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Who’s Afraid Of Budget Deficits? I Am.

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Taking issue with Jason Furman and Larry Summers

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Edward Lazear On How To Reduce Income Inequality

by Edward Paul Lazearvia PolicyEd
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Tax policy and redistribution do not solve the underlying structural problem of income inequality. Redistribution and tax policy are only temporary fixes. For a permanent solution, we need to focus on reducing the skills gap by increasing the skills of individuals at the bottom of the income distribution.

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In Praise Of Justice Department Independence Norms (And Of Matthew Whitaker)

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

When President Trump appointed the unqualified Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general on Nov. 7, 2018, many prominent people believed that the country faced yet another “constitutional crisis” point.

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Survival At The White House

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, February 21, 2019

The administrative state took aim at Trump, but it has not been able to destroy him.

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Hasta la Vista, Junípero Serra—and Ronald Reagan?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, February 21, 2019

The big news in Sacramento last week was California governor Gavin Newsom’s driving a stake through the heart of the Golden State’s troubled high-speed rail projectWell, not exactly . . .

Analysis and Commentary

Kirwan And The Sacred Cows

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The long-awaited report of Maryland’s Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education—aka Kirwan Commission—was released last week. I had the honor (and sometimes pleasure) to serve on this body for the past two years as it strove with fair success to develop and recommend a coherent package of bold changes intended to transform K–12 schools in the Old Line State.

Analysis and Commentary

Changing Reality With Words

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The reinvention of vocabulary can often be more effective than any social protest movement. Malarial swamps can become healthy “wetlands.” Fetid “dumps” are often rebranded as green “landfills.”

Analysis and Commentary

Who's Afraid Of Budget Deficits?

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, February 21, 2019

In a provocative article in Foreign Affairs titled “Who’s Afraid of Budget Deficits?” Jason Furman and Lawrence H. Summers argue that we should not worry much about the federal government’s large and growing budget deficits. While they admit that politicians and policymakers “shouldn’t ignore fiscal constraints entirely,” they say that they “should focus on urgent social problems, not deficits.”

Analysis and Commentary

Inequality: The New Growth Industry In Higher Education

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Taxation has jumped to the forefront of 2020. Democrats and their intellectual allies, including the mega-rich themselves, are calling for a blizzard of higher taxes on the rich and wealthy.

Analysis and Commentary

Wilbur Hamilton Ross

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

What’s interesting, beyond their assertion that consumers won’t notice the slightly higher prices, is that both Hamilton and Ross use this an an argument for tariffs. We economists who apply Public Choice to understand government policy often point out that one reason tariffs are so popular is that they benefit a concentrated group (domestic producers) at the expense of a dispersed group (consumers.)

Interviews
Interviews

John Yoo On The Origins Of The Russia Probe: Rosenstein Was Over His Head And McCabe Filled The Vacuum

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo believes Robert Mueller's report will clear President Trump of accusations of collusion.

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Chester E. Finn, Jr. And Michael Petrilli: Out Of Commission

interview with Chester E. Finn Jr., Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Hoover Institution fellows Checker Finn and Michael Petrilli discuss Finn's experience on Maryland’s Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education, and its bold proposals for improving the state’s schools.

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John Yoo: Has Robert Mueller Finally Finished His Report On The Trump-Russia Probe?

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo says it is in President Trump’s best interest that the Mueller report be released to the public in order to clear his name.
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John Yoo: Will Smollett Be Ordered To Pay Back Chicago Police For The Monetary Resources Used To Investigate His Case?

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Thursday, February 21, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo says Jussie Smollett is in a lot of trouble for both state and federals crimes, but Smollett cannot be made to pay back all of the money for the resources used to investigate his alleged false claims.

In the News
In the News

Dems Face Challenges To Beating Trump In Court

quoting Michael McConnellvia The Hill
Thursday, February 21, 2019
The Democratic states fighting President Trump’s emergency declaration face a rough road as they try to convince the courts that his order was unlawful.
Thomas Sowell in front of a black background with an Uncommon Knowledge mug
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Thomas Sowell On Ideological Conformity Wrapped In Demographic Diversity

quoting Thomas Sowellvia AEI
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
From Thomas Sowell writing 25 years ago in a March 1994 Forbes article the “Multicultural Charade,” where Sowell argues that much could be gained from an honest study of “multicultural diversity,” instead of the “ideological conformity wrapped in demographic diversity” that we usually get.
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McFaul Urges US Businessmen To Leave Russia After Calvey's Arrest

quoting Michael McFaulvia Crime Russia
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
According to the diplomat, the charges against Calvey prove that the Russian authorities "are not afraid to arrest anyone."
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Bernie Sanders And Democrats' Age Problem

quoting Bill Whalenvia Axios
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
By the numbers: Sen. Bernie Sanders, 77 (five years older than President Trump, a spry 72), jumped into the race yesterday. And Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 69, was one of this cycle's first to announce. For some in the party, former Vice President Joe Biden, 76, is the savior.
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Faculty Note: Senior Lecturer Kevin Kain Publication

mentioning Hoover Institutionvia University of Wisconsin Green Bay
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

This study examines information about the display of early Soviet visual anti-religious propaganda in the past in order to conceptualize its re-presentation in the digital future. Based on research conducted during a Research Fellowship at Hoover Institution Library and Archive (January, 2018) and other American and Russian collections, it considers printed visual images of the 1920s–1930s, including posters and antireligious periodicals.