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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Barack Obama, Global Community Organizer

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Forbes
Monday, March 30, 2009

Remember the phrase "community organizer," plucked from his CV by Barack Obama and invoked as a pre-election boast?...

Analysis and Commentary

Applying Obama's ethics to divisions in Oakland

by Bill Whalenvia San Francisco Chronicle
Sunday, March 29, 2009

Last weekend's police shootings in Oakland have drawn outcries and calls for action from civic and clergy leaders in the Bay Area and beyond...

Analysis and Commentary

Activism in the Time of Cholera

by Henry I. Millervia Wall Street Journal Europe
Sunday, March 29, 2009

The cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe has sickened more than 100,000 and killed at least 4,500, with more cases reported daily...

Analysis and Commentary

Look back to put perspective on current problems

by Tibor R. Machanvia Freedom Communications
Friday, March 27, 2009

As one who tasted a bit of Nazism and communism, today's economic fiasco strikes me as relatively mild as human disasters go...

Analysis and Commentary

Three problems with Obama's Af-Pak strategy

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Friday, March 27, 2009

President Obama's plan for Afghanistan is first rate...

In the News
In the News

Bankers to get keys to kingdom

with John B. Taylorvia National Post (Canada)
Monday, March 30, 2009

Senior policymakers from the Group of 20 nations, led by those in Washington, are likely to agree this week to give their central bankers more power to ensure there's no return of the type of credit crisis that has rocked the global financial system...

In the News

Can You Do Business with Al Qaeda Terrorists?

with Philip Bobbittvia History News Network
Monday, March 30, 2009

The terrorists of the very late-20th century were quite different from their predecessors among, say, the Irgun, the Zionist group led by Menachim Begin in the 1940s, or its mirror image, the Palestine Liberation Organization, led by Yasir Arafat from the 1960s until his death in 2004...

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Brink Lindsey on the Age of Abundance

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, March 30, 2009

Brink Lindsey, of the Cato Institute and author of The Age of Abundance: How Prosperity Transformed America's Politics and Culture, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the interaction between culture and politics and prosperity...

In the News

Options Turn Most Bullish on Aussie, Kiwi Since 2003

with John B. Taylorvia Bloomberg
Monday, March 30, 2009

Investors are the most bullish on Australian and New Zealand dollars since 2003, anticipating that spending on commodities will increase as central banks print unprecedented amounts of cash to rescue their economies...

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How a Modern Depression Might Look -- If the U.S. Gets There

with Robert J. Barrovia Wall Street Journal
Monday, March 30, 2009

In the wake of the biggest financial shock since 1929, economists say the odds of a depression are less than 50-50 -- though still uncomfortably high...

In the News

STEM Education

with Eric Hanushekvia Minneapolis Star Tribune
Monday, March 30, 2009

The STEM education initiative is long overdue-thank God it is here at last!...

In the News

Budget savvy boosts Campbell's election odds

with Bill Whalenvia San Francisco Chronicle
Monday, March 30, 2009

Tom Campbell doesn't have the big guns of his GOP competitors in the 2010 governor's race - not $50 million of his own money to throw in, like former eBay CEO Meg Whitman, nor the pulpit of statewide office, like Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner...

In the News

G-20 Targets Hedge Funds as Leaders Near Consensus

with John B. Taylorvia Bloomberg
Monday, March 30, 2009

Leaders of advanced and emerging economies are closing ranks behind plans for tougher rules on financial markets to prevent another collapse like the one that wiped out much of Wall Street...

In the News

Crisis & the Law with Richard Epstein: Chapter 1 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with Richard A. Epsteinvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, March 30, 2009

Richard Epstein considers the soundness of contracts and the constitutionality of taxing bonuses at a rate of 90 percent...

In the News

Republicans run from, not on, Schwarzenegger's record

with Bill Whalenvia Los Angeles Times
Sunday, March 29, 2009

For years, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has treated fellow Republicans with a combination of indifference and thinly veiled contempt...

In the News

Obama’s radicalism

with Michael J. Boskinvia Steamboat Pilot and Today (CO)
Sunday, March 29, 2009

Obama’s radicalism is killing the country...

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The Treasury's Plan to Buy Bank Assets

by Gary S. Beckervia Becker-Posner Blog
Sunday, March 29, 2009

One good aspect of the Treasury's plan to enlist the private sector in buying mortgage-backed and other bank assets is that it reduces the uncertainty-if it is implemented! - about what the government plans to do further in aiding banks...

In the News

Tough tasks for Regents' chief Merryl Tisch

with Diane Ravitchvia Daily News (NY)
Sunday, March 29, 2009

Merryl Tisch, who takes the helm of the powerful state Board of Regents this week, has performed a balancing act few accomplish: earning praise from city school officials - and their critics...

In the News

David Stockman Reprise

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Sunday, March 29, 2009

Concerning President Ronald Reagan's 1981 tax cut, in November 1981 David Stockman, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said this to William Greider of the Atlantic Monthly:..

In the News

What? Another Tax Reform Commission?

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Saturday, March 28, 2009

How many tax reform commissions could reform taxes if a tax reform commission could reform taxes?...

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Towards zero: Obama grasps the nuclear nettle

with William J. Perry, George P. Shultzvia Financial Times
Saturday, March 28, 2009

Fixing the economy, withdrawing from Iraq, overtures to Iran, a plan for Afghanistan, a thaw with Moscow and a bargain with Beijing ... I could go on...

In the News

Condemned to Failure

with Abbas Milanivia Iran Press Watch (Germany)
Saturday, March 28, 2009

Recently Gooya News published an article by Naser Mostashar...

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Bennet, Markey face choice over unions

with Richard A. Epsteinvia Estes Park Trail Gazette (CO)
Friday, March 27, 2009

With the economy teetering, Congress is poised to reward the labor movement by passing the Employee Free Choice Act...

In the News

Gimme Some Sugar

with Henry I. Millervia Reason
Friday, March 27, 2009

Ever tried a Passover Coke?...

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The Obama–Medvedev G-20 Meeting: The Agenda for the First Encounter

with George P. Shultzvia Heritage Foundation
Friday, March 27, 2009

On April 1, President Barack Obama will meet for the first time with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the G-20 summit in London...

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Taylor Says U.S. Risks Financial System Overregulation: Video

with John B. Taylorvia Bloomberg
Friday, March 27, 2009

John Taylor, economics professor at Stanford University, talks with Bloomberg's Haslinda Amin about U.S. financial system regulation...

In the News

U.S. health care doesn’t suck

with Scott W. Atlasvia City Wire (AR)
Friday, March 27, 2009

Dr. Scott Atlas, M.D., a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor at the Stanford University Medical Center, says the growing acceptance for a larger government role in the health care system requires an acceptance that the system is broken...

In the News

Obama and the Imminent North Korea Missile Launch

with William J. Perryvia Corner (National Review Online)
Thursday, March 26, 2009

Now that the Dems are in charge of the national defense, North Korea's planned missile launch, which could occur sometime in the next several weeks, is a good time to recall what some leading Democrats said about this a few years ago...

In the News

From Hoover Press: For a Union of the West between Europe and the United States, by Former French Prime Minister Edouard Balladur

with Hoover Institutionvia Business Wire
Thursday, March 26, 2009

In For a Union of the West between Europe and the United States (Hoover Press, 2009) Edouard Balladur, former prime minister of France, states that, as objects of growing hostility from the rest of the world, “Europe and America have yet to understand that, for the most part, the dangers that threaten them are the same...