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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Lured To Disaster

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Behind the housing boom and bust was one of those alluring but undefined phrases that are so popular in politics— "affordable housing."...

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The Democrats and Israel

by Daniel Pipesvia FrontPage Mag.com
Tuesday, January 20, 2009

With Democrats now in charge of both the executive and legislative branches, what changes might one expect in U.S. policy toward the Arab-Israeli conflict?...

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Peddling Stalin

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Moscow Times
Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Russian and foreign scholars took on Stalin at the International Conference on Stalinism held last month in Moscow...

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Death, Taxes And Politics

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Forbes
Tuesday, January 20, 2009

One of the major changes in tax policy that marks this Inauguration Day is President (!) Barack Obama's decision to keep death--or is it transfer?--taxes on the books...

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The World Watches America

by Tunku Varadarajanvia Forbes
Monday, January 19, 2009

By what immaculate design, what unearthly force of circumstance or plot, did it come to pass that an American pilot would land an Airbus on the Hudson just days before Barack Obama's inauguration as the first black president of the United States?...

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Defense Policy Advice To Obama--From The Other Team

by Kori Schakevia Forbes
Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Obama administration is trending toward several mistakes in defense policy...

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School spending soars but lacks proper incentives

by Eric Hanushekvia Kansas City Star
Sunday, January 18, 2009

Nobody doubts the need to improve our schools...

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New school flunks unity test: Hebrew-language charter should not have been approved

by Diane Ravitchvia Daily News (NY)
Sunday, January 18, 2009

I am deeply impressed by the philanthropy of financial whiz Michael Steinhardt, but totally baffled by the decision of the New York State Board of Regents to approve his proposal to open a publicly funded Hebrew Language Academy Charter School in Brooklyn...

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Legacies of the commanders in chief

by Wynton Hallvia San Francisco Chronicle
Sunday, January 18, 2009

In the rankings game, one standard re-emerges: Great presidents must be great protectors...

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The Bush Legacy

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Friday, January 16, 2009

Whatever history's verdict on the Bush administration might be, it is likely to be very different from what we hear from the talking heads on television or read from the know-it-alls on editorial pages...

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Pacifism, Justice and Israel

with Thomas Sowellvia Christian Today Australia
Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The ethics of war and peace is a topic requiring great mental and moral dexterity and in-depth analysis. Issues arising over concerns about justice, peace and conflict are complex and multi-levelled...

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James Woolsey 2: Chapter 2 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with James Woolseyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, January 20, 2009

James Woolsey discusses Barack Obama’s selection of Leon Panetta to head the CIA, as well as the historical relationship between the president and the CIA director...

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The nuclear options

with Niall Fergusonvia Guardian (UK)
Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Nothing debauches the concept of money quite as much as watching it being thrown around like confetti by your bank manager...

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Doom and Gloom

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Monday, January 19, 2009

In a comment to this earlier post, Charlie writes: For all of Russ's doom and gloom, I would love to see some actual predictions, something specific and on record...

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International Causes, Effects of Today’s Global Financial Crisis

with Niall Fergusonvia MidwestBusiness.com
Monday, January 19, 2009

Though it’s clear that the origin of our current financial recession has its roots in the U.S. and in some ways right here in Chicago, I think it has been fueled and exacerbated by investors throughout the world...

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Where do the American people stand on the stimulus?

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Monday, January 19, 2009

In this post, I speculated that many (most) Americans were skeptical of the stimulus package...

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The seductive power of royalty

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Monday, January 19, 2009

The general reaction to the incoming administration reminds me of the book of Samuel when the people of Israel ask for a king...

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Britain can build on friendship to forge new link with US

with George P. Shultzvia Yorkshire Post (UK)
Monday, January 19, 2009

WHEN Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton holds her first meeting with her British colleagues, there could be a certain déjà vu in the air...

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Eric Raymond on Hacking, Open Source, and the Cathedral and the Bazaar

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, January 19, 2009

Eric Raymond, author of The Cathedral and the Bazaar, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the ideas in the book--why open source software development has been so successful, the culture of open source, under what conditions open source is likely to thrive and not to thrive, and the Hayekian nature of the open source process...

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Latin America's Political Outlook

with William Ratliffvia Latin Business Chronicle
Monday, January 19, 2009

While Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez still garners most of the media headlines from Latin America these days, there are plenty of other political developments in the region that merit just as much, or more, attention...

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James Woolsey 1: Chapter 1 of 5

by Peter M. Robinson with James Woolseyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, January 19, 2009

Former CIA director James Woolsey discusses the failure of the intelligence community in the run-up to the Iraq war...

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Obama inherits a world of troubles

with Abbas Milanivia San Francisco Chronicle
Sunday, January 18, 2009

President Barack Hussein Obama will arrive at the White House on Tuesday and inherit a world of troubles weighty enough to make Atlas groan...

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With political equality, minorities seek new gains

with Shelby Steelevia Washington Times
Sunday, January 18, 2009

When Barack Obama raises his hand and takes the oath of office as the nation's first black president - 80 years and five days after the birth of America's most famous civil rights leader - he'll validate that Martin Luther King's dream was more than an ideal...

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North Korean, Iranian Nuclear Efforts Pose Early Test for Obama

with William J. Perryvia News Blaze (CA)
Sunday, January 18, 2009

Arms control specialists from the Bush and Clinton eras warn that the most pressing problem for the new Obama administration will be finding a way to halt the nuclear weapons programs of Iran and North Korea...

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Infrastructure in a Stimulus Package

by Gary S. Beckervia Becker-Posner Blog
Sunday, January 18, 2009

Last week we blogged on how much stimulus to GDP and employment might be expected from a version of the Obama fiscal stimulus plan...

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Torturous 'employment' must face strict justice

with Policy Reviewvia Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Sunday, January 18, 2009

Nour Miyati, an Indonesian, grabbed at a job as a housemaid in distant Saudi Arabia...

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In this war, Islamists have found a shared strategy. We haven't

with Philip Bobbittvia Telegraph (UK)
Saturday, January 17, 2009

The inauguration of Barack Obama on Tuesday will be a festival of hope, generational change and soaring rhetoric...

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Mixed Views on Whether Obama’s Election Takes Edge Off Racial Politics

with Shelby Steelevia CQPolitics
Saturday, January 17, 2009

During his campaign President-elect Barack Obama suggested he would try to usher in a new political era in which race would no longer be such a sharp wedge dividing Americans...

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Education in Blue

with Diane Ravitchvia American Thinker
Saturday, January 17, 2009

Picture a preschool class shrouded in black light to induce serenity in something called "glow time," as distinct from the archaic "nap time."...

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The Bush Economy

with John B. Taylorvia Wall Street Journal
Saturday, January 17, 2009

President Bush is leaving office amid the worst recession in 25 years, and naturally his economic policies are getting the blame...

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Simplify the Tax Code? Who’s Kidding Who!

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Friday, January 16, 2009

Treasury Secretary-designate Timothy Geithner will not be confirmed in time to take office once President-elect Obama is inaugurated...

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Not Included: An Oil Change We Can Believe In

with Michael McFaulvia Washington Post
Friday, January 16, 2009

President-elect Barack Obama's tricked-out Chrysler sedan is on the auction block, but it may cost eBay bidders upwards of $150,000...

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Transition Rumint: Names for the weekend

with Michael McFaulvia Foreign Policy
Friday, January 16, 2009

A brief names post, before the weekend...

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Bipartisan Commission to Review California’s Outdated Revenue Laws

with John F. Cogan, Michael J. Boskinvia Priority Focus-League of Cities of California
Friday, January 16, 2009

On Oct. 30, 2008, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Executive Order S-12-08 to create the bipartisan commission on the 21st Century Economy, tasked with reviewing California's 80 year-old revenue-gathering laws and making recommendations on how to modernize them...

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Madness

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Friday, January 16, 2009

The New York Times reports: Two weeks after closing its purchase of Merrill Lynch at the urging of federal regulators, the government cemented a deal at midnight Thursday to supply Bank of America with a fresh $20 billion capital injection and absorb as much as $98.2 billion in losses on toxic assets, according to people involved in the transaction...

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’08 Bankruptcy Filings Swelled With Faltering Economy

with Niall Fergusonvia Memphis Daily News (TN)
Friday, January 16, 2009

Public television audiences around the U.S. watched Tuesday night as historian Niall Ferguson narrated and hosted “The Ascent of Money,” a two-hour PBS documentary about the evolution of money within a global context...