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Analysis and Commentary

The Illusion of Reform and the Next Housing Crisis

by Stephen Haber, Charles Calomirisvia e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

This article is adapted from the authors’ new book, Fragile by Design: The Political Origins of Banking Crises and Scarce Credit (Princeton Universi...

Analysis and Commentary

The 'Fairness' Fraud

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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Analysis and Commentary

Gridlock is Bad. The Alternative is Worse

by Morris P. Fiorinavia The Monkey Cage (Washington Post)
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The only thing worse than gridlocked political parties that can't enact their agenda? Unfettered parties that can.

Analysis and Commentary

When Failure is Success

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

For Obama’s supporters, what matters is not what he does, but what he says and represents.

Analysis and Commentary

Obama's Executive Power Pen Is Already Worn Out

by David Davenportvia Forbes.com
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Much has rightly been made of President Obama’s promise to bypass Congress and act unilaterally to get things done.  “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone,” he said, threatening to sign more executive orders and blast more messages from his bully pulpit. Since then, defenders have argued that Obama [...]

Analysis and Commentary

Ukrainian People Are on the Cusp of Independence

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Washington Times
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Exemplary bravery has placed the Ukrainian people on the cusp of achieving, for real, the independence it had gained from the Soviet Union's breakup in 1992 mostly as a formality.

Analysis and Commentary

Minimum Wage Hype

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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Analysis and Commentary

Putin's First Mover After Ukraine: 2 1/2 Years For Throwing A Lemon

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes.com
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

In Putin’s Alice in Wonderland, it does not matter whether white is black or up is down. Exonerating evidence is either ignored or not permitted. The sentence is phoned to the presiding judge from the Kremlin, while Putin denies any influence on the courts. They make their own independent decisions, he asserts with a straight face. (Stalin would also tell wives of victims that we would like to help but the courts have decided).

Analysis and Commentary

What is the Domestic Legal Basis for Planned Cyberattacks in Syria?

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Tuesday, February 25, 2014

David Sanger reports that the Pentagon and the NSA planned a sophisticated cyberattack aimed at “the Syrian military and President Bashar al-Assad’s command structure” that “would essentially turn the lights out for Assad.” He also reports that President O

Analysis and Commentary

A Small Step Toward Monetary “Coordination” at the G-20?

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Monday, February 24, 2014

This weekend’s G-20 statement reiterated the concerns—largely coming from emerging market countries—about unconventional monetary policies (UMP). But the language of the central bankers and finance...

Analysis and Commentary

Meet the Richerals

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Monday, February 24, 2014

The new millennium has also given us a new American profile -- the hip richeral. Richerals are, of course, well off. But they are even more cool and liberal. The two facts are not so much incompatible

Budget Cuts
Analysis and Commentary

Reform Entitlements --- Or Go Bust

by Charles Blahousvia Washington Examiner
Friday, February 21, 2014

The president can delay his budget, but no good can come from further postponing our country’s desperately needed financial reforms. The White House announced that President Obama's proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 will be released on March 4, roughly one month behind schedule. Of course, far more important than the budget's submission date is its content. Unfortunately, there is every reason to expect that, like the president's recent State of the Union address, this year's budget submission will represent another critical missed opportunity to address escalating federal fiscal problems -- while they still can be solved. Implicitly, every presidential budget is a compilation of the president’s policy choices, and this budget will be no exception. Election year budgets in particular often highlight issues that differentiate the president’s views from his political opponents’. But as we prepare to receive President Obama’s next budget in its political context, it is worth understanding how the country’s fiscal policy challenges appear when politics are subtracted from the equation.

Interviews
Interviews

Richard Epstein on the John Batchelor Show

with Richard A. Epsteinvia John Batchelor Show
Monday, February 24, 2014

Richard A Epstein, Hoover Institution, Chicago Law. John Bolton, AEI. Robert Zimmerman, behindtheblack.

Interviews

Carson Bruno on the John Batchelor Show (32:28)

with Carson Brunovia John Batchelor Show
Monday, February 24, 2014
In the News
In the News

Revisiting a Pre-Olympic Murder

with John B. Dunlopvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, February 21, 2014

During the Sochi Olympics, Vladimir Putin has received a lot of grief about the state of the rule of law in Russia. He's not alone. Highly advanced countries have problems with the rule of law too—because of their need to maintain relations with Putin's Russia.