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Maybe We Could Use A Civic Hippocratic Oath

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Thursday, November 15, 2018

A mob of protesters associated with the radical left-wing group Antifa swarmed the private residence of Fox News host Tucker Carlson on the night of Nov. 7. They yelled, “Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!” The mob’s apparent aim was to catch Carlson’s family inside and so terrify them that he might temper his conservative views. Only Carlson’s wife was home at the time. She locked herself in a pantry and called police.

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Office Hours: David Henderson On Smart Climate Change Policies

by David R. Hendersonvia PolicyEd
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Hoover Institution Research Fellow David Henderson responds to your questions on how to identify smart climate change policies.

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Now They’re All Saying “It’s Time To Write Chapter 14 Into Law”

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee held an important hearing entitled “Big Bank Bankruptcy: 10 Years After Lehman Brothers.” Originally scheduled for October, but postponed because of the debate over the Kavanaugh confirmation, the hearing concentrated on legislation that would create a new “Chapter 14” of the bankruptcy code under which large financial institutions could go into bankruptcy without spreading the crisis to the rest of the financial system.

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Trump’s Trade-Policy Uncertainty Deters Investment

by Steven J. Davisvia Chicago Booth Review
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

President Donald Trump has upended US trade policy: the particulars include a US pullout from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), threats to jettison the North American Free Trade Agreement, a refusal to affirm new World Trade Organization judges, tariff hikes on steel and other goods, frequent rhetorical attacks on major trading partners, and a wrong-headed obsession with bilateral trade deficits.

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Retired Gen. John Abizaid Picked As Ambassador To Saudi Arabia

mentioning Hoover Institutionvia The Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

[Subscription Required] President Trump on Tuesday nominated retired four-star Army Gen. John Abizaid, who oversaw U.S. Central Command during the initial years of the Iraq War, to be ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Empowering Teachers Is Necessary But Not Sufficient

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

You’ve seen plenty of comments and speculations on what last week’s election means for K–12 education (or will mean if they ever finish counting the ballots and filing lawsuits.) But not until this week did you see the conclusion by my friend Jay Mathews that education should be left to the teachers and the politicians should butt out.

Analysis and Commentary

GOP Failed To Fight Dem's Health-Care Scare Tactics In Midterms

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Exit polls showed that health care was the top factor in motivating voters in the 2018 election. Democrat candidates successfully stoked fears that the Republicans would end coverage of pre-existing conditions.

Analysis and Commentary

Lies, Damn Lies, And Statistics—And California’s “Red Ceiling”

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, November 15, 2018

For all the talk of a “blue wave” and a “red wall” colliding in this election, let’s talk about the “red ceiling” in the nation’s biggest (and pretty much bluest) state.

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Analysis and Commentary

The End Of Education Policy

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Almost thirty years ago, in February 1989, the political scientist Francis Fukuyama gave a talk that was later turned into an article that was later turned into a book, with the provocative title, “The End of History?” With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War, western-style liberalism had triumphed over Communism, and had already fended off Fascism.

Analysis and Commentary

Wisdom From Armen Alchian

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Public [government] ownership must be borne by all members of the public, and no member can divest himself of that ownership. Ownership of public property is not voluntary; it is compulsory as long as one is a member of the public. To call something “compulsory” usually is a good start toward condemning it.

Analysis and Commentary

Schrodinger's Immigrant

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, November 15, 2018

In a post this morning, Cafe Hayek’s Don Boudreaux points out the contradiction in opposing immigrants because they work and opposing them because they go on welfare, that is, don’t work. Jon Murphy, a Ph.D. student at George Mason University, where Don teaches, and a frequent commenter on this site (as well as an Econlib Feature Article author) sums it up beautifully.

Interviews
Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson: Does CNN Only Care About Its Own Free Speech? (4:05)

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the First Amendment and CNN's lawsuit demanding that the Trump administration reinstate reporter Jim Acosta's press credentials.

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Victor Davis Hanson On Fox News Discusses Free Speech

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson examines the merits of the case CNN has brought against the Trump administration, with Hanson arguing that the press pass to attend the White House press briefings is conditional and that violating rules or protocols can prevent one from access to that pass.

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Dennis Prager With Victor Davis Hanson On Politics And Culture

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Townhall Review
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the Trump administration, free speech, and how our culture compares to ancient cultures.

In the News
In the News

Ferguson, Nye Discuss Modern Challenges To Democracy

featuring Niall Ferguson, Condoleezza Ricevia The Stanford Daily
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

On Tuesday, the Hoover Institution held a panel discussion on the challenges that technological change and the communications revolution pose to democracies. Moderated by former U.S. Secretary of State and Hoover senior fellow Condoleezza Rice, the panel was the third in Hoover’s “Governance in an Emerging New World” series, led by former Secretary of State George P. Shultz.

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Navigating Gridlock: Congress, The Presidency, And Partisanship

Thursday, November 15, 2018
Hoover Institution, Washington DC

The Hoover Institution hosted "Navigating gridlock: Congress, the presidency, and partisanship" on Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 1:00 PM – 3:15 PM EST. 

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The Terrible Human Costs Of "Free" Health Care

quoting Scott W. Atlasvia Independent Women's Forum
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Ironically, it was the failures of the Affordable Care Act (higher premiums and deductibles and more restrictive plans) that made health care the big (only?) issue for Democrats in the midterms. Now, the Democrats, who brought us the Affordable Care Act without a single Republican vote, are ready move forward again with a "solution" to the problems created by the Affordable Care Act: single-payer health care.

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You Can't Explain Our Politics By Talking About 'Red States' And 'Blue States'

quoting Morris P. Fiorinavia The Washington Post
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

For the last eighteen years of politics, ever since the presidential election of 2000, a “red state” vs. “blue state” framework has defined how Americans talk about politics. And the “red” vs. “blue” divide hangs ever present, driving countless headlines emerging from last weeks’ midterm elections. “Red states get redder, blue states get bluer,” read the headline affixed to E.J. Dionne’s latest at the Washington Post. “The red parts got redder and the blue parts bluer in a midterm election that underscored America’s deep divide,” proclaimed the analysis at the Los Angeles Times.

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Debating The Potential Of Blockchain

quoting John Villasenorvia UCLA
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Recently, Blockchain at UCLA partnered with law firm BakerHostetler and accounting firm Ernst & Young for the Genesis Blockchain Summit. The sold-out event featured experts debating the benefits and challenges of blockchain use in business, law and academia and offered a deep dive on the nascent technology.

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Russia Wants DNC’s Election-Hacking Lawsuit Thrown Out

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia The Washington Post
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
The Russian government is arguing that a federal court should dismiss a lawsuit brought by the Democratic National Committee alleging that Moscow’s military spies, the Trump campaign and the WikiLeaks organization conspired to disrupt the 2016 campaign and tilt the election to Donald Trump.
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California’s New Governor Has A Problem: His Own Party

quoting Bill Whalenvia Politico
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Gavin Newsom was elected easily and he’s got a $9 billion surplus to play with. But will he now become the big “alpha dog” in Sacramento?

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Why Does The Fed Have Inflation Targets?

quoting Kevin Warshvia The Street
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Federal Reserve has an inflation target of 2.0 percent. In June 2018, they reached it for the first time since 2012, helping solidify the decision to slowly raise interest rates. The thinking behind an inflation target is that it will help stabilize prices.

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A Landslide, Supermajorities And Now A Fat Budget Surplus: It’s Good To Be Gavin Right Now

quoting Bill Whalenvia CALmatters
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The good news just keeps coming for California Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom. Not only did he win a resounding 60 percent-plus landslide, but he will be greeted by a two-thirds supermajority of fellow Democrats in both houses—more than sufficient to approve a tax increase. Not that he’ll need it any time soon.

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Solutions To Wildfires In Time Of Climate Change Are Costly, Unpopular

quoting Alice Hillvia Insurance Journal
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

California’s deadly wildfires have a straightforward solution, experts say: stop building homes in places that are likely to burn — and make homes that already exist in those areas a whole lot tougher.

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The Justice Department’s Legal Defense Of Matthew Whitaker’s Appointment

quoting John Yoovia Slate
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

On Wednesday, in an Office of Legal Counsel memo, the Justice Department made its argument for why Matthew Whitaker’s appointment as acting attorney general is legal. Here’s that argument, in a nutshell: The Constitution’s text doesn’t really matter; the Framers didn’t mean what they said; and an acting attorney general who served without Senate confirmation for six days in 1866 provides the historical precedent to justify Whitaker’s claim to the office.

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Our Views: The 'Guarantees' Of Single-Payer

quoting Scott W. Atlasvia The Winchester Star
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
So you say you want a healthy dose of European-style single-payer — i.e., “Medicare for all” here in the states — health care, with all its alleged guarantees? Well, the only thing resembling a guarantee is that the dose will not be “healthy” in the truest sense.
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Developing Skills In University

mentioning Michael Spencevia The Daily Star
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

You arrive at Subarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. After passing immigration you search for the taxi stand. While waiting, you feel hungry. Three vendors are selling pizza. Which vendor do you buy from? You don't know the pizza sellers, and the pizza sellers don't know you. But you want a pizza. All three vendors are calling. What do you do?