Once again, the news is full of opinions that Greece might be forced to leave the Euro. Once again, it makes little sense to me. U.S. corporations, municipalities, and even states default, and do not have to leave the dollar zone as a result.
Stanford will welcome President Barack Obama to the campus Friday, Feb. 13, where he will address the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection. The president will join top-level government officials, corporate CEOs and Stanford faculty members who will gather to discuss pressing issues at the all-day summit organized by the White House.
Here’s one of the more though-provoking columns of the past few days — Yahoo’s Jon Ward suggesting that President Obama stands a good chance of winding up as the Ronald Reagan of the left, with an economic recovery that will shape the nation’s political debate for decades to come.
This week came news that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant burned alive a Jordanian pilot in a metal cage. Thursday morning's National Prayer Breakfast speech represented the first sign that President Obama is prepared to acknowledge a connection between Islam and the violence -- beheadings, mass murders, rape, human slavery, state sponsorship of terrorism, and military conquest -- jihadists are perpetrating in Muhammad’s name.
In mid-December, the first large storms in three years drenched California. No one knows whether the rain and snow will continue—only that it must last for weeks if a record three-year drought, both natural and man-made, is to end.
In today’s Wall Street Journal, Princess Lyles and Dan Clark, the executive director and lead organizer of the school-choice group Democracy Builders, argue that states and/or authorizers should require charter schools to “back-fill” their “empty seats” when they lose students to attrition. This is a terrible idea.
The White House released its long-overdue National Security Strategy (NSS) on Friday. Criticisms of the administration’s leadership failures have clearly gotten under the White House’s skin, because this is a document drowning in the term leadership. So we will “lead with purpose,” “lead with strength,” “lead by example,” etc.
Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks in Kiev yesterday must have boosted spirits in the Kremlin. Ukraine expected to hear that the United States is stepping up to the plate to provide defensive weapons against the Russian-led offensive.
The United States has few stalwart friends in the greater Middle East; even nominally allied states such as Qatar, Turkey, and Pakistan play a double game. The United States needs to make clear to them the costs of flirting with Islamists while trying to broaden the coalition to include substate actors such as the Sunni tribes of Iraq.
Here’s the latest episode of Rational Security, hosted by Shane Harris of the Daily Beast. And yes, for those of you who are wondering, we did, as discussed at the end of this podcast, record the first episode of The Chess Clock Debates the other day—and it was pretty darn cool. You’ll have to listen to the episode if you want to know what I’m talking about.
Daniel Sumner of the University of California talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about agricultural subsidies in the United States, the winners and losers from those subsidies, and how the structure of subsidies has changed from the New Deal to the present. Sumner also explains how American policies have affected foreign farmers.
Simon Ottenberg was an anthropologist and faculty member at the University of Washington, Seattle, from 1955 to 1991, where he specialized in West Africa, southeastern Nigeria in particular. In the course of carrying out field research in Nigeria in 1952–53, 1959–60, and during a visit there in the summer of 1966, he collected many published materials, including pamphlets, booklets, serials, government documents, and other types of publications. His collection of materials was filmed in 1970 to create the Simon Ottenberg Collection. A complete inventory is available online.
It is heartening to read in the Daily News that Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake has confirmed that State governance in Sri Lanka will be aligned to a culture associated with private enterprise. The Minister has made clear that this does not mean that State enterprises will be privatized.
At Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center on Tuesday, Feb. 3, Director Connie Wolf welcomed patrons to a reception for two exhibitions, “Loose in Some Real Tropics: Robert Rauschenberg’s 'Stoned Moon’ Projects, 1969-1970” and “She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers From Iran and the Arab World.”
The listening tour came first, extending through Joshua P. Starr’s early months as the newly hired superintendent of Maryland’s largest school system. He crisscrossed Montgomery County in 2011, hosting town halls, dropping in on schools, hearing about budget strains and curriculum worries and performance gaps.
The NOLA.com/Times-Picayune editorial board is quoting a big business and industry group in Louisiana to rail against Gov. Bobby Jindal’s (R) recent executive order to protect parents and school districts from consequences of opting out of the Common Core-aligned PARCC tests.