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A 2020 Recession May Be The Only Roadblock To Trump’s Reelection

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Even though the 2020 election is more than a year away, President Trump’s reelection appears likely unless the economy turns down sharply next year. One reason why Trump is likely to win is that sitting presidents are almost always reelected if the economy is performing well. Like him or not, the current US economy is one of the best in a long time, and this strongly suggests a Trump reelection.

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Israel’s Good And Bad New Realities

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

New alliances with Arab nations are positive but unstable, and old enemies are most dangerous when in a weakened state.

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Trump’s Trade Travesty

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, September 2, 2019

The President should not blame “weak companies” or the Fed for declining economic growth.

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Isaiah Berlin's Many-Sided Concept Of Liberty

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Saturday, August 31, 2019

Speaking in praise of freedom has fallen out of fashion in American politics. That throws public discourse out of step with the country’s constitutional system, which puts a premium on protecting individual liberty. 

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The Unusual Suspects

by Daniel Heilvia Budget Matters, America Off Balance
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

It seems every month, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) releases another report showing sharp increases in the federal debt. In June, CBO released its annual Long-Term Budget Outlook showing debt would pass 100% of GDP in 2034 and hit 144% in 2049. And, just last month, CBO’s updated 10-year budget forecasts showed even larger deficits than previously predicted.

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Beware Greta Thunberg’s Science Fiction — The End Of The World Is Not Nigh

by Niall Ferguson quoting Bjorn Lomborgvia Boston Globe
Monday, September 2, 2019

In 15th-century Peru, we learned last week, children were sacrificed to propitiate to the Chimú gods, in an attempt to end natural disasters caused by the climatic phenomenon we now call, appropriately enough, El Niño.

Analysis and Commentary

How Dare Remainers Say Boris Is Undemocratic - His Resolve Will Hand Parliament's Power To The People In Perpetuity

by Andrew Robertsvia Daily Mail (UK)
Saturday, August 31, 2019

Who could have guessed that Boris Johnson’s brave and correct decision to prorogue Parliament for four weeks would serve up so many rich and enjoyable ironies for the British people? What pleasure he has inadvertently given us.

Analysis and Commentary

Tim Kane: How Do You Measure Value? And Other Great Questions For Labor Day

by Timothy Kanevia Fox News
Monday, September 2, 2019

As Americans celebrate Labor Day 2019, robots are stealing their jobs, as are immigrants, as are cheap imports from China. The first puzzle is: if all of these nefarious forces of free markets are stealing jobs, how is it that there are more Americans employed than ever before?

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: Are The Benefits Of A College Education Dwindling?

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Robert G. Valletta, Group Vice President at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss whether the earning power of college graduates have flatlined in relation to those without a college degree.

Stanford Oval
Analysis and Commentary

From Icon To Just A Con

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, September 1, 2019

The damage that the modern university has wrought has now outweighed its once-positive role.

Analysis and Commentary

Progressives’ Cynical Exploitation Of Mass Shootings

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Mag.com
Monday, September 2, 2019

The callous privileging of one sort of death over another.

Analysis and Commentary

David Deppner On Leadership, Confidence, And Humility

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, September 2, 2019

Can a great leader or manager be humble in public? Or is exuding confidence, even when it may not be merited, a key part of leadership? In this episode of EconTalk, host Russ Roberts talks with David Deppner, CEO of Psyberware, about an email David sent Russ wondering how Russ might reconcile his passion for humility and honesty with the demands put upon leaders to inspire followers with confidence in their vision.

Analysis and Commentary

A Feminist Capitalist Professor Under Fire

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, August 30, 2019

The students who demand her firing, Camille Paglia argues, take prosperity for granted, are socially undeveloped, and know little about Western history. Who’s Moses?

Hong Kong Umbrella Revolution Collection, Box 2, Hoover Institution Archives
Analysis and Commentary

Why Aren’t The Presidents Of America’s Leading Universities Publicly Supporting The Quest Of Hong Kong Students For Democracy And Freedom?

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Almost every leading university in America has a center for the study of democracy and encourages its students to help build democracy around the world. But why haven’t the leaders of these same universities signed and published a letter supporting the students in their quest for freedom and democracy against repressive rule from China?

Analysis and Commentary

Labor Day Vignettes

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, September 2, 2019

I’ve spent from 7:30 this morning to 1:30 this afternoon working on my next article for the Hoover Institution’s on-line publication, Defining Ideas. I’m putting the labor back in Labor Day.

Interviews
Interviews

Gen. Jim Mattis On War And Trump

interview with General Jim Mattisvia CBS News
Sunday, September 1, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow James Mattis discusses his life and his over 40 years in the military.

 
Interviews

James Mattis On Why He Left The Trump Administration But Won’t Criticize It

interview with General Jim Mattisvia PBS News Hour
Monday, September 2, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow James Mattis talks about his philosophy of leadership and why he’s reluctant to weigh in on current policy from outside the administration.

Interviews

Lanhee Chen: Most U.S. Companies Are Staying In China Despite Trade War - Survey

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Yahoo Finance
Friday, August 30, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses President Trump's hope that trade tariffs will encourage American companies to move back to the US.

Soldiers of the People's Liberation Army Ground Force in 2011.
Interviews

John Yoo: China's Chief Executive Carrie Lam Says There Are No Plans To Send The Military To Hong Kong As Protests Continue

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses Hong Kong, and what the US can do to help the people of Hong Kong, including inviting people and companies in Hong Kong to move to the US. Yoo notes that US leaders should make statements of support for Hong Kong.

Interviews

John Yoo: Trump Freed The Justice Department Of James Comey

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Friday, August 30, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses former FBI director James Comey's behavior as director of the FBI, and the decision not to charge Comey with crimes committed while FBI director. Yoo notes the IG report is a damning indictment, yet there is a reluctance to charge Comey.

In the News
General Jim Mattis: What Should We Do About Iran?
In the News

Jim Mattis: 'Nations With Allies Thrive, Nations Without Allies Wither'

featuring General Jim Mattisvia NPR
Monday, September 2, 2019

When former defense secretary Jim Mattis is asked about his relationship with President Trump, he has an answer ready.

In the News

An Interview With Former U.S. Ambassador To Russia, Michael McFaul

featuring Michael McFaulvia Los Angeles Times High School Insider
Friday, August 30, 2019

Walking on the campus of Stanford University, you might spot Michael McFaul in one of its Romanesque buildings or somewhere along one of its well-curated paths. At Stanford, he is a professor of political science and a senior fellow at both the Freeman Institute for International Studies and the Hoover Institution.

Young Adults
In the News

Can They Ever Catch Up?

quoting Lee Ohanianvia Stanford Magazine
Sunday, September 1, 2019

The Great Recession set millennials back. A decade later, they haven’t recovered. Here’s what’s going on.

In the News

James Mattis Gives The Country A Warning

quoting General Jim Mattisvia National Review
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Making the click-through worthwhile: A warning from former secretary of defense James Mattis about what really threatens our country; House Democrats conclude that what the country really needs right now is high-profile hearings about the payments to Stormy Daniels; and Bill de Blasio loses interest in his day job.

In the News

U.S. Unleashes Military To Fight Fake News, Disinformation

quoting Andrew Grottovia Bloomberg
Saturday, August 31, 2019

Fake news and social media posts are such a threat to U.S. security that the Defense Department is launching a project to repel “large-scale, automated disinformation attacks,” as the top Republican in Congress blocks efforts to protect the integrity of elections.

In the News

Narrow Escapes In State Votes Earn Big German Parties A Few Months' Relief

quoting Josef Joffevia Reuters
Monday, September 2, 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and their Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners turned their sights with some relief on new hurdles months down the road after withstanding a far-right battering in two eastern regional elections on Sunday.

In the News

Harriet Tubman Shows Her Bravery, Smarts During The Civil War

mentioning Elizabeth Cobbsvia Galveston County Daily News (TX)
Saturday, August 31, 2019

You are the big kahuna. The boss, the one in charge, maker of decisions and teller of things to do. You’re the big cheese with all the responsibility, and you aren’t bad at it. So how would you do if, as in the novel, “The Tubman Command” by Elizabeth Cobbs, the lives of soldiers, women and children were in your hands?

In the News

The Amazon Fire And Phony Environmentalism

mentioning Bjorn Lomborgvia Merion West
Thursday, August 29, 2019

The Amazon is on fire. Is this a catastrophe? Of course it is. Who is to blame? It’s complicated. Global warming certainly seems to have to do with it. As such, there have been desperate attempts to speed up and strengthen the Paris Agreement.