Hoover Daily Report
Analysis and Commentary
Uncommon Knowledge with Hoover fellows Rick Hanushek and Paul Peterson
Analysis and Commentary

Uncommon Knowledge with Hoover fellows Rick Hanushek and Paul Peterson

interview with Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Petersonvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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. 

Analysis and Commentary

The Challenges of AP History: Are You Sure You Want College Credit?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Much of the criticism recently leveled at the College Board’s new framework for its Advanced Placement United States history course and exam is hysterical and undeserved. There’s also reason to suspect that some of the harshest critics may be motivated at least in part by the riches they have reaped by prepping high school kids for the old version of the test.

Fouad Ajami is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution
Analysis and Commentary

Remembering the Great Fouad Ajami

featuring Fouad Ajamivia First Things
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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.

Analysis and Commentary

Not Asking the Girl to Dance

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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.”

US Money Ladder
Analysis and Commentary

Optimal quantity of money, achieved?

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Here are three graphs, presenting inflation, long-term interest rates and short-term interest rates in the US, Germany and Japan.

Analysis and Commentary

Letter to the Editor: War Powers, the Islamic State and the War Powers Act

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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.

Housing
Analysis and Commentary

Are High Housing Costs Restraining California's Growth?

by Carson Brunovia Real Clear Markets
Thursday, September 11, 2014

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.

Barack Obama
Analysis and Commentary

President Obama’s ISIS Strategy Isn’t Reality Based

by Angelo M. Codevillavia The Federalist
Thursday, September 11, 2014

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.

Barack Obama
Analysis and Commentary

Obama Takes On ISIS With Brave Words, Pinprick Strikes, And Phantom Allies

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Thursday, September 11, 2014

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.

Analysis and Commentary

NPR’s War On Genetic Engineering

by Henry I. Millervia Daily Caller (DC)
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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.”

Interviews
White House at night
Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson on the John Batchelor Show (21:02)

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Senior Fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses President Obama's speech on his strategy for ISIS on the John Batchelor Show.
 

Interviews

Kori Schake on the John Batchelor Show

interview with Kori Schakevia John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Research Fellow Kori Schake discusses the impact of President Obama's recent speech on the military on the John Batchelor Show.

Interviews

Paul Gregory on the John Batchelor Show (12:36)

via John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Research Fellow Paul Gregory discusses the impact of President Obama's recent speech on politicians in Kiev and Moscow on the John Batchelor Show.

Interviews

Petrilli on Intelligence Squared Debates

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Intelligence Squared US (NY)
Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Research Fellow Michael Petrilli participates in a debate on the Common Core on Intelligence Squared Debates.

In the News
Global Image
In the News

Blue and Red States Going Green on Energy Policy

quoting George P. Shultzvia USA Today
Thursday, September 11, 2014

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.

In the News

Building Anti-Islamic State Coalition Could Be a Heavy Lift

mentioning Kori Schakevia Washington Examiner
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

When President Obama addresses the nation Wednesday night about his plans to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, he will likely lay the ultimate responsibility for securing the extremist group’s lasting defeat on a regional coalition of Middle East countries.

Washington DC Skyline
In the News

Senate clears Social Security board nominees

mentioning Lanhee J. Chenvia The Hill
Monday, September 8, 2014

The Senate voted Monday to clear three nominations to the Social Security Advisory Board.

Henry Aaron’s nomination was confirmed on a 54-43 vote. Shortly after, the Senate approved the nominations of Alan Cohen and Lanhee Chen by voice-votes.

In the News

Gov. Brown Signs Off on Legislation Requiring Paid Sick Leave

mentioning Carson Brunovia KFBK
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Governor Jerry Brown has signed off on landmark legislation requiring paid sick leave for millions of workers.

Starting in July of 2015, all private sector employers in the state will have to provide at least three days of paid time off each year.