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The Return Of Ancient Prejudices

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

In the latter half of the 19th century and early in the 20th century, as Catholic immigrants poured in from Ireland and eastern Europe, an anti-Catholic wave spread over a mostly Protestant United States. The majority slur then was that Catholic newcomers’ first loyalty would be to “Rome,” not the U.S.

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How 16-Year-Olds Would Vote, If They Could

by David Davenportvia Washington Examiner
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Like popcorn in hot oil, the question of 16-year-olds voting has started popping up around the country. Four cities already allow it in local elections: three in Maryland and, ever on the bleeding edge of change, Berkeley, Calif. More important are the states considering it, since this would allow 16- and 17-year-olds to vote for president.

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California, Unlike Norma Desmond, Isn’t Ready For Her Close-Up

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, February 7, 2019

There are two ways to interpret Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti’s decision not to run for the highest office in the land—a departure from the norm, as the line of Democrats jonesing for a shot at President Trump forms to the rear.

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The Law Will Be On Trump’s Side If He Declares An Emergency To Fund His Wall

by John Yoovia National Review
Thursday, February 7, 2019

For all the legal analysts wringing their hands at the prospect of such a move, the courts would likely uphold it.

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

The Libertarian: The New Progressive Agenda

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Examining a raft of left-wing policy proposals from 2020 presidential candidates.

Analysis and Commentary

The Women's Global Development And Prosperity Initiative

by Condoleezza Ricevia Facebook
Thursday, February 7, 2019

I have often said that if I could wave a magic wand and do one thing, I would empower women. Not just because it is the 'right' thing to do -- though it is the right thing to do -- but because it would solve so many other problems.

Analysis and Commentary

Reasonable Disagreements: A Great Attorney General Pick, Barr None

interview with Richard A. Epstein, Adam J. Whitevia Reasonable Disagreements
Thursday, February 7, 2019

President Trump’s nomination of William Barr to be Attorney General.

Analysis and Commentary

Is It Really RIP For The LIO?

by Josef Joffevia The American Interest
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Lamenting the “collapse” or “end” of the Liberal International Order has grown into a cottage industry of pundits and professors. But is the LIO really dying?

Analysis and Commentary

Seeing The Similarities In The Early Entries For 2020 Presidential Contest

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Townhall
Thursday, February 7, 2019

There are a whole lot of Democrats running for the presidency in 2020. If names like Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Joaquin Castro aren’t household names today, they certainly will over the next year or so.

Analysis and Commentary

The Moral Idiocy Of Our Times

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

One of the foundational myths of modernity holds that the progress of scientific knowledge and technology has been accompanied by moral progress. As wealth and knowledge increase, the old impediments to moral improvement such as poverty, religious superstition, and ignorance are being swept away, resulting in a kinder, gentler, and more pacific human nature.

Analysis and Commentary

Evidence-Based Products Won't Sell Themselves

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

In my last post, I described a demand-side approach to bringing evidence-based practices into schools by developing programs and processes that help educators ask the right questions and find new solutions that work for them. Now I’d like to tackle the supply side: the creation and marketing of tools, especially curriculum, that can help drive evidence-based change in the classroom.

Analysis and Commentary

Cuomo Admits Tax Burden On "The Rich"

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Finally, a major Democratic politician admits it. "Governor Andrew Cuomo said the super-wealthy in New York – accounting for 1 percent of tax filers – end up paying 46 percent of the personal income taxes the state collects each year."

Analysis and Commentary

Obstacles To A Culture Of Improvement

by Michael J. Petrillivia Education Next
Thursday, January 24, 2019

If this era is to become a Golden Age of Educational Practice, we need successful, evidence-based practices—to the extent that they actually exist—to spread far and wide. Many ideas for how to get educators to use such practices are inherently top-down or “supply side” approaches—build tools or products or school models on top of the evidence base, and then market them to schools. Focus a lot on the fidelity of implementation, which also implies engineering solutions that can be implemented in the real world, with real teachers, without making the instructor’s job even harder than today. I will explore all of that in future posts.

Interviews
Interviews

China's Likely Afraid Of Trade War Escalation, Says Niall Ferguson

interview with Niall Fergusonvia CNBC
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses what to expect from President Trump's trade policy.

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Free Speech In The Crosshairs."

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Free Speech In The Crosshairs."

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Lanhee Chen: Trump Could Benefit From Co-Opting Democrat Policies

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Bloomberg
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses key takeaways from the State of the Union as well as the Democratic response.

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Michael Petrilli: Millennial Parents And Education Reform

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses what millennial parents think about education.

In the News
In the News

AOC Wants To Soak The Rich. Here's Why That's A Bad Idea.

quoting John H. Cochrane via Chicago Tribune
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Every so often, a rising young Democratic star comes along with an idea that boldly challenges the status quo. Today, it’s Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, who wants to raise the top income tax rate. In 1982 it was Sen. Bill Bradley of New Jersey, who proposed an overhaul of income taxes that “seemed revolutionary and impossible,” The Washington Post said in 1986.

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About Heidi

quoting John B. Taylorvia National Review
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

By tradition, the U.S. president selects the president of the World Bank, and Donald Trump has just selected David Malpass. I’m sure he’ll do a fine job. Just FYI — because I’m doing a personal post — I knew his father-in-law, the great Obie (Herman J. Obermayer).

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Autocracies That Look Like Democracies Are A Threat Across The Globe

quoting Michael McFaulvia The Conversation
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Russia’s successful interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election may inspire other countries to do the same. These other countries don’t look threatening. They look like democracies. But they’re not.

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Ripple Effect: Introduction

quoting Bruce Bueno de Mesquitavia The Tufts Daily
Thursday, February 7, 2019

How does gerrymandering hurt Nigerian yam farmers? Why does Danish foreign aid weaken Bangladeshi industry? Why don’t democracies always do what their people want? These are just a few of the questions, big and small, that I’ll explore in this column.

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SOTU Review: The 6 Big Domestic Policies Trump Proposed

quoting John H. Cochrane via Conservative Review
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

President Trump’s second State of the Union address was intended to lay out a legislative agenda for divided government. Knowing that the House of Representatives is under Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s control, Trump attempted to strike a unifying and bipartisan tone and invited Democrats to work with him to benefit the country.

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Intellectual Corruption Worse Than Political Corruption

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Cape Cod Times
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

We’re apt to think of corruption as businessmen bribing politicians to secure overpriced contracts. A classic scene from the movie “Shawshank Redemption” shows a private contractor fearful that a crooked prison warden will underbid his highway-building proposal by the warden exploiting his prisoners’ labor. To forestall the underbid, the contractor offers the warden a free pie, along with an envelope of $100 bills. The smarmy warden accepts the moneyed pie, and tells the contractor not to worry.

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U.S. Consumption Tax of 5% Could Raise $3 Trillion Over A Decade

quoting Charles Blahousvia Bloomberg
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Many countries, including members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, raise revenue with a consumption tax levied on incremental increases in the value of goods and services as they move through the supply chain. These value-added taxes -- VAT for short -- generate considerable income and are relatively efficient to administer.