In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter interviews Hoover senior fellows and members of Hoover’s Task Force on K–12 Education Paul Peterson and Rick Hanushek on education in the United States compared to the rest of the world.
In a year replete with devastating news, the June 22 death of Middle East scholar Fouad Ajami hit especially hard. For decades, Fouad, a man of genius I was honored to call a friend, was an invaluable mentor in matters involving the Arab world and its often-lethal discontents.
Here’s President Obama coyly not asking Congress to dance—that is, as I put it in my post earlier today, “signal[ing] that [he] would like to dance with Congress—saying [he] will consult with her, that [he] invites her support—but [stopping] short of anything like a formal request, and he insist[ing] that he’s happy to dance alone.”
In an otherwise spot-on op-ed, former Sen. Joseph Lieberman miscasts how the Vietnam War ended. In fact, Congress withheld funding to the South Vietnamese in early 1975 after all U.S. military ground combat forces had been withdrawn by late March 1973.
It's no secret. California is expensive. But is it a little more nuanced than that; coastal California is very expensive while inland California is just moderately expensive. Yet, despite being a well-known fact, Sacramento doesn't appear too concerned with California's growing price tag even though there is evidence it could be slowing the Golden State's economic growth.
President Obama’s promise “to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL” may or may not end up causing problems for the Islamic State. Surely however, it further degraded our security by further engaging us in the combination of fantasy and half measures that has earned America a reputation for un-seriousness and opened hunting season on Americans everywhere.
President Barack Obama last night promised to defeat ISIS (a.k.a. ISIL or the Islamic State) by combining American air power and 475 additional troops—not boots on the ground—with the ground forces of ephemeral allies, whose willingness and ability to fight are far from certain.
Donald Kennedy, president emeritus of Stanford University and former head of the FDA, once chided those “who give up the difficult task of finding out where the weight of scientific evidence lies, and instead attach equal value to each side in an effort to approximate fairness.”
Politically "red" and "blue" states are increasingly turning green as they push energy efficiency and renewable power to save money and protect the planet, says a report today with prominent bi-partisan support.