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Combating China’s Influence Operations

by Orville Schell, Larry Diamondvia Project Syndicate
Monday, November 4, 2019

China has lately been infiltrating a wide range of US institutions – from universities and think tanks to the mass media and state and local governments – as well as the Chinese-American community. The only way to stop it is with a strategy of "constructive vigilance."

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The Military-Intelligence Complex

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, November 3, 2019

Many retired high-ranking military officers have gone beyond legitimately articulating why President Trump may be wrong on foreign policy, and now feel free to smear him personally or speak openly of removing their commander-in-chief from office. And the media and the bipartisan foreign-policy establishment are with them every step of the way.

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The Big Deception Behind Tariffs And Geopolitics

by Alexander Galetovic, Stephen Habervia The Hill
Sunday, November 3, 2019

China and the United States have been engaged in a 15-month-long trade war, with an end that is not in sight. As parties and candidates gear up for next year’s elections, all manner of claims are being made about the goals of the trade war and its effects. Basic tools of economics and political science can help adjudicate the merits of those claims.

Chiang Ching-kuo, former President of the Republic of China (Taiwan)
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Hoover Institution Opens Diaries Of Chiang Ching-Kuo, Former President Of The Republic Of China (Taiwan)

Friday, November 1, 2019

The Hoover Institution, the Academia Historica of Taiwan, Ms. Yo-mei Chiang and the family of Mr. Hsiao-yen Chiang are pleased to announce that Hoover is making available for scholars copies of the personal diaries (covering the period 1937 to 1979) of Chiang Ching-kuo, President of the Republic of China between 1978 and 1988.

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Addressing Nuclear Proliferation Needs International Leadership, Cooperation, Stanford’s George Shultz Says

interview with George P. Shultzvia Stanford News
Monday, November 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow George Shultz shares his thoughts about how to address nuclear proliferation today.

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

What Happened To Kamala Harris?

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Sunday, November 3, 2019

To the saying “denial is a river in Egypt,” which Los Angeles resident is less aware of their walls closing in: actress Lori Loughlin, who almost pled guilty in the celebrity college admissions scandal but didn’t; or California Sen. Kamala Harris, whose presidential campaign seems close to death’s doorstep?

Analysis and Commentary

Venkatesh Rao On Waldenponding

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, November 4, 2019

Writer and management consultant Venkatesh Rao talks about Waldenponding with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Rao coined the term Waldenponding to describe various levels of retreating from technology akin to how Thoreau extolled the virtues of retreating from social contact and leading a quieter life at Walden Pond. Rao argues that the value of Waldenponding is overrated and that extreme Waldenponding is even somewhat immoral. Rao sees online intellectual life as a form of supercomputer, an intellectual ecosystem that produces new knowledge and intellectual discourse. He encourages all of us to contribute to that intellectual ecosystem even when it can mean losing credit for some of our ideas and potentially some of our uniqueness.

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: School Choice And Blaine Amendments In Montana

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, November 4, 2019

Richard Komer, a former Senior Litigation Attorney at the Institute for Justice, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, a case which could declare the Blaine Amendments in 38 state constitutions unconstitutional.

Analysis and Commentary

Trump's Economic Policies: An Assessment, Part II

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, November 2, 2019

In Part I, I covered the “very good indeed” parts of President Donald Trump’s economic policies: the 2017 tax cut and the deregulation and slowing of new regulation. Here I turn to the “horrid:” his attacks on free trade, his hostility to immigration, and his failure to do anything to rein in federal spending. As in Part I, I wear two hats in judging him: (1) as a believer in economic freedom and (2) as an economist who cares about people’s economic wellbeing.

Analysis and Commentary

The Deeply Dedicated State

by Michael McFaulvia The New York Review of Books
Thursday, October 31, 2019

The State Department does not have a reputation for producing heroes. On the contrary, the department is commonly maligned in both elite and popular stereotypes as the stomping ground of drab, cautious bureaucrats. American presidents frequently celebrate the brave service of our soldiers deployed abroad, and for good reason, but rarely do our diplomats receive similar recognition.

Analysis and Commentary

The Central Planning Myth

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, November 1, 2019

Friedrich Hayek pointed out that a central planner, even a smart benevolent one, can’t possibly know what he would need to know to plan an economy. The needed information exists in the minds of hundreds of millions of people.

Analysis and Commentary

Reminder About My Monday Talk At Boise State

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, November 3, 2019

On Monday, November 4, I’ll be giving the Brandt Foundation Lecture at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. It will be the first time I’ve been in Boise since I stayed overnight there in April 1971.

Interviews
Interviews

Santelli Exchange: Ed Lazear On The Labor Market

interview with Edward Paul Lazearvia CNBC
Friday, November 1, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Ed Lazear discusses the jobs report, business investment, trade, and negative interest rates.

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John Taylor And Manfred Keil - Strong Economy/Weak Outlook: The Paradox Of Today’s Economy

interview with John B. Taylorvia Claremont McKenna College
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Taylor discusses his perspective and insights on current economic conditions.

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Victor Davis Hanson: All Of This Has Happened Before, Obama Promised Russia More Flexibility After 2012 Election

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Real Clear Politics
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the whistle-blower, double standard, and the impeachment process.

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show: Cuomo Bans Pipelines

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "New York’s Pipeline Fiasco."

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G2 Economic War|Justin Yifu Lin , Niall Ferguson, Kristie Lu Stout

interview with Niall Fergusonvia World Knowledge Forum
Friday, October 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses how to resolve the economic war between the US and China.

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Sunday Special With Ben Shapiro: Peter Robinson

interview with Peter M. Robinsonvia The Ben Shapiro Show Sunday Special
Sunday, November 3, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Peter Robinson discusses his life and the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

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A Conversation With Cyber Warfare Expert Jacquelyn Schneider

interview with Jacquelyn Schneidervia C-SPAN’s The Weekly Podcast
Friday, November 1, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jacquelyn Schneider, discusses cyber warfare on C-SPAN’s The Weekly Podcast with Steve Scully.

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John Yoo: Former Acting CIA Boss Expresses Gratitude For The 'Deep State.'

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Friday, November 1, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the break between President Trump and the intelligence community as well as his thoughts on impeachment.

Jack Goldsmith speaks at Hoover's 2014 Fall Retreat
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Jack Goldsmith: Live At Politics And Prose

interview with Jack Goldsmithvia Live at Politics and Prose
Friday, November 1, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jack Goldsmith discusses his new book In Hoffa's Shadow: A Stepfather, a Disappearance in Detroit, and My Search for the Truth.

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John Yoo On The Ricochet Podcast: Putting Out Fires

interview with John Yoovia Ricochet
Friday, November 1, 2019

(45:55) Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo clears up exactly what he thinks about Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman.

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Photographic portrait of the “Great and Generous Leader,” Joseph Stalin.
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A Chilling Study Of The World's Worst Dictators

featuring Frank Diköttervia The Sidney Morning Herald
Friday, November 1, 2019

There is an astonishing scene in the 1994 Russian film Burnt by the Sun. A giant celebratory hot-air balloon bearing a portrait of Stalin is released at the same time, in June 1936 during the great purges, that the Soviet secret police arrest a legendary Red Army hero and "old Bolshevik". This moment juxtaposes the two elements that sustained Stalin’s Russia: public worship and political terror. They lie at the core of Frank Dikotter’s impressive and authoritative new book. Dictatorships employ violence to seize power and eliminate opposition. But to entrench themselves and survive, they also need popular consent, created and sustained through personality cults.

US flag on military helmet
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James Mattis Explains The Biggest Problems Facing America’s Military In New Book

featuring General Jim Mattisvia Daily Caller
Friday, November 1, 2019

What follows is an excerpt from Guy Snodgrass’ new book Holding The Line: Inside Trump’s Pentagon with Secretary Mattis. Sndograss, Mattis’s former chief speechwriter and chief of communications, chronicles his time under Gen. James Mattis while the latter served as Secretary of Defense during the administration of President Donald Trump from January 2017 to January 2019. Snodgrass provides insight into Gen. Mattis’s views on the U.S. military, the position of the U.S. in the world and on the president.

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The Arrogant Elites Vs President Trump And Deplorables

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia KROC News
Sunday, November 3, 2019

The privileged, intellectual elites in the media, academia, politics, and government are part of the anti-Trump “Swamp.” They are fervent in their mission to take down President Trump, nullify the 2016 election, contaminate the 2020 vote, and silence Trump’s supporters. Victor Davis Hanson, the California military and classical historian, author, farmer, and columnist is a Trump supporter. Hanson deplores the biased elites who think they are superior to Trump and his supporters. Read More: The Arrogant Elites vs President Trump and Deplorables (OPINION) | https://krocnews.com/the-arrogant-elites-vs-president-trump-and-deplorables-opinion/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral

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Commentary: Trump And Sanders Both Wrong On Drug Re-Importation

quoting Richard A. Epsteinvia Chestnut Hill Local
Friday, November 1, 2019

Is government-facilitated reimportation of prescription medicines from Canada, a policy now supported by politicians as diverse as President Donald Trump and Senator Bernard Sanders, an issue of free trade or a backdoor method of imposing price controls? That’s the way the question is usually framed in policy debates, but the great Nobel prize-winning economist Milton Friedman took a third view.

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Here's How 'Medicare For All' Could Make America Fatter

quoting Thomas Sowellvia The Washington Examiner
Friday, November 1, 2019

America keeps on getting fatter. Far from helping, Elizabeth Warren’s new plan for Medicare for All could make our obesity crisis worse. Current trends are already quite concerning, according to recently-released CDC data. The new numbers say 40% of American adults are obese, and 18% of children are too — staggering figures, to say the least.

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Helping Students Find Intentional Purpose

quoting William Damonvia SRQ Magazine
Saturday, November 2, 2019

The North Star strategy at the Education Foundation of Sarasota County is for all students to graduate with purpose prepared for their postsecondary future. Our job is not finished when the student receives a high school diploma. We know that jobs today increasingly require graduates to acquire some level of specialized training, postsecondary credential, or workforce relevant certification, while also adopting a lifelong learning habit of acquiring skills and knowledge to empower them to adapt and prosper in future.

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More Reforms Needed To Spur Growth

quoting Raghuram Rajanvia The Tribune
Saturday, November 2, 2019

It is evident that the world’s eyes are now on India’s growth and its potential to be one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Unless the government tailors its policies to provide a comfort level to foreign investors, the flow of investment from abroad will not rise as much as needed to boost growth.

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How The World To The Dark Tower Came

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia PJ Media
Saturday, November 2, 2019

"California," argues Victor Davis Hanson, is "becoming pre-modern" despite ballooning government solutions. Like fictional pre-modern societies, it is becoming a two-tier society; a landscape of fantastical castles amid a sea of peasants. It is as if the technologically sophisticated components of the Golden State were creating its shadow of poor, homeless, drug-addicted and unskilled populations.

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The Government Should Get Out Of Drug Prices

quoting Richard A. Epsteinvia The Minnesota Republic
Saturday, November 2, 2019

It doesn’t take a political science expert to inform the public that our nation is in a period of intense polarization and political strife. It seems that every issue is partisan and that no solution is achievable for an array of topics affecting the American people. However, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel. Both Republicans and Democrats are prioritizing a reduction in drug prices. Though there is a persistent debate on what specific policy should be used to reduce drug prices, there are numerous examples of overlap and bipartisan solutions to an issue that has been deemed as complex.

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Newsom’s Not Gray Davis, But The Parallels Are Eerie

quoting Bill Whalenvia The Orange County Register
Friday, November 1, 2019

As wildfires scorch California and Pacific Gas & Electric turns off electricity in large swaths of the state to reduce the fire risk, our new progressive governor, Gavin Newsom, is facing the first real crisis in his young administration. “I own this,” he said, regarding the fires and related blackouts, but his press conferences have seemed less about a governor who is in control and more about a deer staring at the headlights.

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For Trump, Baghdadi Death A Signature Moment, But Troubles Remain

quoting Lanhee J. Chenvia The Chronicle Herald
Sunday, October 27, 2019

For President Donald Trump, the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is a signature achievement that may help quell growing criticism from his own ranks, but it is unlikely to offer much relief from Democratic-led scrutiny of his dealings with Ukraine.

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Warren’s $52 Trillion Medicare For All Plan Increases Wealth Tax

quoting Charles Blahousvia WDEL
Friday, November 1, 2019

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren announced Friday that she “asked top experts to examine her Medicare for All plan,” who concluded that everyone would be covered under her plan – “and give them vastly better coverage– without a tax increase on middle-class families.” “In addition to providing coverage for everyone, they concluded that my plan would slightly reduce the amount of money that the United States would otherwise spend on health care over the next 10 years,” Warren said. Warren’s campaign said her single-payer health plan would cost “just under” $52 trillion over a decade, including $20.5 trillion in new federal spending.

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Chiang Ching-Kuo Diaries To Be Made Public Next Year

quoting Hsiao-ting Linvia Focus Taiwan
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Copies of the personal diaries of former Republic of China President Chiang Ching-kuo (蔣經國) will be made public in February 2020 at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, after a long-running dispute prevented them from public viewing. The joint announcement was made Friday by the institution, Academia Historica in Taiwan, Chiang Ching-kuo's granddaughter Chiang Yo-mei (蔣友梅) and the family of Chiang Hsiao-yen (蔣孝嚴), the former president's third son.

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Why Will No Democrat Pull The Plug On Schiff?

cited Victor Davis Hansonvia American Thinker
Sunday, November 3, 2019

One would think that by now that there would be one or two sentient Democrats who realize the terrible damage that Adam Schiff is doing to their party. But, with the possible exception of the two Democrats who voted against Pelosi's stupid "impeachment resolution," Reps. Jeff Drew and Collin Peterson, they all seem to be captive to Nancy Pelosi's and Adam Schiff's pathological moonbattery.

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Chiang’s Diaries To Be Made Public At Stanford

mentioning Hoover Institutionvia Taipei Times
Sunday, November 3, 2019

Copies of former president Chiang Ching-kuo’s (蔣經國) diaries are to be made public at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution in February, after a long-running dispute prevented them from being publicly displayed.

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Jack Goldsmith Presents In Hoffa's Shadow: A Stepfather, A Disappearance In Detroit, And My Search For The Truth At Harvard Book Store

mentioning Jack Goldsmithvia Poets & Writers
Friday, November 8, 2019

Harvard Book Store welcomes Jack Goldsmith—author and Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Law at Harvard University—for a discussion of his latest book, In Hoffa’s Shadow: A Stepfather, a Disappearance in Detroit, and My Search for the Truth.

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'The Irishman': What To Know About Martin Scorsese's Mob Epic

mentioning Jack Goldsmithvia NBC News
Friday, November 1, 2019

"The Irishman," fabled director Martin Scorsese's new three-and-a-half-hour Mafia saga, debuts in select cinemas on Friday before dropping on Netflix on Nov. 27, just in time for Thanksgiving binge-watching. The dense, sprawling, surprisingly melancholic drama revolves around Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro), a self-proclaimed hitman who said he gunned down Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa (Al Pacino) in 1975.

The Berlin Wall
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The Fall Of The Berlin Wall With John Simpson, BBC4 — ‘Was I Wrong To Be So Optimistic?’

mentioning Timothy Garton Ashvia Financial Times
Monday, November 4, 2019

BBC’s longest-serving correspondent looks back at the tumultuous days leading up to the events and his coverage at the time.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger On Why Jealousy Is A Good Thing

cited Milton Friedmanvia The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

While facetiming us from London’s Heathrow airport, Arnold Schwarzenegger sipped from a pink tea set he called “cutsey wootsy.” But even when he’s equipped with delicate accessories, there’s nothing dainty about the imposing bodybuilder turned film star turned governor. Now 72, he first became obsessed with exercise when he realized he could jump up and grab a thick tree branch near his childhood home in Austria.