When the novel coronavirus pandemic began, President Vladimir Putin tried to use the crisis to burnish his reputation as a stronger leader and Russia as an effective state. At first, the Russian leader boasted that his country had escaped the worst, implicitly citing this success as yet more evidence of his own forceful leadership. State-controlled media outlets trumpeted Russia’s success while gloating over American failures.
If you’re searching for an example of what ails California, look no further than the State Capitol—more to the point, the crumbling annex attached to the more historic structure where laws are decided.
The COVID-19 pandemic has begun to challenge basic premises of liberal democracy, such as individual rights to privacy and constraints on executive power. But even before the public health crisis drove a rush to emergency measures, liberal democracy was straining under the weight of mounting political polarization, distrust and a win-at-any-cost mindset among political competitors.
via The Hoover Project on Taiwan in the Indo-Pacific
Thursday, May 7, 2020
"Sometime in Fall 2019 and somewhere inside Wuhan in Hubei Province of PRC, the SARS-Cov-2 virus started spreading. Today, the world is still looking for truths about the origin, timeline, and death toll in PRC." Mung Chiang, Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary, gave remarks at the Hoover Institution on May 7, 2020.
The COVID-19 crisis has cruelly reminded us not only of the fragility of human life, but also of the chasms in our economy and society, many of them caused by fault lines in our educational attainment. That’s not just because the white-collar jobs that come with obtaining a college degree tend to pay more and are more secure when the economy tanks, but also because those jobs can be accomplished more easily from the safety of home.
A beautiful study in rhetoric. Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy explains why he is refusing to enforce Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders. Early on in the video, he explains that of course one must choose which laws to enforce and which not to. This relates to my critique of Luigi Zingales and some of the interesting discussion that followed in the comments on my post.
I’m a therapist who deals with people who are anxious. Many of them are particularly anxious during this lockdown. One, John R., age 32, told me that in the late evening before bedtime he goes back and forth between the Fox News Channel and CNN, and each of them makes him angry. I suggested that he stop watching them in the late evening. He did so and now he tells me that he is less anxious and sleeps much better.
Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses Susan Rice's email stating that FBI Director James Comey advised President Obama not to share sensitive intelligence information with incoming National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
One of our favorite stories about the State Department involves one of the wisest secretaries, George Shultz. Supposedly before he sent a new ambassador overseas he would invite the tyro into the secretary’s office. At some point he would sidle over to a large globe and give it a spin. Then he would ask the new ambassador to point to his country. As the globe slowed, the new envoy would point to whatever country he was assigned — France, maybe, or Brazil.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom's efforts to lift some anti-coronavirus restrictions cannot single out churches for stricter treatment than other similar public activities, the U.S. Department of Justice has said.
College commencement is an emotional, often defining, moment in the life of any student, but can be transformative, particularly for those who are from low-income backgrounds or the first in their families to earn a credential. But with college campuses across the country closed for the semester, the class of 2020 has been participating in virtual commencement ceremonies and celebrating with family over video platforms such as Zoom, HouseParty and FaceTime.
With the House passage of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s $3 trillion Heroes Act, COVID-19 policy has now officially transformed into presidential politics 2020. Let’s recall that before the crisis, the nation appeared pleased with the leadership that President Donald Trump was providing.