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Stimulus: To Spend or Not to Spend?

with Robert J. Barro, Gary S. Beckervia Business Week
Wednesday, January 28, 2009

As the House of Representatives prepares for a Jan. 28 vote on the $825 billion Obama fiscal stimulus bill, politicians want to know: How much does boosting government spending or cutting taxes help the private sector?...

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For Many Economists, Stimulus Falls Flat

with Gary S. Beckervia CBS News
Wednesday, January 28, 2009

An unusual aspect of the recent debate in Washington is the lengths that supporters have gone to marginalize anyone who questions the so-called stimulus plan...

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An overoptimistic stimulus plan

with Gary S. Becker, Russell Robertsvia Boston Globe
Wednesday, January 28, 2009

RONALD REAGAN loved to tell the story of the unfailingly cheerful little boy who wakes up on Christmas morning to find, instead of presents, an immense pile of manure...

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Fed’s Target Rate: Less than Zero?

with John B. Taylorvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Federal Reserve looks all but certain to leave its overnight target rate at the all-time low of zero to 0.25% when it wraps up its meeting today...

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Two Former High-Ranking Military Officials Visiting UCF, Central Florida This Week

with John Abizaidvia University of Central Florida
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Two former high-ranking U.S. military officials will visit UCF and the Central Florida community this week to discuss U.S. defense policy, military challenges and other international issues facing the Obama administration...

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Clinton Sees an Opportunity for Iran to Return to Diplomacy

with Abbas Milanivia New York Times
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday that Iran had a “clear opportunity” to engage with the international community, amplifying the conciliatory tone struck a day earlier by President Obama toward Iran and the rest of the Muslim world...

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Confidence

by Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Greg Mankiw gives this wise response to Robert Shiller's observation that confidence is the key to economic recovery:...

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How Slash-and-Burn Promotes Unionism

by Diane Ravitchvia Education Week
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

We got some good comments from readers who went to the trouble of reading the U.S. Department of Education document on how to turn around chronically low-performing schools...

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Patience and Prudence: Resolving the Financial Crisis

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The current financial and economic crises were years in the making...

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Recessions and Private School Enrollment

with Caroline M. Hoxbyvia New York Times
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The Wall Street Journal reports that private schools are feeling pinched by the recession, as strapped families opt to pull their children out, or at least apply for financial aid...

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10 Reasons to Whack Obama's Stimulus Plan

with Robert E. Hall, Robert J. Barro, Gary S. Becker, John B. Taylorvia US News and World Report
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Some people are going to oppose President Obama's ginormous stimulus package just because they're on a different political team...

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Abbas Milani HISTORY FORUM

with Abbas Milanivia Iranian.com
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

An Interesting conversation with Historian Abbas Milani conducted by Firouzeh Khatibi on the Methodology in Historic Research in Iranian Studies and particularly Historical Biographies with An Introduction to his latest Biographical work on the Shah of Iran...

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Obama Orders Fuel Efficiency

with James L. Sweeneyvia Technology Review (MIT)
Monday, January 26, 2009

On Monday morning, President Barack Obama signed executive orders that could speed the reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions from automobiles by improving fuel economy and setting stricter emissions standards...

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Gates' 2009 Letter Focuses on Teachers

with Eric Hanushekvia Education Week
Monday, January 26, 2009

The Gates Foundation has a must-read letter up for teacher-policy folks...