Hoover Daily Report
Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Measles: Misinformation Gone Viral

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, February 2, 2015

State mandates in favor of vaccines help protect public health. 

Analysis and Commentary

Curious George

by Bill Whalenvia A Day At The Races
Monday, February 2, 2015

Fox News reports that former New York Gov. Pataki is pondering a 2016 presidential run ("I’m thinking about it very seriously,” he says).

Analysis and Commentary

Decisions And Outcomes

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, February 3, 2015

In yesterday's post in which I applied the Third Pillar of Economic Wisdom to some decisions made near the end of the Superbowl game, I didn't challenge the conventional wisdom that say that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made a bad decision about the play call on the second down.

Analysis and Commentary

Obama Versus America

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Tuesday, February 3, 2015

In his recent trip to India, President Obama repeated a long-standing pattern of his — denigrating the United States to foreign audiences. He said that he had been discriminated against because of his skin color in America, a country in which there is, even now, "terrible poverty."

Analysis and Commentary

What Would It Actually Take To Close Guantanamo?

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Monday, February 2, 2015

Obama reiterated in his State of the Union address that he is committed to closing Guantanamo: “Since I’ve been President, we’ve worked responsibly to cut the population of Gitmo in half.  Now it is time to finish the job.  And I will not relent in my determination to shut it down.  It is not who we are.  It’s time to close Gitmo.”

Global Puzzle Pieces
Analysis and Commentary

The Unreality Of Obama’s Realpolitik

by Josef Joffevia Wall Stree Journal
Monday, February 2, 2015

With the president unwilling to project U.S. might, Iran and other bad actors rush to exploit the power vacuum.

Football in motion over grass
Analysis and Commentary

Seattle Seahawks' Many Margins

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, February 3, 2015

If you think that the tools of economics don't apply to yesterday's exciting Superbowl, then you're mistaken.

Poster Collection, UK 3307, Hoover Institution Archives.
Analysis and Commentary

American Sniper, American Marines, Iraqi Army

by Max Bootvia Military History in the News
Monday, February 2, 2015

Clint Eastwood’s film American Sniper has become a popular if controversial sensation. Critics accuse it of glamorizing Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, while many have rushed to Kyle’s and the movie’s defense. But one aspect of the debate has gone largely unexamined: How historically accurate is the film?

Analysis and Commentary

More Delusional Apologetics For Islam

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Monday, February 2, 2015

It’s pretty embarrassing when the on-line comments about an article are more logical and knowledgeable than the article. Such is the case with a Wall Street Journal op-ed last week that argued Muslim violence does not reflect traditional Islamic doctrine, but is merely a case of arrested historical development. The whole argument is a tissue of logical fallacies and historical ignorance.

Analysis and Commentary

Stormy Weather And Politics

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Tuesday, February 3, 2015

It was refreshing to see meteorologists apologize for their dire — and wrong — predictions of an unprecedented snow storm that they had said would devastate the northeast. It was a big storm, but the northeast has seen lots of big snow storms before and will probably see lots of big snow storms again. That's called winter.

Ronald Reagan: Decisions of Greatness, the latest work of Martin and Annelise Anderson
Analysis and Commentary

In Ronald Reagan: Decisions of Greatness, Martin and Annelise Anderson shed light on Reagan’s efforts to ensure a world free from nuclear weapons

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Stanford

The Hoover Institution Press today released Ronald Reagan: Decisions of Greatness, the latest work of Martin and Annelise Anderson. This book offers new perspectives on one of President Ronald Reagan’s greatest accomplishments: persuading the Soviets to reduce their nuclear arsenals and end the Cold War.

Press Releases
Analysis and Commentary

ISIS: A Threat?

by Williamson Murrayvia Analysis
Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The past suggests that for the short term ISIS does not represent a significant threat to the strategic security of the First World’s homelands. A few returnees may slip though the intelligence net, but it is unlikely that they will cause anything other than local mayhem. Such acts may cause similar overreactions among the security fanatics, as was the case after 9/11, and undoubtedly will excite the media enormously; but the damage they might inflict will remain limited.

Interviews
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Interviews

Bill Whalen on the John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia John Batchelor Show
Monday, February 2, 2015

Research Fellow Bill Whalen discusses the early battle for the GOP presidential nomination on the John Batchelor Show.

In the News
Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928
In the News

Stephen Kotkin Searches For Stalin’s Demons In Latest Work

featuring Stephen Kotkinvia Ellison Center at the University of Washington
Monday, February 2, 2015

“In all his stature he towers over Europe and Asia, over the past and the future. This is the most famous and at the same time the most unknown person in the world.”     Henri Barbusse, Stalin, 1935

In the News

What Ever Happened To The Misery Index?

featuring Robert J. Barrovia Investing
Monday, February 2, 2015

Remember the 1960s? The 1970s? Back then, inflation surged from one peak to another but failed to deliver the low unemployment rates promised by the Phillips curve. In fit of frustration, economist Arthur Okun invented what he called the misery index—the sum of the inflation and unemployment rates. As the following chart shows, those were miserable years indeed.

In the News

Seeking A Strategy-driven Defense Budget For Challenges Facing U.S.

mentioning George P. Shultz, General Jim Mattisvia Washington Post
Monday, February 2, 2015

Sen. John McCain, the new chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, wants the fiscal 2016 defense budget to be strategy-driven rather than budget-driven.