In early July, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo launched the Commission on Unalienable Rights. “The commission’s mission,” he explained in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, “isn’t to discover new principles but to ground our discussion of human rights in America’s founding principles.” The announcement of the panel’s existence and mandate immediately triggered a barrage of skepticism, indignation, and anger. The misunderstandings that the criticisms embody underscore the urgency of the commission’s work.
George Will talks about his new book, The Conservative Sensibility, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Will argues for a conservative vision that embraces the dynamic nature of life. Topics discussed include the current political landscape, the American founding, James Madison's vision of government vs. Woodrow Wilson's, Friedrich Hayek, and of course, a little baseball.
Rebecca Friedrichs, the lead plaintiff in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case that ended in a four-four split in the Supreme Court, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss her book, “Standing Up to Goliath,” and how teachers feel about national unions.
We need to restore a constituency and a faith that we can have a productive foreign policy, and I think that part of what that will entail is putting diplomacy and burden sharing at the front of our messaging and of our packaging and of our actions. Right now, humanitarian intervention, if it happens — and it’s happening in different places around the world — but is much more likely to be done by regional organizations like the African Union than it is to be orchestrated by great powers.
Hoover Institution fellow Larry Diamond talks about the threat China's model of authoritarian capitalism poses to liberal democracy in the United States and around the world. Economics drives politics, and it's easy to admire China's growth while looking past things like increasing surveillance and lack of respect for norms and the rule of law.
Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo weighs in on the investigation of the FISA warrant, how it was approved, what information was given to the court and by whom, could/should Andrew McCabe be charged, and more.
Although he took pains to avoid on-camera interviews and press briefings during his 23-month tenure as Defense Secretary, James Mattis has embraced the media circuit rounds to promote his new book Call Sign Chaos.
The East Room of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library was filled to capacity Friday evening, Sept. 13, as former Defense Secretary and four-star Marine General Jim Mattis discussed his newly released memoir, “Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead.”
When Henry Kissinger told James Mattis he should write a book about his more than four decades in the Marine Corps, it was no surprise he chose fellow Marine Bing West to help him. West, 79, the author of 10 books about combat, had known Mattis for nearly two decades by the time he was tapped to be the co-author of Call Sign Chaos, a memoir which weaves leadership lessons with Mattis' experiences in the military.
During a portion of an interview aired on Friday’s edition of PBS’ “Firing Line,” former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stated that the Trump administration’s commitment to human rights and democracy isn’t “as strong as I would like” but there have been “flashes” of such a commitment in Venezuela, Syria, and with the Taliban.
Reparations for slavery aren’t just a bad idea; they are an abysmal idea. On Juneteenth, or June 19th of this year, Congress held a hearing to discuss Bill H.R. 40 and the possibility of reparations for slavery. Journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee, invoking the historian Ed Baptist: “enslavement ‘shaped every crucial aspect of the economy and politics of America, so that by 1836 more than $600 million, almost half of the economic activity in the United States, derived directly or indirectly from the cotton produced by the million-odd slaves.”
Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is on tour promoting his book Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead, and while he wants to talk about what he learned leading troops in combat, all interviewers want to know about is his experience working for President Trump. Trump, who has a well-known aversion to heavy reading, is not likely to crack the Mattis book, but in an interview with the Washington Examiner, Mattis says anyone who does might pick up a few hints on how to be a better leader. Asked if he would recommend his book to the commander in chief, Mattis avoided answering directly.
Have you been amazed, and perhaps angered, that any obscure judge you’ve never heard of can halt a policy of a duly elected president simply by issuing a nationwide injunction? Yesterday, the practice of nationwide injunctions took a small hit. The U. S. Supreme Court ruled that a federal judge in San Francisco cannot block the Trump administration’s new policy on asylum seekers by issuing a nationwide injunction.
In a recent interview with The Hill, presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders praised China, stating the nation had made "more progress in addressing extreme poverty than any country in the history of civilization." The remark generated a slew of headlines from right-leaning media, some of which mocked the Vermont senator for praising China. As many undoubtedly know, however, China’s progress in eradicating extreme poverty in recent decades is unprecedented.
The 10 leading Democratic presidential candidates covered a wide range of topics, from international diplomacy and tariffs to health care and gun reform, during ABC’s primary debate Thursday at Texas Southern University in Houston. Toward the end of the night, moderator and ABC News correspondent Linsey Davis turned the debate toward education, sparking conversations about charter schools, inequality and teacher pay.
The Alliance Defending Freedom and Jones Day will host a two-panel discussion on the establishment clause and religious liberty at the Supreme Court. The first panel will focus on last term and the American Legion decision, featuring ADF’s David Cortman, Mayer Brown’s Charles Rothfeld and Jones Day’s Kaytlin Roholt, moderated by the New York Times’ Adam Liptak. The second panel will look to next term and especially the Title VII cases, featuring ADF’s John Bursch and Goodwin Law’s Brian Burgess, moderated by SCOTUSblog’s Amy Howe.