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Interest Rates
Analysis and Commentary

Doctrines Overturned

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Saturday, February 28, 2015

Everyone is hanging on will-she or won't-she raise rates by 25 basis points. I think this focus misses the more interesting questions for current monetary policy.

Analysis and Commentary

What Makes Vladimir Run?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Strategika
Thursday, February 26, 2015

A line from President Vladimir Putin’s April 2005 state of the nation address is now often commonly footnoted to explain his latest aggressions: “Above all, we should acknowledge that the collapse of the Soviet Union was a major geopolitical disaster of the century. As for the Russian nation, it became a genuine drama. Tens of millions of our co-citizens and co-patriots found themselves outside Russian territory.”

Analysis and Commentary

Nathan Glazer On Revisiting The Moynihan Report

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Monday, March 2, 2015

Fifty years ago the U.S. Department of Labor issued a report, titled “The Negro Family: The Case for National Action,” that identified a surprising rate of growth in the percentage of African American children born into single-parent families.

Analysis and Commentary

Brace Yourself For The Most Important Supreme Court Case Of The Year

by David Davenportvia Forbes
Friday, February 27, 2015

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in its most important case of the year, King v. Burwell.  The case is most obviously significant because it could invalidate subsidies for low income individuals covered by Obamacare in the approximately two-thirds of states that did not establish their own exchanges.

Analysis and Commentary

UN-THINKABLE: The United Nations Is Not The Place To Regulate The Internet

by Ruth Wedgwoodvia The Briefing
Monday, March 2, 2015

The United Nations is always looking for useful work — seeking to please 193 member states and find a way to collect their dues. But regulating the Internet is one case where Turtle Bay should keep its hands off the wheel.

Analysis and Commentary

The Liberal Circus

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, March 1, 2015

Lately liberalism has gone from psychodrama to farce.

Analysis and Commentary

Monday Morning Muesli

by Mark Harrisonvia Mark Harrison's Blog
Monday, March 2, 2015

According to Putin's spokesman Dmitrii Peskov, the Russian President considers that the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was a contract killing with "all the signs of a provocation."

Analysis and Commentary

'Allergic To All Known Chemicals?'

by Henry I. Millervia Forbes
Monday, March 2, 2015

When I was a Special Assistant to FDA Commissioner Frank Young in the 1980’s, a woman approached me after she had heard him speak at a public lecture about the importance of regulation.  She told me how much she appreciated his diligence and passion about government oversight because, “My entire family and I are allergic to all known chemicals.”

Analysis and Commentary

Krugman's Bait And Switch

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, March 1, 2015

Paul Krugman has a post on the importance of MIT economists in policy discussions. Had he simply made the point that they are highly influential, his post would have been fine.

Analysis and Commentary

Videotape of Nemtsov Murder Suggests High-Level Assistance

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Sunday, March 1, 2015

There may be no place in Moscow more secure than the massive Kremlin complex where Vladimir Putin and his Presidential Apparat work.

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Analysis and Commentary

Military Retirement: Too Sweet A Deal?

by Timothy Kanevia War on the Rocks
Monday, March 2, 2015

Retiring from the U.S. military is a sweet deal for the 17 percent of veterans who are allowed to serve for twenty years on active duty. Too sweet.

Analysis and Commentary

Define The Core Mission Of Schools

by Michael J. Petrillivia Washington Post
Friday, February 27, 2015

The sudden departure of Joshua Starr, superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools, caught many by surprise — including Starr. That’s a depressing sign of a dysfunctional school board, one whose members failed to signal serious concerns with their superintendent, even as recently as last fall’s school board elections.

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Analysis and Commentary

Putin Blames Enemies Of The State For Nemtsov's Murder; Obama Demands Kremlin Investigate Itself

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About (Blog)
Saturday, February 28, 2015

Vladimir Putin describes the Russian state as a power vertical, in which power is exercised at the very top. All authority descends from Putin himself and those below carry out his orders.

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Analysis and Commentary

Jeb Bush A 'Reform' Conservative? America Doesn't Need Conservatism Lite

by David Davenportvia Fox News
Friday, February 27, 2015

I am wary of the adjectives Republican presidential candidates like to place in front of the word “conservative.” 

Analysis and Commentary

Marriage As A Springboard To The Middle Class

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Friday, February 27, 2015

Regular followers of Fordham know that, over the past few years, I’ve been thinking and writing a lot about “education for upward mobility,” starting with a series of posts on Deborah Meier’s Bridging Differences blog and culminating in last December’s conference on the subject. Now I’ve got a new essay in Education Next, “How Can Schools Address America’s Marriage Crisis?

War Plane
Analysis and Commentary

The Super Smart Way To Dismantle ISIS

by Eli Berman, Dr. Joseph Felter , Jacob H. Shapirovia National Interest
Friday, February 27, 2015

Every week, the Islamic State (IS) makes further headlines with its ruthless behavior. The many tactics of IS raises the question: which type of war are we fighting against it?

Analysis and Commentary

The Intellectual—But Not Political—AUMF Consensus

by Jennifer Daskal, Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Monday, March 2, 2015

A real consensus is developing on the contours of an appropriate AUMF—at least among academics and other commentators.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Boehner’s Invite To Netanyahu Is Unconstitutional

by Elizabeth Cobbsvia Reuters
Monday, March 2, 2015

House Speaker John Boehner’s annoyance with President Barack Obama is turning into a grudge match against the Constitution.

Analysis and Commentary

After High-Profile Hacks, It's Time For A Bolder Approach To Cybersecurity

by Scott J. Shackelford via Christian Science Monitor
Friday, February 27, 2015

Among the lessons from the Sony hack was that conventional cybersecurity measures don't always stop intruders. What more corporations need to apply is an active defense to better understand and stop future threats. 

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Analysis and Commentary

New Additions To The Lawfare Team

by Benjamin Wittes mentioning Amy Zegartvia Lawfare
Sunday, March 1, 2015

I’m excited to announce three new additions to Lawfare‘s roster of contributing editors—all of whom have written for the site before and will be familiar to our readers.

The Arab Spring in Egypt
Analysis and Commentary

Allah Versus KFC

by Mokhtar Awad, Samuel Tadrosvia Foreign Policy
Friday, February 27, 2015
How an unlikely American ideologue is inspiring Egypt’s new generation of Islamic militants.
Analysis and Commentary

The Latest 215 Collection Renewal

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Monday, March 2, 2015

In January 2014, President Obama directed an end to the Section 215 bulk telephony metadata program as it then existed, and called for the establishment of a mechanism that would preserve the program’s essential capabilities without the government holding the bulk data.

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Analysis and Commentary

The Unseen Effects Of "Net Neutrality" Regulation

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, February 27, 2015

Various friends on Facebook have been venting, quite justifiably, about the Federal Communications Commission's vote to regulate the Internet as a public utility.

Interviews
Immigration
Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson - In Addition To Legal & Illegal There Is Also Liberal & Iliberal Immigration

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Garrison (WIBC)
Friday, February 27, 2015

Hoover fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses immigration with Greg Garrison on WIBC.

Interviews

A Conversation With James Ceaser

interview with James W. Ceaservia Power Line
Monday, March 2, 2015

In the latest of his Conversations, Bill Kristol draws out the eminent political scientist James Ceaser on the philosophy of constitutionalism on which the American experiment is founded as well as the development of American political parties with which it must live.

Interviews

Henry Miller On The John Batchelor Show (30:04)

interview with Henry I. Millervia John Batchelor Show
Friday, February 27, 2015

Hoover fellow Henry Miller discusses the FDA leadership on the John Batchelor Show.

In the News
In the News

David Zetland on Water

featuring Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, March 2, 2015

David Zetland of Leiden University College in the Netherlands and author of Living with Water Scarcity talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the challenges of water management.

In the News

ISIS Foreign Fighter Recruitment, Social Media Undeterred By New Security Crackdowns

quoting Thomas H. Henriksenvia International Business Times
Saturday, February 28, 2015

Since the Islamic State group declared its self-styled caliphate in June, countries around the world have been on high alert for foreign fighters trying to get to Iraq and Syria.

In the News

Crowds Mourn Killing Of Boris Nemtsov, Outspoken Putin Critic

quoting Michael McFaulvia CNN
Saturday, February 28, 2015

Crowds of people, some with tears in their eyes, flocked Saturday to the spot on a bridge in the shadow of the Kremlin where prominent opposition figure Boris Nemtsov was shot dead hours earlier, in what appeared to be a targeted killing.

In the News

California Legislature Hits A Lull

quoting Bill Whalenvia Los Angeles Times
Sunday, March 1, 2015

It's quiet at the California Capitol. While activity traditionally lags in the first few months of a legislative session, it's downright sleepy at the statehouse.