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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Diminished Returns

by Niall Fergusonvia New York Times Magazine
Sunday, May 17, 2009

If financial crises were distributed along a bell curve — like traffic accidents or people’s heights — really big ones wouldn’t happen very often...

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Obama and Netanyahu Meet - What's Next?

by Daniel Pipesvia Jerusalem Post
Sunday, May 17, 2009

The meeting on May 18 of two newly elected leaders, Barack Obama and Binyamin Netanyahu, raise a basic question about US-Israel relations: Will this long-standing alliance survive its 62nd year?...

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Letter: W.H.O. and Swine Flu

by Henry I. Millervia New York Times
Saturday, May 16, 2009

Re “Managing a Flu Threat With Seasoned Urgency” (front page, May 10): As the co-discoverer of one of the key enzymes of the influenza virus and as someone who has written extensively about H5N1 avian flu, I do not count myself among the “flu experts” who believe that the World Health Organization and Dr. Margaret Chan, its director general, “performed well” during the current outbreak of H1N1 swine flu...

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Secondary Sources: Bankers, Regulation, Potential Growth, U.S. Stress

with Niall Fergusonvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, May 18, 2009

Regulation: Writing for the New York Times, Niall Ferguson looks at the role of regulation in the financial crisis...

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Needed: creative options

with Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Petersonvia Oklahoman
Monday, May 18, 2009

Oklahoma may or may not finish this fiscal year in the black, and the consensus seems to be that next year’s budget situation will be worse...

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Boldrin on Intellectual Property

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, May 18, 2009

Michele Boldrin of Washington University in St. Louis talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about intellectual property and Boldrin's book, co-written with David Levine, Against Intellectual Property...

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Measures disrupting traditional political ties

with Bill Whalenvia San Diego Union-Tribune
Monday, May 18, 2009

Tomorrow's statewide special election has produced crazy-quilt battle lines that unite natural opponents and divide natural allies...

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Study: Students with bad home lives score lower on tests

with Education Nextvia Gainesville Sun
Monday, May 18, 2009

In the classroom, one "bad apple" can spoil or, at least, hinder the whole bunch when it comes to academic performance and disciplinary problems...

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Schwarzenegger's vaunted salesmanship tested

with Bill Whalenvia San Francisco Chronicle
Sunday, May 17, 2009

In the wildly diverse worlds of bodybuilding, movies and politics, Arnold Schwarzenegger has consistently marshaled one critical skill - an uncanny knack for salesmanship - to catapult him to the top of his class...

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Thomas Sowell: Regulators Started Housing Crisis

with Thomas Sowellvia NewsMax
Sunday, May 17, 2009

Respected economist Dr. Thomas Sowell, author of the new book "The Housing Boom and Bust," tells Newsmax that the current housing crisis can be blamed on pressure from government officials seeking to remedy a "problem that didn't exist."...

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Clock ticking as Russia, US kick off nuclear arms talks

with William J. Perryvia Agence France-Presse
Sunday, May 17, 2009

Russia and the United States open fresh nuclear disarmament negotiations this week under pressure to strike a deal by year’s end that experts say will have far-reaching consequences for world security...

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Bad Prediction, Bad Graphics

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Sunday, May 17, 2009

A number of people have sent me versions of this graph that Greg Mankiw has now noted...

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The Conflict in Modern Conservatism Once Again

by Gary S. Beckervia Becker-Posner Blog
Sunday, May 17, 2009

Posner and I decided to post again this week on the conservative movement because of the great interest in our discussion last week...

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Economist Says Regulators Started Crisis

with Thomas Sowellvia NewsMax
Sunday, May 17, 2009

Economist examines how it happened, who's to blame and why it may happen again...

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How the world really works

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Sunday, May 17, 2009

Is it a good idea to have medical records stored in electronic form rather than paper?...

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Ahmadinejad Can Speak on a US Campus, But Netanyahu Cannot

with Daniel Pipesvia American Thinker
Saturday, May 16, 2009

Imagine it's 1940, and picture Adolf Hitler speaking at a US university, receiving a polite reception, while Winston Churchill is barred from speaking because his safety cannot be guaranteed...

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Sudden disruption

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Friday, May 15, 2009

Here is Adam Smith speculating in The Wealth of Nations on the dynamic nature of the British labor market if all tariffs and barriers to imports were removed...

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Universal Pre-K Scam

with Chester E. Finn Jr.via Washington Examiner
Friday, May 15, 2009

Here’s a fine article by Chester Finn of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation on the Obama administration’s plan to spend more on preschool and why it’s a bad idea...

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Following the money

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Friday, May 15, 2009

Here are two totally intuitive common sense arguments: "Buying local is better than buying from a chain store—the money stays in the community."...

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California budget woes may force government overhaul

with Bill Whalenvia Reuters
Friday, May 15, 2009

California's government may see a dramatic overhaul because its budget is in such disarray and on track for a staggering shortfall of at least $15.4 billion, lawmakers and analysts said on Friday...