Hoover Daily Report
Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Soviet Censorship: A Success Story

by Mark Harrisonvia Mark Harrison's Blog
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Windmills in the Netherlands
Analysis and Commentary

A Dutch Cure for the Dutch Disease

by Michael J. Boskinvia Project Syndicate
Thursday, January 16, 2014

Far too few governments rein in their countries’ bloated welfare states before disaster strikes.
 

US Political Parties
Analysis and Commentary

Our Politics May Be Polarized. But That’s Nothing New.

by David Brady, Hahrie Hanvia The Monkey Cage (Washington Post)
Thursday, January 16, 2014

HIstorical data show that polarization is the norm in American politics.

Analysis and Commentary

The Cowardice of the New Anti-Semitism

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Analysis and Commentary

The Briefing: A Partial Defense of the Front-Page Rule

by Jack Goldsmithvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Analysis and Commentary

The Briefing: Secrecy and Accountability in a Digital Age

by Peter Berkowitzvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Analysis and Commentary

The Briefing: Intelligence Reform: Life Imitates Fiction

by Benjamin Wittesvia Advancing a Free Society
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Analysis and Commentary

Democrats Use Stalin-Era Tactics To Wreck Chris Christie's Political Career

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes.com
Thursday, January 16, 2014

  We use names of public figures as short-hand tags for political processes or maneuvers. An example would be to “Bork” a candidate’s nomination before Congress. I propose to add to this list “Voz,” defined as “eliminating political adversaries using an escalating feeding frenzy of rumors, accusations, revelations, gossip, and investigations [...]

Analysis and Commentary

John Cochrane Views the World

by David R. Henderson with John H. Cochrane via EconLog
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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Analysis and Commentary

An Impasse on Climate Change

by Gary D. Libecapvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

International efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions will continue to fail until the science is better.

Interviews
Interviews

Markos Kounalakis on the John Batchelor Show (9:25)

with Markos Kounalakisvia John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Guests: Jillian Kay Melchior, National Review Online. Markos Kounalakis, Hoover. Tracy Weber, ProPublica.

In the News
In the News

California GOP's Hope: 'Conservatarian' Movement

with George P. Shultz, Bill Whalenvia San Francisco Chronicle
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Neel Kashkari, the Republican former U.S. Treasury official who is close to launching a California gubernatorial run - and admits to voting for Barack Obama in 2008 - tweeted recently that he defines himself as a "social libertarian." Andrew Blount, the Republican mayor of Laguna Hills (Orange County) who is also "strongly considering" a gubernatorial run, goes even further - saying he doesn't subscribe to any one GOP "slate" of ideas. 'Conservatarian' hopeWith a Gallup Poll released this month showing that 42 percent of Americans identify themselves politically as independents - an all-time high - and those calling themselves Republicans has hit a record low of 25 percent, some political observers say the California GOP may pin its hopes for revival on the emerging "conservatarians." Dodging social issues Much like Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, whose potential 2016 presidential candidacy has excited younger, more libertarian Republicans, Donnelly says he is stressing "less government, less taxes and more freedom" - not social issues. Charles Moran, who heads the state's Log Cabin Republicans - the gay GOP club - said many of his activist members fit the conservatarian mold, holding strongly conservative fiscal beliefs but also insisting that "if it doesn't hurt me or my family, you live the way you want to live." Ginn, whose day job is the head of growth at the San Francisco Internet company StumbleUpon, said the libertarian message is appealing to tech workers put off by some Republican positions on social issues. With younger voters and Latinos and Asians, the state's fastest-growing demographic groups, all tilting Democratic, "I don't see a blueprint for Republicans to win," DiCamillo said.

In the News

Can We Fix Undermatching in Higher Ed? Would it Matter if We Did?

with Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Brookings Institution
Wednesday, January 15, 2014

In advance of tomorrow’s White House summit on higher education, Matthew Chingos explores the phenomenon of undermatching – students  attending less challenging colleges than their academic credentials would allow – which occurs disproportionately among disadvantaged students. Using statistical simulations, Chingos examines what would happen if students of all backgrounds were better matched to schools, and finds that eliminating undermatching would not meaningfully increase overall graduation rates.