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Regulatory Cost Disease

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Monday, November 19, 2018

A post on Marginal Revolution is so good, I have to quote in its entirety before commenting: From my time in both the military and healthcare I can say that the biggest problem are the compliance costs. For example, I have a phone app that allows me to send texts. We pay very good money to have said app. It does nothing that my phone cannot innately do – except be HIPAA compliant. EMR software is clunky, an active time suck, and adds little or no value … but we are required by law to use it. 

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China’s Crackdown On Muslims In Xinjiang Is Sure To Backfire

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Spectator
Monday, November 19, 2018

After repeated denials, Chinese officials finally admitted last month that they have set up internment camps in the far-western province of Xinjiang, where up to one million ethnic Uighurs, almost all of whom are Muslim, are being held. Under China’s anti-terrorism law and ‘religious affairs regulation,’ the government in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region publicly introduced the ‘Regulation on De-extremification.’ What it describes is a new gulag, where re-education and the suppression of Uighur identity is its main goal.

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Socialism’s Empty Seduction

by Charles Calomirisvia CNS News
Friday, November 16, 2018

The overarching message of “The Opportunity Cost of Socialism”—a study recently released by the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA)—is that the advocacy of socialism cannot reasonably be based on policy preferences; its attraction has always been grounded in a combination of wishful thinking and ignorance. 

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The Progressive Synopticon

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, November 18, 2018

In the post-election aftermath, Republicans are wondering about how they can capture that missing 2-5 percent of the electorate that lost them the House of Representatives. Could they pry away 40 percent of the institutionalized Democratic Latino vote on delivery of a full-employment economy of rising wages? Can they win over 20 percent of the African-American electorate on the basis of more jobs and less competition from illegal immigrants?

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The Classicist with Victor Davis Hanson:
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The Classicist: The Things That Divide Us

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Monday, November 19, 2018
Examining the sources of America’s deep political chasm.
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Europe’s Door Is Still Open – But Britain Will Have To Move Fast

by Timothy Garton Ashvia The Guardian
Saturday, November 17, 2018

The EU is fed up with the UK’s Brexit drama, but would extend article 50 to allow for a second referendum.

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In The House That Nancy Built, Pelosi's Not The Only Choice

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Sunday, November 18, 2018

One of my favorite columns from the past week was penned by a former Maryland congresswoman who would have us believe that “there’s only one choice to be the next Speaker”: Nancy Pelosi. The truth is: there’s more than one choice.

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The Second(-Class) Amendment

by John Yoo, James C. Phillipsvia National Review
Monday, November 19, 2018

If liberals should fear the great contradiction between the Constitution’s text and their elevation of an unenumerated right to privacy (as we argued in our last article), conservatives must confront the same challenge with gun ownership. Despite the text of the Second Amendment, supporters of a right to bear arms have rooted their arguments in a murky pre-constitutional right to self-defense. 

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A Mayor Seeks To Stymie His City’s Only Successful School

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, November 16, 2018

In struggling New Bedford, Mass., the Alma del Mar charter faces opposition to its expansion plan.

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A.J. Jacobs On Thanks A Thousand

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, November 19, 2018

Journalist and author A. J. Jacobs talks about his book, Thanks a Thousand, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Jacobs thanked a thousand different people who contributed to his morning cup of coffee. In this conversation, Jacobs talks about the power of gratitude and different ways we can express gratitude in everyday life. He and Roberts also explore the unintended web of cooperation that underlies almost every product we encounter in a modern economy.

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The Education Exchange: The Effect Of Information On College Aspirations

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, November 19, 2018

Are parents move likely to want to send their kids to college if they are given accurate information about the costs and benefits of attending college? A new study looks at what happens when parents are given customized information about the cost of going to college and the wage premium for earning a college degree.

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Take Heed, Gov.-Elect Newsom: Simple Speeches Are Best

by Bill Whalenvia Sacramento Bee
Friday, November 16, 2018

I’m a creature of routines, which means I begin my weekdays by opening Politico’s “California Playbook” – often to stumble across these words: “Where’s Jerry? Nothing official announced.” This is not a knock against Gov. Brown and certainly not to suggest that he’s started his political retirement early.

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2018 And Beyond

by John P. Carlin, David A. Newmanvia Aegis Paper Series
Monday, November 12, 2018

Despite the assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election and will continue this type of activity in the future, there has been little national action. This paper contends that the inaction partially stems from political and bureaucratic obstacles to preparing a US response to any future interference—including obstacles to overcoming public apathy, the concern that any measures taken might favor one political party, and federalism questions that arise whenever the federal government considers proposals affecting state election conduct. 

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Freedom Of The Press And Of Speech: True And False

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, November 16, 2018

Is freedom of the press a right or a privilege? Ted Olson thinks it’s a privilege. Why CNN should have lost and Dennis Prager should lose. I haven’t seen such a muddled discussion of freedom of speech and of the press in a long time. On the left, we have CNN and others claiming that freedom of the press means that Jim Acosta can’t legally have his White House press pass revoked. On the right, we have Dennis Prager claiming that by not showing some of his videos, various private firms are denying his freedom of speech.

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Midterms Show Dems The Party Of The Elite, Not The Middle Class

by Jeremy Carlvia The Hill
Sunday, November 18, 2018

In 2004, liberal journalist and political scientist Thomas Frank caused a stir with his book, "What’s the Matter with Kansas," a broadside against the natives of his home state and their lurch to the right that Frank perceived to be against their economic interests.

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Mark Levin, Victor Davis Hanson Blast Media Critiques Of Trump On 'Life, Liberty & Levin'

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News Insider
Friday, November 16, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the media's negative coverage of President Donald Trump.

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Jack Goldsmith: Cybersecurity, Cyberwarfare, And The Threats We Face

interview with Jack Goldsmithvia Conversations with Bill Kristol
Sunday, November 18, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Jack Goldsmith shares his perspective on America’s vulnerabilities to cyber attack—the complex and systemic threats to our digital and physical infrastructures, as well as to our politics via hacking and digital espionage.

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Martin Feldstein: Famed Harvard Economist Warns Of Brexit Spillover From Clash

interview with Martin Feldsteinvia Fox Business
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Martin Feldstein discusses Brexit concerns.

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Gary Roughead On The Lars Larson National Podcast (53:55)

interview with Admiral Gary Rougheadvia The Lars Larson Podcast
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Gary Roughead discusses what the bipartisan commission has discovered about the US Military.

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Lanhee Chen: Amazon Looking To Make A Splash In Health Care?

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Fox Business
Friday, November 16, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses Amazon's investment in Nashville and the potential challenges filling manufacturing jobs in America.

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Lanhee Chen On Health Reform: From The Midterms To 2020

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Health Affairs
Friday, November 16, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the role health care played in the 2018 midterm elections and what that means for the 2020 presidential election.

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Narcotic Culture: A History Of Drugs In China, By Frank Dikötter, Lars Peter Laamann, And Zhou Xun (2004)

featuring Frank Diköttervia Not Even Past
Monday, November 19, 2018

The opium myth is one of the most important pillars of the conventional narrative of modern Chinese history. According to the myth, opium is presumed to be a highly addictive narcotic and highly harmful to its users’ health, and Great Britain used its military superiority to impost the shameful opium trade on China and turn it into a nation of opium addicts who were “smoking themselves to death while their civilization descended into chaos.”

In the News

Josh Hawley Will Defend The First Amendment And Religious Liberty

quoting Michael McConnellvia The Hill
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Among the crop of newly elected men and women headed to the Senate in 2019, one stands out for his record on religious liberty. Former Missouri Attorney General and Senator-elect Josh Hawley’s (R-Mo.) strong track record defending America’s first freedom can be traced all the way to the beginnings of his career.

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Measuring Uncertainty Helps Investors Navigate Risk

quoting Steven J. Davisvia Chicago Booth Review
Monday, November 19, 2018

When the United States and Mexico reached a new understanding about trade matters this past summer, renegotiating parts of the North American Free Trade Agreement, President Donald Trump cheered. Others had questions: How would the deal affect the US auto industry? How would it affect consumers? What would it mean for recent tariff hikes on steel and aluminum imports? You could almost hear executives across the continent reaching for antacids.

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Maine’s Pioneering Ranked-Choice Election Likely To Catch On Nationally

quoting Larry Diamondvia Central Maine
Sunday, November 18, 2018

Maine made history Thursday when it became the first state to elect a representative to Congress using a ranked-choice voting instant runoff. National election experts say the fact that the process went off without any technical hitches will give proponents of this type of electoral reform substantial traction in efforts to introduce the system in other states.

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Harvard Business School Conference Marks 10th Anniversary Of 2008 Global Financial Crisis

mentioning Niall Fergusonvia Harvard Business School
Friday, November 16, 2018

On October 29 and 30, Harvard Business School marked the tenth anniversary of the financial crisis that rocked the US and world economies in 2008 with a two-day conference that brought together in Klarman Hall, the School’s new convening center, an extraordinary lineup of experts, many of whom had played key roles in the events that unfolded a decade ago, including former US Treasury Secretary Henry “Hank” Paulson (MBA 1970); Tim Geithner, then president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Paulson’s successor at Treasury; and Harvard University professor Lawrence Summers, who served as Director of the National Economic Council from 2009 to 2010.

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Crash Course

quoting Charles Calomiris, Stephen Habervia The Weekly Standard
Sunday, November 18, 2018

Ten years after the financial crisis, here are the best books on what went wrong and what still should be fixed.

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Is Bill And Hillary's Tour A Sideshow The Democrats Don't Need?

quoting Bill Whalenvia The Guardian
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Amid rumors of a possible 2020 run, the Clintons face the possibility of unfavorable comparisons with Michelle Obama’s book tour and of an uncertain reception in the MeToo era.

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Red Or Blue, Both Political Parties Have Work To Do On Their 2020 Healthcare Platforms

quoting Lanhee J. Chenvia Fierce Healthcare
Friday, November 16, 2018

The 2018 midterms may have left behind more questions than answers. Not only does partisanship remain high, there are deep rifts within the two major parties themselves—particularly when it comes to healthcare. At an event sponsored by Health Affairs on Friday, two policy experts from opposite sides of the political spectrum shared the stage to discuss how their parties could approach healthcare in 2020.

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International Conference On Genocide Integrates Holodomor Studies

mentioning Norman M. Naimarkvia The Ukrainian Weekly
Friday, November 16, 2018

The Holodomor featured prominently at an international conference on genocide held at the University of Toronto on October 20-21. Organized by the Holodomor Research and Education Consortium (HREC, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta) and the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies (University of Massachusetts, Amherst), the conference culminated with the Toronto Annual Ukrainian Famine Lecture on October 21.

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A Multi-Front War

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, April 6, 2017

The House Intelligence Committee fights, the Susan Rice revelations, the stale Russian collusion story, the Gorsuch battle, the Bannon battles, the end of the filibuster, etc. are all different fronts of the same existential struggle: the unlikely Trump victory is unpalatable for the Left and its dangerous ramifications for the entire progressive project must be stopped by any means necessary.

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Draghi Struggles To Shut Down ECB Debate Weidmann Wants To Have

quoting John B. Taylorvia Bloomberg
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Mario Draghi may have hoped to put an end to the bubbling debate on the European Central Bank’s exit strategy on Thursday. It didn’t take long for a reminder of how complicated this will be.

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Kori Schake: Trump's First 100 Days, Part Three

interview with Kori Schakevia Commonwealth Club
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Kori Schake joins a panel to discusses the first 100 days of the Trump presidency.

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Nunes Is Out Of The Russia Probe, And The Susan Rice Spin Collapses

quoting Jack Goldsmith, Benjamin Wittesvia The Washington Post
Thursday, April 6, 2017

President Trump’s wild accusation and the right-wing media’s eagerness to support the claims of the Trump White House, working in cahoots with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), that there was nefarious “unmasking” of Trump associates picked up in surveillance of Russian officials has proved to be a colossal flop. 

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Hail, Hail The Gang's All Here -- But Not The Gang That Killed A Court Filibuster A Decade Ago

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Pick up a newspaper on Friday morning and, presuming you’re in a large metropolitan area with a left-leaning daily, the impression will be that of a United States Senate draped in black crèpe now that the majority Republicans have messed with tradition and invoked the “nuclear option” to clear the path for the Gorsuch nomination.

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Adam White: Don't Cry For The SCOTUS Filibuster, It Was Already Dead

interview with Adam J. Whitevia The Weekly Standard
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Adam White talks about the Senate vote to end filibusters of Supreme Court confirmations.

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Adam White: The First 100 Days

interview with Adam J. Whitevia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Adam White discusses the ways in which Neil Gorsuch might affect the Supreme Court in years ahead.

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The Libertarian: Trump's Energy Plan And The Environment

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Is the president's new energy agenda a nod towards free markets or an abandonment of environmental leadership?

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Ayaan Hirsi Says Western Muslims Promoting Sharia Law

featuring Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Daily Mail (UK)
Thursday, April 6, 2017

Outspoken Islam critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali has accused Australians of idolising Waleed Aly and says the country should back prominent Imam instead.

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'Sexual Paranoia Comes To Campus'

quoting Peter Berkowitzvia National Review
Thursday, April 6, 2017
In a new book, Professor Laura Kipnis continues her defiance of campus thought police.

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