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Has The American Public Polarized?

by Morris P. Fiorinavia Hoover Institution Press
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

With the presidential campaigns well under way, talk of polarization once again fills the air. Although Americans think that polarization has increased, that is a misperception. By the standard definition of polarization—the middle loses to the extremes—there is no evidence of increasing polarization among the public at large.

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Novel Research On Elections, Policymaking, Economic Uncertainty

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Becker Friedman Institute of the University of Chicago and the Hoover Institution of Stanford University teamed up yesterday to put on a Conference on Elections, Policymaking, and Economic Uncertainty. The conference was held at the Hoover Institution Offices in Washington D.C. Steve Davis, Lars Hansen and I organized it. 

Terry Moe and Peter Robinson
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Is The Constitution Out Of Date?

interview with Terry M. Moevia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Relic: How Our Constitution Undermines Effective Government--and Why We Need a More Powerful Presidency

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Party Identification Shift May Hobble Trump

by David Brady, Carl Cannonvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Barack Obama won re-election four years ago largely because the 2012 electorate had more Democrats than Republicans—and because the president held serve with his fellow Democrats. In one sense, the story of the 2016 election can be distilled into a single question: Can Hillary Clinton do likewise?

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Opening New York City's Gifted-And-Talented Doors Wide For All City Kids

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Brandon L. Wright via New York Daily News
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Last October, we lamented New York City’s neglect of high-ability students, particularly in its low-income neighborhoods. Since then, the district and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña have taken steps to mitigate the problem. Unfortunately, their efforts fall way short.

Analysis and Commentary

Why The DOJ Order To Shut Down Construction On The DAPL Pipeline Is Legally Indefensible

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Forbes
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The DOJ offers no explanation for holding this pipeline’s completion hostage to possible changes in the overall permit approval process.

Analysis and Commentary

The Legacies Of Barack Obama

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

On his recent Asian tour, President Obama characterized his fellow Americans (the most productive workers in the world) as "lazy."

Analysis and Commentary

The Necessity Of The Rich

by Richard A. Epsteinvia The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Steve Jobs may have earned huge profits from his innovations, but they pale in comparison with the value of the iPhone to its users.

Analysis and Commentary

A Healthy Reminder That It's Trump, Not Oz, Who's the Wizard Of Reality Television

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Leave it to Donald Trump, veteran of the reality-television circuit, to turn his health records into a reality circus.

Analysis and Commentary

California's Faux Environmentalism

by Carson Brunovia The Orange County Register
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed two high-profile anti-climate change bills – Senate Bill 32 and Assembly Bill 197 – which double down on California’s already aggressive environmental efforts despite the fact that they aren’t working as planned. 

Analysis and Commentary

To Improve Education, Focus On Excellence—Not Failure

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

School failure is no longer the United States’ most pressing educational problem—mediocrity is. Both Trump and Clinton could do a lot of good by changing the tone of the education reform debate—and backing it up with a few discrete changes in policy. 

Analysis and Commentary

A Zika Vaccine Poses A Number Of Problems

by Henry I. Millervia The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

[Subscription Required] A vaccine designed to protect patients against Zika could inadvertently provoke more cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome.

Analysis and Commentary

Jonathan Lipow On the Role Of Government

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, September 15, 2016

As such, those on the left or the right of America's political spectrum may regard the proposals I offered in this book as an incoherent hodgepodge.

Analysis and Commentary

In Defense Of Jim Comey: Politico's Bizarrely Shoddy Attack On The FBI Director

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

An astonishingly bad piece appeared in Politico this week under an admittedly arresting headline: “The Case Against James Comey: Not Since Hoover Has an FBI Director Shown Such a Lack of Accountability.”

Analysis and Commentary

Rational Security: The "Walking Pneumonia" Edition

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Thursday, September 15, 2016

How much medical history should presidential candidates disclose? Activists launch a new campaign to pardon Edward Snowden, just in time for the launch of a biopic on the world’s most famous leaker.

Interviews
Interviews

Checker Finn On The Bill Bennett Interview

interview with Chester E. Finn Jr.via The Bill Bennett Interview
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Checker Finn explains how we’re getting close to a universal belief in the concept of school choice and how this is changing education for the better. Many students who used to be trapped in failing public schools now have the opportunity to choose between public, private, charter, and magnet schools.

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Lanhee Chen On Election 2016 Political Roundtable

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Commonwealth Club
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the 2016 elections, the candidates, and issues of concern to the South Bay, as well as statewide and national campaigns.

In the News
In the News

Quora Session With Russell Roberts

featuring Russell Robertsvia Quora
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Russell Roberts, EconTalk host and research fellow at the Hoover Institution, is taking questions now and answering today at 11:00 AM PDT.

Dariusz Pachocki, Assistant Professor, Department of Textual Criticism and Scholarly Editing, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin
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Hoover Visiting Scholar Sheds New Light On Polish Novelist Leopold Tyrmand

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Dariusz Pachocki, Assistant Professor in the Department of Textual Criticism and Scholarly Editing at John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, discusses his research on textual variants in the works of Polish novelist Leopold Tyrmand.
 

News
In the News

As Russia Reasserts Itself, U.S. Intelligence Agencies Focus Anew On The Kremlin

quoting Michael McFaulvia The Washington Post
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

U.S. intelligence agencies are expanding spying operations against Russia on a greater scale than at any time since the end of the Cold War, U.S. officials said.

In the News

United Nations Must Take Action To Ensure Free Speech For All

quoting Timothy Garton Ashvia Columbia Journalism Review
Thursday, September 15, 2016

The United Nations General Assembly gets underway this week in New York, and beginning next Tuesday, 195 leaders from around the world will parade before the UN’s green marble rostrum and deliver speeches.

In the News

What Is College For?

quoting Chester E. Finn Jr.via Huffington Post
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

In 1987, education scholars Diane Ravitch and Chester E. Finn, Jr. co-authored a book entitled What Do Our 17-Year-Olds Know? The short answer: not much. Ravitch and Finn based their study on findings from the First National Assessment of History and Literature. 

In the News

A Few Steps To Overcome American ‘Vetocracy”

quoting Terry M. Moevia San Francisco Chronicle
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Lurking in the background of this year’s highly unusual election campaign is the notion that the American political system has become both dysfunctional and corrupt. 

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Why Obama Should Pardon Edward Snowden

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

I have signed on to the letter asking President Obama to pardon Edward Snowden that was released today. I know this will be an unpopular position among many of my former colleagues in the national security community. My reasons for doing so are not fully captured by that letter.

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I Saw The Future Of Defense In California, And It’s Coming To A University Near You

mentioning Dr. Joseph Felter , William J. Perryvia War on the Rocks
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

It’s back-to-school season, and the smell of defense reform is in the air. Depending on how much of a wonk you are, the mere mention of the U.S. defense acquisition system will either make you fall asleep (normal person) or tear your hair out (Hill staffer, Pentagon drone, etc.).

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Access To Power: Energy Equity In California

featuring Carson Brunovia The Atlantic
Friday, September 16, 2016

California has historically led the nation in its ambitious adoption of clean energy technologies. The state has the highest percentage of electric vehicles on the road, the largest number of solar panels installed on rooftops and regulatory processes that allow consumers to advocate for an evolving energy landscape.