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How To Be An Open Economy

by Michael Spencevia Project Syndicate
Monday, May 22, 2017

The word “openness” has two related but distinct connotations. It can mean that something is unrestricted, accessible, and possibly vulnerable; or it can mean that something, such as a person or institution, is transparent, as opposed to secretive.

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Give Bears Ears To Native Americans

by Terry Andersonvia Forbes
Friday, May 19, 2017

As part of his review of national monuments, Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke met with the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition. The coalition’s message was articulated earlier by the Ute Tribe’s business committee: “The monument was designated in response to government-to-government discussions that honored the trust relationship between the federal government and Indian Country.

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A Heretic At Duke Divinity School

by Peter Berkowitzvia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, May 21, 2017

The dean brings charges of ‘unprofessional conduct’ for a vigorous defense of free inquiry.

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Why ‘Net Neutrality’ Drives The Left Crazy

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, May 19, 2017

The FCC’s new chairman on his plan to reopen the internet to competition—and the agitators picketing his family home.

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Lant Pritchett On Poverty, Growth, And Experiments

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, May 22, 2017

How should we think about growth and poverty? How important is the goal of reducing the proportion of the world's population living on less than a dollar a day? Does poverty persist because people lack skills or because they live in economic systems where skills are not rewarded?

Analysis and Commentary

Trump Must Tackle Saudi Fanaticism When He's In Riyadh

by Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Fox News
Friday, May 19, 2017

As he leaves behind a maelstrom of domestic political troubles, President Trump must be one of the few people in the world who goes to the Middle East for some peace. However, the region badly needs some of Trump’s characteristic disruption.

Analysis and Commentary

Congress Needs To Step Up Its Game

by David Davenportvia Townhall
Monday, May 22, 2017

While everyone was evaluating Donald Trump at 100 days, we also should have been grading Congress. With significantly lower approval ratings than the president, Congress has done very little.

Analysis and Commentary

Fancy Private Schools Want To Abandon High School Transcripts And Grades

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Monday, May 22, 2017

As more and more elite independent schools price themselves out of the upper-middle class parent market, as more of their traditional distinguishing features—things like honors courses, ample Advanced Placement offerings, library and technology access, small classes, oodles of art and music—get picked up by ever more district and charter schools, and as selective colleges seek to fill their entering classes with more variegated kids from a wider array of high schools, many private schools are struggling to devise new ways of setting themselves apart from the masses (and, presumably, justifying their lofty price tags).

Analysis and Commentary

Did Comey “Grandstand” Or "Politicize" The Russia Investigation?

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Saturday, May 20, 2017

As is well known, President Trump told his Russian friends in the Oval Office: “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” Yesterday afternoon, Sean Spicer tried to explain away the President's comments as follows: “By grandstanding and politicizing the investigation into Russia’s actions, James Comey created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia.”

Analysis and Commentary

To Regain Control Of The House, Democrats Should Promise: No Re-Speaker Pelosi

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Sunday, May 21, 2017

With talk that the U.S. House of Representatives could be in play next year – Democrats would need to gain up to 24 seats to earn a 218-seat majority – let’s take a quick look at three ways the party out of power could make that happen.

Analysis and Commentary

Challenges And Opportunities Facing The Trump Administration’s China Policy

by Miles Maochun Yuvia Strategika
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

In general, America profoundly lacks interest in communist ideology, a phenomenon Karl Marx would have called “the poverty of ideology.” As a result, our China policy by and large has failed to take into sufficient consideration the primal forces that motivate Chinese communist leadership in foreign and domestic affairs.

Analysis and Commentary

Arctic Security Poses Icy Chess Game With Russia, China

by Alice Hillvia The Hill
Friday, May 19, 2017

In Fairbanks, Alaska, last week, the United States passed the Arctic Council gavel to Finland. Started over twenty years ago, the council brings together the eight Arctic nations to tackle common problems in the region before they get out of hand.

Analysis and Commentary

May 11-23, 2003: From Peace To War In Iraq

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Military History in the News
Friday, May 19, 2017

In the middle of May 2003, the U.S. government threw away a victory that its armed forces had won and started a new war that it had no idea how to win. This fortnight’s events remind us that the lack of unity of conception and command can turn victory into disaster.

Analysis and Commentary

Solar Power: Lots Of Jobs Per KWH Is Bad, Not Good

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, May 22, 2017

Creating jobs is not the same as creating wealth.

Interviews
Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson: Whole Trump-Russia-Collusion Story Is A "Big Lie"

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Real Clear Politics
Saturday, May 20, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson does not believe there is evidence to prove President Trump colluded with the Russians. Hanson says the attacks on Trump are a slow motion coup.

Interviews

A Conversation On ‘Democracy’ With Condoleezza Rice

interview with Condoleezza Ricevia R Street
Friday, May 19, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Condoleezza Rice discusses her book Democracy: Stories From the Long Road to Freedom, and maintains that we must have faith in the institutions of democracy and in our ability to change them without violent revolution.

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David Davenport On The John Batchelor Show

interview with David Davenportvia The John Batchelor Show
Sunday, May 21, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow David Davenport discusses his book Rugged Individualism: Dead Or Alive?

In the News
In the News

Stephen Haber On The Value Of Integrating Politics Into Economics

featuring Stephen Habervia Stanford Center for International Development
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

When Stephen Haber was a graduate student in the early 1980s, political economists were an endangered species. Political scientists studied how governments work, and economists focused on the functioning of markets — with little overlap between the two.

In the News

Stanford Raw Data Podcast

quoting Michael McFaulvia Stanford Raw Data
Thursday, May 18, 2017

There are a lot of unanswered questions right now about Russia’s role in the 2016 election. Whether it’s actually hacking into the DNC servers or more subtly spreading misinformation online, there’s widespread meddling afoot. Online information was weaponized in a targeted way, and this is new. In today’s episode, we think critically about what cybersecurity means and how Russia’s recent history brought us to this moment.

In the News

A Fine Line

quoting Terry M. Moevia US News
Friday, May 19, 2017

Donald Trump's actions haven't been illegal, but he is shattering presidential norms.

In the News

Merkel Will Push For Weidmann As ECB President, Spiegel Says

quoting Melvyn B. Kraussvia Bloomberg
Friday, May 19, 2017

Angela Merkel and Wolfgang Schaeuble want to install a German at the head of the European Central Bank when Mario Draghi’s term expires in 2 1/2 years, according to Spiegel magazine.

In the News

Hirsi Ali: The 'Heretic' Who Says Muslims Need To Re-Think Sex, Money, And Violence ... And The Concept Of Time

featuring Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Independent
Friday, May 19, 2017

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is one of the most forceful and provocative feminist critics challenging Islam today. She is also in hiding. Andy Martin meets her in an undisclosed location and finds a woman on a mission, a woman who found the power to say No and the freedom it gave her.

In the News

President Mike Pence? Dems Should Be 'Careful What They Wish For', Experts Say

quoting Bill Whalenvia The Guardian
Sunday, May 21, 2017

The idea of Pence taking over from Donald Trump has lately gained traction, but his conservatism and his likely effectiveness pose a threat to the left.

In the News

Allan Meltzer Made A Career As The Chief Scourge Of Financial Regulators

featuring Allan H. Meltzervia Fox Business
Friday, May 19, 2017

Allan Meltzer devoted a large share of his scholarly life to telling the Federal Reserve and other financial regulators, politely but firmly, that they were falling down on the job.

In the News

From Condoleezza Rice, Tales Of Diplomacy And Unrequited Love

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia The New York Times
Friday, May 19, 2017

Condoleezza Rice’s “Democracy” is new on the hardcover nonfiction list, at No. 4, and plenty of observers have already commented on its sober, high-minded rhetoric about America’s role in the world. 

In the News

Kamala Harris’ Anti-Trump Payoff: Campaign Cash Rolls In

quoting Bill Whalenvia San Francisco Chronicle
Monday, May 22, 2017

Being an outspoken voice against the Trump administration has turned into a gold mine for Sen. Kamala Harris.