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Flipping The House: What '94, '06, '10 Turnout Tells Us

by David Brady, Brett Parkervia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Much of the press coverage of the 2018 House elections has focused on identifying the most competitive House races and attempting to predict their results. Some academic models have also adopted this tactic, basing their conclusions on an analysis of highly contested districts. Still others run regressions using a combination of presidential approval ratings, generic congressional ballot surveys, and other miscellaneous factors such as disposable income.

immigration reform
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The Shaky Case For Birthright Citizenship

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, November 5, 2018

The Fourteenth Amendment is more complicated than it appears.

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The Safe Bet For This Midterm Is On The Democrats

by Niall Fergusonvia The Boston Globe
Monday, November 5, 2018

Unlike presidential elections, it is usually quite easy to predict who will win the midterms. Despite the role of local issues and candidates, they are in large measure referendums on the president’s job performance and, as such, perfect opportunities for Americans to display their characteristic fickleness. Having elected someone president, Americans are collectively ready to punch him on the nose after just 24 months. 

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The Issues That Tore Us Apart

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Slavery was the issue that blew up America in 1861 and led to the Civil War. But for the 85 years between the nation’s founding and that war, it had seemed that somehow America could eventually phase out the horrific institution and do so largely peacefully.

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Area 45: What Challenges Face California’s New Governor With Lee Ohanian

interview with Lee Ohanianvia Area 45
Monday, November 5, 2018

Lee Ohanian on Hoover’s new online journal and what challenges confront the Golden State’s next governor.

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Economic Freedom, Part 3

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The attempt to develop a rigorous, quantitative measure of economic freedom may strike some as a presumptuous undertaking. The effort requires agreement on the conceptual dimensions of economic freedom, the indicators or data that fit or reflect each of the several dimensions of economic freedom, and the generation of a number (or numbers) that sums up all of the different dimensions, thereby permitting comparative ratings on the degree of economic freedom that exists both in the aggregate for each of the different dimensions of economic life in every country in the world at any point in time.

Analysis and Commentary

Electricity Policy Reform: Economic Policy Challenges Facing California’s Next Governor

by Frank A. Wolakvia Hoover Institution
Monday, October 29, 2018

Californians like to think of themselves as environmentally conscious and forward-thinking. The state’s energy and environmental policies reflect these sentiments. With the passage of SB 100, California has one of the nation’s most ambitious renewable energy goals for its electricity supply industry. The California Solar Initiative rebate program has led to more rooftop solar capacity in the state than the total rooftop solar capacity installed in the next eight highest-capacity states.

Analysis and Commentary

Murphy On Nordhaus Versus The UN

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, November 5, 2018

In light of Nordhaus’s calculations shown above, the apparently urgent need for “climate action” is not so urgent. It now looks more analogous to economists discovering the theoretical possibility of an “optimal tariff” but still understanding that free trade is the safest rule of thumb.

Interviews
Interviews

Wanted In California: Education Reforms And Better Schools

Monday, November 5, 2018
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

What can California schools do to improve their national rankings? Rewarding teachers based on performance and not seniority would be a big first step toward educational progress in California, a Hoover scholar says.

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Victor Davis Hanson - What Are The Contradictions Of The Caravan?

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Lars Larson Show
Friday, November 2, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his American Greatness article "When Laws Are Not Enforced, Anarchy Follows."

Interviews

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, November 5, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses the US pulling out of the Paris Agreement and climate change.

Interviews

RBI Needs To Play Like Rahul Dravid: Raghuram Rajan Opens Up On Public Spat, Section 7 And The NBFC Crisis

interview with Raghuram Rajanvia The Economic Times
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Raghuram Rajan discusses the role of the central bank.

Interviews

Lanhee Chen: What To Make Of The Midterm Polling

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Fox News
Sunday, November 4, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the importance of turnout in the late stages of the midterm elections.

In the News
In the News

US Civil War ‘Coming’: Russia Seizes On Talk Of US Split — But Did It Help Generate That In The First Place?

quoting Niall Fergusonvia The Mercury
Sunday, November 4, 2018

Russia is convinced the next US Presidential election will spark a new civil war. And they should know. Moscow has been secretly manipulating US political opinions now for years.

Milton Friedman
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The Hottest Midterm Race Is Milton Friedman Versus Marc Benioff

quoting Milton Friedmanvia Reason
Monday, November 5, 2018

Of all the high-profile political contests on the ballot this week—Ted Cruz versus Beto O'Rourke in Texas, Stacey Abrams versus Brian Kemp in Georgia, Dean Heller versus Jacky Rosen in Nevada—the one that may be the most consequential, long-term, is Marc Benioff versus Milton Friedman.

In the News

Rent Control: An Old, Bad Idea That Won't Go Away

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Governing
Monday, November 5, 2018
The Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga remake of A Star Is Born isn't the only thing from the 1970s making a comeback this year. After most states passed laws blocking rent control in the 1980s and '90s, there's now a push to reintroduce it from coast to coast.
Putin
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Putin’s Information Wars

quoting Stephen Kotkinvia Accuracy in Academia
Monday, November 5, 2018

The information wars of Vladimir Putin are mainly a United States problem, Stephen Kotkin, a professor of history and international affairs at Princeton University said on November 1 at the Cato Institute.

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Midterm Elections Vulnerable To Cyberattacks, Experts Fear

quoting Herbert Linvia The Eagle
Monday, November 5, 2018

U.S. cybersecurity experts are bracing for possible attempts to attack the midterm election by Russia or another adversary hoping to engineer a disruption that casts doubt on the integrity of the vote. Interference may range from altering websites used by state and local election authorities, to spreading propaganda through social media, to hacking at polling places intended to complicate the casting of ballots.

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If The Chinese Look To The West For A Democratic Model, What Are We Showing Them?

mentioning George P. Shultz, Hoover Institutionvia The Washington Post
Sunday, November 4, 2018

China may be close to achieving something “never before tried at any time in history,” the scholar Nicholas Eberstadt said last week. That new creation: “market totalitarianism.” No country has ever achieved vibrant, entrepreneurial prosperity while denying its people political freedom. And there’s good reason for that, or so we’ve always thought.