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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Lying, Inc.

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Heroic quarterback Tom Brady was apparently caught lying about his involvement in deflating footballs. One assumes that such prevarication counts for little in the larger scheme of football and Tom Brady’s own career trajectory. His defense is that he did not need to use underinflated footballs to win, so what did a lie or two matter?

Analysis and Commentary

The Senate Moves Ahead On A Policy Rules Bill

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Today the Chairman of Senate Banking Committee, Richard Shelby, released a draft bill entitled “The Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015” covering a wide range of reforms. Like the widely-discussed House policy rules bill (Section 2 of HR 5018 of last year), this Senate bill (in the first section of Title V) would require that the Fed report on monetary policy rules.

Analysis and Commentary

The Libertarian: “The National Security Agency (NSA), Metadata, and the Law”

with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Should NSA surveillance be allowed to continue?

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Analysis and Commentary

California Water Numbers

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

"California, Water You Doing." The whole thing is worth reading because it's such a beautiful numerate analysis. Of the 80 million acre feet a year of water use in California, only 2.8 million acre feet are used for toilets, showers, faucets, etc. That's only 3.5 percent of all water used.

Analysis and Commentary

Propaganda On Parade

by Andrew Robertsvia Military History in the News
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

There can hardly be a more direct connection between military history and current affairs than over the celebration of the 70th anniversary of V-E Day in Russia on May 9. Vladimir Putin attempted to use the huge commemorations to promote the Russian armed forces, criticize the United States, sabre-rattle against Ukraine, cement alliances with rivals and opponents of the West, and generally to stoke up Russian hyper-nationalism.

Analysis and Commentary

Surviving on the Margin

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

In response to my recent post "A Game of Margins," in which I emphasized the importance of thinking on the margin, Facebook friend Marshall Beerwinkle sent me the following story.

Columns in the Precinct of the Priest of Poseidon, Delos, Greece
Analysis and Commentary

The Political Tragedy Of The Greek Economic Crisis

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The drama may seem endless but the noose is tightening on the Greek government: It managed to make Tuesday’s $840 million debt payment only by forcing hospitals, universities, and local governments to deposit their cash with the central bank.

Analysis and Commentary

Murder by Minors

by William Sutervia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Shouldn't the crime and punishment of juveniles be left to the states?

Analysis and Commentary

The New Bee Crisis Is Just Like The Old One: Phony

by Henry I. Millervia Forbes
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

For years environmentalists have been raising alarms about the “bee-pocalypse”–a supposed catastrophic decline in honeybee populations–and calling for an immediate ban of a new class of state-of-the-art “systemic” pesticides called neonicotinoids (“neonics” for short) which they blamed for the die-offs.

Interviews
Richard A. Epstein
Interviews

Implementation Of The Healthcare Exchanges

featuring Richard A. Epsteinvia Medical and Surgery Education
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Hoover fellow Richard Epstein discusses the implementation of health care exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

Abbas Milani is a research fellow and codirector of the Iran Democracy Project at the Hoover Institution
Interviews

Abbas Milani On Citizenship & Democracy In The US

featuring Abbas Milanivia Pars Equality Center
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Hoover fellow Abbas Milani discusses citizenship and democracy in the United States.

In the News
In the News

More In School, But Not Learning

quoting Eric Hanushekvia The New York Times
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

A quarter of a century ago, barely half the children of primary school age in sub-Saharan Africa were enrolled in school. By 2012 the share was 78 percent. In South Asia, primary school enrollment jumped to 94 percent from 75 percent over the same period.

In the News

Editorial: Of Economics And Failure Of Politics

quoting Michael J. Boskinvia Monterey Herald
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Four guest speakers at the Leon Panetta Lecture Series took on the question, “Why is the middle class getting squeezed?” at the Monterey Conference Center Monday night, and despite a fair amount of discussion, agreement and gentle arguing, no particular answer came forth.

In the News

Education Reform That Works

quoting Caroline M. Hoxbyvia City Journal
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Stanford University economics professor Caroline Hoxby found that a student who attended a charter school would close 86 percent of the “Scarsdale–Harlem achievement gap” in math and 66 percent in reading.

In the News

It’s More Than Just The GMO Label

by Henry I. Millervia The Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The FDA operates a voluntary consultation program for genetically engineered foods but it has been very slow in performing those reviews.

In the News

Ensuring All Pupils Reach Basic Levels Of Achievement 'Could Boost Economy'

quoting Eric Hanushekvia The Guardian
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The figures were compiled by two economists, Eric Hanushek of Stanford’s Hoover Institution and Ludger Woessmann of the University of Munich, and based on the international rankings of 15-year-olds using the OECD’s triennial Pisa tests across 76 countries.

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In Memorial: Presidential Monuments Dedicated to Herbert Hoover

featuring Hoover Institutionvia NewsMax
Monday, May 11, 2015

Stanford University also has The Herbert Hoover Memorial Building and is home to the Hoover Institution and the Hoover Library/Archives – which houses papers from his humanitarian work before becoming president. The Hoover Tower is a 285 foot landmark that boasts a 14th floor observation lookout and the complex is home to the university's public policy institute