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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.