Hoover Daily Report
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Intellectual Coherence and the Common Core

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Next
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Just because some criticisms of Common Core standards are over the top and dripping with misinformation doesn’t make them all so. Plenty of valid concerns exist, and the estimable Peggy Noonan recently homed in on several of them. She acknowledges “that Core proponents’ overall objective—to get schools teaching more necessary and important things, and to encourage intellectual coherence in what is taught—is not bad, but good.” 

The White House
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More on the Administration’s AUMF Strategy

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Thursday, May 22, 2014

A friend who is familiar with Obama administration thinking responds to my post on yesterday’s AUMF hearing:

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Do Chimps Have Human Rights?

by James Huffmanvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Readers of the New York Times Magazine will have seen a photograph of an animatronic chimpanzee testifying at court on the cover of a recent edition. That chimp is supposed to represent Tommy. As the Times story details, lawyer Steven Wise seeks to represent Tommy in court...

Barack Obama
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Politics Have Trumped Ethics in the Obama Administration

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Veteran Affairs Secretary  Eric Shinseki  cannot get a handle on the recent scandalous treatment of veterans in VA hospitals, where more than 40 sick men were allowed to die without proper follow-up treatment. A cover-up allegedly followed. When the  Walter Reed Army Medical Center  scandal broke under the George W. Bush administration, heads rolled. So far, Shinseki seems immune from similar accountability.

Graduation
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America’s College Kids Are a Bunch of Mollycoddled Babies

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Politico
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

t’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry over the demand by U.S. college students for “trigger warnings” to alert them that something they’re about to read or see in one of their classes might traumatize them—apparently a new trend, according to the New York Times. Ditto for off-beat campus sculptures, placards displayed by protesters and more.

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Gas and Geopolitics

by Mark Harrisonvia Mark Harrison's Blog
Thursday, May 22, 2014

China and Russia (represented by the Russian state oil major Gazprom) have signed a deal that will supply China with gas worth up to $400 billion over 30 years. 

Narendra Modi
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What GOP Can Learn From Modi's Election

by Jeremy Carlvia CNN.com
Thursday, May 22, 2014

Imagine that Ted Cruz became the GOP nominee for president in 2016, running against Hillary Clinton. And now imagine that he won the general election in a landslide, getting record-high vote percentage for the Republicans and capturing states and constituencies the GOP had not won for decades.

Tehran, Iran
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Want To Improve Ties With Iran? Ship It FedEx

by Colonel Eric Shirley, Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Atkinsvia Real Clear Markets
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

As nuclear non-proliferation talks drag on between Iran and the rest of the international community, many observers remain unconvinced about any real tangible benefit. However, the recent downward trend in relations with Russia, and a strained relationship with Pakistan, may provide a novel opportunity for us to reach a deal with Iran that will not only prove economically beneficial to U.S. taxpayers, but that could also lay the groundwork for friendlier dealings between the U.S. and Iran overall.

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Crimea after Cyprus v. Turkey: Just Satisfaction for Unlawful Annexation?

by Thomas D. Grantvia European Journal of International Law
Monday, May 19, 2014

On 13 March 2014 Ukraine lodged an inter-state application under Article 33 of the European Convention against the Russian Federation. Philip Leach has addressed in this forum the likely implications, suggesting that the occupation of Crimea will present a situation for the European Court similar to that in Ilaşcu v. Moldova and Russia.

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Hollywood's Smashing New Take On S.F. With 'Godzilla'

by Bill Whalenvia San Francisco Chronicle
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Over the decades, Hollywood has had its fair share of fun at San Francisco's expense. Steve McQueen drove like a maniac through the city's streets ("Bullitt"), as did Nick Nolte and Eddie Murphy ("48 Hrs."). Ed Harris took over Alcatraz and threatened to fire rockets the city's way ("The Rock").

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Tests, Testing, and Genuine School Reform by Herbert J. Walberg
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Why Asian Nations Dominate Global Education Rankings

quoting Eric Hanushekvia Forbes
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Last week, Pearson Education released its annual global educational performance report. Once again, their findings provide a roadmap for teaching students in the 21st century and for why Asian nations are racing ahead.