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Jeb Bush
Analysis and Commentary

Simply By Forming an Exploratory Committee, Jeb Bush Places School Reform On The National Agenda

by Paul E. Petersonvia Education Next
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

With the announcement by former Florida Governor Jeb Bush that he is exploring a run for the presidency in 2016, school reform has suddenly leaped to the political front page.

Analysis and Commentary

The Libertarian Podcast – “The Sony Scandal”

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Is the media wrong to publish the contents of hacked Hollywood e-mails?

Analysis and Commentary

The Heroism Of Effective Logistics: A Dispatch From Kerem Shalom

by Matthew Waxman, Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

We witnessed a moving scene today—if the loading and unloading of trucks amid looming concrete security barriers can ever really be moving: A major joint Palestinian-Israeli operation to route goods into the Gaza Strip.

Analysis and Commentary

Epitaph For Hope And Change

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A perfect storm brought into power Barack Obama, a previously little-known Illinois community organizer. He had at best a mediocre record as a state legislator and rookie senator. Yet he quickly dazzled the liberal establishment.

Analysis and Commentary

Overhyping ISIS

by Camille Pecastaingvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Middle East is experiencing a major transformation, of which radicalism is only a symptom.  

Analysis and Commentary

Henderson on Asking Tough Questions of Government Bureaucrats

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

I've asked tough questions before. When Leon Panetta, my former Congressman, came to NPS as Secretary of Defense, I asked [here at the 43:40 point] whether, given his own previous statement that Al Qaeda was down to a handful of dangerous people, he should say about the war, "Enough is enough."

Bacteria on a green background
Analysis and Commentary

Beware The Silent Killer: Influenza

by Henry I. Millervia Forbes
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Now that the media have finished with the luridly reported and absurdly exaggerated concerns about Ebola in the U.S., they might wish to consider a genuine imminent threat to our health: influenza.

Analysis and Commentary

Ruble Hits New Low--Putin Can't Keep His Promise To Russian People

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Russia’s central bank waited until the early morning hours to raise its interest rate from 10.5% to a whopping 17.5% to encourage citizens to hold rubles and foreigners to buy rubles. Rather than building confidence, markets interpreted the move as panic.

Chainlink fence with an american flag.
Analysis and Commentary

Immigration Action: Bad Law, Good Policy?

by Timothy Kanevia Peregrine
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

President Obama announced executive action about how the U.S. would enforce immigration law on November 20, 2014, accompanied by multiple official memos from the Department of Homeland Security and other executive branch agencies responsible for enforcement.

Interviews
Putin
Interviews

Michael McFaul on CNBC

interview with Michael McFaulvia CNBC
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Senior Fellow Michael McFaul discusses Vladimir Putin's politics in the wake of Russian economic distress on CNBC.

Interviews

Peter Berkowitz on the John Batchelor Show (19:50)

interview with Peter Berkowitzvia John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Senior Fellow Peter Berkowitz discusses Suicide of the West on the John Batchelor Show.

In the News
Hoover senior fellow and former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul leaves th
In the News

'A Sense Of Panic' May Force Putin To Sack His Government

featuring Michael McFaulvia Business Insider
Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Michael McFaul, former US ambassador to Moscow, told CNBC that there is "a sense of panic among [Russia's] elites right now" that could lead Russia's President Vladimir Putin to change his government.

In the News

The Jury Remains Out On Teacher Tenure And The Courts: A TC Conference Weighs The Implications Of Vergara And Two New York Cases

quoting Eric Hanushekvia Columbia University Teachers College
Tuesday, December 16, 2014

In June, a trial court ruled that California’s procedures on teacher tenure and dismissal violated the state constitution because they disproportionately exposed low-income and minority students to “grossly ineffective” teachers.

Sidney Drell at the Conference on Andrei Sakharov and the Conscience of Humanity, December 2014
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Conference on Andrei Sakharov and the Conscience of Humanity

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 to Thursday, December 11, 2014

A two-day conference honoring physicist and Nobel Peace Prize–winner Andrei Sakharov was held at the Hoover Institution during December 10–11, 2014. Convened by former secretary of state George P. Shultz and physicist Sidney Drell, it drew a wide range of distinguished participants—from scientists, historians, and journalists to religious figures, military leaders, entrepreneurs and diplomats—as well as Professor Tatiana Yankelevich, daughter of Elena Bonner, Sakharov’s wife and also a staunch defender of human rights.

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