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Forget The Gold Standard And Make The Dollar Stable Again

by John H. Cochranevia The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

[Subscription Required] Precious metals no longer make sense as a store of value. Instead, peg money to goods and services.

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America Does Not Have To Be Perfect To Be Good

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Thursday, July 18, 2019

The summer season has ripped off the thin scab that covered an American wound, revealing a festering disagreement about the nature and origins of the United States.

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George Will's Guide To Conserving The Founders' Liberalism

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Patrick Deneen’s disdainful review last month in the Washington Post of George Will’s splendid new book, “The Conservative Sensibility,” reasserts fashionable misconceptions about liberalism, conservatism, and America. The review — and, more importantly, the book — provide an occasion to clarify the character of the conservatism that takes its bearings from the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and from the ideas about human nature and freedom that undergird them.

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Gifted Education Faces “Clear And Present” Problems

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via EducationNext
Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Institute for Educational Advancement recently completed an elaborate survey of public views toward many aspects of the education of gifted children and the results are enlightening, sobering—and complicated. Authored by Institute president Betsy Jones and Institute fellow Shelagh Gallagher, the report is aimed partly at advocates within the field of gifted-and-talented education, as a substantial portion of it is devoted to “market testing” various terms and phrases to determine which resonate best with which audiences and constituencies as well as the type of “messaging” that seems most effective in building public support for programs of this sort. (The rather surprising winner: “Money for prisons, not for gifted.”)

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

All That Glitters Is Not Gold

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Thursday, July 18, 2019

I wrote a Wall Street Journal Oped on the gold standard, partly in response to last week's Oped by James Grant (whose "PhD standard" is a great quip) and Greg Yp's excellent column on Judy Shelton and gold.

Analysis and Commentary

The Nutrition Challenge

by Bjorn Lomborgvia Project Syndicate
Thursday, July 18, 2019

Additional investments in early childhood nutrition are crucial, and should be a high priority for donor and recipient governments, multilateral development organizations, and philanthropic foundations. The case for such spending is clear, and the payoffs will almost certainly be enormous.

Analysis and Commentary

Why California Lawmakers Like To Raid The Climate-Change Cookie Jar

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, July 18, 2019

For a brief moment last week, there was an unlikely hero in Sacramento.

His name: Bob Wieckowski.

You’re forgiven if you’ve never heard the name before, especially if you don’t follow the inner workings of the California State Legislature or live in the immediate vicinity of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Trump's Immigration Bonds Proposal Won't Work

by Martin Oppusvia Politico
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

A foreign service officer says the president's right to pay attention to people overstaying their visas, but he’s pushing a stale idea.

Analysis and Commentary

The Federal Charter Schools Program: A Short, Opinionated History, Part I

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

With four billion dollars of funding over twenty-five years, the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) has turned out to be one of the larger and (in my view) more successful examples of government-supported R & D in the K–12 realm, with heavy emphasis on the “D,” but in ways that have also fostered considerable innovation. It has, in the words of veteran education analyst Christy Wolfe (now at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools), “played a critical role in increasing the number of charter schools across the country.”

Analysis and Commentary

A Rising Economic Tide + Reform + Resources = Better Results For Kids

by Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Last week I argued that much of the progress of the NCLB era may have stemmed from the dramatically declining child poverty rates of the 1990s.

Analysis and Commentary

Somewhere Inside Humanity

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, July 18, 2019

I told Min-Jin that Iain and I met at a concert while in college. I couldn’t figure out how to describe the sounds of the Chemical Brothers. Just then, Min-Jin started singing some Western songs, beginning with “My Heart Will Go On,” by Celine Dion. It seemed that everyone, no matter how isolated their society is, knows the movie Titanic and the song that goes with it.

Interviews
Interviews

John Yoo On The Ricochet Podcast

interview with John Yoovia The Ricochet Podcast
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

(25:28) Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the passing of Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and some of the recent SCOTUS rulings. 

In the News
In the News

Fatalism Should Have No Place In Education

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Foundation for Economic Education
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Teaching kids that life is unfair is necessary, but so, too, is teaching them that their skin color or cultural background does not predestine their fate in this life.

In the News

Viewpoints: Pros And Cons Of Joe Biden’s Ideas About Public Option; Lawsuit Against ACA Is Faulty, Extremely Harmful

quoting Scott W. Atlasvia Kaiser Health News (KHN)
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Opinion writers weigh in on these health care topics and others.

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Muslim Women Debate Antisemitism

quoting Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Jewish Press
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Ayaan Hirsi Ali wrote an article in The Wall Street Journal on July 12, 2019 called “Can Ilhan Omar Overcome Her Prejudice.” It was an article written by a black Muslim woman refugee from Somalia who fled to the Netherlands to enter politics as a converted Christian, about another black Muslim woman refugee from Somalia who fled to the United States to enter politics as a Muslim.