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The Rent Is Too Damn High

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Sunday, June 23, 2019

NPR covered the Democratic candidates' plans to address housing issues: [Julian] Castro would provide housing vouchers to all families who need help. Right now, only 1 in 4 families eligible for housing assistance gets it. He would also increase government spending on new affordable housing by tens of billions of dollars a year and provide a refundable tax credit to the millions of low- and moderate-income renters who have to spend more than 30% of their incomes on housing.

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A New Birth Of Freedom

by Larry Diamondvia The American Interest
Friday, June 21, 2019

Thirty-seven years ago, in one of his most visionary and enduringly influential speeches, President Ronald Reagan declared democracy to be the wave of the future, and committed the United States of America to a campaign to advance its cause worldwide. In what came to be known simply as the “Westminster Speech,” Reagan embraced a vision for fostering, through peaceful means, “the infrastructure of democracy—the system of a free press, unions, political parties, universities—which allows a people to choose their own way.” 

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Not All Drones Are Created Equal

by Amy Zegartvia The Atlantic
Friday, June 21, 2019

Iran’s decision to shoot down an American RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drone brought the United States to the brink of military retaliation. Beyond their enormous diplomatic and geopolitical implications, these events have also heightened anxieties around the world over the role of autonomous systems. Could drones lead humans down a reckless path to war?

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Don’t Underestimate Trump’s Foreign Policy

by Niall Ferguson quoting Henry A. Kissingervia Boston Globe
Monday, June 24, 2019

‘Linkage” was a term introduced to American diplomacy by Henry Kissinger at the outset of the Nixon administration. Linkage, Kissinger wrote in his memoir, “White House Years,” could be an explicit gambit — for example, making “progress in settling the Vietnam War . . . a condition for advance in areas of interest to the Soviets, such as the Middle East, trade, or arms limitation.” But linkage was also an implicit reality in an increasingly interdependent world.

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The Fouad Ajami Fellowship Annual Lecture With Speaker Steve Hadley

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Hoover Institution, Washington DC

The Hoover Institution hosts "The Fouad Ajami Fellowship Annual Lecture with speaker Steve Hadley" on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM EDT.

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Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Trump Vs. The Mullahs

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage Magazine
Monday, June 24, 2019

In any fight, keeping your opponent off balance is critical, and telegraphing your punches is dangerous. Feints and tactical retreats are ways to avoid becoming predictable. Even threats and bravado can be used to confuse the enemy, as boxing legend Muhammed Ali proved. But eventually, you have to punch your opponent in the face hard enough to knock him flat.

Analysis and Commentary

Crack-Ups At The Crossroads Of Intersectionality

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, June 23, 2019

Progressives do not see the United States as an exceptional uniter of factions and tribes into a cohesive whole—each citizen subordinating his tribal, ethnic, and religious affinities to a shared Americanism, emblemized by our national motto e pluribus unum. Instead, they prefer e uno plures: out of one nation arise many innately different and separate peoples.

Analysis and Commentary

Bad Trump Still Battling Good Trump

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Las Vegas Review Journal
Saturday, June 22, 2019

From the time he first stepped onto the national stage, Donald Trump’s good and bad alter egos have battled to control his economic policy. The good Donald follows the principles of small government, and he has a lot to crow about.

Analysis and Commentary

A Madisonian Remedy To The Social Media Revolution

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Factions, argued James Madison in Federalist No. 10, had ever been the bane of governments grounded in the consent of the governed. However, an improved political science informed the new charter of government that he and his fellow delegates drafted a few months before in Philadelphia over the course of the summer of 1787. Well-designed institutions that minimized freedom’s costs offered a more promising approach to preserving freedom. So effective is Madisonian political science that it provides remedies for such up-to-date threats to freedom as social media and the giant companies that monopolize the provision of information about us and about others.

Analysis and Commentary

The Democrats' 2020 Dilemma: Rally Base Or Persuade Moderates?

by David Davenportvia The Washington Examiner
Friday, June 21, 2019

Richard Nixon, who tied Franklin Roosevelt’s record by running on a national presidential ticket five times, said that he ran to the right to win the Republican nomination but then ran back toward the center in the general election. In the 2004 presidential campaign, however, President George W. Bush and Karl Rove found a new path to electoral victory by turning out their base rather than attracting the undecided.

Analysis and Commentary

Let’s Twist Again With Online Econ 1

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Sunday, June 23, 2019

This summer we will be offering Stanford’s Principles of Economics course online. As explained in this Wall Street Journal article, “A Twist in Online Learning at Stanford,” the twist again is that we’ll offer it both (1) to the general public and (2) for credit to matriculated Stanford students, incoming freshman, and visiting students in the Stanford Summer School.

Analysis and Commentary

Eric Topol On Deep Medicine

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, June 24, 2019

Cardiologist and author Eric Topol talks about his book Deep Medicine with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Topol argues that doctors spend too little face-to-face time with patients, and the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning is a chance to emphasize the human side of medicine and to expand the power of human connection in healing. Topol surveys the current landscape of the application of technology to health care showing where its promise has been overstated and where it is having the most impact. The conversation includes a discussion of the placebo effect and the importance of the human touch in medicine.

Analysis and Commentary

Reforming Education In America's Prisons

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, June 24, 2019

There is new interest in giving adult prisoners greater access to education while they are behind bars. One bill in Congress would allow prisoners access to Pell Grants to pay for higher education, something which has not been possible since 1994.

Analysis and Commentary

Alan Reynolds On The Disappearing Middle Class

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, June 23, 2019

At this link is a 22-minute talk that economist Alan Reynolds gave at Harvard in 1987. The other participants were John Kenneth Galbraith, Barry Bluestone, Lester Thurow, and Frank Levy.

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Victor Davis Hanson: America’s First Third-World State

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The National Review
Friday, June 21, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the declining fortunes of once-fortunate California, the problem with raising the minimum wage, and one minister’s nuanced response to state prohibitions on conversion therapy. 

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H. R. McMaster Says Tariffs On China Should Stay Until Behavior Changes

interview with H. R. McMastervia The Asahi Shimbun
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow H.R. McMaster discusses some of the most pressing foreign policy issues facing the Asia-Pacific region including the trade issues with China and the nuclear issues with North Korea.

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Michael McConnell On 'Separation Of Church And State': Framers Said Nothing Wrong With Religion In Culture

interview with Michael McConnellvia Fox News
Sunday, June 23, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael McConnell discusses  the separation of church and state and notes that while Congress is prohibited from enacting a state religion, the Constitution says nothing about banishing religion from the public square.

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How Public Policy Became War: David Davenport With Mark Davis

interview with David Davenportvia Townhall Review
Friday, June 21, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow David Davenport discusses his book, How Public Policy Became War.

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John Villasenor On Living Lab Radio

interview with John Villasenorvia Living Lab Radio
Sunday, June 23, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Villasenor discusses deep fakes and notes that deep fakes are an unavoidable part of our media landscape, something we all need to be aware of when viewing videos online.

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Jack Goldsmith: Errol Morris On Documenting Bannon

interview with Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Saturday, June 22, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jack Goldsmith discusses films about law and national security including "The Fog of War," which won an Oscar for its account of Robert McNamara's role in and lessons from the Vietnam War, and "The Unknown Known," which told the story of the political career of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and "American Dharma," a documentary profile of former Trump strategist Steve Bannon. 

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Victor Davis Hanson Gives Mike His Reaction To The President Authorizing Attacks In Iran And Then Calling Them Off

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Mike Gallagher Show
Friday, June 21, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "US Holds All the Cards in the Showdown with Iran."

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Crossing Lines With Lanhee Chen: The Deputy Is In!

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Crossing Lines with Lanhee Chen
Monday, June 24, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen talks with Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services, Eric Hargan, about the Trump Administration’s health care policy initiatives and the coming debate over Medicare for All.

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Lanhee Chen: Politics Heading Into 2020: Live From Aspen!

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Kaiser Health News (KHN)
Monday, June 24, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses health care and the price of prescription drugs.

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Lanhee Chen: 'Meet The Press' Roundtable: President Trump "Likes To Create A Crisis"

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Real Clear Politics
Sunday, June 23, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses President Trump's leadership.

In the News
In the News

Ill Winds: Saving Democracy From Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, And American Complacency, By Larry Diamond

featuring Larry Diamondvia Financial Times
Sunday, June 23, 2019

When one of Ernest Hemingway’s characters was asked how he went bankrupt, he replied: “Two ways . . . gradually and then suddenly.” Larry Diamond, one of America’s foremost political scientists, believes the same goes for global democracy, including in America.

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‘Tubman Command’ Fleshes Out Harriet Tubman’s Role In The Civil War

featuring Elizabeth Cobbsvia The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Saturday, June 22, 2019

In May, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that the planned redesign of the $20 bill featuring Harriet Tubman would not be unveiled in 2020. With or without having her face on the $20, Tubman is the kind of historical figure who deserves more public attention.

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The Framers Never Intended For Impeachment To Be A Political Weapon, Former Federal Judge Tells Levin

quoting Michael McConnellvia Conservative Review
Monday, June 24, 2019

On Sunday night’s episode of Life, Liberty & Levin on Fox News, LevinTV host Mark Levin was joined by constitutional expert and former federal Judge Michael McConnell to discuss how the framers constitution really intended for impeachment to work. During the discussion, McConnell — who is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and director of Stanford University’s constitutional law program — explained that impeachment is far more than just a political issue, or at least that’s what the framers intended for it to be.

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Don’t Trust The Polls, Say Numerous Experienced Political Observers

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia The New American
Friday, June 21, 2019

A number of prominent political commentators, not all from the Right, are ignoring recent polls showing President Donald Trump losing — if the election were held today — to any number of socialist Democrats currently vying for their party’s nomination. Some of them hail from outside the United States, giving them both a perspective not available from the national mainstream media and protection from that same media for going off-script in their predictions that Trump will win reelection, perhaps decisively, in 2020.

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Black Education Decline

quoting Thomas Sowellvia The Gadsden Times
Sunday, June 23, 2019

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says the city’s specialized high schools have a diversity problem. He’s joined by New York City Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza, educators, students and community leaders who want to fix the diversity problem. I bet you can easily guess what they will do to “improve” the racial mix of students (aka diversity). If you guessed they would propose eliminating the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test as the sole criterion for admissions, go to the head of the class.

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U.S. Election Security: Still Major Room for Improvement, Report Says

quoting Michael McFaulvia MSSP Alert
Friday, June 21, 2019

The U.S. government and private industry can and should do more to “protect the integrity and independence” of the nation’s elections, a new report released by a Stanford University group said.

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Nigeria’s Dwindling Tribe Of Democrats

quoting Larry Diamondvia The Nation
Sunday, June 23, 2019

On the face of it, Nigeria qualifies to be called an emerging democracy. We just celebrated 20 years of uninterrupted civil rule with transition from government to government facilitated by elections no matter how flawed. We have a functioning, albeit high maintenance, parliament in place and the wheels of justice keep grinding ever so slowly in the courts. Our citizens and media are relatively free to express opinion and disseminate information even if the thin boundary between the hatred and fiction are breached with regularity.

In the News

Is Key To Success Being Born Smart Or Rich?

quoting Eric Hanushekvia The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Monday, June 24, 2019

New study suggests it’s better to be born with wealth than brains.

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Trump Should Not Pour $6.5 Billion Into Gaza And 'West Bank'

quoting Condoleezza Ricevia Israel National News
Sunday, June 23, 2019

President Trump should not allow the euphoria that swept the world following the 27 November 2007 Annapolis Conference to infect the Manama Conference being jointly hosted by himself and Bahrain on 25-26 June.

In the News

Two California Images

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox and Hounds Daily (CA)
Monday, June 24, 2019

Is California a shining star of social togetherness, booming economy, and an envy to the world or a place that’s too expensive to live or do business while suffering with ugly problems of homelessness, disease, filth and poverty? Both pictures contain truth and the public relations feud over the state’s image is in high gear. Just ask Governor Newsom.

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Chuck Todd Goes After Buttigieg: The South Bend Police Department Has Gotten 'Whiter' Under Him

quoting Lanhee J. Chenvia The Washington Examiner
Sunday, June 23, 2019

Meet the Press' host Chuck Todd offered a scathing review of Democratic presidential hopeful Mayor Pete Buttigieg on Sunday morning. "Who had the worst week in the Democratic primary; is it Joe Biden, or is it Pete Buttigieg?" Todd asked his panel of political commentators. While Joe Biden has been mired in controversy the past week for comments he made about his positive relationships with segregationist senators, Pete Buttigieg faced harsh criticism of his reaction to the fatal police shooting death of Eric Logan in South Bend, Indiana. 

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Notable Lessons On Social Security

quoting Charles Blahousvia The Oklahoman
Friday, June 21, 2019

As a former public trustee for Social Security and Medicare, Charles Blahous writes frequently about those programs and their long-term viability — or lack thereof. A recent article at the website economics.21 merits attention. In it Blahous, senior research strategist at the Mercatus Center and a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, offers his top four lessons from the latest annual report issued this spring by the Social Security trustees.

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My Turn: John Adams: China Infiltrates The MBTA

quoting Andrew Grottovia Providence Journal
Sunday, June 23, 2019

Rhode Islanders and the state’s congressional delegation would do well to take note of recent headlines about transit agencies like the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) granting rail contracts to the Chinese Government. The MBTA has dangerously put Rhode Island passenger safety and regional security in the hands of the Chinese state-owned railcar manufacturer CRRC, granting it exclusive contracts to source the new T line. With thousands of Rhode Islanders commuting to Boston for work and recreation, the issue hits entirely too close to home to ignore.

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Primer: Medicare For All Compared To A Public Option

quoting Charles Blahousvia Breitbart
Sunday, June 23, 2019

2020 Democrat presidential candidates continue to spar over whether to back the single-payer Medicare for All or a government public health option.

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