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Free Speech Is In Free Fall In Silicon Valley

by Niall Fergusonvia Niall Ferguson
Sunday, June 9, 2019

I am old enough to remember when Twitter billed itself as “the free-speech wing of the free-speech party”. Heck, I can even remember John Perry Barlow’s hippie-libertarian “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace” — a place “where anyone, anywhere, may express his or her beliefs, no matter how singular, without fear of being coerced into silence or conformity”.

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2020 Democratic Candidates Visit California And Show Just How Much The Party Has Changed

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

California’s decision to move its 2020 primary from June to early March suddenly makes the state more important for choosing the 2020 Democratic Party presidential nominee than in past elections.

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The FBI Tragedy: Elites Above The Law

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

One of the media and beltway orthodoxies we constantly hear is that just a few bad apples under James Comey at the FBI explain why so many FBI elites have been fired, resigned, reassigned, demoted, or retired — or just left for unexplained reasons. The list is long and includes director James Comey himself, deputy director Andrew McCabe, counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, attorney Lisa Page, chief of staff James Rybicki, general counsel James Baker, assistant director for public affairs Mike Kortan, Comey’s special assistant Josh Campbell, executive assistant director James Turgal, assistant director for office of congressional affairs Greg Bower, executive assistant director Michael Steinbach, and executive assistant director John Giacalone. 

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Hidden Debt, Hidden Deficits: The 2019 Update

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

With the first publication of Hoover Senior Fellow Joshua Rauh’s essay Hidden Debt, Hidden Deficits two years ago, there was finally a comprehensive look into the burden that state and local government pension promises to public employees are placing on public finances. Now, two years later, Rauh has revisited these fundamentally important questions regarding state and local pensions with a major data update and web resource that highlights the fiscal drag of unfunded pension obligations on state and local government finances. 

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Women Of The Gulag: A Documentary Film Screening

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Hauck Auditorium, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Women of the Gulag is based on Paul Gregory’s Hoover Press book of the same name. Directed by Russian American film maker, Marianna Yarovskaya, the film tells the compelling and tragic stories of five remarkable women – among the last survivors of the Gulag, the brutal system of repression that devastated the Soviet population during the Stalin years.

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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Patrick Deneen’s Delusions

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 10, 2019

A misplaced attack on liberalism poses a serious risk to democratic institutions. 

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The Devil Is In The Device, Not The Platform

by Chirantan Chatterjee mentioning George P. Shultz, Condoleezza Rice, Joseph Nye, Niall Fergusonvia The Hill
Monday, June 10, 2019

With the buzz around 2020 U.S. elections building, and an election in another large democracy, India, just concluded, it is time for societies to place more of an emphasis on mobile phone regulation than they do on social media.

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Henderson On Tom Woods Podcast

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, June 10, 2019

Tom Woods contacted me last Thursday morning to ask if he could interview me that afternoon on this 8-minute monologue from Tucker Carlson in which Tucker endorses Elizabeth Warren’s economic plan and claims that libertarians are running Washington. On this latter, who knew?

Interviews
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David Davenport: Make Congress Great Again!

interview with David Davenportvia Talk 650 KSTE
Friday, June 7, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow David Davenport discusses how one president managed to completely transform the way in which our government works, and how we can "Make Congress Great Again."

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Timothy Garton Ash: Europe Without Borders

interview with Timothy Garton Ashvia HKU e-learning
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Timothy Garton Ash talks about the dilemmas confronting the European Union, as well as Europe without borders.

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Lanhee Chen: China Isn't Just A Trade Story It's A National Security Story

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Fox Business
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the mounting US trade tensions and security issues with China.

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David Henderson: Tucker Carlson Supports Elizabeth Warren’s Economics

with David R. Hendersonvia The Tom Woods Show
Friday, June 7, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow David Henderson discusses Tucker Carlson's response to Elizabeth Warren’s economic plan.

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John Yoo: Rep. Jordan: John Dean Is Part Of A Ploy For House Democrats To Go After Trump

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Monday, June 10, 2019

(1:25) Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses John Dean's testimony on Capitol Hill. Yoo notes that Dean has nothing to do with President Trump, so why is he testifying?

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Risky Borrowing Is Making A Comeback, But Banks Are On The Sideline

quoting Amit Seru via The New York Times
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

A decade after reckless home lending nearly destroyed the financial system, the business of making risky loans is back.

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Larry Diamond: Saving American Democracy

featuring Larry Diamondvia Commonwealth Club
Wednesday, June 12, 2019

In 1974, nearly three quarters of all governments were dictatorships; today, more than half are democracies. Yet, by most measures, there are now 25 fewer democracies than there were at the turn of the millennium. Is democracy in decline? And if so, what has contributed to this regression? Larry Diamond, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, founding co-editor of the Journal of Democracy and professor of political science and sociology at Stanford University has dedicated the majority of his life to answering these questions.

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Education 20/20 Speaker Series: William Bennett

Thursday, June 13, 2019
Hoover Institution, Washington DC

The Hoover Institution hosts "Education 20/20 Speaker Series: William Bennett" on Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM EDT.

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Drone Technology A Threat To All

quoting John Villasenorvia American Free Press
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

When remote-controlled flying drones closed London’s Gatwick Airport in 2018, it was a clear warning that a new threat era had emerged, requiring urgent action. It was, in fact, a threat that had been developing for more than a decade with signs as far back as 2010 that over-the-counter drones would become available and that their fast-changing capabilities would outstrip efforts to counter them unless there was a major plan by governments to invest heavily in anti-drone technologies. Today, the threat is not only confined to kids or terrorists flying drones into airspace over airports.

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The History And Future Of Mass Metadata Surveillance

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia Project On Government Oversight
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

This year, Congress has the chance to end the latest iteration of a long-running surveillance program that has violated Americans’ privacy and for a decade operated under secret and deeply problematic legal justifications. The Project On Government Oversight has called on Congress to end the “call detail records” program, which vacuums up a huge quantity of phone records from people the government does not suspect of wrongdoing. And when the law authorizing this program—Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001—expires in December, Congress should not only end the authority for the program, but enact additional reforms to protect Americans’ privacy rights from this type of improper surveillance.

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Time For New Trade Tactics With China: Data Sheet

quoting Raghuram Rajanvia Fortune
Monday, June 10, 2019

Eleven long months ago, at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colo., New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman cogently explained how a rational, effective president of the United States would handle a trade dispute with China. He’d sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, bring European allies into the agreement, and then negotiate quietly with the Chinese in a way that would save them embarrassment.