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Reasonable Disagreements: Confirming Kavanaugh

interview with Adam J. White, Richard A. Epsteinvia Reasonable Disagreements
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

What effect could Kavanaugh have on constitutional law and the administrative state?

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Stuyvesant High School Et. Al: The Inevitability Of Selectivity

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

There’s no perfect solution to the quandary that New York City has long faced in trying to inject greater equity into the most meritocratic of its schools: the nine selective public high schools, eight of which (including Bronx Science and Stuyvesant) rely on scores from a single test of interested eighth graders to determine who gets admitted. Exceed the ever-changing cut score for one of these schools and you’re in; fall a fraction of a point below and you’re out.

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Demonization Of Nunes Is A Window Into Our Times

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Much of what we now know about the unethical and often illegal behavior of the FBI, CIA, National Security Agency, and Department of Justice emerged due to the efforts of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Its chairman during its stunning disclosures has been Representative Devin Nunes (R., Calif.), who in turn has been constantly demonized for his efforts.

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Jackpot Justice In Texas

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Forbes
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Tort and Contract law don’t let juries award $706 million in a $10 million case Sometimes small business disputes turn into legal tsunamis. Just that rare of an event happened in Texas when in March, 2018 a San Antonio jury in Bexar County District Court awarded a $706 million verdict for theft of trade secrets in favor of defendant, HouseCanary (HC), who had been sued for $6 million on breach of contract claim by Title Source, Inc.—now Amrock, an affiliate with Quicken Loans.

Analysis and Commentary

The Libertarian: Trump And The Anonymous Op-Ed

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Exploring the legal implications of the bombshell newspaper column.

Analysis and Commentary

The Misguided Assault On The Consumer Welfare Standard In The Age Of Platform Markets

by A. Douglas Melamed, Nicolas Petitvia SSRN
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

This paper discusses the recent scholarly and policy attack against the consumer welfare (“CW”) standard. It shows that the CW standard is not the explanatory factor for perceived low levels of antitrust enforcement in the US. The arguments made against the CW standard reflect a misunderstanding of its purpose and effects. Moreover, any deviation from the CW framework would likely weaken antitrust enforcement in the platform age.

Analysis and Commentary

Should Antitrust Be Used Against Amazon?

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A few days ago, Tyler Cowen over at Marginal Revolution linked to a New York Times piece about antitrust scholar Lina Khan. The item, by David Streitfeld, is titled “Amazon’s Antitrust Antagonist Has a Breakthrough Idea,” NYT, Sept. 7, 2018. Much of the story is fluff although Streitfeld does tell the reader that Ms. Khan’s ideas have the potential to influence decisions by the Federal Trade Commission.

Interviews
Interviews

Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses California, including his latest Sacramento Bee article "Will 2018 be another watershed election for California?"

Interviews

Markos Kounalakis On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Markos Kounalakisvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Marko Kounalakis discusses his Miami Herald article "Our troops are dying for a lost cause. We’ve got to get out of Afghanistan."

Interviews

Michael Petrilli: Will Civics Education Save American Democracy?

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses the state of civics education in America.

In the News
In the News

Our September Movers & Shakers

featuring Michael McFaulvia Nob Hill Gazette
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Talk about timely: McFaul’s book released this summer, “From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia,” comes as new developments in the fraught U.S.- Russia relationship continue unfurl. McFaul, who served as U.S. ambassador to Russia during the Obama administration, is now a Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor of political science, director and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University.

In the News

Ohio Can Save The American Dream, Repel Robot Revolution With Better Job Skills, Mayors Are Told

quoting Eric Hanushekvia Cleveland.com
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Ohio faces high stakes as it tries to close its so-called skills gap, experts told mayors from across the state Monday. Try billions of dollars in earnings, the future of the American dream and the odds of surviving the coming robot revolution.

In the News

Quote Of The Day, September 12, 2018

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia The Hay Ride
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

“I cannot remember another example of a senator who wanted to break the law but could not figure out how to do it.” – Victor Davis Hanson, on Sen. Cory Booker.

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Obama’s Con-Job ‘Conservatism’

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Some “conservatives” never learn and continue to live under mental delusions. Barack Obama has commanded their souls and continues to do so today.

In the News

Is California A Good Role Model?

quoting Jonathan Roddenvia The New York Times
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Depending on how you look at it, it’s one of the richest states or one of the most unequal.

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Capping NPA-Creation: Former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan Has Important Suggestions

quoting Raghuram Rajanvia Financial Express
Thursday, September 13, 2018

There has been much debate on the large quantum of non-performing assets (NPAs) at public sector banks and the many reasons why they reached these levels. However, as former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan has said, the government needs to focus on the sources of the next crisis, not just the last one. To begin with, the consortium mechanism—which, some say, is one of the causes of the trouble—should be dismantled. 

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Sanctions On Russia: The Risks For Western Business

quoting Michael McFaulvia Forbes
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The impact of sanctions on Russia -- imposed in response to the Kremlin's annexation of Crimea in 2014 -- has been 'much more moderate than those who imposed them intended,' according to the author of a new book, Russia's Response to Sanctions.

In the News

Why It's Useless To Argue

quoting Bruce Bueno de Mesquitavia ABS CBN News
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

It’s almost always a waste of time to engage in an argument. Of course, people who like to debate will dispute this statement. It is extremely rare to see two parties resolve a disagreement right on the spot. What usually follows is a walkout, a break-up, a temporary silent truce, or a fist-fight. In any case, people only hold on even more firmly to their current beliefs.

In the News

Trump Wants To Identify Election Interference Within 45 Days. Here Is How He Can Do It.

quoting Herbert Linvia Fifth Domain
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Sept 12. that allows sanctions on foreign people and states who interfere in U.S. elections, but government reports and industry experts suggest that task may be difficult.

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Medicare For All/Single-Payer FAQs

quoting Charles Blahousvia Inside Sources
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Normally, my writing focuses on technological and structural innovation in health care — factors that can bring better health to more people at lower cost. But with the 2018 and 2020 elections approaching, single-payer health insurance is back on America’s front burner — especially the “Medicare for All” (M4A) bill proposed by Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

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U.S. Foreign Correspondents Once Shaped America’s World View; Now Russian, Chinese Replacements Do

quoting Markos Kounalakisvia World Tribune
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The American foreign correspondent began to disappear as U.S. media outlets began cutting and shutting down overseas bureaus in the late 1990s into the 2010s. That left much of the reporting on global news to state-run and far from free media outlets in places like Russia and China.

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U.S. Special Envoy Volker To Visit Ukraine This Week, Speak At YES Annual Event

mentioning Niall Ferguson, Michael McFaulvia Interfax-Ukraine
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker is visiting Ukraine this week and is scheduled to speak at the Yalta European Strategy (YES) Annual Meeting in Kyiv.

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Poroshenko, Groysman To Speak At YES Meeting In Kyiv

mentioning Condoleezza Ricevia Ukrinform News
Thursday, September 13, 2018

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will deliver a speech at the opening of the plenary sessions of the annual meeting of Yalta European Strategy (YES), which will be held at the Mystetsky Arsenal in Kyiv on September 13-15, according to the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.