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Area 45: Abbas Milani On Post-Soleimani Iran

interview with Abbas Milanivia Area 45
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Now that terrorism architect Qassim Soleimani is gone what happens next with Iran?

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If Trump Testifies, He Could Settle The Impeachment Mess Once And For All

by John Yoovia The Los Angeles Times
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The Constitution vests the Senate with the “sole power” to hold President Trump’s impeachment trial. Current Senate rules call for minimal proceedings: No witnesses required and senators sitting silently as jurors. Meanwhile, the cause of the impeachment mess, the president, will be tweeting happily, even ferociously, from a distance. But Trump could radically change the course of the proceedings by appearing in person in the Senate, which would be his right.

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It’s Time To Calibrate Fears Of A Cyberwar With Iran

by Jacquelyn Schneidervia The New York Times
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

It is very difficult for Iran to launch cyberattacks that would affect a significant portion of the American population.

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Victor Davis Hanson On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his American Greatness article "What Is the Middle East In the Middle Of Anymore?"

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Second Richest Man Spouts Nonsense

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

In a New Year’s Eve blog post, multi-billionaire Bill Gates Jr. called for raising taxes even higher on rich people like himself. Here are some relevant parts of his post (in boxes) along with my comments.

Analysis and Commentary

Inconvenient Realities—2020 Edition

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

All universities say they value diversity in ideology and political points of view in addition to diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, etc. Maybe so, but good luck finding more than a handful of Republicans among faculty. Moreover, as older conservative, disproportionately male faculty members retire, they are being replaced with more leftist-leaning women and underrepresented minorities. Political diversity on campus is nothing more than a slogan. 

Interviews
Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "The Steele Dossier Bacillus."

Interviews

Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses Joe Biden, the Democrats, and foreign policy in light of the Iranian missiles that hit al Assad air base in Iraq.

In the News
In the News

Soleimani's Killing And The Law Of Unintended Consequences

quoting Niall Fergusonvia The Straits Times
Wednesday, January 8, 2020

"The law of unintended consequences is the only real law of history." So says my good friend, the distinguished historian Niall Ferguson. We are seeing the wisdom of that line playing out in the days since a United States drone strike killed Iran's most important military commander, Major-General Qassem Soleimani.

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Facebook Bans Some Deepfakes, But Not Those Made For 'Satire'

quoting Amy Zegartvia SFist
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

In a seemingly cynical and tactical move ahead of another congressional hearing, Facebook announced today that it is officially banning intentionally manipulated video aimed at misinforming the public, a.k.a. deepfakes.

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Iran’s Oil Muscle Weakened By US Energy Dominance

quoting James L. Sweeneyvia Yahoo Finance
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

America has emerged as a force in the world energy markets and that means geopolitical risks are not what they used to be for commodities despite tensions with Iran bubbling up again.

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Reaction To Soleimani Killing Muted, Mixed Among Bay Area Iranian Americans

quoting Abbas Milanivia CBS San Francisco
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

In life, Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was a deeply polarizing figure — reviled by some and revered by others. And he remains no less polarizing in death.

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Economists Fear US Is Approaching Limit Of Monetary Policy

quoting Raghuram Rajanvia Financial Times
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Over the past year, US Federal Reserve officials have become increasingly open about what monetary policy cannot do for economic growth.

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Political Tribalism

quoting Shanto Iyengarvia Peacock Panache
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

One of the more intriguing “factoids” that emerged during 2019 was the shift in parental views on intermarriage. Objections to their children marrying across racial or religious lines continued to diminish; however, the proportion of people who didn’t want their children marrying across political lines increased substantially. In fact, more parents would object to their child marrying into a family with a different political persuasion than would be upset by an inter-racial union.

In the News

White Leftists Are Bringing Racism Under New Management

quoting Shelby Steele, Thomas Sowellvia The Federalist
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

As a response to old versions of racism, a new brand is taking over American culture. But the new racism is not better than the old racism. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

In the News

Tax Debates Often Ignore Facts, Negative Consequences

quoting David R. Hendersonvia Richmond County Daily Journal
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

We’ll hear plenty of ideas about taxes during this big election year. Many of them will be based on misunderstanding of the facts. Far too many will fail to account for potential negative unintended consequences.

Photographic portrait of the “Great and Generous Leader,” Joseph Stalin.
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Book Talk "Stalin And The Fate Of Europe: The Postwar Struggle For Sovereignty" | Norman M. Naimark

mentioning Norman M. Naimarkvia Stanford Event Calendar
Thursday, January 9, 2020

The Cold War division of Europe was not inevitable―the acclaimed author of Stalin’s Genocides shows how postwar Europeans fought to determine their own destinies.

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The Rundown: January 7, 2020

mentioning Andrew Robertsvia Multiversity Comics
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Dead Reckoning announced “Churchill: A Graphic Biography,” a graphic novel written by Vincent Delmas and illustrated by Christophe Regnault and Alessio Cammardella. It explores the life of Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, beginning with his upbringing through his time serving in World War I and his role as Prime Minister during World War II and other world conflicts.