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Kiron Skinner Tapped For Key State Department Post

Monday, September 10, 2018
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Kiron Skinner was recently named US Department of State's new Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of State and Director of Policy Planning.

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Look Past The Politics — Kavanaugh Superbly Qualified For The U.S. Supreme Court

by Michael McConnellvia San Francisco Chronicle
Sunday, September 9, 2018

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh are over. They will go down in history as the most chaotic, disruptive, circus-like, non-substantive confirmation hearings in history. So far.

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Dollarize Argentina

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Monday, September 10, 2018

Argentina should dollarize, says Mary Anastasia O'Grady in the Wall Street Journal -- not a peg, not a currency board, not an IMF plan, just give up and use dollars. 

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‘Steady State’ Or ‘Deep State,’ It’s All The Same: Bureaucracy As Usual

by Niall Fergusonvia The Boston Globe
Monday, September 10, 2018

Who rules? Behind the shiny façade of a monarchy or a presidency — behind all the pomp and ceremony — who really pulls the levers of power? The idea is an ancient one that there are two layers of power, one brightly visible, the other in the shadows. A standard figure in the royal courts of the early modern era was the éminence grise.

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Italian Diplomat’s Scrapbooks Received By The Hoover Archives

by Maciej Siekierskivia Stanford News
Sunday, September 9, 2018

Two albums containing an eclectic mix of materials gathered by Count Mauro Tosti di Valminuta, one of Benito Mussolini’s trusted diplomats, have been added to Hoover Institution holdings.

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

The Circus Of Resistance

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, September 9, 2018

The resistance to Donald Trump was warring on all fronts last week. Democratic senators vied with pop-up protestors in the U.S. Senate gallery to disrupt and, if possible, to derail the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. U.S. SenatorCory Booker (D-N.J.) played Spartacus, but could not even get the script right as he claimed to be bravely releasing classified information that was already declassified.

Analysis and Commentary

Kevin McKenna On Solzhenitsyn, The Soviet Union, And In The First Circle

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, September 10, 2018

Russian Literature Professor Kevin McKenna of the University of Vermont talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the life and times of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. This is the opening episode of the EconTalk Book Club for Solzhenitsyn's masterpiece In the First Circle: The First Uncensored Edition. A subsequent episode to air in the next few weeks discusses the book itself.

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: The Effects Of Heat On Student Learning

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, September 10, 2018

School is back in session after one of the hottest summers in recorded history, and many students are now in classrooms without air conditioning. A new study looks at how hotter school days impact. student learning.

Analysis and Commentary

Platform Justice

by Danielle Citron, Quinta Jurecicvia Aegis Paper Series
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The role of dominant content platforms like Facebook and Twitter in facilitating Russian election interference in the 2016 US presidential election has precipitated a backlash against “big tech,” and now the pendulum is swinging toward greater regulation of platforms for what their users say and do. Read the Lawfare post here.

Analysis and Commentary

The Way Forward With Putin And Russia

by Chris Gibson via Strategika
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

In late August 2016, I led a Congressional Delegation trip to Israel, Latvia, Poland, and Germany to gather information and build support for the POSTURE Act, a Bill to reverse the Obama administration’s drawdown of U.S. armed forces and deter further Russian aggression in eastern Europe. On day four of that trip we were in Latvia listening intently to Edgars Rinkevics, the Foreign Minister, explain his dismay with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s recent comments questioning the relevancy of NATO. 

Analysis and Commentary

Area 45: Trump & Conservatism With Matthew Continetti

interview with Matthew Continettivia Area 45
Monday, September 10, 2018

What’s the status of Donald Trump’s relationship with his conservative base?

Analysis and Commentary

In Praise Of CBS Sunday Morning

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, September 8, 2018

About a year ago, I set up our cable to automatically record CBS’s Sunday morning show, called, appropriately enough, CBS Sunday Morning. I did it for one main reason: to watch the beautiful nature scene, complete with sounds, that goes for about 30 or 40 seconds at the end of each episode. The sights and sounds are often breathtaking.

Analysis and Commentary

Me On BBC On Trade War

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, September 9, 2018

I posted in June about my interview on the BBC. It’s no longer on line but a friend sent me a clip that he saved of the interview at the time.

Interviews
Interviews

Adam White On The Nomination Of Judge Brett Kavanaugh To Serve As An Associate Justice On The Supreme Court Of The United States

featuring Adam J. Whitevia Senate Judiciary Committee
Friday, September 7, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Adam White testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee, in favor of the Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination. View a video of Adam White's opening statement or see more

Interviews

Michael McConnell: Legal Issues Raised By Trump Official Anonymous Op-Ed

interview with Michael McConnellvia Stanford Law School
Monday, September 10, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Michael McConnell discusses key legal issues raised by the the New York Times September 5, anonymous op-ed titled “I am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.” 

Interviews

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, September 8, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "The Intellectual Poverty Of The New Socialists."

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, September 8, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "The Intellectual Poverty Of The New Socialists."

Interviews

Harvey Mansfield On The Wisdom Of The Federalist

interview with Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Ricochet
Sunday, September 9, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Harvey Mansfield reflects on The Federalist and why it should be read seriously as a great work on politics. Mansfield’s discussion calls our attention to the subtlety and complexity of the argument of The Federalist, as a whole, and explains why it remains an indispensable guide for thinking about American government.

Interviews

Adam White: Debate Over Sen. Booker's Release Of Kavanaugh Documents

interview with Adam J. Whitevia Yahoo News
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Adam White discusses the Kavanaugh confirmation process.

Interviews

Lanhee Chen: 'Does Not Get Any Better Than This' For Labor Force Participation (6:13)

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia CNBC
Friday, September 7, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the jobs report.

Interviews

Opinions Of The President Are Already Formed, Says Hoover Institution's Lanhee Chen

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Bloomberg
Sunday, September 9, 2018
Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the Republican Party and the upcoming U.S. midterm elections.
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Lanhee Chen: Barack Obama And Donald Trump Campaign For Midterm Candidates (1:35)

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia MSNBC
Saturday, September 8, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen talks about former President Obama's recent speech encouraging Republican voters to vote for Democrats.

In the News
In the News

From Cold War To Hot Peace: Former Ambassador, Author Michael McFaul Visits Duke

featuring Michael McFaulvia The Duke Chronicle
Friday, September 7, 2018

Michael McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, stopped by Duke Wednesday to promote his book "From Cold War to Hot Peace" and discuss U.S.-Russian relations since the Cold War.

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Director Kiron Skinner Leaves For Senior Position In Trump Administration

featuring Kiron K. Skinnervia The Tartan
Sunday, September 9, 2018

Kiron Skinner, the founding director of the Carnegie Mellon Institute for Politics and Strategy and Taube Professor of International Relations and Politics, started her new role as a senior policy adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sept. 4. Skinner was additionally appointed as the State Department’s new Director of Policy Planning.

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Federal Reserve Is Sued, Accused Of Limiting Competition

quoting John H. Cochrane via The New York Times
Thursday, September 6, 2018

A former Federal Reserve official is suing the Fed for blocking his plan to create a new kind of bank, saying it is putting the interests of big Wall Street banks ahead of their large customers.

In the News

Idiocracy And Why Books Still Matter

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Liberty Nation
Friday, September 7, 2018

To become lost in a novel, to venture into the uncharted territory of fictionalized worlds, is to start a love affair. It is excitement, it is imagination, but more than this, these pages are the key to our future in myriad ways. As publishers seek to flood the market with political tell-alls – mostly about President Trump – the real need for novels and stories of worth has never been greater, yet it is a market unserved in these days of scandal and salaciousness. The future these discount rack diatribes offer us is bleak, and worse, betray the beauty of the written word.

In the News

Deep State: Is There Really A Secretive 'Shadow Government' Working To Undermine Donald Trump?

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia Independent
Friday, September 7, 2018

President quick to complain about insider collusion thwarting his agenda but is it just the invention of paranoid conspiracy theorists or something more sinister?

In the News

Empowering The Next Generation

quoting William Damonvia The Star Malaysia
Sunday, September 9, 2018

A recent landmark four-year study performed in the United States showed that young people, from the ages of 12 to 26, are struggling to find their purpose in life. 

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Statements About The Holocaust And Immigrants Trip Up John Cox's Campaign For California Governor

quoting Bill Whalenvia Los Angeles Times
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Surrounded by TV news cameras, Republican John Cox chatted with weary Californians stuck in long lines at a Sacramento DMV office and joyfully blasted Democratic leaders for turning the agency into a model of inefficiency.

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Trump Advisers Weigh Hacking Sanctions On Chinese Entities

quoting Andrew Grottovia Bloomberg
Friday, September 7, 2018

The Trump administration is considering imposing sanctions on Chinese entities caught stealing U.S. intellectual property via cyberattacks, three people familiar with the matter said.