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The Best Of Times, Or The Worst Of Times?

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Friday, January 24, 2020

So how is the economy doing? A good friend passed along for comment a recent project syndicate essay by Nobel Prize winning economist Joe Stiglitz. For an alternative view, I found interesting commentary on the CEA website, "The Impact of the Trump Labor market on historically disadvantaged Americans" and "The blue-collar boom reduces inequality"

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Remedying Polarization With Constitutionalism

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Sunday, January 26, 2020

To secure the rights that inhere in all persons, American constitutional government weaves together competing principles and promotes compromise among rival interests even as it presupposes a citizenry disposed to tolerate a variety of opinions.

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What The Founders Told Us About ‘High Crimes And Misdemeanors’

by John Yoovia National Review
Friday, January 24, 2020

The historical evidence suggests that a statutory violation isn’t required for impeachment. It also suggests President Trump shouldn’t be removed from office.

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The Fiscal Effects Of The Public Option

by Lanhee J. Chen, Tom Church, Daniel Heilvia Analysis
Monday, January 27, 2020

Supporters of a federal public option contend that a government-run health plan will reduce federal deficits. These projected deficit savings are predicated on two major, but unrealistic, assumptions. First, public option proposals assume that the government will reimburse hospitals and providers at rates lower than paid by private insurers. Second, the proposals require plan premiums to fully cover plan costs. 

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Target Trump Forever

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, January 26, 2020

Destroying the president is not just the only viable trajectory for the Left, but it is also the only possible narrative given that focus on the current left-wing agenda is slow-motion suicide.

Analysis and Commentary

Ferguson And The Billionaires At Davos

by John H. Cochrane quoting Niall Fergusonvia Grumpy Economist
Sunday, January 26, 2020

In my last post, I commented on Joe Stiglitz view, heading to Davos, that billionaires and corporate leaders are anxious to pollute the air. In my wealth tax series I reported on the popular view on the Warren Sanders Saez Zucman view that corporate leaders and billionaires represent a regressive right wing political force, that must be stopped by any means including expropriation of their wealth, even if that means destroying the businesses that make them rich.

Analysis and Commentary

As The Register Goes, So Goes Iowa? Warren Hopes So, Though History Suggests Otherwise

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Sunday, January 26, 2020

There was a time when print publications were the coin of the realm in presidential politics. Candidates dreamed of appearing on the covers of Time and Newsweek; campaign staffers did all but turn-down service for the likes of such legendary scribes as David Broder (aka, “the high priest of political journalism”) and the tandem of Rowland Evans and Robert Novak (jokingly referred to, in political circles, as “errors and no facts”).

Analysis and Commentary

End The Impeachment Circus

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Monday, January 27, 2020

They sent in the clowns. Now send them packing.

Analysis and Commentary

Daniel Klein On Honest Income

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, January 27, 2020

Economist and author Daniel Klein of George Mason University talks about the ethics of working and the potential for our working lives to make the world a better place. This is a wide-ranging conversation that includes discussion of Adam Smith, what jobs we should work on, what charities we should donate to, how we can make ourselves more virtuous, the movies Se7en and Sabrina, and ultimately what Adam Smith calls "the becoming use of our own."

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: Student Test Scores In Newark Charter Schools

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, January 27, 2020

Marcus Winters, an associate professor in Boston University and Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss a new study by Winters that shows lasting test score gains for students at charter schools in Newark, N.J.

Analysis and Commentary

My Wingman: What Tim Bolyard’s Life And Death Taught Me

by COL Ian Palmervia The Association Of The United States Army
Thursday, January 23, 2020

Living in a tent in Afghanistan means not having secrets. Such intimate conditions unveil what time of day you work out, your bathroom routine, how loud you snore, and many other unmentionable life details. I learned in such a tent that Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Bolyard stayed up late and loved his snooze button. 

Analysis and Commentary

Calling A Tail A Leg

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, January 25, 2020

How many legs does a dog have if you call a tail a leg? Four. Saying that a tail is a leg doesn’t make it a leg. –Abraham Lincoln

Interviews
Interviews

The Latest On The Impeachment Trial Plus Commentary From Dr. Victor Davis Hanson

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Trevor Carey Show
Friday, January 24, 2020

(20:05) Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the continual attacks on and impeachment of President Trump.

Interviews

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1 Of 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, January 25, 2020

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Corporate Social 'Wokeness.'"

Interviews

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 2 Of 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, January 25, 2020

(Part 2) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Corporate Social 'Wokeness.'"

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Kiron Skinner: Eric Shawn: Iran ‘Crying For Help’ From President Trump’s Policies

interview with Kiron K. Skinnervia Fox News
Sunday, January 26, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Kiron Skinner discusses Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif's suggestion that if the US will drop sanctions against Iran, then Iran will agree to talks with the US.

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Elizabeth Economy: Yanzhong Huang On The Wuhan Coronavirus And China's Disease Control System

interview with Elizabeth Economyvia Council on Foreign Relations
Friday, January 24, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Elizabeth Economy discusses the coronavirus, its cause, the Chinese government’s response, and potential areas for international collaboration.

In the News
In the News

Former Secretary Of Defense Visits Utah State

featuring General Jim Mattisvia The Utah Statesman
Friday, January 24, 2020

U.S. Marine Corps four-star Gen. and former Secretary of Defense James Mattis talked about American leadership in the world and discussed his history with the U.S. military on Tuesday at Utah State University.

In the News

Condoleezza Rice: ‘We Are Only As Strong As Our Weakest Link’

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia PCMA
Monday, January 27, 2020

Throughout a career that has taken her to the highest reaches of power, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice drew on the values of faith, family, and education that she learned as she was growing up in racially segregated Birmingham, Alabama, she told the audience during the closing keynote at PCMA Convening Leaders 2020 in San Francisco.

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These Are The 3 Key Things Needed To Immigrate To The US

quoting Edward Paul Lazearvia The Print
Friday, January 24, 2020

Evidence shows US system is very good at selecting talented go-getters from abroad. Immigrants from poor countries won’t make the US poorer.

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Why Iranian Cyber Warfare May Escalate Soon

quoting Amy Zegartvia Gulf News
Friday, January 24, 2020

Experts are warning that the US should expect more cyberattacks by Iranian hackers in retaliation for the death of General Qasim Soleimani. Maybe they’re right. But let’s not kid ourselves: Iran would be launching lots of cyberattacks anyway.

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There Is Hope For How We Talk About Politics

quoting Larry Diamondvia ThePilot.com
Saturday, January 25, 2020

You are not imagining things: We are in another election season, the clearest evidence of which are all of the roadway signs that have popped up locally in the last couple of weeks.

In the News

Good News No Longer Travels Fast When It Involves President Trump

quoting Thomas Sowellvia The Center Square
Monday, January 27, 2020

The National Press Building sits bocks away from the White House and is home to The National Press Club. It’s a gathering place for reporters and journalists alike. Presidents, premiers, royalty, Congressmen, movie stars, sports heroes, and industrialists have visited there to reveal their views on politics. Its “stated mission” is to maintain a factual media source in Washington and around the world.

In the News

Why I'm Optimistic About The Future Of The Humanities

quoting Niall Fergusonvia CNN
Friday, January 24, 2020

The humanities are in crisis. They've always been in crisis, at least according to reports from the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and over the last decade, but it's gotten more and more dire.

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The Cybersecurity 202: Disinformation Threat Pushes Doomsday Clock Closer To Midnight

quoting Herbert Linvia The Washington Post
Friday, January 24, 2020

Online disinformation campaigns are not just a threat to the 2020 election. They may be a harbinger of the end of the world. Metaphorically speaking, at least.

In the News

The Tax Increases To Come

quoting Charles Blahousvia The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, January 26, 2020

[Subscription Required] The brawl in President Obama’s second term over raising the top income-tax rate to 39.6% from 35% was centuries ago in political time. One way to tell is that even moderate Democratic 2020 presidential candidates have quietly proposed to raise the tax rate on labor by double digits and it’s received almost no attention. Unlike single-payer health care and wealth taxes, this tax increase could command majority support in a Democratic Congress on day one.

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‘God Only Knows’: Todd Dreads Trump’s Reaction To Possible Acquittal

quoting Lanhee J. Chenvia MRC TV
Sunday, January 26, 2020

Taking a breather from blaming the country’s division solely on right-leaning Americans and railing against moderate female Republican senators who had issues with the Democratic impeachment managers, NBC political director Chuck Todd took time during Sunday’s Meet the Press to share his dread for what President Trump would say if the Senate acquitted him.

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When It Comes To Polarization Across The Globe, America Leads The Way

cited Morris P. Fiorina, Shanto Iyengarvia Mountain View Voice
Saturday, January 25, 2020

America’s widening political divide stands out above other nations, according to a new cross-country polarization study by Stanford University economists.

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Doctors Need A Second Opinion On 'Medicare-For-All'

quoting Charles Blahousvia Fox News
Sunday, January 26, 2020

The American College of Physicians, the nation's second-largest doctors group, has endorsed "Medicare-for-all." The group, whose membership consists of 159,000 internists, claims the plan would bring a host of necessary changes to the American healthcare system.