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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

The Taylor Curve Has Two Dimensions In Both Hemispheres

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Saturday, November 1, 2014

Springtime in the Southern Hemisphere is wonderful, and I have been having fun here for the past 10 days, keynoting at two great conferences, with one talk on central bank independence at the Central Bank of Chile and another talk on inflation targeting at the South African Reserve Bank.

Analysis and Commentary

How the Foreign Language Gap Can Be Bridged

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Saturday, November 1, 2014

In 2008, while campaigning for president in Powder Springs, Ga., then-Senator Barack Obama asserted, “We should have every child speaking more than one language.”

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Analysis and Commentary

Democrat Dilemmas

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Pajamas Media
Sunday, November 2, 2014

Here is the problem with the old-style Obama strategy of slicing and dicing the electorate into aggrieved minorities and then gluing them back together to achieve a 51% majority. On almost every issue in this election that they should be running on, they simply cannot. And on those that they are running on, they probably should not be.

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Analysis and Commentary

A small miracle in the tortured history of Polish-Jewish relations

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Friday, October 31, 2014

Mir zaynen do!” (“We are here!”) The defiant Yiddish refrain of a Polish Jewish partisan song, written in the darkest days of the second world war, rings out in the winter sunlight, echoing between a sombre monument to the heroes of the Warsaw ghetto rising and the shining, brand-new Museum of the History of Polish Jews.

Analysis and Commentary

On Journalists’ Claims for Immunity From Legal Accountability

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Monday, November 3, 2014

I think I am unusual among former government officials in arguing that the publication of national security secrets can promote democracy and good government.  Such publications are often costly, sometimes very costly, to national security – more so than is generally realized.

Analysis and Commentary

The Father of Economics Was Also the World’s First Self-Help Guru — And Can Improve Your Life!

featuring Russell Robertsvia Time Magazine
Friday, October 31, 2014

In his new book, How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life, economics popularizer Russell Roberts explores what may be the world’s first self-help book, which is all the more remarkable for its author: Adam Smith, a.k.a., the18th century Scotsman known as the father of economics.

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Analysis and Commentary

What’s at stake for the GOP? 2016, of course

by Bill Whalenvia America's News HQ (Fox News)
Monday, November 3, 2014

To answer what’s at stake for Republicans in the 2014 election, let’s dispense with the obvious: assuming the GOP walks away with majority control of both halves of Congress, it means passing real federal budgets instead of cliffhanger stopgap resolutions, properly putting judicial and administrative nominees through their paces, and forcing President Obama’s hand on legislation heretofore unable to reach his desk (so far, Obama has issued the fewest vetoes since Warren Harding).

Analysis and Commentary

You Should Compromise With Me

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, November 2, 2014

Cleaning out my office on Friday, I came across an interesting piece by Gerald F. Seib. He's a Wall Street Journal reporter who covers Washington politics.

Analysis and Commentary

Budget Committee Report Confirms the ACA Worsens the Deficit

by Charles Blahousvia e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century
Monday, November 3, 2014

A recent Senate Budget Committee (SBC) Republican report about the fiscal effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or so-called “Obamacare”) has stimulated public and press interest.

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Analysis and Commentary

A Conservative Explains Why The GOP Could Lose

by Bill Whalenvia Daily Beast
Sunday, November 2, 2014

Republicans might win by just running against Obama. But they’ve blown a chance to run on reforming the institution they hope to control.

Analysis and Commentary

A Bad Gas Deal For Ukraine As Europe Looks After Its Own Interests

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Friday, October 31, 2014

The BBC headline tells it all: Russia-Ukraine gas deal secures EU winter supply (via Ukraine). 

Analysis and Commentary

How to fraud-proof elections

by Edwin Meese III, J. Kenneth Blackwellvia USA Today
Sunday, November 2, 2014

Reforms to make voting more convenient have opened up opportunities to game system.

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Analysis and Commentary

Get ready for the 2016 election

by Markos Kounalakisvia Sacramento Bee
Saturday, November 1, 2014

Propositions and congressional races are sucking up all the political oxygen in the run-up to Tuesday’s statewide election. They should. Informing ourselves and getting out the vote is critical for the healthy functioning of our democracy.

Interviews
Interviews

A Friendship Scathed

interview with Peter Berkowitzvia Secure Freedom Radio
Friday, October 31, 2014

Secure Freedom Radio's Frank Gaffney interviews Hoover fellow Peter Berkowitz about Israel and the struggle over the international laws of war.

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Interviews

Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show (19:39)

interview with Kori Schakevia John Batchelor Show
Friday, October 31, 2014

Hoover fellow Kori Schake discusses United States military security contractors on the John Batchelor Show.

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Interviews

Bill Whalen on the Larry Kudlow show (105:57)

interview with Bill Whalenvia Larry Kudlow Show
Saturday, November 1, 2014

Hoover fellow Bill Whalen discusses the elections on the Larry Kudlow Show.

In the News
In the News

Daron Acemoglu on Inequality, Institutions, and Piketty

by Russell Roberts interview with Daron Acemogluvia EconTalk
Monday, November 3, 2014

Daron Acemoglu, the Elizabeth and James Killian Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his new paper co-authored with James Robinson, "The Rise and Fall of General Laws of Capitalism," a critique of Thomas Piketty, Karl Marx, and other thinkers who have tried to explain patterns of data as inevitable "laws" without regard to institutions. Acemoglu and Roberts also discuss labor unions, labor markets, and inequality.

In the News

Former U.S. Envoy to Moscow Says Russians Are Still Spying on Him

featuring Michael McFaulvia New York Times
Friday, October 31, 2014

During two years as ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul was constantly followed, harassed and demonized on state television. But though Mr. McFaul has left government service and returned home, the spying on him doesn’t seem to have stopped.

In the News

The Beacon Dims

quoting Larry Diamondvia Foreign Policy
Friday, October 31, 2014

The United States wants to spread democratic values around the world. It can start by cleaning up its own act at home.

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In the News

Chris Christie Enjoys a Visible Campaign Role

quoting Bill Whalenvia Wall Street Journal
Sunday, November 2, 2014

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie isn’t running for re-election this fall, but his role atop the Republican Governors Association has made him more visible on the campaign trail than most other potential 2016 GOP presidential aspirants.