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China's Influence & American Interests: Promoting Constructive Vigilance

via Analysis
Thursday, November 29, 2018

This report, written and endorsed by a group of this country’s leading China specialists and students of one-party systems is the result of more than a year of research and represents an attempt to document the extent of China’s expanding influence operations inside the United States. While there have been many excellent reports documenting specific examples of Chinese influence seeking, this effort attempts to come to grips with the issue as a whole and features an overview of the Chinese party-state United Front apparatus responsible for guiding overseas influence activities.

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Navigating The Realm Of Political Theology In The Greater Middle East

by Charles Hillvia The Caravan
Thursday, November 29, 2018

The modern world—or the era we blithely have been calling “modern”—has defined itself against religion. The Treaty of Westphalia, which inaugurated today’s international state system, pushed religion to diplomacy’s margins to avoid, it was hoped, further wars of religion as had propelled the Thirty Years’ War from 1618-1648.

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Civic Engagement Versus Civics Education

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

There’s much about Montgomery County, Maryland, that I appreciate—starting with the fact that it’s been a fine home for me and my family for forty-plus years. There’s also much that I respect about the Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) and several of its current initiatives, including greater attention to the education of gifted kids, particularly those from poor and minority backgrounds.

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Is There A 51 Percent Solution For Trump?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Thursday, November 29, 2018

President Trump’s challenges are not really his economic policies and foreign affairs agendas. For the most part, they are supported by the American people and are resulting in prosperity at home and security abroad.

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Hoover’s Uncommon Knowledge Featured Nov. 29 On New Fox Nation

Thursday, November 29, 2018
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

The Hoover Institution’s Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson will appear on the new Fox Nation streaming service on Nov. 29 with an exclusive interview of economist and Hoover senior fellow Thomas Sowell.

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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

The Libertarian: Free Speech And Campaign Finance

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, November 29, 2018

How to think about the role of money in politics.

Photographic portrait of the “Great and Generous Leader,” Joseph Stalin.
Analysis and Commentary

Russia’s Re-Stalinization

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

It suits Putin to rehabilitate the strongman behind the Great Terror

Analysis and Commentary

Hoorah For Charter Schools Serving Kids With Disabilities

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

You might think the executive director of an organization called the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools would place the interests of children seeking the best possible special ed that charter schools can provide for them ahead of the policy preferences of IDEA (the federal special-ed law). You might even think that the fundamental precepts of school choice and parent preference might loom large in her mind. 

Analysis and Commentary

Looking Over The Horizon: Could Newsom Ever Face A Veto Override?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, November 29, 2018

It’s been a week since Thanksgiving, yet somewhere in California, Governor-elect Gavin Newsom may still be voicing gratitude for his good fortune election-wise.

Analysis and Commentary

Trump Didn’t Create Europe’s Resentment

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Speaking in Paris at the centenary of the Armistice, French president Emmanuel Macron (caricatured above) made some silly comments about nationalism. Recycling tired clichés about nationalism’s guilt for both World Wars, he called nationalism the “betrayal of patriotism” and warned about the “old demons coming back to wreak chaos and death.”

Analysis and Commentary

Religion And The New Supreme Court

by John Yoo, James C. Phillipsvia National Review
Thursday, November 29, 2018

In the wake of the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, religion will probably present the first test of the new Roberts Court’s commitment to the original meaning of the Bill of Rights. Religion has not become a constitutional battlefield just because conservatives tend to be more religious than liberals (though they are). Religion has not assumed legal importance solely because of the ongoing cultural conflict between traditional and secular visions of our society, either. Religion has taken center stage also because it has become the spiritual and moral refuge from an ever-expanding administrative state.

Analysis and Commentary

Why We Need Anti-Censorship Legislation For Social Media, Stat

by Jeremy Carlvia The Federalist
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Social media companies got rich with legal protections as platforms, only to turn around and behave like publishers when conservatives started using their publishing services.

Interviews
Interviews

Elizabeth Economy On Jaw-Jaw: Will Xi’s Third Revolution Last?

by Elizabeth Economyvia War on the Rocks
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Elizabeth Economy discusses the future of China and its powerful leader, Xi Jinping.

Interviews

John Yoo: Why New Cohen Deal Should Worry Trump's Lawyers

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo analyzes Michael Cohen's guilty plea for making false statements to Congress in Russia probe and how this might impact President Trump.

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Michael Petrilli: How To Separate The Wheat From The Chaff On Technical Credentials

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses how leading states like Florida are vetting thousands of technical credentials to identify the ones worth pursuing.

In the News
In the News

Report Cites Concerns About China's Influence On American Institutions

Thursday, November 29, 2018
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Scholars from the Hoover Institution and other organizations today issued a report that examines China’s efforts to influence US institutions and calls for protecting American values, norms, and laws from such interference, while also warning against “demonizing” any group of people.

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Scholars Warn Of Chinese Influence Operations In U.S.

featuring Larry Diamond, Hoover Institutionvia The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
An influential group of China experts called for Americans to acknowledge what it described as a growing threat of Beijing-sponsored influence operations in the U.S. The cohort also proposed restricting visas for Chinese media and scholars unless their American counterparts are allowed to operate more freely in China.
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Here’s Why Identity Politics Threaten America

quoting Peter Berkowitzvia Daily Signal
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Is there an answer to the problem of identity politics in America? For some, the “solution” is direct. “We need to take on the oppression narrative,” conservative commentator Heather Mac Donald said at a Heritage Foundation gathering on Capitol Hill. Americans need to “rebut” the idea “that every difference in American society today is the result by definition of discrimination,” Mac Donald said during the event Monday, called “Identity Politics Is a Threat to Society. Is There Anything We Can Do About It at This Point?”

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Education Reform Could Save The GOP

quoting Condoleezza Ricevia The Gazette
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Politics of the ’90s told us “it’s the economy, stupid.” The early 2000s brought us health care. Going forward, look for education as the big new political sledge.

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Panel: National Defense Strategy Doesn’t Meet Challenge Of Countering China, Russia

quoting Admiral Gary Rougheadvia USNI News
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Without predictable funding and realistic concepts of operations, the National Defense Strategy doesn’t meet the challenges of a rising China expanding in the Indo-Pacific and an aggressive Russia in Eastern Europe, the co-chairmen of the panel reviewing the document warned the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.

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China Specialists Who Long Supported Engagement Are Now Warning Of Beijing’s Efforts To Influence American Society

quoting Elizabeth Economy, Larry Diamond, Henry A. Kissinger, Hoover Institutionvia The Washington Post
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

A distinguished group of China specialists who have long championed engagement with Beijing are now advocating the United States take a more skeptical view of what they see as growing Chinese efforts to undermine democratic values, including free-speech rights, both here and abroad.

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Hillary Clinton Slams Trump—'We Have A President Who Is Part Of The Cover-Up'

quoting Bill Whalenvia Newsweek
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has accused President Donald Trump of working with the regime in Riyadh to cover up the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, putting commercial interests ahead of justice. Kicking off a 13-date speaking tour with her husband, former president Bill Clinton, she addressed issues of foreign policy, trade and, unsurprisingly, Trump.

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Opinion: Does Every Vote Matter? Economists Say No

quoting Casey B. Mulliganvia The Guardian
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Voting is regarded as an American citizen’s civic duty. Consequently, those who vote are praised to the utmost degree while those who do not are considered a disgrace to their country. A great source of sorrow for many a political scientist is America’s low voter turnout, especially when compared to the turnout in other developed countries. Voter turnout is substantially lower among youth voters, with only 20 percent of eligible youth voters voting in midterm elections. 

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The Cyberlaw Podcast: You’ll Never Know How Evil A Technology Can Be Until The Engineers Deploying It Fear For Their Jobs

quoting Jamil Jaffervia Lawfare
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

I propose this episode’s title as Baker’s Law of Evil Technology, something that explains Twitter’s dysfunctional woke-ness, Yahoo’s crappy security and Uber’s deadly autonomous vehicles. Companies with lots of revenue can afford to offer a lot of stuff they don’t much care about, including protection of minority voices; security; and, um, not killing people. But as Uber’s travails show, all that can get tossed out the window when corporate survival is at stake.

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Goldberg: Schools Need to Embrace A Civic Education That Values Patriotism Over Victimhood

mentioning Hoover Institutionvia The 74 Million
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Schools need to be giving kids a stiffer dose of civic education, informed by a sense of patriotism and gratitude for the American way of life — that’s the message conservative author Jonah Goldberg delivered to an education-focused audience at Washington, D.C.’s Hoover Institution on Wednesday. The talk touched on politics and national identity in Trump’s America.