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Analysis and Commentary

Letter to the Editor: Prescription User Fees

by Henry I. Millervia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, October 18, 2006

A brief comment about your excellent Oct. 13 editorial "Faster FDA Cures": It's certainly true that the additional resources provided by the user fees under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act of 1992 have been net positive to American patients (as well as to drug companies), but in endorsing a reauthorization of the legislation, you raised the question of whether we need to resort to user fees to realize the same benefit…

Analysis and Commentary

The Dartmouth Fracas

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Ho-hum about the clash of civilizations…

Analysis and Commentary

The Difference Between Victory and Defeat

by Bruce Berkowitzvia New York Sun
Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The right technology, Max Boot writes, can give armies an edge that makes a country dominant for centuries…

In the News
In the News

Student Regent at Texas Tech Quits Over Plagiarism

with Thomas Sowellvia Chronicle of Higher Education News Blog
Wednesday, October 18, 2006

A graduate student who was a nonvoting member of the Texas Tech University Board of Regents has resigned after conceding that he accidentally plagiarized parts of a column he wrote for the student newspaper, the Associated Press reported this morning…

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For Math Students, Self-Esteem Might Not Equal High Scores

with Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Week
Wednesday, October 18, 2006

It is difficult to get through a day in an American school without hearing maxims such as these: "To succeed, you must believe in yourself," and "To teach, you must relate the subject to the lives of students…

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As States Feel Pressed to Revisit Standards, Calls Are Being Renewed to Tighten Them

with Diane Ravitchvia Education Week
Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Two prominent national organizations have declared in the past month that “less is more” in state standards for what students should know and be able to do…

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Chat Wrap-Up: Stress and Student Achievement

with Herbert J. Walbergvia Education Week
Wednesday, October 18, 2006

On Oct. 4, readers posed questions to Denise Clark Pope, a Stanford University lecturer who has written about the impact of pressure on students, and Herbert J. Walberg, an emeritus research professor of education and psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, on the amount of stress students are facing in school…

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Hoover Institution Press: Liberal Reform in an Illiberal Regime: The Creation of Private Property in Russia, 1906–1915 by Stephen F. Williams

with Hoover Institutionvia Business Wire
Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Stephen F. Williams's book provides an authoritative account of the last important reform undertaken by the tsarist government prior to the Revolution…

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U.S. may have weeks, not months, to avert civil war, adviser warns

with Larry Diamondvia San Francisco Chronicle
Wednesday, October 18, 2006

With the violence in Iraq flaring dangerously, a national consensus is growing, even among senior Republicans, that the United States must consider a major change in strategy in the coming months…

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Finance Issues Stir Emotions in N.Y. Case

with Eric Hanushekvia Education Week
Wednesday, October 18, 2006

When New York City father Robert Jackson started his crusade to secure more money for his children’s public schools, he had a daughter in 1st grade and another in intermediate school…

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Censoring ideas

with Dinesh D’Souzavia Boston Globe
Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Did the Ottoman Turks commit genocide against the Armenians in 1915…

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Hoover’s Victor Davis Hanson To Receive Claremont Institute’s Statesmanship Award at Annual Churchill Dinner

with Victor Davis Hansonvia Business Wire
Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Victor Davis Hanson, the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, has been awarded the Claremont Institute’s Statesmanship Award for 2006…

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Recalling macro, micro-economics

with Milton Friedmanvia Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Talent gets its due, though it sometimes arrives late…

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Why gridlock is good

with Milton Friedmanvia Washington Times
Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Legend has it that as President George H. W. Bush uttered the words "kinder and gentler" to describe his brand-new administration in his Inaugural Address in January 1989, Nancy Reagan, sitting by her husband on the podium, whispered to him, "kinder and gentler than whom, Ronnie…

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The Average American: 1967 And Today

with Milton Friedmanvia Forbes
Tuesday, October 17, 2006

As the U.S. population crossed the 300 million mark sometime around 7:46 a.m. Tuesday (according to the U.S. Census Bureau), the typical family is doing a whole lot better than their grandparents were in 1967, the year the population first surpassed 200 million…

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Growing official attacks on UK multiculturalism…am I prescient or what?

by Kenneth Andersonvia Kenneth Anderson's Law of War and Just War Theory Blog
Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Following UK Leader of the House of Commons (and former Foreign Minister and Home Minister) Jack Straw's attack on Islamism and the Muslim "blackout" veil two weeks ago (Melanie Phillips' comments here; contra Straw, from the New Statesman, Ziauddin Sardar, here), and more broadly on the bad, bad policy of multiculturalism, UK polls show wide public support for his view, then this article in the Daily Telegraph by Denis MacShane, former Labour MP and foreign office official (thanks NRO): At long last, the debate on Islamism as politics, not Islam as religion, is out in the open…

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TV Might Really Cause Autism

with Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Slate
Monday, October 16, 2006

Last month, I speculated in Slate that the mounting incidence of childhood autism may be related to increased television viewing among the very young…

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Project aims to ‘kindle debate’ on U.S. national security

with George P. Shultzvia Princeton Weekly Bulletin
Monday, October 16, 2006

Inspired by the legacy of Cold War foreign policy giant George Kennan, Princeton scholars have undertaken an ambitious effort to set a new course for America’s national security in a time of diverse, mounting threats…

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A 21st-Century Challenge

with William J. Perry, George P. Shultzvia Stanford Daily
Monday, October 16, 2006

The message behind the Stanford Challenge rang loud and clear Saturday morning at Maples Pavilion, where the University elucidated the agenda of its five-year, $4.3 billion fundraising campaign with a roundtable discussion featuring the co-founder of the largest online network, a former secretary of state, a former secretary of defense, the CEO of a pharmaceutical giant, a specialist on biological terrorism and a US Supreme Court justice…

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Walter Williams on Life, Liberty, and Economics

with Russell Robertsvia Cafe Hayek
Monday, October 16, 2006

Professor, Radio Host, and Syndicated Columnist Walter Williams of George Mason University talks with EconTalk's Russ Roberts about his early days as an economist, his controversial view of the Civil War, the insights of Adam Smith and Friedrich Hayek, and some deep but simple economic principles…

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Cleaner Air Ahead

with James L. Sweeneyvia San Jose Mercury News
Sunday, October 15, 2006

As California's leaders celebrate their passage of the nation's most ambitious global warming bill, the painful back-and-forth that must occur between business and regulators to make the law a reality has begun…

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Behind Baghdad Walls, Rosy Plans in the Green Zone

with Larry Diamondvia New York Times
Friday, October 13, 2006

The Emerald City in Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s revealing new book is not the fabled metropolis in Oz, but the Green Zone in Baghdad, headquarters for the American occupation in Iraq…