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Does Capitalism Cause Social Decay?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Sunday, March 24, 2019

As material conditions improve, do more people feel anxious and depressed? 

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The Economic Consequences Of Global Uncertainty

by Michael Spencevia Project Syndicate
Monday, March 25, 2019

With new sources of uncertainty seemingly proliferating by the day, a broad economic slowdown should come as no surprise. And as long as the rules and institutions governing the global economy remain in doubt, continued underperformance is to be expected.

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Jack Goldsmith: A Former Justice Department Lawyer Reads Robert Mueller’s (And William Barr’s) Conclusions

interview with Jack Goldsmithvia The New Yorker
Sunday, March 24, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jack Goldsmith discusses the end of the Mueller investigation and Attorney General William Barr's summary of the “principal conclusions” of a report.

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The Worst Attack On The Electoral College: Pretending Every Vote Doesn't Count

by David Davenportvia Washington Examiner
Friday, March 22, 2019

Colleges are under attack today, with the recent admissions scandal triggering charges of inequity in the college admissions process. But Democrats are on the warpath about a particular college, the Electoral College, arguing that it advances its own brand of unfairness.

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Concentration Increasing?

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Friday, March 22, 2019

Is the US economy getting more concentrated or less? At the aggregate level, more. This is a widely noted fact, leading quickly to calls for more active government moves to break up big companies. But at the local level, no. Diverging Trends in National and Local Concentration by Esteban Rossi-Hansberg, Pierre-Daniel Sarte, and Nicholas Trachter documents the trend.

Analysis and Commentary

Did Trump Really Do All That?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, March 24, 2019

Peggy Noonan, apparently like many, believes that Trump’s occasional callousness and crassness are unprecedented. And they have so befouled the political landscape that he has spawned rude and crude leftwing imitators. The result allegedly is the vile language of the “mean girls” such as the anti-Semitism and foul speech of Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.

Analysis and Commentary

The Ironies Of Mueller’s Endgame

by Adam J. Whitevia Commentary
Monday, March 25, 2019

For nearly two years, President Trump’s critics placed immense weight on Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation of allegations that Candidate Trump colluded with Russia before the 2016 election, and that President Trump obstructed justice after his 2017 inauguration. So, in the immediate aftermath of Mueller’s investigation and Attorney General Barr’s brief summary to Congress, it is more than a little ironic to find President Trump’s critics now downplaying Mueller’s conclusions that there is no evidence that Trump colluded, and insufficient evidence that Trump obstructed justice.

Analysis and Commentary

Truly Taking Back Control

by Raghuram Rajanvia Project Syndicate
Monday, March 25, 2019

When people are more able to shape their own futures, they are less likely to be convinced that others are to blame for their plight. To the extent that it weakens support for virulent nationalism, devolution of global governance to national and local communities may make the world a little more prosperous – and a lot safer.

Analysis and Commentary

University Admissions Scandal Is A Dog-Bites-Man Story

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Monday, March 25, 2019

The revelations that parents of applicants to tony universities bribed university officials to engineer their children’s admission have provoked the usual complaints of class privilege corrupting higher education’s meritocratic system and lofty mission. But those horses left the university barn decades ago. The real issue deserving of exposure and condemnation is the role of the federal government in demanding and encouraging this corruption.

Analysis and Commentary

Bang The Drum Slowly -- And Loudly -- To Anger The Base

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Friday, March 22, 2019

Let’s play connect the dots: packing the U.S. Supreme Court . . . lowering the federal voting age to 16 . . . abolishing the Electoral College . . . maybe even changing the rules of the U.S. Senate. Ways to make Americans more engaged and more confident in their government?

Analysis and Commentary

Area 45: The Trillion-Dollar Storm With Alice Hill

interview with Alice Hillvia Area 45
Monday, March 25, 2019

How can the US plan for and build resilience for catastrophic natural disasters?

Analysis and Commentary

Has The President Been Exonerated?

by Adam J. Whitevia Politico
Sunday, March 24, 2019

We asked top legal experts to decode the attorney general’s summary of the Mueller report—and what it means for Donald Trump.

Analysis and Commentary

Daniel Hamermesh On Spending Time

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, March 25, 2019

Economist and author Daniel Hamermesh of Barnard College and the Institute for the Study of Labor talks about his latest book, Spending Time, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Hamermesh explores how we treat time relative to money, how much we work and how that has changed over time, and the ways economists look at time, work, and leisure.

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Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: How Declining Birth Rates Could Affect Schools

by Paul E. Peterson interview with Michael J. Petrillivia The Education Exchange
Monday, March 25, 2019

A decline in birth rates in the U.S. could mean that the school-aged population will spiral downward in the next decade and beyond. Would this be a disaster for schools? Or could there be a silver lining?

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Analysis and Commentary

Dinesh D'Souza And Critical Students Have Civilized Dialogue

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, March 23, 2019

I’ve seen multiple YouTube videos of Q&A sessions when Dinesh D-Souza gives talks at universities. He often gets his share of hostile comments and I wondered how he would be treated at Stanford when he spoke there last month. So I watched the first few minutes of his speech and then jumped to Q&A. The talk is titled “The moral case for Trump’s wall.” It probably goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway: I’m not a fan of the wall.

Analysis and Commentary

Oregon Government Rips Off Workers

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, March 22, 2019

One myth – perpetuated by the National Employment Law Project – is that state mandates expand opportunity to retirement savings, especially for low-income workers. They don’t. OregonSaves initially defaults worker contributions into a conservative capital preservation fund before redirecting contributions to a life-cycle fund once balances exceed $1,000. Since inception in 2004, the capital preservation fund has offered a paltry nominal return of 1.52% (essentially an inflation-adjusted return of 0%).

Analysis and Commentary

The Chemistry Of Ethanol

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, March 24, 2019

As you know if you’ve followed ethanol in the last decade, the federal government requires a certain amount of ethanol in gasoline. Glen Whitman, a friend on Facebook, posted the following and gave me permission to post on EconLog.

Interviews
Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson On The Lars Larson Show

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Lars Larson Show
Friday, March 22, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his recent book The Case for Trump, and also explains the meteoric rise of President Donald Trump.

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Niall Ferguson: Strong Economy Is ‘Real Tailwind’ For Trump And GOP In 2020

interview with Niall Fergusonvia CNBC
Saturday, March 23, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson says he thinks a recession in 2019 is unlikely if inflation stays in check, gives his opinion on how the 2020 election will pan out, and talks about how to improve the state of our economy. Ferguson emphasizes the impact new technologies will have on workers and how reforming education could help spur the economy in a better direction.

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Nobel Laureate Michael Spence Positive On China-Italy Cooperation

interview with Michael Spencevia CGTN America
Saturday, March 23, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Spence notes that Italy is struggling economically, and Spence believes having expanded relationships with China under the Belt and Road Initiative could be helpful to Italy, and might expand their market, since China has a huge domestic market. Of course, the two countries have to experiment with terms of engagement till they find the mutually beneficial ways in it.

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Victor Davis Hanson – Revolt Of The Forgotten Masses

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Gorilla News
Friday, March 22, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his recent book The Case for Trump, and notes that this past election was a matter of the forgotten masses of rural America revolting against the arrogance of the ruling elite.

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Trump’s Chances Of Re-Election Have Gone Up, Says Niall Ferguson

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg
Sunday, March 24, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the findings of the Mueller report, when he thinks Donald Trump’s presidency will end, and his views on global growth. 

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Victor Davis Hanson Talks "The Case for Trump" On The Howie Carr Show

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Howie Carr Show
Friday, March 22, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his recent book The Case for Trump.

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Niall Ferguson Says British Politics Is 'In Shambles'

interview with Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg
Sunday, March 24, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses Brexit negotiations, British politics, and where he thinks the UK is heading.

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson Offers 'The Case For Trump'

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Radio America
Friday, March 22, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his recent book The Case for Trump.

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Victor Davis Hanson On The Don Smith Show: "The Case For Trump"

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Don Smith Show
Saturday, March 23, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his recent book The Case for Trump.

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Victor Davis Hanson On The Marc Bernier Show Podcast

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Marc Bernier Show Podcast
Friday, March 22, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his recent book The Case for Trump.

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The Lars Larson Show: Bill Whalen Tells All

interview with Bill Whalenvia The Lars Larson Show
Friday, March 22, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses California laws as well as legalizing, unionizing, and taxing different types of work.

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John Yoo: Will There Be More Indictments From The Trump-Russia Collusion Probe?

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Saturday, March 23, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo weighs in on whether or not Special Counsel Robert Mueller will issue more indictments in the Trump-Russia probe as well as what is happening with the Southern District of New York's investigation.

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John Yoo: Mueller Is The Gold Standard Among Federal Prosecutors

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Saturday, March 23, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses whether or not the Mueller report should be released to the public.

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‘Shame’: Victor Davis Hanson Delivers Scathing Indictment Of Failed ‘Coup’

featuring Victor Davis Hansonvia Nation and State
Monday, March 25, 2019

‘Shame’: Victor Davis Hanson delivers scathing indictment of failed ‘coup’ By World Tribune on February 20, 2019 The first “coup” in U.S. history in which government bureaucrats sought to overturn an election and to remove a sitting U.S. president has failed, a columnist noted.

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A Huge Problem For Progs: Minority Students In Elite NYC Examination High Schools Were Well Represented In Earlier Generations

quoting Thomas Sowellvia American Thinker
Sunday, March 24, 2019

According to Progressives like Bill de Blasio and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Asian-heritage children of New York City who study hard and pass the entrance examinations for the high quality and very demanding Bronx High School of Science and Stuyvesant High School are a problem. They must be punished with fewer slots at the exam schools, so that more blacks and Hispanics, who can’t score as highly on the exams can attend the schools. 

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Utah Can Learn From The Successful School Turnarounds

quoting Eric Hanushekvia The Salt Lake Tribune
Sunday, March 24, 2019

According to Dr. Eric Hanushek, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, “Improved education is the key to the future for the U.S., as our economy depends on having a highly skilled workforce.”

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You Can't Throw Money At War On Poverty

quoting Eric Hanushekvia The Detroit News
Saturday, March 23, 2019

A damning new study dispels the myth that more money is the cure for education’s failures. The report took a comprehensive look at 50 years of testing data and found that even after spending hundreds of billions of dollars, the opportunity gap among students remains as wide as ever.

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Book Review: The Case For Trump

featuring Victor Davis Hansonvia Legal Insurrection
Saturday, March 23, 2019

Earlier this month, I noted that Victor Davis Hanson, fellow Californian and a military historian at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, had been targeted in social media by writers associated with The Bulwark.

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Eccles Memorial Lecture In Economics - Dr. John B. Taylor

featuring John B. Taylorvia Eventbrite
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Join the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business, the Center for Growth and Opportunity and the broader Utah State University community in celebrating the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation by attending the George S. Eccles Memorial Lecture in Economics on March 26, 2019 from 2:30PM-3:30PM in the Huntsman Hall Perry Pavilion on USU's Logan campus. This year’s distinguished lecturer is noted economist and scholar John B. Taylor.

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Spring Arts 2019 | Books: Catching Up With Historian Elizabeth Cobbs

featuring Elizabeth Cobbsvia The San Diego Union Tribune
Sunday, March 24, 2019

She wanted to write books her mother would read. Elizabeth Cobbs was already a successful author in her academic field — history — who penned well-regarded books about American foreign policy. Her mother proudly displayed them on the fireplace mantel, kept the covers dust-free, and had very little to say about what was inside.

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Saving The World From Misguided Populism: Raghuram Rajan Offers Some Prescriptions

quoting Raghuram Rajanvia CNBC
Monday, March 25, 2019

A common theme underlying political changes in the United States, Europe, Britain and in many Asian countries is the rise of populism. President Donald Trump, Brexit, Marine Le Pen in France, and the emphatic rise of Hindu nationalism in India all represent anger of displaced majorities.

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This Important Fed Indicator Drives Monetary Policy – So What’s It Saying?

featuring John B. Taylorvia Speculators Anonymous
Friday, March 22, 2019

I came across something today of which I believe is the most important thing for gauging monetary policy. And the mainstream financial media isn’t even talking about it (or worse – isn’t even aware). Because of this indicator – I actually believe the Fed may begin cutting rates sooner than many expect. So what am I talking about?

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Commentary: Utah Can Learn From The Successful School Turnarounds

quoting Eric Hanushekvia The Salt Lake Tribune
Sunday, March 24, 2019
According to Dr. Eric Hanushek, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, “Improved education is the key to the future for the U.S., as our economy depends on having a highly skilled workforce.”
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How To Prevent Wealth From Predetermining Admissions

quoting Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Campus Times
Sunday, March 24, 2019

It’s been hard to avoid the recent college admissions scandals, in which many rich and famous parents tried to buy their children spots at elite universities. This involved mail fraud and bribing athletic coaches and standardized test proctors, sometimes to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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AIPAC’s Washington Conference Will Reflect American Support For Israel

quoting George P. Shultzvia Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (Israel)
Monday, March 25, 2019
The AIPAC Policy Conference opened in Washington on March 24, 2019, and the critical analyses and even editorial autopsies are describing the organization’s diminished influence, claiming that it parallels the drop in Israel’s popularity among Americans.
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Why Did Bar AOC Used To Work At Shut Down? Because Of $15 Minimum Wage She Supports

quoting Thomas Sowellvia The New American
Friday, March 22, 2019

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (shown) had been accused of stealing tips from a coworker at a bar where she once waitressed. Yet she also could perhaps be accused of helping steal the jobs, in a manner of speaking, from workers at its sister establishment, in which she also waitressed. 

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U.S. Has A Head Start On Throwing Good Money After Bad

quoting Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Petersonvia Boston Herald
Friday, March 22, 2019
Imagine this scenario: You’re looking at your cable TV bill one day, and you notice a charge for the Smart Kids channel. You’ve never watched it, so you pick up the remote and click over and … nothing. No programming. Or — worse — it’s reruns of “Baywatch” and “Beavis and Butthead.”
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What Federal Spending To Cut?

quoting Martin Feldsteinvia Cato Institute
Friday, March 22, 2019

Economist Martin Feldstein warns about excessive government debt in the Wall Street Journal: The most dangerous domestic problem facing America’s federal government is the rapid growth of its budget deficit and national debt.

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China To Continue Proactive Fiscal Policy: Chinese Finance Minister

quoting Michael Spencevia CGTN
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Larger-scale tax and fee cuts to the tune of nearly two trillion yuan are planned this year to ensure all industries will pay less, while urban employers can contribute a maximum of 16 percent of earnings to cover the basic pension, down from the previous 20 percent, China's top financial officer said on Sunday.
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Thomas Sowell Is Right To Predict A Socialist America

quoting Thomas Sowellvia American Thinker
Saturday, March 23, 2019

Recently, Thomas Sowell appeared on the Fox Business Network. The host, David Asman, asked Sowell whether America will go down the dark and dangerous road of socialism: The future of America — do you think that we are destined to go through a period of socialism, a period where these ideas that have not worked wherever they have been tried and will not work here, will be tried here, and could bring down our country?

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Holland Tacks Metropopulist

quoting Ayaan Hirsi Alivia OpsLens
Friday, March 22, 2019
Not many people take Holland, the Netherlands, Dutchland (?), whatever, as a locale of much political interest. Not at least since William of Orange.
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2020 Democrats' 'Medicare-For-All' Plan Would Cause A Massive Doctor Shortage

quoting Charles Blahousvia Fox News
Saturday, March 23, 2019

Last month, Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., introduced House Democrats’ "Medicare-for-all" legislation. Although the plan has absolutely no hope of passing the Republican-led Senate or being signed by President Donald Trump, the legislation will almost certainly become the foundation of Democrats’ 2020 campaign. 

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Area Libraries Slate Talks About ‘American Creed’

mentioning Condoleezza Ricevia Altoona Mirror
Sunday, March 24, 2019

Blair County Library System, in partnership with area libraries and Penn State Altoona, is hosting community conversations drawing upon themes of the documentary “American Creed,” facilitated by Dr. William J. White of Penn State Altoona.

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Front Page Podcast: Concerns NZ Govt Turning Blind Eye To China Meddling

quoting Hoover Institutionvia Hawthorn Caller
Sunday, March 24, 2019
Each weekday The Front Page keeps you up to date with the biggest news in New Zealand. Today it‘s concerns our Government is complacent about China‘s influence in New Zealand, thousands paid out for wrongful meth evictions, lightning strike injures four people, and one restaurant proves you can be successful while paying the living wage. Hosted by Frances Cook.