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Polls: Opinions On Kavanaugh Grew More Entrenched

by David Bradyvia Real Clear Politics
Saturday, October 6, 2018

When Labor Day vacation ended and Congress returned from recess, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, appeared to be on track to garner a Senate majority, and even win a handful of Democratic votes. On Sept. 14, however, the first of several allegations of sexual misconduct emerged against Judge Kavanaugh, and on Sept. 28, the Senate committee and the country heard testimony from him and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. Over that time period, public opinion concerning the nominee shifted dramatically.

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False Claims For Gender Equality

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Forcing firms to add more women leaders will not lead to economic growth.

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After Five Years Of Forced Unionization, Farmworkers Are Now Free To Negotiate On Their Own

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Imagine hiring an organization to represent you in negotiations, but after hiring them you find out that their representation is unsatisfactory. So you fire them.

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A Nobel Economics Prize For The Long Run

by David R. Hendersonvia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, October 8, 2018

[Subscription Required] The winners of this year’s Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics are U.S. economists William D. Nordhaus of Yale and Paul M. Romer of New York University. Mr. Nordhaus is acknowledged for “integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic analysis,” while Mr. Romer is credited with “integrating technological innovations into long-run macroeconomic analysis.”

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Kavanaugh Casualties

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

When the Christine Ford saga finally ended with the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, a lot of truth had distilled out, along with the evaporation of prior pretensions and misconceptions.

Analysis and Commentary

Three Cheers For Rob Portman!

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Monday, October 8, 2018

If you listened carefully to Monday’s swearing-in ceremony at the White House for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, one name was mentioned briefly by President Trump that bears repeating. Rob Portman.

Analysis and Commentary

When Bigger Is Better

by Lanhee J. Chenvia The Washington Times
Monday, October 8, 2018

The Trump administration has made important strides toward promoting the so-called “value agenda” in health care — efforts to bring down costs by promoting systems of payment and reimbursement that reward not the volume of care, but instead the value and quality of care delivered to the patient.

Analysis and Commentary

China & Middle East: Regional Rebalancing

by Sanam Vakilvia The Caravan
Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Middle East, a region once embroiled in the Cold War struggle of east and west, is now bearing witness to new geopolitical shifts.   The emergence of Beijing on the Middle Eastern landscape where it is quenching its thirst for energy resources and forging regional relationships through its One Belt One Road Initiative (OBOR) with countries as diverse as Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) comes at the expense of Washington’s longstanding primacy.  Many American strategists find China’s encroachment to be a troubling threat to U.S. national interests. 

Analysis and Commentary

Planning For Apocalypse: Environmental Change, Islamism, And China

by Sulmaan Wasif Khanvia The Caravan
Thursday, October 4, 2018

Will a new wave of Islamist violence threaten China’s national interests over the coming decades? Good planning does not dismiss worst-case scenarios as unlikely; it asks, instead, how such a scenario might come to pass, thereby illuminating ways to avoid it. A combination of environmental stress and China’s deepening footprint abroad might well produce Islamist terrorism directed at Chinese across the world and at home. Avoiding this requires a strengthened commitment to environmental protection and to policies that mitigate Muslim discontent.

Analysis and Commentary

Paul Romer On Economic Growth

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, October 8, 2018

I’ve been busy since about 5 a.m. writing the Wall Street Journal op/ed on the 2 Nobel Prize winners. This year was easier than average because I know Romer’s and Nordhaus’s work well. I’m just coming up for air.

Analysis and Commentary

U.S Foreign Policy Faces Grave Danger, Part 4

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Separatist movements are active movements with living, active members that seek greater autonomy or self-determination for a geographic region. Some movements have de facto autonomy, which makes them a de facto (breakaway) state. Some are proposed states that have a name for a seceding sovereign state. Some are proposing autonomous areas that seek greater autonomy, but not outright secession. Some movements are driven (largely) by ethnic identity, others by political ideologies or pressure groups.

Interviews
Interviews

Darrell Duffie and Amit Seru: Ten Years After The Financial Meltdown: What Have We Learned?

interview with Darrell Duffie, Amit Seru via Stanford Graduate School of Business
Friday, October 5, 2018

Hoover Institution fellows Darrell Duffie and Amit Seru discuss what we have learned ten years after the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

Interviews

Markos Kounalakis: 2nd North Korea Summit Expected After Pompeo's "Productive" Talk With Kim Jong Un

interview with Markos Kounalakisvia Yahoo
Sunday, October 7, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Marko Kounalakis discusses Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to North and South Korea.

In the News
In the News

Taiwan Epicentre Of Geopolitical Risk

featuring Stephen Kotkinvia Top 1000 Funds
Monday, October 8, 2018

China and America’s relationship is the biggest geopolitical risk on the global landscape, said Stephen Kotkin, speaking at the Fiduciary Investors Symposium at Stanford University. The John P Birkelund ’52 Professor in History and International Affairs at Princeton University, and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, told delegates conflict could arise over Taiwan.

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Elections: Understanding Democracy In A Divided America

quoting Morris P. Fiorina, Shanto Iyengarvia Stanford News
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Elections are a pillar of American democracy. But for many Americans today, our democratic process feels under siege. A divided electorate and intense partisanship have led to a tense public mood where feelings of polarization run deep. People are now more attached to their party affiliation than any other social identifier – like race and religion – according to Stanford scholar Shanto Iyengar. He argues that this only amplifies polarization further.

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This Is What The Kansas Candidates For Governor Have In Store For School Spending

quoting Eric Hanushekvia KCUR
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Take a look at the Kansas budget and one item looms large, eating up more state spending than anything else. Schools swallow about $4.5 billion. That spending rose after an infusion of cash by lawmakers earlier this year in response to a court ruling in a long-running fight over whether state government does enough to support public education.

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AeroVironment Partners With General Dynamics To Build ‘Air Squadron’ Drones

quoting Amy Zegartvia Pasadena Star-News
Monday, October 8, 2018

In the field of combat, knowing what’s over the next hill and striking first can mean the difference between life and death. That reality prompted AeroVironment Inc. to partner with General Dynamics Land Systems to produce tactical drones and “loitering” missile systems that can be automatically launched from armored ground vehicles.

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Fall Into These Reads

quoting Michael McFaulvia Long Island Weekly
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

From Cold War To Hot Peace is an account of a diplomat who was a child of the Cold War who also held a lifelong yearning for relations between the United States and Russia. 

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The Unknowable Fallout Of China’s Trade War Nuclear Option

quoting Kevin Warshvia The New York Times
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

It is often called the nuclear option. In the trade war between the United States and China, economists and investors have long tried to game out how both sides might use their clout. In virtually all the predictions, at least until recently, they revolved around a tit-for-tat tariff war.

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Gavin Newsom Touts 'California Dream' To Persuade Fractured State He Should Be Governor

quoting Bill Whalenvia CBS8
Monday, October 8, 2018

The man who may be California's next governor stands on a wooden box and grins. He is 6-foot-3, so his head nearly hits the ceiling of a cramped room where supporters of local Democratic candidates from this agricultural region have gathered. He is sweating and hoarse, but his camera-ready looks, all pearly teeth and swept-back hair, beam.