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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

The Significance of Harold Koh’s Legal Defense of the Administration’s Interpretation of the 2001 AUMF

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Harold’s Koh’s grudging defense of the domestic legal basis for President’s Obama’s use of force against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is important.  It adds little new to other defenses of the President’s position – a legal position, I have argued in past posts, is politically stupid and constitutionally imprudent but nonetheless legally defensible under Article II and the 2002 AUMF (but not the 2001 AUMF).

Analysis and Commentary

Iraq Was Then, Syria Is Now

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Iraq War lies now mostly in the realm of myth. We have forgotten exactly how we got both into and out of the war.

Analysis and Commentary

October Surprises, Foreign to the Election

by Bill Whalenvia A Day At The Races
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

And so a new month begins — and with it, only one more month on the calendar to flip before we arrive at Election Day.

Analysis and Commentary

Will Fannie and Freddie Shareholders Be Able to Set Aside the Third Amendment? Judge Royce Lamberth's Indefensible Decision Is Only One Battle in a Long War*

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Forbes
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Right now the biggest lawsuit in town is found in the multiple actions brought to set aside the Third Amendment to the Senior Preferred Stock Purchase Agreement (SPSPA) that was entered into between the Federal Housing Finance Administration (FHFA) and the United States Department of Treasury on August 17, 2012.

Analysis and Commentary

Across the Great Divide: New Perspectives on the Financial Crisis

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A year ago today, the Hoover Institution and the Brookings Institution held an unusual joint conference on the financial crisis, where twenty-four economists and legal scholars reexamined the crisis, its effect on the US economy, and possible policy reforms. The participants were spread between two venues: Hoover at Stanford and Brookings in Washington.

Analysis and Commentary

Breaking News: Guantanamo Closure Plans Are Stalled (But Now it’s the Pentagon’s Fault)

by Matthew Waxmanvia Lawfare
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

So reports the Associated Press this morning. This story stating the obvious upshot of President Obama’s doomed Guantanamo policy has a few interesting aspects to it, but fails to put Guantanamo policy in the broader context of a legal framework that President Obama has talked about putting in place, or how recent events with respect to ISIL further undermine any remaining efforts to close Guantanamo.

Analysis and Commentary

France’s Premier Steers a Vigilant Course on Islamist Extremism

by Jim Hoaglandvia Washington Post
Monday, September 29, 2014

PARIS — The European countries that have joined the U.S. air war on Islamic terrorists fight in a spirit of allied unity. But they are also driven by a mounting fear that their citizens who have fought for the jihadists in Syria and Iraq may soon return home to form an “enemy within” and mount a European 9/11.

Analysis and Commentary

Lofty Rhetoric And Good Intentions Are Not Enough, Mr. President

by Henry I. Millervia Forbes
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Taking a break from his exhausting schedule of rounds of golf and political fundraisers, last week President Obama gave several major speeches at the United Nations. He was characteristically disingenuous, but there was a kernel of wisdom among the chaff: “Lofty rhetoric and good intentions are not enough,” he said.

Analysis and Commentary

Letter to the Editor: Economics Books are Quite the Opposite of What the FT Thinks it Teaches

by Mark Harrisonvia Financial Times
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sir, You write (editorial, September 26) that economics courses too often begin with “how rational agents interact in frictionless markets”, and only later proceed to “anti-competitive practices or unstable financial markets”. This is not so: the problem is quite the opposite. All introductory textbooks quickly cover imperfect markets and the government interventions required to correct them.

In the News
NAFTA at 20
In the News

In NAFTA at 20, Boskin provides a unique perspective to the history and effectiveness of NAFTA

via Hoover Daily Report
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Hoover Institution Press today released NAFTA at 20, edited by Hoover senior fellow and renowned economist Michael Boskin.  NAFTA at 20 offers a unique compilation of perspectives from US, Canadian, and Mexican economists, historians, and policy makers of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and examines its conception, creation, outcomes so far, and future.

Condoleezza Rice, the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Poli
In the News

Rice to Receive Honor at West Point

featuring Condoleezza Ricevia Washington Post
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will receive the U.S. Military Academy’s annual Thayer Award.

In the News

School Spending by Affluent Is Widening Wealth Gap

quoting John E. Chubbvia ABC News
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Education is supposed to help bridge the gap between the wealthiest people and everyone else. Ask the experts, and they'll count the ways:

In the News

ISIS Militants Advance As Turkey Considers Ground Troops In Iraq, Syria

quoting Kori Schakevia International Business Times
Tuesday, September 30, 2014

As Islamic State militants fight their way toward the Syrian-Turkish border, the Turkish government is considering sending ground forces to combat the extremists in Iraq and Syria. The Turkish parliament is scheduled to vote Thursday on legislation that would send ground troops, open military bases in Turkey to foreign forces and establish a no-fly zone over Syrian airspace, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç said.

American Flags
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Pivotal Ark. Senate Race; Christie's Low N.J. Poll Numbers; Hoover's Overlooked Greatness

mentioning Herbert Hoovervia Real Clear Markets
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Good morning, it’s Wednesday, October 1, 2014, and baseball fans in Kansas City and its environs woke up this morning thinking, “Did I dream that last night?”