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Barack Obama
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Lord Obama

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Monday, May 26, 2014

If we were living in normal times, the following scandals and failures — without going into foreign policy — would have ruined a presidency to the point of reducing it to Nixon, Bush, or Truman poll ratings.

Vladimir Putin
Analysis and Commentary

As Putin's Confidence Grows, Cold War Concerns Gain Credibility

by Kiron K. Skinnervia Forbes
Monday, May 26, 2014

Concerns about reigniting a Cold War gain credibility as President Putin continues his militarism in Ukraine and draws his country into the on-going crisis in Egypt.  Thus, it is time to look back at the Reagan administration’s strategy that helped end the Cold War by breaking with long-held policies enshrined in US-Soviet détente of the 1970s.

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Defending the Classical Liberal Constitution

by Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Friday, May 23, 2014

Richard Epstein responds to recent criticisms of his book The Classical Liberal Constitution from legal scholar Cass Sunstein.

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Random Thoughts

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Random thoughts on the passing scene:

Will the Veterans Administration scandal wake up those people who have been blithely saying that what we need is a "single payer" system for medical care? Delays in getting to see a doctor have been a common denominator in government-run medical systems in England, Canada and Australia, among other places.

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Analysis and Commentary

Europe: The Continent For Every Type of Unhappy

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Guardian (UK)
Monday, May 26, 2014

On the day the Bastille was stormed in 1789, King Louis XVI wrote in his diary, "rien". Few European leaders will have typed "nothing" into their iPads today, but there is a real danger that, in response to the revolutionary cry across the continent, they will in effect do nothing. Today's rien has a face and a name. The name's Juncker. Jean-Claude Juncker.

The White House
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The Root of the Discretion to Kill

by Angelo M. Codevillavia Library of Law and Liberty
Monday, May 26, 2014

President Obama announced a few days ago that he will release some parts of the secret memorandum by which the U.S. government authorizes itself to kill whichever U.S. citizens it deems terrorist enemies. 

EU and Eastern Europe Relations
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Poroshenko Elected Ukraine President; Putin Dodges Promise To 'Respect' Results

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Sunday, May 25, 2014

Ukraine’s 35.5 million voters gave Petro Poroshenko, the so-called Chocolate King, a rousing 56 percent of the votes from 21 candidates on the ballot. He will be Ukraine’s fifth president. These figures are based on two separate national exit polls as reported by the Kyiv Post’s “High voter turnout propels Poroshenko to presidency.” 

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Interviews

Richard Epstein on the John Batchelor Show (20:34)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia John Batchelor Show
Friday, May 23, 2014

Richard Epstein discusses Progressivism and Libertarianism on the John Batchelor Show.

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Yuval Levin on Burke, Paine, and the Great Debate

by Russell Roberts interview with Yuval Levinvia EconTalk
Monday, May 26, 2014

Yuval Levin, author of The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left, talks to EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the ideas of Burke and Paine and their influence on the evolution of political philosophy. Levin outlines the differing approaches of the two thinkers to liberty, authority, and how reform and change should take place. Other topics discussed include Hayek's view of tradition, Cartesian rationalism, the moral high ground in politics, and how the "right and left" division of American politics finds its roots in the debates of these thinkers from the 1700s.

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Patent Reform? Experts Say No

mentioning Hoover Institutionvia EE Times
Wednesday, May 21, 2014

PALO ALTO, Calif. — The US patent system is imperfect but essentially sound, according to a handful of papers presented at a Stanford symposium. Patent reform is not needed, experts said, despite calls for it from the White House, Congress (where two draft bills seek it), industry, and academia.

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Shelby Steele On Race And The Exhilaration And Terror Of Freedom

featuring Shelby Steelevia The Federalist
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

One of the most vomitous and hideous regressions of American culture is the eager embrace of victimhood as a means of self-identification from Americans of seemingly all ages and races. Attendance is down at professional baseball games, perhaps because America’s new pastime is the effort to understand yourself as a victim of “income inequality,” “white privilege,” or some other dubious buzzword that substitutes for its more accurate descriptor – self-pity.

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Experts: Evolution of higher education inevitable

quoting Eric Hanushekvia TribLive
Saturday, May 24, 2014

Buffeted by increasing costs, shrinking public subsidies, soaring student debt and growing public skepticism, American colleges are approaching a tipping point.

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Obama to Make New Bid to Define Foreign Policy

quoting Kori Schakevia Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

He's been president for five and a half years, brought troops home from Iraq, is winding down the Afghan war, killed Osama bin Laden and crafted a multitude of speeches defining his worldview.

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Top 2 GOP gubernatorial candidates leave many in party wary

quoting Bill Whalenvia San Francisco Chronicle
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Sharp divisions between the GOP's "country club" establishment and its rough-around-the-edges Tea Party activists have been exposed in the California governor's contest, where the race for second place pits an ex-investment banker - who's dropped $2 million of his own money on the campaign - against a fiery former plastics salesman whose chief campaign assets are an iPhone and a car with 370,000 miles on it.