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Bosnia Is Everywhere — Even In Christchurch

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, March 25, 2019

It is more than a quarter of a century since Bosnia descended into a bloody conflict that claimed tens of thousands of lives. Since the massacre of 50 Muslim men, women, and children in Christchurch, New Zealand, I have found myself wondering: Is the world turning into a giant Bosnia?

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It’s Time To Secure The 2020 Election

by Michael McFaul, Alex Stamos, Ro Khannavia The Washington Post
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has completed his investigation of what happened regarding Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. It is time now to pivot to addressing what needs to be done to prevent future meddling from Russia or any other foreign government.

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How Many Of California’s 1.5 Million Food-Service Jobs Will Be Lost To The Minimum Wage?

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

In 2022, California’s minimum wage will rise to $15 per hour (by 2023 for businesses with fewer than 25 employees), including restaurant workers. As one California food wholesaler, who services a number of restaurants, told me, “Get ready for the $25 lunch burger at your favorite decent, non–fast food restaurant.” 

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Nuclear Power: The Clean Energy Everyone Overlooks

by Admiral James O. Ellis Jr. via PolicyEd
Monday, March 25, 2019

As the world continues to shift toward low-carbon energy sources, a closer look makes it clear that nuclear power has to be included in order to reduce carbon emissions. Until the problem of long-term power storage is solved, nuclear will remain the only zero carbon base load power source. Given how clean and reliable it is compared to its alternatives, it is far too early to take nuclear power off the table.

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

The Late, Not-So-Great Mueller Investigation

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Had Hillary Clinton just won the 2016 election, there would have been neither a Mueller investigation nor much talk of Russian collusion.

Analysis and Commentary

A Brief Observation On The Self-Serving Use Of Institutions

by Adam J. Whitevia Medium
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
I’ve already sketched out some insta-reactions to the Barr Letter’s summary of the Mueller Report at Politico and Commentary. But let me add one further thought, briefly, on President Trump, his opponents, and the proper understanding of institutions.
Analysis and Commentary

The Fallout From The Mueller Report

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

“Mountains struggle to give birth,” the Roman poet Horace wrote, “and a ridiculous mouse is born.” After 675 days, $25 million,19 lawyers, 40 FBI agents, 500 interviews, 2,800 subpoenas, and 500 search warrants, Special Counsel Mueller’s “dream team” comprising Democrat partisans, as Reddit called it, has confirmed what at least half of Americans already knew from common sense and public information: the Trump campaign did not “collude” with Russia to steal the election from Hillary Clinton.

Analysis and Commentary

Reflections On A Four-Year Sentence

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via EducationNext
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

A surprising array of events are arranged in four-year cycles: leap years, the Olympics, presidential elections, and many “terms of office,” including those on the Maryland State Board of Education, where I just concluded my tour of duty.

Analysis and Commentary

NJ'S Challenge Is To Maintain Standards For High School Graduation

by Michael J. Petrillivia NJ Spotlight
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Recent turmoil over graduation requirements in Garden State must not open the door to less rigorous expectations for students.

Analysis and Commentary

Thinking About A Strategy For The Middle East

by Dennis Rossvia The Caravan
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Strategy starts with understanding our interests and the objectives that flow from those interests.  In the Middle East, our interests have evolved but perhaps less than many may think.  After the Second World War, when the US assumed more global responsibilities, Democratic and Republican Presidents saw the Middle East as vital to our interests because of its oil and geo-strategic centrality.  The unimpeded flow of its oil was necessary for global economic health and for the reconstruction of Europe—which was perceived as an essential national security priority. 

Analysis and Commentary

Stephen Moore's Deficient History Of Federal Reserve Policy

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Over at Alt-M, Cato Institute monetary economist George Selgin writes: To conclude: despite what Stephen Moore has written, there’s no evidence that either Paul Volcker or any later Fed chair ever deliberately “linked Fed monetary policy to real-time changes in commodity prices.”

Analysis and Commentary

Harvard President Larry Bacow Proclaimed Diversity Of Thought At A Speech At Peking University On March 20, 2019

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Harvard President Larry Bacow, speaking at Peking University six weeks before the centennial of the May Fourth Movement, stated that the purpose of a university is the search for truth, which “has to be discovered, revealed through argument and experiment, tested on the anvil of opposing explanations and ideas,” in short, academic freedom.
Analysis and Commentary

Richard Posner Is Wrong On Billy Budd

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, March 25, 2019

I just finished watching Django Unchained this weekend and I highly recommend it. One of the things that helped me enjoy it fully is the idea that anything a slave does to those who enslave him, even up to killing the enslavers and the enablers of the enslavers, is justified. That’s a view I’m quite comfortable with. If you’re not comfortable with it, you probably will not get the pleasure out of Django Unchained that I did.

Interviews
Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson: 'Special Report' Panel: President Trump Claims Vindication Over Mueller Report Findings

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the Mueller investigation and report, and Attorney General William Barr's summary of the report.

Interviews

Amy Zegart: Episode 256: National Bloviation Strategy (30:35)

interview with Amy Zegartvia Steptoe
Monday, March 25, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Amy Zegart discusses the divide between Google and the military. Zegart notes that encouraging undergraduates to study technology, security, and privacy would help them understand the need to protect the national interest.

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ICYMI: Victor Davis Hanson On Montana Talks

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia KBUL News Talk
Monday, March 25, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his recent book The Case for Trump.

Interviews

Adam White: Border Security National Emergency Declaration

interview with Adam J. Whitevia C-SPAN
Monday, March 25, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Adam White joins a panel discussion about President Trump’s border security emergency declaration. They talk about the constitutional and statutory implications of the president’s declaration and make suggestions for what they think Congress should do in response.

Interviews

Russ Roberts: Episode 76: ‘The Theory Of Moral Sentiments’ By Adam Smith

interview with Russell Robertsvia National Review
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Russ Roberts discusses Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments.

Interviews

John Yoo: On Fox News’ ‘The Ingraham Angle’ Discussing The Mueller Report Summary

interview with John Yoovia AEI
Monday, March 25, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses investigating the genesis of the Steele dossier as well as the failures and wrong doing that caused the hiring of a special prosecutor to investigate President Trump. Yoo also discusses the Mueller report and Attorney General Barr's response.

In the News
In the News

Education 20/20: William Damon & Robert P. George

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Hoover Institution, Washington DC

The Hoover Institution hosted "Education 20/20: William Damon & Robert P. George" on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST.

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We Don’t Need To Trash Higher Education, We Need To Make It Better

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia The Federalist
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Although the recent scandal of celebrities bribing their kids into college has a relatively low impact on the main problems concerning American universities (and seems to affirm their admissions processes more than anything), it has certainly revived the conversation on all these matters.

In the News

Monday Morning Links

quoting Thomas Sowellvia AEI
Monday, March 25, 2019

Chart of the Day I (above) has been featured before on CD and is worth a re-post. It shows that America’s middle class is disappearing but it’s because they are moving into higher income groups not moving into lower income groups. Between 1969 and 2017, the share of US households making $100,000 or more (in constant 2017 dollars) has more than tripled from 9% to 29.2%, while the share of households making $35,000 to $100,000 decreased from 53.8% to 41.3%. 

In the News

Media Takes Serious Hit From Mueller Conclusions

quoting Michael McFaulvia The Hill
Monday, March 25, 2019

The news media has taken a big hit from special counsel Robert Mueller’s conclusion that no one in the Trump campaign conspired with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election.

In the News

Domestic Issues Of Big Powers Have Global Consequences: Experts

quoting Niall Fergusonvia The Straits Times
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The trans-border political whirlwinds of today, including China's militarisation of the South China Sea and its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) infrastructure push, have been driven primarily by domestic concerns, experts told the Japan Symposium organised by the Milken Institute think-tank yesterday.

In the News

'Stormy Weather Lies Ahead': What Lawyers Are Saying About Barr's Obstruction Call

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia The National Law Journal
Monday, March 25, 2019

President Donald Trump and his supporters boasted Sunday of a “total and complete exoneration” by the special counsel investigating Russia’s ties to his 2016 presidential campaign, but that wasn’t entirely the case—at least when it comes to whether the president tried to obstruct the special counsel’s investigation.

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What Does The End Of The Mueller Investigation Mean For US-Russian Relations?

quoting Michael McFaulvia PRI.org
Monday, March 25, 2019

Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of collusion between US President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia in the 2016 election, but left unresolved the issue of whether Trump obstructed justice by undermining the investigations that have dogged his presidency.

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John Brennan Denies Blame For Calling Trump A ‘Traitor,’ Says ‘I Received Bad Information’

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia American Thinker
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The man who used to run the CIA, and lost his job when Donald Trump took office, did a huge amount of damage to the United States by calling the sitting president a traitor. Because of his presumed access to information unavailable to the public, many foreign leaders had reason to believe that they could resist the demands and requests of President Trump by simply outlasting him in office. Think Kim Jong un, Xi Jin ping, Angela Merkel, and of course Vladimir Putin for starters.

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Should Mueller Testify?

quoting Adam J. Whitevia National Review
Monday, March 25, 2019

Jonah mentions in passing the possibility that Mueller will testify before Congress. Adam White makes a strong case that he shouldn’t, and that Congress shouldn’t ask him to: “[W]hen the President’s critics now begin to demand that Mueller come and discuss publicly his interpretation of facts which Mueller himself declined to make the basis of a recommendation to indict, they demand that Mueller commit precisely the same error that [James] Comey infamously made.”

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Could An Ancient Greek Have Predicted A US-China Conflict?

quoting Elizabeth Economyvia BBC
Monday, March 25, 2019

Not so long ago, China's rise was seen as essentially benign. A growing economy, it was thought, would go hand-in-hand with a liberalising political system. China was, to use the phrase favoured by US experts, becoming a responsible global stakeholder.

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The Beautiful Benefits Of Contemplating Doom

quoting Herbert Linvia Wired
Monday, March 25, 2019

Every year, in late January, a small group of beetle-browed scientists, politicians, and journalists gather at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, to ponder the end of the world. This is a day of solemn kitsch: the unveiling of the Doomsday Clock, the minimalist midcentury dataviz that, since 1947, has been adjusted to dramatize the imminence of global catastrophe.

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Kim Jong Un Plans Trip To Russia After Meeting With Donald Trump Falls Apart

quoting Elizabeth Economyvia Newsweek
Monday, March 25, 2019

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un may soon make an official visit to Russia, a Russian official who recently led a government delegation to North Korea, announced on Monday.

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The ECB And Its Watchers

mentioning John B. Taylorvia Institute for Monetary and Financial Stability
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

For the twentieth time, central bankers, financial market participants and academics will discuss current issues of monetary policy and financial stability at the conference "The ECB and Its Watchers" on March 27, 2019. Since 1999, when the European Central Bank (ECB) took up its mandate, about 400 ECB watchers from all over Europe, North America and Asia regularly come to the conference to get first-hand information and to debate with members of the ECB Governing Council, presidents from euro area central banks as well as representatives of international organizations and renowned researchers. 

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National Bloviation Strategy

mentioning Amy Zegartvia Reason
Monday, March 25, 2019

I know. The title could be talking about pretty much any national strategy written in the last 15 years. And that's the point. In the interview, Dr. Amy Zegart and I discuss the national cyber strategy and what's wrong with it, besides all the bloviating. We also explore the culture clash between DOD and Silicon Valley (especially Google), and whether the right response to the Mueller report would be to conduct a thorough investigation into how the Intelligence Community and Justice handled the collusion allegations at the start of the Trump Administration.

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What We’re Watching: Have We Closed Socioeconomic Achievement Gaps?

mentioning Eric Hanushekvia Education Next
Monday, March 25, 2019

On Tuesday, April 9 at noon, an event surrounding the release of a new study on socioeconomic achievement gaps will be hosted by Stanford’s Hoover Institution and Harvard’s Kennedy School.