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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

California Dreamin’ Of A Legacy

by Michael J. Boskinvia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, February 8, 2015

Jerry Brown’s popularity isn’t in doubt, but his fiscal record is. He still has time to put the state on solid footing.

Athens, Greece
Analysis and Commentary

Beware Of Greeks Bearing Bonds

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Friday, February 6, 2015

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.

Analysis and Commentary

Great Harvard National Security Journal Issue

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Monday, February 9, 2015

The Harvard National Security Journal just published an unusually good issue that will be of interest to many Lawfare readers.

Analysis and Commentary

President Obama To Visit Stanford For White House Cyber Summit

mentioning Amy Zegart, Herbert Linvia Stanford News
Sunday, February 8, 2015

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.

Analysis and Commentary

Obama As The New Reagan?

by Bill Whalenvia A Day At The Races
Saturday, February 7, 2015

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.

Analysis and Commentary

Why The Left Casts A Blind Eye On Radical Islam

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Saturday, February 7, 2015

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.

Analysis and Commentary

The Scorching Of California

by Victor Davis Hansonvia City Journal
Monday, February 9, 2015

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.

Analysis and Commentary

Backfilling Charter Seats: A Backhanded Way To Kill School Autonomy

by Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Tuesday, February 3, 2015

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.

Analysis and Commentary

Pew Poll On Investigative Journalists And Digital Security

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Monday, February 9, 2015

This is interesting. From the Pew Research Center:

Analysis and Commentary

Patience Isn’t Always A Virtue

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Monday, February 9, 2015

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.

Analysis and Commentary

Jonathan Gruber On Sin Taxes

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, February 8, 2015

I found an interesting article on sin taxes written by MIT economist Jonathan Gruber. It's titled "Taxing Sin to Modify Behavior and Raise Revenue."

Analysis and Commentary

Kerry Delivers Hot Air Speech To Ukraine While Putin Supplies Tanks, Missiles And Troops

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Friday, February 6, 2015

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.

Analysis and Commentary

Home Sweet Palace

by Markos Kounalakisvia Sacramento Bee
Sunday, February 8, 2015

Nothing in the political world says “kick me” more loudly than an elected official’s huge house. Or houses.

Capitol Building
Analysis and Commentary

The Administration’s Guantanamo Testimony Yesterday

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Friday, February 6, 2015

Here it is, given by Brian McKeon, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, before the Senate Armed Services Committee. And here’s the video of yesterday’s hearing:

Analysis and Commentary

Friends, Enemies, and 'Frenemies'

by Max Bootvia Analysis
Monday, February 9, 2015

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.

Analysis and Commentary

Rational Security, Episode #5: “Until We Run Out of Fuel and Bullets”

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Friday, February 6, 2015

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.

Interviews
Interviews

Edward Lazear on After the Bell

interview with Edward Paul Lazearvia After the Bell (Fox Business)
Friday, February 6, 2015

Senior Fellow Edward Lazear discusses the US economy on After The Bell.

Interviews

Edward Lazear on the Santelli Exchange

interview with Edward Paul Lazearvia CNBC
Friday, February 6, 2015

Senior Fellow Edward Lazear discusses the recent jobs report on the Santelli Exchange.

Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928
Interviews

Stephen Kotkin on the Bryan Callen Show

interview with Stephen Kotkinvia The Bryan Callen Show
Saturday, February 7, 2015

Research Fellow Stephen Kotkin discusses his new book on The Bryan Callen Show.

Interviews

Edward Lazear on the Larry Kudlow Show (78:18)

interview with Edward Paul Lazearvia Larry Kudlow Show
Saturday, February 7, 2015

Senior Fellow Edward Lazear discusses the US economy on the Larry Kudlow Show.

In the News
In the News

Daniel Sumner on the Political Economy of Agriculture

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, February 9, 2015

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 Collection, Hoover Institution Library
In the News

Rediscovering a Collection of Nigerian Pamphlets

by Paul Thomasvia Behind the Scenes
Friday, February 6, 2015

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.

In the News

Let BBC Viewers Decide If They Want More Golf Or Grenades

quoting Timothy Garton Ashvia The Guardian
Monday, February 9, 2015

James Harding wants more overseas coverage to counter state-run channels in China and Russia. But the Foreign Office isn’t paying for that any more.
 

In the News

Ravi Karunanayake And Commercial Air Transport In Sri Lanka

quoting Michael Spencevia Sri Lanka Guardian
Saturday, February 7, 2015

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.

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In the News

New Images By And Of Arab And Iranian Women Defy Stereotypes

quoting Abbas Milanivia San Francisco Chronicle
Sunday, February 8, 2015

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.”

In the News

Starr’s Record A Mixed Bag: Data Show Improvement, But There Were Missteps

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia Washington Post
Sunday, February 8, 2015

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.

In the News

Louisiana News Editorial Board Slams Bobby Jindal’s Stance On Common Core

quoting Williamson M. Evers, Ze’ev Wurmanvia Breitbart.com
Sunday, February 8, 2015

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.