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The War On Poverty Remains A Stalemate

by Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Petersonvia The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, March 17, 2019

The War on Poverty drags on. President Trump’s budget proposes heavy cuts in domestic spending, but not to compensatory-education programs, which aim to lift the achievement levels of disadvantaged students. Since 1980 the federal government has spent almost $500 billion (in 2017 dollars) on compensatory education and another $250 billion on Head Start programs for low-income preschoolers.

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The Coming Demographic Disruptions

by Larry Diamondvia The American Interest
Friday, March 15, 2019

Immigration is now a demographic imperative. The United States, EU, and other industrialized countries must figure out a way to handle it before it’s too late.

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Discrimination And The U.S. Women’s Soccer Team

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Las Vegas Review Journal
Saturday, March 16, 2019

The road to social justice is often marred by unanticipated pitfalls. Two weeks ago, 28 members of the world champion U.S. women’s national soccer team filed a high-profile lawsuit alleging they were the victims of discrimination by the U.S. Soccer Federation, the common employer of both the women’s and men’s national teams. The lawsuit does not pull its punches. It alleges that for years female athletes have been subject to “institutionalized gender discrimination” that has crimped their economic opportunities, hurt their training regimen and compromised their medical attention.

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The Dangers Of The 'Social Justice' Vision

by Thomas Sowellvia Fox News
Saturday, March 16, 2019

“Despite how persuasive the words of John Rawls and other ‘social justice’ advocates may be in the world of words, demonstrated facts in the world of reality raise the crucial question as to whether the redistribution of income or wealth can actually be done, in any comprehensive and sustainable sense. Where, instead, there is simply a humanitarian desire to see the less fortunate have better prospects for a better life, the ‘social justice’ argument is both unnecessary and an impediment to joining forces toward that end with others who do not happen to share the implicit assumption of that particular social vision.

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Analysis and Commentary

When Presidential Character Once Mattered

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, March 17, 2019

Here’s why I did not vote for Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Ronald Reagan—despite their records.

Analysis and Commentary

The U.S.-China Global Dance

by David C. Mulfordvia Defining Ideas
Friday, March 15, 2019

We need clear economic leadership to avert the next financial crisis.

Analysis and Commentary

Trade Policy Is Upending Markets—But Not Investment

by Steven J. Davisvia Chicago Booth Review
Monday, March 18, 2019

While tariffs and tariff threats have become a leading source of stock market volatility, they have had little impact on US business investment.

Analysis and Commentary

Could Huawei Destroy The Special Relationship?

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Spectator
Friday, March 15, 2019

Last week, the Trump administration warned the German government that if it uses 5G wireless technology built by China’s Huawei, Washington will curtail intelligence sharing with its Nato ally. American officials are concerned that Berlin’s willingness to host Chinese technology threatens Nato security, and will give cover to other countries considering letting Huawei into their telecommunications systems. Yet Washington’s blunt statement might also have been a shot across Britain’s bow.

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The Real March Madness: Progressives Want To Pack The Supreme Court

by David Davenportvia Washington Examiner
Friday, March 15, 2019

While the country gears up for college basketball’s March Madness, progressives already have their own season of silliness in full swing. The latest is a proposal to let the president (only when Democrats retake the White House, of course) add and fill additional seats on the Supreme Court. Former Attorney General Eric Holder likes the idea (let’s add two, he says), as does Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and several progressive groups.

Analysis and Commentary

The Stronger Sell: The First Beto Or The Second Bobby?

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Saturday, March 16, 2019

Would you buy a ticket to a concert that had Paul David Hewson, Gordon Sumner and Stefani Germanotta as its headline acts? Probably not. But you might be willing to pay top-dollar if you knew them by their stage names: Bono, Sting and Lady Gaga.

Analysis and Commentary

Amy Tuteur On Birth, Natural Parenting, And Push Back

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, March 18, 2019

Obstetrician gynecologist Amy Tuteur and author of Push Back, talks about the book with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Tuteur argues that natural parenting--the encouragement to women to give birth without epidurals or caesarians and to breastfeed--is bad for women's health and has little or no benefit for their children.

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The Education Exchange: How Much Should We Spend To Tackle Climate Change?

interview with Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, March 18, 2019

What tradeoffs are involved when we choose to spend huge sums of money to slow global warming? Are there more cost-effective ways to do more good in the world? Bjorn Lomborg, president of the Copenhagen Consensus Center, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss his research on the impact on global temperatures of goals set in the Paris climate accord and how the funds being used to meet those goals could be better spent.

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This Week Proved That The Media Still Live In An Upper-Middle-Class Bubble

by Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Friday, March 15, 2019

I won’t deny that the two big news stories of recent days—the tragic crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 jet in Ethiopia, and the totally bonkers admissions scandal involving several of America’s elite universities—make for compelling reading. Planes dropping from the sky! Rich celebrities paying bribes! But let’s be honest: Both are also custom-made to strike fear and horror into the hearts of us upper-middle-class Americans. For many of our fellow citizens, they are simply passing curiosities. Yet the national media have covered them 24/7.

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Peter Berger's Historical Perspective

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, March 17, 2019

I’m going through various books in my library, trying to decide which ones to give to friends, which to donate, and which to discard. I almost offered to give sociologist Peter L. Berger’s 1986 book, The Capitalist Revolution, to a friend but, before doing so, reread sections I had marked up. I’m keeping it.

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Too Many Victims, Not Enough Victimizers: Victor Davis Hanson On Armstrong & Getty

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Armstrong and Getty
Friday, March 15, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson talks about the problems with political discourse, the challenges we face as a nation as new cultures fail to assimilate, as well as why his new book is titled The Case for Trump.

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Victor Davis Hanson On Secure Freedom Radio

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Secure Freedom Radio
Saturday, March 16, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his new book The Case for Trumpas well as why Congress won’t accept that the US border poses a national security threat.

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A Tattooed Libertarian On The Arizona Supreme Court: Clint Bolick's Long Fight For Freedom

interview with Clint Bolickvia Reason
Friday, March 15, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Clint Bolick talks about his legal philosophy, the politics of immigration, the most interesting case he's encountered on the bench so far, and why he sports a scorpion tattoo on what he calls his "typing finger."

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John Yoo On WMAL

interview with John Yoovia WMAL
Saturday, March 16, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the Second Amendment and gun rights as well as commuting Paul Manafort's sentence rather than pardoning Manafort. Yoo also discusses dual sovereigns (being charged for the same crime by the state and federal courts), which might violate the double jeopardy clause of the 5th Amendment. Yoo notes that the Supreme Court will be reviewing a dual sovereigns case this year.

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John Yoo: Sen. Lindsey Graham Demands Answers From The Justice Department

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Saturday, March 16, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses whether or not the DOJ needs to turn over the additional information that Senator Lindsay Graham requested.

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Legislation Isn't Right Answer To Controlling Social Media Content, Jamil Jaffer Says

interview with Jamil Jaffervia Bloomberg
Friday, March 15, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Jamil Jaffer discusses the struggles of social media platforms to control content and prevent violence from being livestreamed.

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Victor Davis Hanson On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1 - 2:00)

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, March 16, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his new book The Case for Trump.

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Victor Davis Hanson On The John Batchelor Show (Part 2)

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, March 16, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his new book The Case for Trump.

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Victor Davis Hanson: Support For Trump Is Still There

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Boston Herald
Monday, March 18, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his new book The Case for Trump.

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Your Must-Read Books By Former U.S. Ambassadors

featuring Michael McFaulvia The Washington Post
Friday, March 15, 2019

The hard-working staff here at Spoiler Alerts is off to Moscow yet again this week as part of the Fletcher School’s Russia and Eurasia program. Even though winter is ending, I suspect it will not feel like spring in Moscow, either meteorologically or politically. I know this because, well, that’s what I do. Smart readers should not take my word for it, however. They should take the word of two recent books by two former U.S. ambassadors to Russia that have just been published. It seems fitting, to recommend them today.

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Russ Roberts On Adam Smith And The Limits Of Economics

featuring Russell Robertsvia Acton Institute
Monday, March 18, 2019

Russ Roberts — economist and host of the excellent EconTalk podcast — wrote a penetrating essay last week on what we can learn from Adam Smith’s first book, The Theory of Moral Sentiments.

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Raghuram Rajan: The Central Banker Trying To Save Globalisation From Itself

featuring Raghuram Rajanvia City A.M.
Monday, March 18, 2019

Free-marketeers see a world where, when people are free to buy and sell according to the laws of supply and demand, business competition naturally drives quality up and prices down, resulting in prosperity and productivity for all.

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Readers Recommend Books: 'The Hello Girls' And 'Code Girls'

featuring Elizabeth Cobbsvia Star Tribune
Sunday, March 17, 2019

History is always on my list. I just finished “The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers,” by Elizabeth Cobbs. It recounts the story of women telephone operators who served in World War I. While they were treated as “less-than” in terms of benefits, they were seen as superior to men in their ability to handle the calls impacting troop movements and ultimately, saving lives. Many firsthand stories.

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Scalia V. Epstein - 35 Years Later

quoting Richard A. Epstein, Clint Bolickvia Reason
Sunday, March 17, 2019

At the Federalist Society Student Symposium this weekend, Arizona State Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick recalled the 1984 debate between then-judge Antonin Scalia and Professor Richard Epstein over whether the federal judiciary should take a more active role in protecting economic liberty. Professor Epstein, as one might expect, argued in the affirmative. Then-judge Scalia (who would be elevated to the Supreme Court soon thereafter) urged greater restraint, suggesting it would be dangerous to unleash federal judges in this way.

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Don’t Forget To Do Your Merger

quoting John H. Cochrane via Bloomberg
Friday, March 15, 2019

Last June, a private equity firm called Vintage Capital Management LLC agreed to buy Rent-A-Center Inc. for $15 per share (about $800 million total, $1.37 billion including debt). As is normal in public-company mergers and acquisitions, the deal could not close right away; Vintage owned another rent-to-own retailer and so there was likely to be a lengthy antitrust review. Vintage and Rent-A-Center agreed that if the deal had not closed by Dec. 17, then either party could walk away, but they also agreed that, if they were still waiting for legal approvals at that time, either side could extend this “drop-dead date” by three months (and then again by another three months).

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No Progress In The Achievement Gap In 50 Years, New Study Says

quoting Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Petersonvia The Boston Globe
Sunday, March 17, 2019

Despite decades of public education reform efforts, the national achievement gap between low-and high-income students has been stagnant for nearly a half century, according to research at Harvard and Stanford universities set to be published Monday in a new study.

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Federal Wealth Tax Would Target Richest Americans

quoting Martin Feldsteinvia Toronto Sun
Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Democratic presidential candidates appear driven by tales of the rich exploiting the downtrodden and support higher taxes to redress injustice. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders want a federal wealth tax and higher levies on estates.

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When Does Political Gerrymandering Cross The Line?

quoting Jonathan Roddenvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, March 15, 2019

With the Supreme Court set to consider political gerrymandering, a look at ways to measure the impact of redrawing election maps.

In the News

Charter School Companies Feast At The Public Trough

quoting Chester E. Finn Jr.via South Florida Sun Sentinel
Friday, March 15, 2019

In the Summer 2015 edition of the conservative magazine National Affairs, two of America’s leading charter school proponents made a striking confession. “We wanted the infusions of capital and entrepreneurialism that accompany the profit motive, but we didn’t take seriously enough the risk of profiteering,” wrote Chester Finn Jr., and Bruno Manno, both former assistant U.S. secretaries of education. They also warned against letting the charter sector “ossify into a conventional interest group.”

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France’s Message For Capitalism Is Quite Simple: Adapt Or Die

quoting Raghuram Rajanvia Bloomberg
Sunday, March 17, 2019

France is sounding an alarm for the world’s advanced economies: capitalism is tearing them apart. President Emmanuel Macron and his Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire are using France’s presidency of the Group of Seven to argue that the system fuels inequality, destroys the planet and is ineffective at delivering goals in the public interest. The country has already experienced some of the fallout firsthand in the Yellow Vest movement that erupted late last year.

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Nancy Pelosi's Problems Are Just Beginning

quoting Mike Francvia Newsweek
Saturday, March 16, 2019

You wouldn’t know it from the way she’s being covered in most of the Washington media but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is a woman with a lot of problems. Instead of in-depth coverage of the ideological divisions in her caucus and the political challenges to her leadership, she gets stuff like this, from Politico: “Using strategies she’s honed over decades, the speaker has managed to keep a sprawling freshman class in line — and on her side — despite breaking with them on issues ranging from impeachment to the ‘Green New Deal.’"

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Should The U.S. Lower The Voting Age To 16?

quoting David Davenportvia AL.com
Sunday, March 17, 2019

Nancy Pelosi has become one of the highest-ranking lawmakers to voice their support for lowering the voting age to 16. As youth activism in the country has increased in the wake of a series of deadly school shootings, many have argued these children deserve the right to vote for the lawmakers representing them. Several states, including Oregon and California, are currently considering bills which would lower the voting age from 18. Others say 16 is too young to make such important decisions. What do you think?

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Trump Advisor Peter Navarro Slams The Fed As The Biggest Risk To US Economic Growth

quoting Kevin Warshvia Park City News
Friday, March 15, 2019

White House advisor — just hours after President blasted the — doubled down Monday, singling out the central bank as the biggest threat to U.S. economic growth. Appearing on Navarro said the Fed should pause its interest rate hikes — not because growth is slowing, but because growth is strong with barely any inflation.

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Pizza, Pints & Policy with Senator Ben Sasse

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The Hoover Institution hosted "Pizza, Pints & Policy with Senator Ben Sasse" on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm EST.

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Institute For Humane Studies Lectures Now Available Online

Thursday, July 20, 2017

More than fifty lectures by economists, historians, and other academics at the Institute for Humane Studies from 1961 to 1977 are now available online.

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Silas Palmer Fellow Examines Colonialism And Cruelty In 1960s Algeria

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Silas Palmer fellow Brigitte Stepanov conducted research that sought to analyze cruelty and cruel events – in their various manifestations – in Algeria in the 1960s in an effort to understand what constituted cruelty in the time leading to, during, and shortly after Algeria’s revolution for independence. This project studied Algerian and French perspectives on violence, terror, and oppression in Algeria in an aim to study cruel practices not only specifically in that geographical region, but in colonial contexts more generally, and to see how they may be changed to more effectively bring about conflict mediation and resolution.

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Hoover Institution In Washington's 2017 Unpacking History Summer Series

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
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The Hoover Institution hosted "Hoover Institution in Washington's  2017 Unpacking History Summer Series" on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm EST.

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Israel Facing A New Middle East: In Search Of A National Security Strategy

Monday, July 17, 2017
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The Hoover Institution hosted "Israel Facing a New Middle East: In Search of a National Security Strategy" on Monday, July 17, 2017 from 12:00pm - 2:00pm EST.

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A Man And His Presidents: The Political Odyssey Of William F. Buckley Jr. By Alvin S. Felzenberg

Monday, July 17, 2017
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The Hoover Institution hosted "A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr. By Alvin S. Felzenberg" on Monday, July 17, 2017 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm EST.

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Hoover Library & Archives Workshops On Authoritarianism And Democratic Breakdown

Monday, July 17, 2017
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The Hoover Institution Library & Archives will host the 2018 Workshop on Authoritarianism and Democratic Breakdown in January and July.

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False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, And Violence In The New Middle East

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The Hoover Institution hosted "False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East" on Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm EST.

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America's Regime And Its Citizens: The Lifelong Debates Of Harry Jaffa And Walter Berns

Thursday, July 13, 2017
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The Hoover Institution hosted "America's Regime and Its Citizens: The Lifelong Debates of Harry Jaffa and Walter Berns" on Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 12:00pm - 2:00pm EST.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
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The Hoover Institution hosted "Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?" on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm EST.

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