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A Misguided Resolution To The Culture Wars

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Monday, October 19, 2015

Thirty years after the phrase came into vogue, the culture wars are alive and well—and more heated and complex than ever. A comprehensive peace is not in the cards.

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Colliding With Bill Dudley At A Crossroads

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Friday, October 16, 2015

New York Fed President Bill Dudley and I debated The Fed at a crossroads: Where to go next? at Brookings yesterday, moderated by David Wessel. Bill argued against a more rules-based road ahead for the Fed. I disagreed, but this kind of discussion from the Fed is helpful given recent legislation requiring it to report its rule or strategy.

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The Middle East After The Iranian Nuclear Accord

by Reuel Marc Gerechtvia The Caravan
Monday, October 19, 2015

Not long ago the Obama administration tried to explain Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s budgetary priorities.  The White House’s assertion that the Islamic Republic’s future spending would overwhelmingly be used for domestic, non-military needs was a response to the bipartisan fear that the clerical regime might use some of its new, post-sanctions cash—likely between $100 and $150 billion—on its expeditionary efforts in Syria and Iraq...

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De-Polarizing

by Larry Diamondvia The American Interest
Saturday, October 10, 2015

Changing how elections are structured can help depolarize U.S. politics without jeopardizing the democratic process.

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

How Schools Can Offset The "Asian Advantage" For Other Kids, Too

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Asian American Achievement Paradox, a new book by Jennifer Lee and Min Zhou, prompted New York Times columnist Nick Kristof to pen a provocative column on Sunday. Kristof agreed that “the success of Asian-Americans is a tribute to hard work, strong families and passion for education,” but went on to caution that “because one group can access the American dream does not mean that all groups can.”

Analysis and Commentary

The Forever War Is Entrenched

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Monday, October 19, 2015

Many commentators noted last week that President Obama’s decision to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan through 2016 (with the hope of reducing that number to 5,500), combined with the rising number of troops in and around Iraq to fight ISIS, marks a defeat for the President’s campaign and first-term pledges to end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Analysis and Commentary

A Path Out Of The Middle East Collapse

by Henry A. Kissingervia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, October 16, 2015

With Russia in Syria, a geopolitical structure that lasted four decades is in shambles. The U.S. needs a new strategy and priorities.

AndreyKrav, iStock Editorial
Analysis and Commentary

Putin’s Foreign Legion

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Politico
Monday, October 19, 2015

Russia is shifting its little green men to Syria.

Analysis and Commentary

Do Higher Interest Rates Raise Or Lower Inflation?

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Monday, October 19, 2015

The fact that inflation is so stable when interest rates are stuck at zero has profound implications.

Analysis and Commentary

The New Heroic Ideal

by Tod Lindbergvia Defining Ideas
Sunday, October 18, 2015

Glory in war comes not from fiercely slaying the enemy on the battlefield, but from saving the lives of others.

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Analysis and Commentary

The Supreme Court May Be The Biggest Sleeper Issue In The 2016 Election

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Sunday, October 18, 2015

On better days, my morning starts with an email from EMILY’s List. I signed up with the PAC created to get pro-choice Democratic women elected (“early money is like yeast”), not because I agree with the politics (I’m not a fan of single-issue litmus tests).

Analysis and Commentary

Yuval Harari On Sapiens

interview with Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, October 19, 2015

Yuval Harari of Hebrew University and author of Sapiens talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the history of humanity.

Analysis and Commentary

Barack Churchill, 1939

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, October 18, 2015

Winston Churchill, well before he became prime minister in May 1940, was busy all through 1939 prompting the British government to prepare for war — and then, as first lord of the Admiralty, helping to direct it once it broke out. But what if Churchill had been Barack Obama? What would Britain’s foremost opponent of appeasement have been like?

Analysis and Commentary

Drone Registration Plan From US Department Of Transportation

by Herbert Linvia Lawfare
Saturday, October 17, 2015

According to NBC News (October 16, 2015), the U.S. Department of Transportation is about to announce a plan to require every purchaser of a drone to register it with the U.S. government.

Analysis and Commentary

First-Order Effects Are First

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, October 19, 2015

Co-blogger Bryan Caplan's excellent post on forecasting this morning reminds me of a similar point that co-author Charley Hooper (CLH) and I made in our book, Making Great Decisions in Business and Life.

Analysis and Commentary

Reverse Swing: A Byte Of Beef

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Indian Express
Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Desi Modi stands in depressing contrast to Modi Abroad.

Analysis and Commentary

Manual Procedures As Protection Against Cyber Threats

by Herbert Linvia Lawfare
Friday, October 16, 2015

A story in the 10/14/2015 Washington Pos indicates that the U.S. Naval Academy is restarting its efforts to teach midshipmen the art of celestial navigation using sextants and chronometers amidst concerns that electronically assisted navigation might be vulnerable in an age of cybersecurity threats.

Analysis and Commentary

Forget Denmark. America Should Be More Like Sweden

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Sunday, October 18, 2015

What Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton won't tell you about Sweden: No capital gains taxes.

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Analysis and Commentary

Wells Bennett

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Monday, October 19, 2015

Back when I worked at the Washington Post editorial page, we reserved headlines composed of only a person's name for obituaries. 

Analysis and Commentary

Meer Vs. Galbraith On The $15 Minimum Wage

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, October 18, 2015

I finally got around to watching the debate about the minimum wage between Jonathan Meer and Jamie Galbraith.

Analysis and Commentary

Deaton On Medicare And Life Expectancy

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, October 16, 2015

The recent Nobel Prize winner, Angus Deaton, in his book, The Great Escape, writes: The very wealthy have little need for state-provided education or health care; they have every reason to support cuts in Medicare and to fight any increases in taxes.

Analysis and Commentary

Rational Security: The "Fond Fair Wells" Edition

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Friday, October 16, 2015

Tamara is in China, probably getting hacked by People's Liberation Army, so Quinta Jurecic joins Shane and me for the podcast this week.

Interviews
Interviews

Historian Niall Ferguson Talks Intervention For U.S. Strategy In Syria

interview with Niall Fergusonvia NPR
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses strategies for resolving the conflict in Syria including increased intervention by the United States.

Richard A. Epstein
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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, October 16, 2015

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses progressiveism and his Defining Ideas piece, “The Economic Fantasies Of Robert Reich,” on the nationally syndicated John Batchelor Show.

Interviews

Bill Evers: Book Discussion On Drilling Through The Core

interview with Williamson M. Eversvia C-SPAN
Monday, September 28, 2015

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Evers discusses the Common Core.

Larry Diamond
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Transparency, Rule Of Law, And The Democratic Recession: An Interview With Larry Diamond

interview with Larry Diamondvia YouTube
Thursday, October 15, 2015

Hoover Institution fellow Larry diamond discusses how measuring transparency and the rule of law helps to understand the decline in democracies around the world and what we can do about it.

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Bill Evers: Making The Grade, State And Local Innovations In Education

interview with Williamson M. Eversvia Heritage Foundation
Thursday, October 8, 2015

Hoover Institution felllow Bill Evers discuses federal intervention in education as well as allowing state and local governments to innovate and implement programs that best meet students’ needs.

In the News
In the News

Tom Gilligan Assumes Hoover Directorship

Friday, October 16, 2015
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Thomas W. Gilligan, who took the helm as the new Tad and Dianne Taube Director at the Hoover Institution in early September, recently addressed staff and fellows about his initial plans and impressions. He began by acknowledging and recognizing his predecessor, John Raisian, who led the institution for twenty-six productive years.

News
In the News

Why I Shouldn’t Give Up On Gifted Education

featuring Chester E. Finn Jr.via The Washington Post
Sunday, October 18, 2015

We have no idea how many gifted children are in the United States. We don’t know whether special handling of brilliant youths helps them. Spending a lot of tax dollars on such kids is not popular.

Niall Ferguson
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Stanford's Hoover Institution Attracts A Leading Economic Historian

featuring Niall Fergusonvia The Chronicle of Higher Education
Sunday, October 18, 2015

After more than a decade of visiting the Hoover Institution at Stanford University as an adjunct senior fellow, the prominent historian Niall Ferguson will leave Harvard University to work full time at Hoover next July.

In the News

Stanford Invites Faculty To Customize New Course Evaluations

quoting Russell A. Bermanvia Stanford News
Friday, October 16, 2015

The university has created a new course evaluation form that faculty members can customize by identifying the learning goals of the course and adding questions of their own. The deadline for faculty to customize course evaluations for autumn quarter is Nov. 13.

In the News

Middle East Needs Direction In Policy

quoting Peter Berkowitzvia Jacksonville Daily News
Saturday, October 17, 2015

The heinous terrorist acts that darkened a brilliantly sunny day on Sept. 11, 2001, are considered the impetus for plunging the United States into what became the longest war in American history.

In the News

Who Is The Real Con Man: Ryan Or Krugman?

quoting John H. Cochranevia Patriot Post
Sunday, October 18, 2015

Writing about Republicans in U.S. House of Representatives, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman says Paul Ryan is “basically, the best con man they’ve got.” He goes on to characterize the modern Republican Party" as “a post-policy enterprise, which doesn’t do real solutions to real problems.”

In the News

Putin Loves Donald Trump

quoting Michael McFaulvia Washington Examiner
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Donald Trump has said that as president he would get along with Vladimir Putin, and there's evidence that the Republican frontrunner's apparent fondness for the Russian strongman is being reciprocated.

In the News

China Seen Facing Hard Bump To Growth In Next 5-Year Plan

quoting Michael Spencevia Business Mirror
Friday, October 16, 2015

China’s leaders are poised to lower their growth target for the next five years, as they wrestle with challenges from rising debt to excess industrial capacity and bloated state enterprises.

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Column: Bernie Sanders And Hillary Clinton Vs. Capitalism

quoting David R. Hendersonvia Chicago Tribune
Friday, October 16, 2015

On Tuesday, Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders, along with other Democratic presidential candidates, were in Las Vegas, a city that does not believe in stifling commercialism, at the Wynn hotel, where suites go for as much as $900 per night. They came to deplore the evils of capitalism.

In the News

U.S. Officials Fear Iran Moving Too Fast On Nuke Deal

quoting Abbas Milanivia Politico
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Iran's president may be setting an unrealistic goal of lifting sanctions before February elections.

In the News

Doctor Zhivago And American Conservatism

by Benjamin Musachio mentioning Hoover Institutionvia National Review
Saturday, October 17, 2015

Pasternak’s novel played a role in sorting out Birchers from mainstream conservatives.

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Henry Kissinger: Is Nuclear Catastrophe Inevitable?

featuring Henry A. Kissingervia American Thinker
Monday, October 19, 2015

Henry Kissinger, who is still (to my mind) the wisest foreign policy analyst in the land, just wrote a Wall Street Journal piece called "A path out of Middle East Collapse."