monday, February 25, 2019

The most important problem that a bilateral deal between the United States and China needs to resolve is Chinese theft of US firms’ technology. Unless the Chinese agree to stop stealing technology, and the two sides devise a way to enforce that agreement, the US will not have achieved anything useful from Trump's tariffs.

Analysis and Commentary

Michael Munger On Crony Capitalism

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, February 25, 2019

Michael Munger of Duke University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about whether real capitalism is unstable and leads inevitably to crony capitalism. They also discuss ways to prevent the descent into cronyism and speculate on their own blind spots.

Teachers picket in La Habra last December
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The Education Exchange: Public Sector Unions Not Devastated By Janus

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, February 25, 2019

When the Supreme Court ruled last year in Janus v. Afscme that unions could no longer collect agency fees from employees who choose not to join, many predicted a major decline in union membership. But according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, public union membership declined less than 1% in 2018.

Analysis and Commentary

On Grand Strategy And China

by Williamson Murrayvia Military History in the News
Friday, February 22, 2019

Whether one talks about grand strategy or military strategy, one must recognize both the crucial importance of means–end analysis, and also of geography. Not surprisingly, given the contempt the German military displayed towards strategic thinking in the two world wars they fought and lost, the Reich’s naval leaders and the Kaiser ignored those two crucial elements in developing the High Seas Fleet in the period before the Second World War.

Analysis and Commentary

A Modest Proposal For Prosecutors Who Lie

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, February 22, 2019

The title is a little simplified because this post is not just about prosecutors who lie. It’s also about those who hide exculpatory evidence and get witnesses to lie. The proposal is this: Any prosecutor who does this should be charged with a crime and the penalty should be equal to the penalty that the judge has imposed on the defendant. The one exception is when the judge has imposed capital punishment. 

Analysis and Commentary

The Flat Tax In Retreat

by Alvin Rabushkavia Flat Tax
Saturday, February 23, 2019

The flat tax movement peaked at 40 countries. Beginning in 2009, the following countries added a second (or more) higher rate(s) on upper-income households, with two adding a second lower rate.

Interviews
Interviews

Lee Ohanian On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Lee Ohanianvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, February 22, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lee Ohanian says that the Green New Deal will cost incalculably more than the Second World War.

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Victor Davis Hanson On How Radicals Are Driving The Democrats' Hard-Left Turn (5:58)

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Friday, February 22, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses how radicals are driving Democrats to the hard left.

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Markos Kounalakis On CBS News

interview with Markos Kounalakisvia CBS News
Monday, February 25, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Marko Kounalakis discusses the state of Venezuela.

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John Yoo: Hoda Muthana’s Citizenship Status Depends On How Her Father Was Classified As At The Time Of Her Birth

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Friday, February 22, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses whether Hoda Muthana could be considered a US citizen and thus eligible to come back to the US. Yoo thinks Muthana could provide useful intelligence information to US federal agencies.

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Lanhee Chen On Meet The Press

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia NBC News
Sunday, February 24, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen joins a panel discussion on the challenges for the White House after the Special Counsel report is released.

In the News
In the News

Governance In An Emerging New World: Emerging Technology And America’s National Security

Monday, February 25, 2019
Hauck Auditorium, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The United States finds itself in strategic competition with China and Russia at the same time as its traditional technological superiority faces emergent challenges. The participants addressed how new military technologies might change the strategic dynamic in both Europe and in the Pacific and what these weapons may mean for non-state actors.

The Hoover Institution hosted a public panel discussion "Emerging Technology and America’s National Security" on Monday, February 25, 2019 from 4:00pm - 5:15pm PST. The event was Livestreamed and can be viewed here.

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Cleaning Up Indore - An Excerpt From Raghuram Rajan's New Book

featuring Raghuram Rajanvia NDTV
Monday, February 25, 2019

At the same time, we do know that enhanced trade and technological change transmitted through markets have led to the loss of middle-income jobs and weakened the economic basis for the community in many parts of the developed world. It may be this, coupled with the flight of those who can leave, that is more responsible for the social disintegration of the community.

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The Farcical ‘Green New Deal’

quoting Richard A. Epsteinvia AEI
Saturday, February 23, 2019

That’s the title of Richard Epstein’s latest Hoover Institution article, here’s the opening: The dominant source of energy for the foreseeable future for both the United States and the world will be fossil fuels, chiefly in the form of oil, natural gas, and coal. Throughout the world, many groups will push hard for massive subsidies to wind and solar energy. Yet, that attempt, no matter how bold, will fail to shift the overall balance of energy production toward green sources.

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen.
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It Can't Die Of Old Age If It's Not A 'Recovery' To Begin With

quoting Thomas J. Sargentvia Real Clear Markets
Friday, February 22, 2019

On her last day as Chairman, Janet Yellen allowed CBS News reporter Rita Braver to follow her around saying goodbye and reminiscing. It was February 1, 2018, by every mainstream account a good time to be sailing off into the sunset. Federal Reserve officials like Yellen had been waiting a very long time for everything to pay off. Last February, more than any other time over the last decade, they finally believed they had done it.

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Friday Short Cuts

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia The Patriot Post
Friday, February 22, 2019

“Beware of euphemisms. Radical changes in vocabulary are usually admissions that reality is unwelcome or indefensible.” —Victor Davis Hanson.

In the News

Utah Against Health Insurance

quoting Larry Diamondvia The New York Times
Friday, February 22, 2019

The state’s politicians have rejected the will of the voters and taken coverage from 60,000 Utahns.

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What It’s Like To Grow Up In A California Border Town

quoting John Yoovia The Panther
Sunday, February 24, 2019

When senior Alexis Allen was growing up in Chula Vista, California, border security was something that was frequently on her mind. At her school, just north of the San Ysidro border in San Diego county, 75 to 80 percent of students were Hispanic, she said – and 15 to 20 percent lived in Tijuana, Mexico, crossing the border each day to attend her high school.

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Two Community-Building Programs

mentioning Condoleezza Ricevia The Islands' Weekly
Sunday, February 24, 2019

The Lopez Island Library is partnering with the Lopez Island Family Resource Center to offer two consecutive programs intended to bring islanders together. The first program “Civil Conversation in an Angry Age” will be on Friday, March 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room. This will be an interactive presentation by visiting philosopher and religious studies scholar David E. Smith.