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Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster Appointed National Security Advisor

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster, a Hoover Institution visiting fellow and National Security Affairs Fellow for the 2002–3 academic year, has been appointed to serve as national security advisor in the Trump administration.

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Seven Days In February

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Monday, February 20, 2017

Trumps’ critics, left and right, aim to bring about the cataclysm they predicted.

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It’s Racial Indoctrination Day At An Upscale Chicagoland School

by Peter Berkowitzvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, February 17, 2017

As administrators foist ‘social justice’ on 4,000 suburban students, parents plead for balance.

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A Two-State Solution For The West Bank?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, February 20, 2017

The Trump administration may want to broker a new deal, but insuperable obstacles stand in the way. 

Analysis and Commentary
Partial map of the Internet based on the January 15, 2005 data found on opte.org
Analysis and Commentary

The Global Network Has Become Dangerously Unstable

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, February 20, 2017

The world today is like a giant network on the verge of a cataclysmic outage.

Analysis and Commentary

Break The Bureaucracy!

by Adam J. Whitevia City Journal
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Among the opportunities presented by Donald Trump’s election is that we may finally witness fundamental reform of America’s administrative state.
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Analysis and Commentary

Miserable 21st Century

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Monday, February 20, 2017

As of late 2016, the adult work rate in America was still at its lowest level in more than 30 years. To put things another way: If our nation’s work rate today were back up to its start-of-the-century highs, well over 10 million more Americans would currently have paying jobs.

Analysis and Commentary

Tom Wainwright On Narconomics

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, February 20, 2017

Journalist and author Tom Wainwright of the Economist and author of Narconomics talks with Hoover Institution fellow and EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the ways that the drug cartels respond to government attempts to reduce the availability of drugs.

Analysis and Commentary

Donald Trump Rediscovers Franklin Roosevelt’s Forgotten Man—Or Is It Someone Else?

by David Davenport, Gordon Lloydvia History News Network
Sunday, February 19, 2017

With many uncertainties about Trumpism, one thing we know for sure: Donald Trump’s key constituency is “the forgotten men and women.” His first tweet as president-elect promised that “the forgotten man and woman will never be forgotten again.” Indeed, the forgotten men and women were recurring characters in a flurry of campaign speeches he gave just before the election, the people who “built our country,” he said, the “middle class.”

Analysis and Commentary

No One Mentions That The Russian Trail Leads To Democratic Lobbyists

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Saturday, February 18, 2017

A number of top Democratic lobbyists have significant ties to Russian interests, including the Podesta Group, Lanny Davis, and former Sen. John Breaux.

Analysis and Commentary

Trump Derangement Syndrome

by John H. Cochranevia Grumpy Economist
Monday, February 20, 2017

On Sundays it has been my habit to read the New York Times Sunday Review. I like to peer in the bubble. On view, the old lady is still full-on foaming at the mouth with Trump Derangement Syndrome. 

Analysis and Commentary

Trump’s Team Of Sort Of Rivals

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Monday, February 20, 2017

The selection of the multitalented and independent thinker Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster as national-security adviser is inspired and reifies Trump’s past statements that he likes outspoken and independent advisers. McMaster is best known for his counterinsurgency work in Iraq, but prior to that, he wrote a principled critique of Vietnam-era top brass, and he was the epitome of traditional Army conventional excellence, especially in armor, as evidenced by the victory at the Battle of 73 Easting in the first Gulf War.

Hoover fellow Richard Epstein on income inequality.
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Bryan Caplan's Best Line And My Thoughts

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, February 20, 2017

I used part of my time to watch on Facebook co-blogger Bryan's debate with Will Wilkinson about the Universal Basic Income. I thought Bryan knocked it out of the park, both with his prepared presentation that he posted about today and with his back and forth with Will.

Analysis and Commentary

It’s Time To Shine A Light On Regulatory 'Dark Matter'

by Angela Logomasini, Henry I. Millervia National Review
Monday, February 20, 2017

President Donald Trump’s desire to shrink the regulatory state by significantly cutting the number of regulations and their impact is laudable. But it won’t be easy, and it won’t be sufficient, because the federal bureaucracy’s tentacles reach deep into private enterprise through a number of non-regulatory programs and actions that if left in place will continue to hinder economic growth.

Analysis and Commentary

For A President With A Rolling Stones Soundtrack, It All Comes Down To "Satisfaction"

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Forecasting the Trump Presidency is a matter of which island you choose to inhabit.

Analysis and Commentary

Politics In A Democracy Is War By Other Means

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Since the election of Donald Trump the “partisan divide” has escalated into a “Civil War,” according to many commentators. “The Fight for Washington” headlines a PJ Media column. The New York Times’ Thomas Friedman says Trump’s election was a political “Pearl Harbor.” The intelligence community is rumored to be at “war” with Trump. Progressive Democrats have organized a “Resistance,” as though their party is occupied France during World War II.

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The UAE's Nuclear Push

by Yoel Guzanskyvia Foreign Affairs
Sunday, February 19, 2017

And the potential fallout for the Middle East.

Analysis and Commentary

Vladimir Fomenko, The Only Russian With Known Links To U.S. Political Hacking, Speaks Out

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Vladimir Fomenko has been accused of being deeply involved in Russian hacking of U.S. political institutions. We entered into a correspondence for the purpose of allowing Fomenko to tell his side of the story. Here it is.

The Effect of Tax Preferences on Health Spending
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How To Repeal And Replace Obamacare And Pass Tax Cuts/Tax Reform By April 15, 2017

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The first law of Congressional dynamics states that Congress will delay action on any important policy as long as possible until it’s too late to pass legislation in any given two-year Congressional session.  As an illustration, the last overhaul of the federal income tax was President Reagan’s Tax Reform Act of 1986, 31 years ago.

Analysis and Commentary

Can Any National Security Advisor Tame President Trump?

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Sunday, February 19, 2017

[Subscription Required] Modern art came to America in the 1913 Armory show. Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase was a scandal. Former president Theodore Roosevelt wrote an outraged 1,700 word review in Outlook, describing the exhibit as “a question of pathological rather than artistic significance”. The description seems equally suitable for the national security policymaking process in the Trump administration: it is a process of pathological not procedural significance.

Analysis and Commentary

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Sharia?

by Ayaan Hirsi Alivia The Australian
Friday, February 17, 2017

[Subscription Required] Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford, and the founder of the AHA Foundation, which exists to protect women and girls ...

Analysis and Commentary

A Democrat’s Self-Dramatizing Departure Could Bring Real Reform To The FEC

by Jeremy Carlvia National Review
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Real FEC reform would be the opposite of what Ann Ravel and her Democratic colleagues want.

Analysis and Commentary

Taxes And Deadweight Loss

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, February 18, 2017

In his excellent post on taxes and the incidence of taxes, co-blogger Scott Sumner does not mention another important issue in taxation: deadweight loss. The deadweight loss from a tax is the part of the loss to those who bear the tax that does not go to the government. Thus the term "deadweight." (Scott's graph shows a small deadweight loss, but he does not elaborate on this.)

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Why Tyler Cowen's Pessimism Fails To Persuade Me

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, February 17, 2017

In his excellent post on taxes and the incidence of taxes, co-blogger Scott Sumner does not mention another important issue in taxation: deadweight loss. The deadweight loss from a tax is the part of the loss to those who bear the tax that does not go to the government. Thus the term "deadweight." (Scott's graph shows a small deadweight loss, but he does not elaborate on this.)

Interviews
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Victor Davis Hanson Explains How Misguided Democratic Policies Caused The Dam Crisis In California

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia WMAL 630 AM (MD)
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his Los Angeles Times article "The Oroville Dam Disaster Is Yet Another Example Of California's Decline."

Interviews

Richard Epstein: Trump's Four Weeks Of Success And Disappointment

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, February 17, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Time For Trump To Resign?"

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson: Call It A Circus If You Wish - But, Trump Was The Ringmaster Snapping The Seals Back To Their Stools

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Garrison (WIBC)
Friday, February 17, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson talks about the many attacks and leaks by the media and other groups concerning President Trump.

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Paul Gregory: Democrats Heart Ru$$ia

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, February 20, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Paul Gregory discusses his Forbes article "No One Mentions That The Russian Trail Leads To Democratic Lobbyists."

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Henry Miller: "Tortured Logic" Of Obama'S FDA "Veterinary Medicine" Can Be Swept Aside By Congress And Trump

interview with Henry I. Millervia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, February 20, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Henry Miller dicusses his Forbes article "Will Genetically Engineered Animals Finally Bring Home The Bacon?"

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New Digital Portal Makes Thousands Of Hoover’s Rare Materials Available Online

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Hoover Institution Library & Archives is pleased to announce the launch of a new digital collections portal that contains more than 55,000 digitized posters, photographs, documents, sound recordings, and moving images from Hoover collections, with new items frequently added. The portal will allow remote users from around the globe to access the rich collections at Hoover for research and educational purposes.

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As Leaks Multiply, Fears Of A ‘Deep State’ In America

quoting Amy Zegartvia The New York Times
Thursday, February 16, 2017

A wave of leaks from government officials has hobbled the Trump administration, leading some to draw comparisons to countries like Egypt, Turkey and Pakistan, where shadowy networks within government bureaucracies, often referred to as “deep states,” undermine and coerce elected governments.

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Oroville Dam Is Just Part Of California's Crumbling Infrastructure

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Los Angeles Times
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Dams don’t just deteriorate overnight, so how did we get here? Victor Davis Hanson, a scholar at the Hoover Institution, blames unfocused political leaders who diverted their attention from maintaining the critical network of dams and aqueducts built by a previous generation of Californians, and instead focused on dubious progressive causes...

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How San Diego Built A Bridge Over The Wall

quoting Lee Ohanianvia Politico
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Trump’s plan to tax imports from Mexico would amount to “shooting [us] in the foot,” Ohanian declared, “with many, many unintended consequences.”

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Trump Still Trying To 'Figure Out Russia Policy'

quoting Michael McFaulvia Sputnik News
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence’s remark that the US lays responsibility on implementation of the Minsk deal solely on Moscow and at the same time trying to find common ground with Russia indicates that Washington is still considering how it should deal with Moscow, former US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul told Sputnik.

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Is The 'Deep State' Out To Get Trump? We're Not There Yet

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia Los Angeles Times
Sunday, February 19, 2017

“The main danger in a Trump presidency is not that it will be too strong, but that it will be too weak,” Jack Goldsmith.

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Experts: Supporting Israeli Sovereignty In Golan Could Enhance Middle East Stability

quoting Peter Berkowitzvia The Tower
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Legal scholar Peter Berkowitz, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, argued in RealClearPolitics in February 2016 that Israel's possession of the Golan was “lawful and just” and should be supported by the United States and the international community.

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The Most Dangerous Job In Washington

quoting Kori Schakevia Politico
Friday, February 17, 2017

Why nobody wants to be Donald Trump’s national security adviser.

In the News

Miranda Devine: We Cannot Be Paying For Junkets For Sharia Law Apologists

quoting Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Herald Sun (Australia)
Saturday, February 18, 2017

And as Somali-born author Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who is calling for a reform of Islam, points out: “As a moral and legal code, sharia law is among the most dehumanising, demeaning and degrading for women ever devised by man.”

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‘He’s Going To Be An Enabler’

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia Politico
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

When Don McGahn first arrived at the Federal Election Commission in July 2008 as a shaggy-haired, guitar-playing campaign finance lawyer, his casual appearance masked his carefully crafted plans for the sleepy agency charged with regulating campaign finance.

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Hirsi Ali Reads The Koran To Yassmin

quoting Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Herald Sun (Australia)
Friday, February 17, 2017

Muslim apologist and ABC host Yassmin Abdel-Magied must have kept her eyes wide shut when Foreign Minister Julie Bishop's department unaccountably sent her to tour hard-line Iran and Saudi Arabia.

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A Conservative Plan To Combat Global Warming

mentioning George P. Shultzvia Project Syndicate
Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A carbon tax is the simplest and economically most efficient way to limit carbon dioxide emissions. Ideally, the tax would be imposed on businesses and households at the same time that cumbersome environmental regulations are eliminated.