Hoover Daily Report
Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

The Obama Administration Does Not Want A New AUMF

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Last night the President “call[ed] on this Congress to show the world that we are united in this mission by passing a resolution to authorize the use of force against ISIL.”  This comes on the heels of his November statement that “I’m going to begin engaging Congress over a new authorization to use military force against ISIL.” 

Analysis and Commentary

Muslims And Islamists

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

How do extremists relate to the population in which they live?

Analysis and Commentary

I Thought It Doesn’t Matter What You Spend The Money On

by Russ Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Maybe Keynesianism doesn’t work if the country you try it in has “H” as its first letter.

Analysis and Commentary

A Capsizing Disability-Insurance Program

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Trust-fund reserves will run out late next year. Obama’s solution is a bad idea, but reform is still needed.

Analysis and Commentary

The Opportunity Obama Missed In The State Of The Union

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

It was perversely fascinating to watch the man who condescendingly explained to the Republican congressional leadership in 2009 that “elections have consequences” sail with such imperious disdain through a speech wholly unconnected to the political realities of the legislative body to which he delivered this speech.

Graduation
Analysis and Commentary

Exit, Voice, Loyalty—And The Common Core

by Williamson M. Eversvia Education Next
Monday, January 19, 2015

One of the most influential books in social science in the last 50 years is economist Albert O. Hirschman’s Exit, Voice, and Loyalty.

Climate Change
Analysis and Commentary

The Misguided Rush to Climate Change Action

by Gary D. Libecapvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Proponents of green energy are pushing reforms that may have negative long-term consequences.

Analysis and Commentary

The Arguments About Guantanamo Are Nearly All Wrong, Disingenuous, Irrelevant, Or Just Plain Dumb

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Last night, President Obama restated his long-standing desire to close Guantanamo: “As Americans, we have a profound commitment to justice—so it makes no sense to spend three million dollars per prisoner to keep open a prison that the world condemns and terrorists use to recruit..."

Analysis and Commentary

The Two Davids Converge

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Regular readers of this blog know that I was pretty harsh on David Cay Johnston recently (here and here). But David is persistent. He posted an excellent comment on my first post. If I don't mention it here, it will be lost to virtually all Econlog readers.

Analysis and Commentary

Moral Obtuseness, Guantanamo, Boko Haram, And The Media

by Benjamin Wittes, Andy Wangvia Lawfare
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

This morning’s BBC’s NewsHour show opened with a news judgment reflecting a genuinely odd moral calculus.

Analysis and Commentary

Relevant Passages Of President Obama’s State Of The Union Address

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The following are the passages of tonight’s State of the Union address that seem to me most relevant to the Lawfare readership:

Interviews
Interviews

Lanhee Chen on Opinion Journal

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Opinion Journal (WSJ Live)
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Research Fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the possibility of Mitt Romney running for president in 2016 on Opinion Journal.

Interviews

Tim Kane on The Takeaway (7:58)

interview with Timothy Kanevia The Takeaway
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Research Fellow Tim Kane discusses the GOP response to the 2015 State of the Union speech on The Takeaway.

Global Currency
Interviews

David Henderson on the John Batchelor Show (21:00)

interview with David R. Hendersonvia John Batchelor Show
Monday, January 19, 2015

Research Fellow David Henderson discusses inequality in Europe and the United States on The John Batchelor Show.
 

Interviews

Lanhee Chen on Bloomberg TV

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Bloomberg Television
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Research Fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the 2015 State of the Union address on Bloomberg Television.

In the News
Education and finance
In the News

When Public Schools Get More Money, Students Do Better

quoting Eric Hanushekvia Washington Post
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Beginning 40 years ago, a series of court rulings forced states to reallocate money for education, giving more to schools in poor neighborhoods with less in the way of local resources. Critics such as Eric Hanushek, an economist at the Hoover Institution, argued these decisions were simply "throwing money at schools." 

In the News

How Tuition Tax Credits Fuel The Higher-Ed Industrial Complex

mentioning Caroline M. Hoxbyvia National Review Online
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Over the past several days, President Obama has released a serious of ambitious domestic policy proposals that he will more formally unveil in tonight’s State of the Union address. Most of these proposals, thankfully, will be blocked by Republicans in Congress.