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China’s Neo-Maoist Moment

by Elizabeth Economyvia Foreign Affairs
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

How Xi Jinping Is Using China’s Past to Accomplish What His Predecessors Could Not

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Keep It Steady And Cool With Iran, America

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

And keep pumping that American oil and gas.

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Why Drug Addicts Outnumber High School Students In San Francisco

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

San Francisco is one the most productive cities in the world and is the headquarters for several remarkably innovative and creative businesses, including Twitter, Uber, Lyft, and Fitbit, among others. But drug abusers have taken over several of its most densely populated neighborhoods and much of its central business district.

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Here’s What A Presidential Phone Call With A Foreign Leader Looks Like In A Normal White House

by Michael McFaulvia The Washington Post
Monday, September 30, 2019

The publication of the rough transcript of the phone call — known as a “Memorandum of Telephone Conversation,” or TelCon for short — between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky inspires nostalgic memories for me. I used to participate in similar calls for President Barack Obama during my days at the National Security Council. Between the 2008 election and my departure for Moscow in 2012 to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Russia, I arranged, prepped and listened to dozens of such calls. Yet in terms of logistics and tenor, the infamous Trump-Zelensky call appears to be unlike the calls I worked on between Obama and other world leaders.

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Could This Be Trump's Chernobyl?

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, September 30, 2019

Ukrainians look like Europeans, but — as a survey carried out for this year’s YES revealed — they are closer to Brazilians in their attitudes. They are sick of the status quo. And they are willing to gamble on a complete political outsider in the hope of radical change.

Analysis and Commentary

David Davenport: Beware A “War” On Climate Change

by David Davenportvia Townhall Review
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Politicians have learned that, if they don’t know how to solve a problem, they declare a war on it.

Analysis and Commentary

The Israeli–Palestinian Struggle, Continued.

by Reuel Marc Gerechtvia The Caravan
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Whenever the Israeli–Palestinian question arises in Washington, an assumption inevitably precedes it:  the United States has an important and unique role to play in advancing peace between these two peoples.  Israelis and Palestinians might make progress alone (the 1993 Oslo Accords).  But the two can only go so far, so we are told, without American mediation, primarily because only Washington can push Jerusalem into taking risks— “land for peace” and military restraint toward the security deficiencies of the Palestinian Authority—that are the stepping stones to a two-state solution, the endgame for a peaceful settlement. 

Analysis and Commentary

Our Strength And Our Prosperity Depend On Our Diversity: Reality Or Ideology?

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Economic growth is driven by increases in productivity and labor.  However, not all labor is the same.  Some is low-skilled, low-valued-added, while other labor is high-skilled, high-value-added.  It makes a big difference in the rate of growth if the increase in labor is low-skilled or high-skilled.
 
 
Analysis and Commentary

Here’s More Evidence That Expanding Charter Schools In Big Cities Helps All Kids Of Color, Even Those Who Stay In District Schools. Are Critics Willing To Rethink Their Opposition?

by Michael J. Petrilli, Amber M. Northernvia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Those of us at Fordham have strived over the course of our organization’s two-decade existence to stay open to new evidence and to be willing to change our minds. For example, we shifted from the notion of "letting a thousand flowers bloom" when it came to charter schools to acknowledging that "some weeding is necessary" after multiple studies showed just how poor the achievement of some charters was turning out to be, and just how hard it was to actually shut such failing charter schools down. And there have been other smaller shifts over the years, too, on funding, teacher diversity, and more.

Interviews
Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson: Lewandowski Says Media’s Impeachment Push Will Backfire

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the media's impeachment push.

Interviews

Surveillance: Xi Jinping’s Vision With CFR’s Elizabeth Economy (Podcast)

interview with Elizabeth Economyvia Bloomberg
Monday, September 30, 2019

(9:25) Hoover Institution fellow Elizabeth Economy says the Chinese government will continue to use all the mechanisms they have at their disposal to keep their economy stable.

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Tunku Varadarajan: How Mexicans See The U.S. And Trump

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, September 27, 2019

The border fence is ‘a visible example of national paranoia,’ author Paul Theroux says. Yet he thinks Americans are right to be afraid.

In the News
In the News

Condoleezza Rice To Speak At PSU

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia The Morning Sun
Monday, September 30, 2019

Condoleezza Rice, who was secretary of state from January 2005 to 2009 and the second woman, and first African American woman, to serve in that position, will visit Pittsburg Thursday to speak at Pittsburg State University.

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Impeachment Is A Hail Mary

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia New York Post
Monday, September 30, 2019

Why don’t Democrats press policy instead of trying to unseat the president? Victor Davis Hanson at American Greatness gives the “simple ­answer: None of [the Dems’] issues poll anywhere near 50 percent ­approval.”

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The Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle: Have We Explored All The Requirements?

cited H. R. McMastervia American Military News
Monday, September 30, 2019

In 1990, I was a young Marine Corps Captain attending the US Army Armor Advanced Course in Ft. Knox, Kentucky.  One insightful book that stood out was “King of the Killing Zone: The Story of the M-1, America’s Super Tank” by Orr Kelly, a longtime Washington defense reporter. 

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Governments Should Learn To Tolerate Criticism, Suppressing It Can Lead To Mistakes: Raghuram Rajan

featuring Raghuram Rajanvia The Economic Times
Monday, September 30, 2019

Suppressing dissent can lead to bad policies being passed, former Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan said in a LinkedIn Post on Monday. Stressing on the importance of criticism in a democracy, Rajan, who is a professor of economics at the University of Chicago, wrote that governments that show lack of tolerance towards public, as well as internal, criticism do themselves a gross disservice.

In the News

Fed Should Avoid Undermining Itself, Plosser Tells Shadow Committee

featuring Charles I. Plosservia The Bond Buyer
Monday, September 30, 2019

Not all of the threats and challenges to the Federal Reserve’s independence and credibility are external, according to former Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Charles Plosser.

In the News

At 59: Is Hope Fading In Nigeria?

quoting Niall Fergusonvia The Sun
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Sometimes,  a combination of history and fate, leaders and qualities of leadership meet at an intersection to shape a turning point in a nation’s unending search for freedom for its citizens and the development of the country. Nothing creates more bitterness than promises made and not kept. Nigeria at 59 is like celebrating a rich past and a lamentation of a fading future.

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Werlin: Role Of Prices In A Modern Economy

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Herald Tribune
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

In anticipation of the 2020 elections, candidates have made campaign promises to make our country better. The high costs of a college education, medical treatment, improving our environment, housing, etc. are just some of our current problems. President Trump puts a heavy emphasis on the marketplace to provide needed products and services. By contrast, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders embrace more government intervention.

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When Doing More Means Purposefully Doing Less: The Power Of Stillness

quoting General Jim Mattisvia Inc.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

I shake my head and smile every time Ryan Holiday sends me an advance copy of his latest book. Even though his skill as a writer makes me feel weighed, measured, and found wanting, I immediately put down whatever I was reading and dive right in.

In the News

What Impeachment Could Mean For The Economy

quoting Kevin Hassettvia Politico
Monday, September 30, 2019

How impeachment could impact the economy — I write here this morning about ways in which a long and ugly impeachment battle could hamper an economy that is already in a bit of a slow patch. Risks include a stalled USMCA and hits to consumer and business confidence. During the Clinton impeachment in 1998, growth surged close to 5 percent, offering a political buffer.

In the News

What We Are Reading Today: To Build A Better World

mentioning Condoleezza Ricevia Arab News
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Timed for the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, To Build a Better World is an authoritative depiction of contemporary statecraft. 

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In the News

In Speaking Punjabi From Tory Party Stage, Sajid Javid Has Made A Small Piece Of History

mentioning Niall Fergusonvia The Spectator
Monday, September 30, 2019

Sajid Javid hates identity politics and has spent most of his political career avoiding it. But his speech today showed how effective he can be when he discusses his own life story.