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What Next For China’s Development Model?

by Michael Spencevia Project Syndicate
Monday, January 21, 2019

Even if China maintains its market-oriented reform momentum, tensions with the West are unlikely to be resolved quickly. While steps can be taken to reduce these tensions, they cannot be easily eliminated, which means that they will probably be a key factor shaping the future of China’s development model.

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A Market For Water Would Solve Many Of California’s Water Woes

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Last week’s column described how California has not provided reliable and reasonably priced water supplies to Californians. It also described how failure to maintain existing water infrastructure and invest in new water infrastructure has played an important role in California’s chronic water shortages. 

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Immigration And The Census

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Judge Furman was on solid legal ground in striking down the Trump Administration’s citizenship question.

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Britain Is Right To Send Its Navy To The South China Sea

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Spectator
Monday, January 21, 2019

The Royal Navy and US Navy held joint exercises in the South China Sea last week, for the first time since China began building new military bases in those waters. The exercises sent a message to Beijing that it faces an evolving united front of nations committed to maintaining freedom of navigation in some of the world’s most vital waterways.

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Let’s Talk About Nuclear Security — Informally

by James Goodby, Kenneth Weisbrode quoting George P. Shultzvia San Francisco Chronicle
Sunday, January 20, 2019

With the high-profile conclusion of Robert Mueller’s investigation, a U.S. threat to withdraw from a nuclear missile treaty, a worsening political situation in Ukraine, an ongoing conflict in Syria, not to mention recent reports that the FBI began a counterintelligence investigation of President Trump, the citizens of Russia and the United States should worry that their countries are soon reaching a point of no return.

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The West Needs Its Own Perestroika Moment

by Timothy Garton Ashvia Financial Times
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

[Subscription Required] Thirty years ago, I was pacing the hope-filled streets of central Europe, witnessing how a Soviet reform policy called perestroika was kick-starting the velvet revolutions of 1989.

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Area 45: Is It Constitutional? Featuring Richard Epstein

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia Area 45
Thursday, January 17, 2019

What does the Constitution allow in terms of executive power and impeachment proceedings?

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A Hinge In History?

by Larry Diamondvia The American Interest
Friday, January 18, 2019

We live in perilous times. A domestic constitutional crisis that looks ever-more likely would unfold in a global context of profound turbulence and instability.

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Should The FBI Run The Country?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, January 20, 2019

Since the media would doubtless answer that loaded question, “It depends on the president,” let us imagine the following scenario. Return to 2008, when candidate Barack Obama had served only about three years in the U.S. Senate, his sum total of foreign policy experience. And he was running against the overseas old-hand, decorated veteran, and national icon John McCain—a bipartisan favorite in Washington, D.C.

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Carbon Tax Update

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Monday, January 21, 2019

An interesting question emerged from some discussion surrounding my last carbon tax post. How big will the tax be? The letter says $40 a ton, but then rising. But how far? And in response to what question? It occurs to me that the two obvious targets lead to radically different answers.

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Kamala Harris Runs -- Straight Along The Chisholm Trail

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Monday, January 21, 2019

Given that she’s been running for president seemingly since first arriving in the nation’s capital two years ago, California Sen. Kamala Harris’ announcement this morning that she plans to enter what’s fast becoming a crowded Democratic field doesn’t qualify as “breaking news”.

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The Mueller Squirrel Cage

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Special Counsel Robert Mueller recently indicted yet another peripheral character in his Trump probe, Russian attorney Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, for alleged money laundering in a matter quite separate from Trump.

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Jennifer Doleac On Crime

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, January 21, 2019

This week, economist Jennifer Doleac of Texas A&M University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about her research on crime, police, and the unexpected consequences of the criminal justice system. Topics discussed include legislation banning asking job applicants if they've been in prison, body cameras for police, the use of DNA databases, the use of Naloxone to prevent death from opioid overdose, and the challenges of being an economist who thinks about crime using the economist's toolkit.

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The Education Exchange: Surge In Non-Teaching Staff Strains School Budgets

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

As teachers strike or threaten to strike in several cities, one of the key issues is pay. But while teachers want higher salaries, school districts face a number of financial challenges. One source of strain in school district budgets is what economist Ben Scafidi calls the staffing surge, a major increase in non-teaching staff hired over the past few decades.

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Lend The Shutdown?

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Monday, January 21, 2019

The Federal Government seems to be obeying with rather remarkable accuracy the constitutional mandate that the government may not spend money that has not been appropriated by Congress. I would be curious to hear from legal experts, however, what stops the government from lending money to federal employees, or just guaranteeing loans.

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NATO Renewed (Coming Soon To A Theater Of War Near You)

by Ralph Petersvia Strategika
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Clio, the muse of history, has a fabulous sense of irony: As the human pageant unfolds, she delights in confounding our intentions and expectations. Thus, two public enemies of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (whose acronym, NATO, sounds like another Greek deity) promise to be the unwitting saviors of the alliance, rescuing it from complacency, lethargy, and diminishing relevance.

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Gillibrand's Presidential Run: Built For Distance, Or Over In A New York Minute?

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Friday, January 18, 2019

Some definitions to update in America’s political dictionary: Under “persistence”, let’s add a passage about former Vice President Joe Biden. Assuming he’s running, that would be three presidential campaigns (1988, 2008 and 2020) some three decades apart, which has to be a record for a candidate not named Harold Stassen.

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Walls Around Houses Differ From Walls Around Countries

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

My wife and I were at a dinner party on Saturday at which one of the guests, who favors President Trump’s proposal for a wall, claimed that if you object to a wall, you have no right to object to someone coming on your property without your permission. I said that one doesn’t follow from the other: a wall keeps people from coming into the country without the government’s permission whereas a wall around your property prevents people from coming on to your property without your permission.

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The Causes Of The Detroit Riot

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, January 21, 2019

On this day that commemorates the birthday of the late Martin Luther King, Jr., one of my favorite bloggers, Timothy Taylor, aka the Conversable Economist, revisits the Kerner Commission Report of 1968 that examined the causes of the racial riots. I don’t claim to know all the causes of all the riots, but I do think that much of the commentary on the Kerner Commission’s report has missed some key facts in the report about the causes of the Detroit riot. That’s understandable because the Kerner Commission, despite reporting these facts, seemed to have missed their significance also.

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Find The Contradiction

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, January 18, 2019

In a Reason story about a humane man who tried to save a deer’s life and got nailed by the government for doing so, Pennsylvania Game Commission Press Secretary Travis Lau admits that there’s “a good possibility the deer would have been euthanized…because deer are poor candidates for rehabilitation.”

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Law Talk With Richard Epstein And John Yoo: The Burger Kings

interview with Richard A. Epstein, John Yoovia Law Talk
Friday, January 18, 2019

Hoover Institution fellows Richard Epstein and John Yoo discuss whether President Trump can build a border wall by declaring a national emergency; and whether the FBI was within its rights to open an investigation of the president after the Comey firing. They also discuss what happens when a Supreme Court justice stops showing up for work? Plus a look at backstage Law Talk drama, a State of the Union history lesson, and the professors quibble over the proper way to manage a Burger King.

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John Yoo On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1)

interview with John Yoovia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, January 18, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses federalism.
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John Yoo On The John Batchelor Show (Part 2)

interview with John Yoovia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, January 18, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses federalism.

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What Happens If Putin Wins? Michael McFaul On "The End Of The Liberal International Order"

interview with Michael McFaulvia Salon
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael McFaul discusses Russia, Putin, and Putin's relationship with the Trump Administration.

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Hoover Institution To Undergo Renovations; New Building To Be Constructed

featuring Hoover Institutionvia The Stanford Daily
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Over the next three years, the Hoover Institution will replace the Lou Henry Hoover building, renovate the exhibition space in Hoover Tower and add more storage for library materials. The new building will be called the George Shultz Fellows Building in honor of George Shultz, the former secretary of state and a Hoover Fellow. It will include offices for Hoover Fellows as well as a new digital lab which can convert physical materials from the Hoover collections into virtual images.

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Tax-Happy CA Hears News Promises From Newsom

quoting Lee Ohanianvia One News Now
Monday, January 21, 2019

The left-wing governor of a left-wing state is promising help for the poorest in its borders, a state with some of the highest taxes in the country.

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The Wall By The Numbers

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia The Patriot Post
Friday, January 18, 2019

Historian Victor Davis Hanson recently wrote, “There are 11 million to 13 million Mexican citizens currently living in the United States illegally.” (It may be closer to 22 million.) He continued, “Millions more emigrated previously and are now U.S. citizens. A recent poll revealed that one-third of Mexicans (34 percent) would like to emigrate to the United States. With Mexico having a population of about 130 million, that amounts to some 44 million would-be immigrants. Such massive potential emigration into the United States makes no sense.”

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Preservationists Continue Fight With City Over Obama Presidential Library

quoting Richard A. Epsteinvia Block Club Chicago
Friday, January 18, 2019

In the latest move to persuade the city and the Park District to reconsider their request to modify the design of the Obama Presidential Library site, Preservation Chicago and Jackson Park Watch filed a “friends of the courts” brief Tuesday.

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How Politicians Hurt Your Public Pension Plan

quoting Joshua D. Rauhvia Stanford Graduate School of Business
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

A Stanford study indicates they make poor investment decisions because they’re overly influenced by campaign contributions and political considerations.

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A Betrayal Of Martin Luther King

quoting Thomas Sowellvia The Hill
Sunday, January 20, 2019

At this time of year we celebrate the birth and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., for his commitment and sacrifice, and that of countless others who risked all for civil rights victories. But Dr. King, who would have celebrated his 90th birthday on Jan. 15, likely would roll over in his grave if he knew how his legacy has been commandeered by progressives who purport to act in his name while advancing a toxic racial rhetoric that paints blacks as perpetual victims of slavery, Jim Crow and institutional racism, incapable of their own uplift.

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Backroads: World War I Story Continues On Stage And Screen

quoting Elizabeth Cobbsvia TDT News
Sunday, January 20, 2019

In 1918, a Killeen woman wrote to the Temple Daily Telegram. Listing her name only as “Wantogo,” she asked how she could go to France to assist in soldiers serving during World War I. The Temple Daily Telegram editor replied, “The only paths open to girls for actual war service are as telephone operator or nurse, and she must have special qualifications in either case. To become a telephone operator with the signal corps, she must be able to speak French fluently …”

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Bill Whalen In California Playbook

quoting Bill Whalenvia Politico
Friday, January 18, 2019

“Los Angeles Teachers’ Strike: Why Isn’t The City’s Mayor Calling Balls And Strikes?” by Hoover Instititution’s Bill Whalen: Since his landslide re-election nearly two years ago, Eric Garcetti hasn’t shied away from his interest in relocating from Los Angeles City Hall to the Oval Office. Last year, he hosted a fundraiser for South Carolina Democrats in his city and delivered a college commencement address in New Hampshire.

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Five Reasons Kamala Harris Is The Brand-New 2020 Democratic Party Frontrunner

quoting Bill Whalenvia Fox News
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

It may seem presumptuous to declare that freshman Senator Kamala Harris of California, who has been in office for only two years, is the most likely Democrat to be nominated for president next year. But those few who said the same thing about another freshman Senator of mixed race heritage named Barack Obama in 2006 found themselves proven right. In Harris’ case she has an even better chance than Obama since she won’t face the Clinton Machine that Obama did.

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Trump Keeps Praising International Strongmen, Alarming Human Rights Advocates

quoting Michael McFaulvia The Washington Post
Monday, May 1, 2017

It’s no longer just Vladi­mir Putin. As he settles into office, President Trump’s affection for totalitarian leaders has grown beyond Russia’s president to include strongmen around the globe.

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When Life Strikes The President

mentioning Kiron K. Skinnervia Oxford University Press
Monday, May 1, 2017

A new approach to presidential biography, tracing the impact of personal crises, emotional instabilities, illness, and death on presidential decision making and national (and international) outcomes.

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Why Predatory Pricing Is Highly Unlikely

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, May 1, 2017

A widely held belief is that large firms with some market power can use their profits generated in particular markets to cut prices below costs in another market and drive out their competitors. Then, according to this belief, once the competitors are driven out, the large firms can raise their prices in that market and collect higher-than-competitive prices.

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California Handgun Sales Spiked After Two Mass Shootings

mentioning Jonathan Roddenvia Stanford Medicine
Monday, May 1, 2017

In the six weeks after the Newtown and San Bernardino mass shootings, handguns sales jumped in California, yet there is little research on why — or on the implications for public health, according to a Stanford researcher.

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The Confused Status Of The Plaintiff Class Claims In Perry Capital V. Mnuchin

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Forbes
Monday, May 1, 2017

The D.C. Circuit majority offers no path through the litigation nightmare on remand.

Analysis and Commentary

Pre-Existing Conditions: Who Should Pay?

by Charles Blahousvia e21, Economic Policies for the 21st Century
Monday, May 1, 2017

Among the most vexing of our national health care policy challenges is the question of who should pay (and how) for the medical care of those with pre-existing health conditions.  Advocates propose a broad array of answers to this question, explanations of which rapidly grow complicated. 

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Victor Davis Hanson On Garrison Radio (49:53)

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Garrison (WIBC)
Monday, May 1, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson talks about freedom of speech and violence, as well as his National Review article "Will 2020 Be Another 1972 for Democrats?"

Analysis and Commentary

Therapeutic Universities And Soft Despotism

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Monday, May 1, 2017

The phenomenon of rich, privileged “snowflake” college students demanding “safe spaces” from “microagressions” rightly provokes derision and scorn from normal people. Those who live among the slings and arrows of the real world, where actions have consequences and one’s delicate self-esteem is a matter of indifference, can only shake their heads at such childish tantrums.

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The Promises And Perils Of Emerging Technologies For Cybersecurity

by Herbert Linvia Lawfare
Monday, May 1, 2017

In late March 2017, I was invited to submit for the record my views on “the Promises and Perils of Emerging Technologies for Cybersecurity" before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. What follows below is what I submitted for the hearing record held on March 22, slightly modified to include some references.  I invite comment from Lawfare readers.

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Jennifer Pahlka On Code For America

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, May 1, 2017

Jennifer Pahlka, founder of Code for America, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the organization she started. Code for America works with private sector tech people to bring technology to the provision of government services. 

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