In the first 175 years of the Republic, the House of Representatives impeached only one president, Andrew Johnson. Now, in the last 57 years, we have impeached two presidents, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, and are on the verge of impeaching a third. It’s worth considering the modern rise in impeachments: Are presidents really that much worse, or is something larger afoot?
Two scenes from the end of the Cold War: Scene one: On June 12, 1987, President Reagan stood before the Berlin Wall, the Brandenburg Gate rising behind him, to challenge to the leader of the Soviet Union. “General Secretary Gorbachev,” the president said, “if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
Vladimir Putin's nightmare is a prosperous, rule-of-law Ukraine integrated into the affluent West on Russia’s border. Such a Ukrainian success story would trace back to its popular revolution on Maidan Square in February 2004. Might Ukraine not give the Russian people ideas to do the same?
On Nov. 1, presidential candidate and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., announced a proposal billed as a financing plan for “Medicare for All.” Unfortunately, it does not even acknowledge, let alone finance, the costs of Medicare for All.
I want to explore the national prospects of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, apparently the latest entry to the Democratic presidential race (though his filing for Alabama’s March primary might prove to be an elaborate trial balloon that never gained altitude), but first I must confess to a bias.
Author and Advertising Executive Rory Sutherland of Ogilvy talks about his book Alchemy with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Sutherland makes the case for the magic (yes, magic!) of advertising and branding in helping markets work well.
In previous posts and in comments to the media, I’ve been making the case that the lingering effects of the Great Recession might partially explain the disappointing student achievement trends we’ve seen as of late, both on the Nation’s Report Card and on state assessments.
Based on my sample size, civility is alive and well at Boise State. There has been so much discussion on line in the last few years about how hostile, and even, sometimes, violent U.S. college students have been to speakers who favor freedom. I think it’s important to right the balance by pointing out when that doesn’t happen.
In the early 2000s, as advanced Alzheimer’s disease continued to take its toll on Ronald Reagan’s cognitive faculties, a dedicated group of conservative ideologues and anti-tax proselytizers were working overtime to define a cohesive narrative of his presidency and establish a permanent anti-tax Reagan legacy in the collective memory.
Within 2 weeks of sharing the 2019 Nobel Prize in economics with Michael Kremer, MIT economists Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee wrote a long piece for the Sunday New York Times in which they argued that financial incentives are not as important as many economists think.
Five or more years ago, Camp Ripley held a program to honor veterans of the Vietnam War. By bureaucratic definition, I am officially a Vietnam vet, having visited the war zone numerous times during my 31 months on active duty.
The US-China trade war could still escalate despite recent discussions on removing imposed tariffs, and the Trump administration may not be able to secure a lasting deal, former Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan said.
Andrew Roberts is a historian and journalist. He is a visiting professor at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and also has positions at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and the Lehrman Institute at the New York Historical Society. His latest book, Leadership in War, looks at nine leaders from Napoleon to Margaret Thatcher, examining how they performed in conditions of war.
Upon retirement my wife and I sold our home, packed the U-haul, loaded the dogs and moved to Texas. Our daughter and her family had previously relocated, so that motivated us. But ongoing state politics made the decision easy.
The fall of the Berlin Wall on this day 30 years ago was the most spectacular moment of the end of the Cold War, but in fact only represented the mid-point in the “last sad chapter” of this bizarre story, as Ronald Reagan once put it. The occasion of remembering the last day of the Wall is a fitting time to recall the broader sweep of events that surrounded it.
The former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, has officially signed the paperwork to be a candidate in the Alabama Democratic presidential primary. Although this does not signify a definite intent to run, it amounts to far more than just dipping a toe in the water. This move has, however, created enormous shockwaves through the primary field, and if he goes ahead, could change everything we thought we knew about the final results.
Financial data in the new Illinois Report Card recently released reports that School District U46 spent an average of $12,000 per student during the 2018-19 school year. Per-pupil spending is a new addition this year to every report card prepared by the Illinois State Board of Education.
US economist Thomas Sowell provided an important insight into education when he said: “It is not simply what education teaches us directly, but how well it prepares us to learn ourselves that is the ultimate measure of its value.”
When job seekers look for new employees, they need a system to filter out the best candidates. Indicators of potential or skill are a key component. Nobel prize winning Economist Michael Spence refers to such indicators as “signals”.
This week marks the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Decades later, the wall remains a symbol of the violence employed by socialist states, and a reminder that the egalitarian workers’ paradise of East Germany was so hated by its residents that the state had to build a wall to keep residents in.
It was an overcast and warm day in June of 1987 when Ronald Reagan stepped to the podium at the Brandenburg Gate to deliver what many believe was his most memorable speech. What made it memorable was the brutal honesty that Reagan used to describe the world as it was in 1987.
Karl Smith at Bloomberg offers a “reasonable explanation” for the upward drift in President Trump’s approval ratings over the past two years: “The economic expansion has been particularly beneficial for minority workers.” Jobless rates for African Americans, Hispanics and Asians are all at “historic” lows.