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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Year One in the Age of Obama

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Does President Obama match up to Candidate Obama?...

Analysis and Commentary

America The Indispensable

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia Forbes
Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Berlin Wall collapsed amid a failed faith in communism and exalted hopes for a world free of rivalries and conflicts...

Analysis and Commentary

The Discreet Charm of the Left-wing Plutocracy

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The news of this week made mention of Al Gore as our soon-to-be, first carbon billionaire...

Analysis and Commentary

Government Failure versus Market Failure

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One (blog)
Tuesday, November 3, 2009

My Forbes magazine column this week reviews the latest empirical evidence on why government actions and interventions--government failure rather than market failure--should be at the top of the list of what went wrong in the recent financial crisis...

Analysis and Commentary

Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Forbes
Tuesday, November 3, 2009

On June 12, 1987, Ronald Reagan stood in front of the Berlin Wall, the Brandenburg Gate rising behind him, to deliver a speech I had drafted...

Analysis and Commentary

'Land of the greed and home of the slave'

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Monday, November 2, 2009

So Reverend Wright's latest sermon combines all the now usual trademarks: infantile word play and ignorant homage to Marxism, as the golf-course,10,000 sq. ft. mansion-residing holy man praises the power of spreading the wealth and redistributive equality of result: "You dispel all the negative images we have been programmed to conjure up with just the mention of that word socialism or Marxism."

Interviews
Interviews

We of Little Faith

with Niall Fergusonvia Fairfield Weekly (CT)
Thursday, November 5, 2009

It's said there are no atheists in foxholes...

Interviews

San Jose Police Under Scrutiny

with Joseph D. McNamaravia KQED
Tuesday, November 3, 2009

According to an ongoing San Jose Mercury News investigation, San Jose area police charge people for resisting arrest at much higher rates than police in other major California cities...

In the News
In the News

Strauss-Kahn Sees G-20 Adopting Timeline, Method on Imbalances

with Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg
Wednesday, November 4, 2009

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn said he expects finance ministers from Group of 20 nations to adopt a timetable and plan to ensure the next global economic expansion is more balanced...

In the News

Chimerica: A Marriage on the Rocks?

with Niall Fergusonvia New York Times
Wednesday, November 4, 2009

“Superfusion” — that’s the name of a new book by Zachary Karabell, which describes how “the unique relationship between China and the United States has become the axis of the world economy.”...

In the News

No Child Left Behind

with Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Opponents of school choice are running out of excuses as evidence continues to roll in about the positive impact of charter schools...

In the News

Tender strides against an epic backdrop

with Bertrand M. Patenaude, Robert Servicevia Washington Post
Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Barbara Kingsolver's new novel, "The Lacuna," is the most mature and ambitious one she's written during her celebrated 20-year career, but it's also her most demanding...

In the News

Europe Reborn

with Timothy Garton Ashvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, November 3, 2009

In September 1989, I threw a book out of a moving train for the first and only time in my life...

In the News

G-20 Ministers to Start Setting Timetable for Economic Reviews

with Niall Fergusonvia Bloomberg
Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Group of 20 finance ministers will start setting a timetable for measures to avoid the kind of lopsided trade and investment flows blamed for contributing to the global crisis, a U.S. Treasury Department official said...

In the News

Billionaire venture capitalist John Doerr a 2010 Dem gov candidate? No, no, no

with Bill Whalenvia San Francisco Chronicle
Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Silicon Valley billionaire star venture capitalist John Doerr has put out the word in no uncertain terms that he's not, not, not interested in running for the 2010 Democratic nomination for governor -- an idea floated last week after San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom pulled out of the race...

In the News

Do we need a czar for college tuition?

with Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Time Magazine
Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports* that $50,000 is quickly becoming the typical cost for a year at one of the nation's elite colleges:...

In the News

Healthcare provision seeks to embrace prayer treatments

with Michael McConnellvia Los Angeles Times
Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Backed by some of the most powerful members of the Senate, a little-noticed provision in the healthcare overhaul bill would require insurers to consider covering Christian Science prayer treatments as medical expenses...

In the News

Voters to choose new 10th District congressman today, while 4 seek election to 2 seats on San Ramon's City Council

with Bill Whalenvia Pleasanton Weekly (CA)
Tuesday, November 3, 2009

With the national focus on today's gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey and the special election in New York's 23rd Congressional District, it's the special election in Livermore and the rest of the 10th Congressional District that is attracting attention on the West Coast...

In the News

On Iran and North Korea, Obama's nuclear-free vision is at stake

with William J. Perry, George P. Shultzvia Christian Science Monitor
Tuesday, November 3, 2009

One year after his election, Barack Obama appears no closer to his big hope for a legacy as US president: A determined global effort for a world with zero atomic weapons...

In the News

John Doerr For Governor?

with Bill Whalenvia Barron's Online
Monday, November 2, 2009

Now here’s a novel idea...

In the News

Is Going to An Ivy League School Worth It?

with Caroline M. Hoxbyvia New Republic
Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A new NBER paper (ungated version) from Stanford's Caroline M. Hoxby finds that even as it's grown increasingly difficult to get into a top university, the average selectivity of all colleges has actually fallen over time:...

In the News

Globalising the university

with Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Economist
Wednesday, October 28, 2009

ZUBIN JELVAH links to a new piece of research by Caroline Hoxby, which examines changes in university selectivity over time...

In the News

The Changing Selectivity of American Colleges

by Caroline M. Hoxbyvia National Bureau of Economic Research
Tuesday, October 27, 2009

This paper shows that although the top ten percent of colleges are substantially more selective now than they were 5 decades ago, most colleges are not more selective...