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A Boot Camp With A Good Policy Workout

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Monday, August 20, 2018

The annual Hoover Institution Summer Policy Boot Camp is now underway with a great group of college students and recent graduates from around the world. The one-week program consists of lectures, workshops, and informal discussions, but it’s best described as a good “policy workout” on today’s top national and international issues grounded with data and theory.

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The US Economy And The Midterm Elections

by Michael J. Boskinvia Project Syndicate
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The US economy's strength should boost Republicans' prospects in congressional elections this November. But polls currently show that Democrats will retake one or both chambers of Congress, which means that even if the economy doesn't affect the election, the election will affect the economy.

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Was The Pre-Trump World Normal Or Abnormal?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Much of the controversy that surrounds the policies of Donald Trump can be explained as a reaction to the past. He was either clumsily disrupting the sacrosanct or trying to resurrect what was lost. In other words, what you feel about Trump is inseparable from what you think of the world before Trump.

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The Upside-Down World Of San Francisco Policies: Outlawed Cocktail Swords And Subsidized IV Drug Use

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The priorities of successful governments are public safety, policies that broadly enhance economic opportunity, and policies that provide a sensible safety net. Alas, I suspect it is hard to find any example of public policies that deviate more sharply from these principles than recent San Francisco policies involving two very different types of sharp objects.

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Hoover Fellow Tim Kane Contributes To Military Personnel System Reforms

Monday, August 20, 2018

When the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act was signed into law on August 13, its highly anticipated personnel reforms came with a connection to the Hoover Institution—Tim Kane.

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Elizabeth Warren’s Surreptitious Socialism

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, August 20, 2018

The nationalization of corporate boards is anti-capitalist and unconstitutional.

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From One Psychodrama To Another

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Monday, August 20, 2018

Michael Wolff and his media-hyped blockbuster—that supposedly game-changing landmark of a book Fire and Fury—are now ancient history. Fading similarly is Karen McDougal, Playboy‘s 1998 Playmate of the Year, and her National Enquirer grifter lawsuit that was also supposed to destroy the Trump presidency.

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Who Blew Up Congress?

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

They deliberately fought against becoming “institutionalized”—that is, against placing the good of the institution above immediate policy considerations. As Paul Tsongas (D-Mass,) put it, the Class of ’74 sought to “resist integration into the House for the time being,” acting not within the institutional structure but outside of it. Rather than working through the existing institutional structures, such as committees and party caucuses, they formed their own groups and sought to undermine the existing structures. 

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The Classicist: The Future Of NATO

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Has the trans-Atlantic alliance been stretched to a breaking point?

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How Do You Get Better Schools? Take The State To Court, More Advocates Say

quoting Eric Hanushekvia The New York Times
Tuesday, August 21, 2018

By his own account, Alejandro Cruz-Guzman’s five children have received a good education at public schools in St. Paul. His two oldest daughters are starting careers in finance and teaching. Another daughter, a high-school student, plans to become a doctor.

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Is Growth Always Good?

quoting Michael Spencevia Anchorage Daily News
Sunday, August 19, 2018
We have to have growth! As axiomatic in American culture as "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" is the conviction that economic growth is progress and that lack of growth is failure and doom. Economists have many ways of calculating growth, beginning with gross domestic product, the total value of goods and services produced by an economy. Unemployment rates are another.
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Trump’s Unprecedented Retaliation Draws Unprecedented Rebukes

quoting Amy Zegartvia Defense One
Saturday, August 18, 2018

A dozen former spy chiefs slammed the president after he yanked Brennan's clearance. What comes next?

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Sanders Hits 'Medicare For All' Fact Checks As 'Riddled With Errors'

quoting Charles Blahousvia The Hill
Monday, August 20, 2018

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is hitting back at media fact checks of his "Medicare for all" plan, saying the articles are “riddled with errors.” In a series of tweets on Monday, Sanders criticized a fact check from CNN’s Jake Tapper. At issue is a conservative study that Sanders has been touting from the right-leaning Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Sanders has said the study showed that his plan would reduce total U.S. health spending by $2 trillion over 10 years.

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How Trump Can Avoid Falling Into Iran’s ‘Yap Trap’

via New York Post
Sunday, August 19, 2018

President Trump recently offered to meet Iranian President Hassan Rouhani without any preconditions to discuss issues of common concern. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei seemingly rejected this appeal, professing, “There will be no war nor will we negotiate with the US.” In typical fashion for this ayatollah, however, he left the door open: “The Islamic Republic can negotiate with America whenever it achieves the power to resist America’s pressure and blackmail. Today this is not the case.”