The second summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un has come and gone — without a denuclearization agreement, let alone a breakthrough signed by the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
The first decade of the 21st century called into question the United States’ capacity to advance freedom and democracy abroad. The century’s second decade has provoked controversy about the relation between nationalism and liberal democracy. Greater attention to the preconditions for and impact of freedom and democracy, and to the persistence and varieties of nationalism, would contribute to the formulation of a foreign policy for the third decade of the 21st century that would be more suitable to U.S. interests and principles.
Tennis great Martina Navratilova until recently had long been coronated as a social justice trailblazer. She was one of the first marquee celebrity athletes to come out as gay, and then to advocate lesbian issues in and out of sports. But suddenly the icon seems out of step with her progressive legend status.
The agreement that President Donald Trump is offering Kim Jong Un carries uncertain rewards and considerable risk for Kim. Trump’s offer is based on the false assumption that Kim wants a prosperous country from which he and the people of North Korea can benefit.
Any look back at American presidential politics in the 1980’s would include at least two narratives. One would be Republican dominance. The two Reagan campaigns and one Bush effort carried 133 of 150 states and amassed 1,440 of 1,614 electoral votes.
Jacob Vigdor of the University of Washington talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the impact of Seattle's minimum wage increases in recent years. Vigdor along with others from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance have tried to measure the change in employment, hours worked, and wages for low-skilled workers in Seattle. He summarizes those results here arguing that while some workers earned higher wages, some or all of the gains were offset by reductions in hours worked and a reduction in the rate of job creation especially for low-skilled workers.
A new study finds that astonishingly high numbers of elementary school teacher candidates fail their professional licensing tests each year, with the highest failure rates among candidates of color. The tests assess subject knowledge in English, science, mathematics, and social studies. The study, conducted by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), also finds that teacher preparation programs give little attention to the content knowledge that teacher candidates need.
Imagine an ordinary courtroom scene. The judge sits above the crowd wearing a black robe while one of the lawyers questions a witness. The witness gives an answer, but it's not the one the lawyer was looking for. So, the lawyer asks the question again, but the witness gives the same answer. When the lawyer asks a third time, the attorney for the other side rises to her feet and exclaims, "Objection! Asked and answered!" The judge agrees and, in a voice dripping with irritation, tells the first lawyer to move on to another question.
Mark Cuban tries to get back to his point, but he misses the point. The inventor, Staff Sergeant Travis Alton, has presumably already shown that his device is better and cheaper than the one the U.S. Air Force has adopted. Cuban asks him why the military has adopted the much more expensive one.
On Wednesday evening I attended a talk given by Dean Baker at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS). You might think it’s in Middlebury, Vermont. It’s not. It’s in Monterey, California. Dean is co-founder of the Center for Economic Policy Research. His topic was “Health Care and the Future of the National Deficit.” In his talk he showed that if we had German-level per capita spending on health care, our federal budget in the future would move from deficit to surplus over a number of years.
Hoover Institution fellow Chester Finn discusses the Trump Administration's plan to give families more choice through “Education Freedom Scholarships," its political prospects, and past efforts to increase educational choice in America.
Hoover Institution fellow Adam White examines Chief Justice Marshall’s display of judicial statesmanship in side-stepping the most controversial issues of the McCulloch case and thereby protecting the legitimacy of the courts.
quoting Larry Diamondvia International Centre For Defence And Security
Friday, March 1, 2019
EU foreign policy has a role in protecting and promoting democracy and human rights at a global level. As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, it would be fitting to assess the current state of liberal democracy on a global level in order to understand in what direction the world is evolving.
“Politics is for old men.” Thus a Serbian friend informed me when I visited Belgrade shortly before everything fell apart. He wanted me to send him Beatles albums not easily obtainable at the time so he could listen to “happy music,” by which he meant just music. Unfortunately, politics is for young men (and women) too, and although good music uncorrupted by politics can still be found, bad music with a political or subversive agenda abounds.
There is a tendency to think of impeachable offenses as like landmines. If the president accidentally or purposefully steps on one, then it explodes and he must suffer the consequences. Constitutional lawyers might find this line of thinking particularly attractive because it would allow them to get to work on identifying a finite set of actions as high crimes and misdemeanors and to set Congress about the business of determining whether the president has actually committed such offenses.
There was a long history of smuggling American jeans, particularly Levi 501s, in the Soviet Union, but by the last decade of its existence it became a mania. And the only way to get them was the underground market; as Niall Ferguson once wrote: “Why could the Soviets not replicate Levi 501’s the way they had replicated the atomic bomb?”
“Since its inception 170 years ago, California constitutional law has dictated that a governor must be inside state lines to exercise the powers of the office...In an alternative universe in which the lieutenant governor was a Republican, this would present a headache for California’s state government." - Bill Whalen
It is puzzling that so many private-sector economists are forecasting a recession in 2020, Casey Mulligan, chief economist of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said Thursday. A survey released by the National Association for Business Economics on Monday ahead of a conference showed that 42% of the economists expect the economy will sink into a recession in 2020 and 25% predicted the downturn would start in 2021.
At a moment when the country has never seemed angrier, two political commentators from opposite sides of the divide concurred recently on one point that was once nearly unthinkable: The country is on the verge of “civil war.” First came former U.S. attorney Joseph diGenova, a Fox News regular and ally of President Trump’s. “We are in a civil war,” he said. “The suggestion that there’s ever going to be civil discourse in this country for the foreseeable future is over. . . . It’s going to be total war.”