If presidential impeachment drama is in the cards for Congress this fall, what’s California’s role?
Obviously, the conversation begins with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It’s her responsibility to, in effect, decide which rabbit hole for Democrats to descend—whether it’s politically sager to file a single article of impeachment based strictly upon the president’s dealings with Ukraine, or to broaden the charges to include other Democratic hobbyhorses (emoluments, Stormy Daniels, etc.).
Allan H. Meltzer (1928–2017), a twentieth-century macroeconomist, was an innovator in the field of monetary economics and public policy, showing how central banking could influence economic disasters. Meltzer was also a valued consultant both in the United States and overseas, championing rules-based monetary policy and free markets. Eleven prominent economists reflect on his contributions in this volume edited by David Beckworth.
Last week in Austin, at the annual “summit” sponsored by the PIE (“Policy Innovators in Education”) Network, prizes were conferred on a handful of state-based education-reform groups that had accomplished remarkable feats in the previous year, this despite the reform-averse mood that chills much of the nation.
Recently I posted a critique of Matt Stoller’s nasty attack on the late Aaron Director. Stoller didn’t just challenge Director’s views; he suggested not too subtly that Director changed his views because he was paid to do so.
If you spent the weekend talking politics and policy with a roomful of people who thought differently from you, how might it change your views of American democracy?
According to an experiment called America in One Room, that experience moves Americans toward a rosier view of how American democracy works.
Social Security is projected to consume an ever-larger share of America’s national income, mostly thanks to an aging population. Indeed, demographic change is why the program is bankrupt, with an inflation-adjusted cash-flow deficit of more than $42 trillion.
The NCAA has unilaterally ruled over college athletics for over a century. “(It) kind of operates like the mafia,” said California assembly member Sydney Kamlager-Dove. “They make rules and regulations, they tell you to ‘honor them or else,’ and everyone else has kind of decided to obey.” Not anymore. Kamlager-Dove, a co-author of Senate Bill 206, which gives California college student-athletes the right to earn revenue from their names, images and likenesses, said the bill isn’t about the money – it’s about just treatment for underserved student-athletes.
Markets hate uncertainty. It’s a well-worn truism that is trotted out every time the pound plunges on the latest Brexit twist or stocks swoon on another Twitter tirade from Donald Trump. But one index empirically shows that businesses and investors are facing a level of uncertainty never seen before and that could be hurting the world economy.
Boris Johnson has bet the farm on one thing, and one thing alone: boredom. When James Cleverly, the Conservative Party chairman, admitted he was “quite bored of Brexit”, he certainly spoke for party members, who can’t wait to be shot of the whole process: a sundering from the European Union that they believed (because the Vote Leave campaign told them) would be a quickie divorce but has turned out to be a frustratingly protracted and fiddly diplomatic nightmare.
After two years lodged between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman is leaving his post Thursday, returning to Utah, where he is weighing a bid to again run for governor. Huntsman, who took on the role as America’s top envoy to Russia during a tumultuous time between the two world powers, said as he departs that things could have been worse if not for diplomatic efforts to stem a further slide in the relationship.
Canadian politicians are promising everything but the kitchen sink in the 2019 Federal Election. Although, there’s still 19 days – so don’t rule out kitchen sink subsidies. Most notable to our readers is obviously their housing platforms. A wide range of readers, from fund managers to Millennial buyers, have asked for our take on specific platforms.
The United States has historically been wary of punching back in cyberspace, fearing that a digital conflict could rapidly escalate to rockets and bombs. But those concerns may be overblown. A pair of recent studies has found it's extremely rare for nations to ratchet up a cyber conflict, let alone escalate it to a conventional military exchange, and that the U.S. public may put extra pressure on leaders not to let a cyber conflict get out of hand.