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The New Cold War? It’s With China, And It Has Already Begun

by Niall Fergusonvia New York Times
Monday, December 2, 2019

Turning Point: The United States and China intensified their trade war in 2019, plunging global markets into uncertainty.

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Trump’s Foreign Policy: The Popping Point Of Maximum Pressure

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

The U.S. is gaining momentum in our standoffs with China, Iran, and North Korea. So expect dangerous provocations.

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Only In California: Housing Deregulation Increases Housing Regulations

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

This would be a head-scratcher anywhere but in California. Two years ago, state lawmakers passed legislation to expedite housing approval by exempting some projects from environmental lawsuits and zoning appeals. This legislation can cut the approval process by a decade or more and reduce costs enormously. So why is hardly anyone using it? 

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The AI Frontier Of Economic Theory

by Thomas J. Sargentvia Project Syndicate
Monday, December 2, 2019

Until recently, data sets were small and costly, and computers were slow and expensive. So it is natural that as gains in computing power have dramatically reduced these impediments, economists have rushed to use big data and artificial intelligence to help them spot patterns in all sorts of activities and outcomes.

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Our Precarious Pipeline Infrastructure

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, December 2, 2019

Lawmakers must find ways to expedite the strangling permitting process.

Analysis and Commentary

High Crimes And Misdemeanors In Lowcountry

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Monday, December 2, 2019

The Thanksgiving holiday (we can still call it by that name, right?) took me back east to a family gathering in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina – aka, Lowcountry.

Analysis and Commentary

The Silence Of The School Reformers

by Frederick M. Hess, Chester E. Finn Jr.via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Monday, December 2, 2019

A tidal wave of wokeness threatens to destroy the movement to improve our nation’s stagnating schools.

Analysis and Commentary

Censure Rather Than Impeachment Won’t End The Political Divide

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

What concessions to progressive fanatics really accomplish.

Analysis and Commentary

Xi Jinping Thought Fails Its First Major Test

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Xi Jinping Thought, short for Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, which has been incorporated in China’s Constitution, consists of 14 basic policies.

Analysis and Commentary

Nasty, Brutish, And Long

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, December 2, 2019

The picture above is of Bob Tollison. Steve Landsburg, true to form, has a provocative post in which he wonders if the increase in opioid deaths could be a good sign–a sign that people are celebrating their lives by using opioids. That’s not a hill I’m willing to die on–the argument or the opioids–but it’s an interesting point nevertheless.

Interviews
In the News
In the News

New Book: Building Democracy On Sand: Israel Without A Constitution

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Arye Carmon diagnoses the critical vulnerabilities at the heart of Israeli democracy and the obstacles to forming a sustainable national consciousness. The author merges touching narratives about his own life in Israel with insightful ruminations on the Jewish diaspora and the arc of Israel’s history, illuminating the conflicts between Jewish identities and between democratic values and the halacha—the collective body of Jewish religious laws.

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Polls Showing Third Of Blacks Support Trump May Herald Huge Political Upheavals Ahead

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia The Epoch Times
Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Democrats have relied on President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s coalition to control the White House and Congress for much of the past eight decades, with black voters being the most reliable bloc in the alliance.

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Repo Fretting Shifts To Treasuries As Market Faces Next Test

quoting Darrell Duffievia Yahoo Finance
Monday, December 2, 2019

Flare-ups in the repo market could still cause worries across the global banking system, more than two months after chaos subsided in this vital corner of finance.

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Monday Short Cuts

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Patriot Post
Monday, December 2, 2019

Notable quotables from Colin Kaepernick, Julian Castro, John Kerry, and more.

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Ian Easton On Taiwan: Can We Be Honest About China?

quoting Elizabeth Economyvia Taipei Times
Monday, December 2, 2019

One of the most remarkable things about China is how poorly understood it is, even by experts. By way of example, you probably think China has a president named Xi Jinping (習近平). Most people do. But actually, China doesn’t have a president. That title doesn’t exist in any official Chinese language documents or news reports.

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Will John Roberts Constrain Trump?

quoting John Yoovia The Atlantic
Monday, December 2, 2019

Few questions may shape the president’s remaining tenure more than how often the chief justice steps in to limit executive powers.

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Pelosi And Company Hightail It To Warming Conference As Impeachment Flounders

cited Bjorn Lomborgvia The Epoch Times
Monday, December 2, 2019

The more things change, the French say, the more they remain the same. And in the case of the modern libo-progressive, that means when times are hard, when things aren’t turning out exactly the way you expected, when Adam Schiff really isn’t the reincarnation of Thomas Jefferson, and Jerry Nadler doesn’t look much better, it’s time to return to that most familiar of security blankets, Mother Earth… in the form, of course, of climate change, né global warming, né bad weather. 

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New Conflict In Merkel’s Government Threatens Germany’s Role In Europe

quoting Josef Joffevia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, December 2, 2019

[Subscription Required] Tensions in chancellor’s ruling alliance approach breaking point, but it could take months for Europe’s largest economy to sort out its leadership.

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Paytm Payments Bank Eyes Small Finance Model

mentioning Raghuram Rajanvia The Times of India
Monday, December 2, 2019

Paytm wants to convert its payments bank into a small finance bank as that will allow it to lend to its consumers and build a more profitable growth model, the firm’s founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma told TOI. This comes on the back of India Post Payments Bank waiting for the RBI approval to convert itself into a small finance bank, after finding the payments bank model unviable.