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Sudan On The Cusp Of Democratic Change

by Larry Diamond, Anne Pence, Mohamed Abubakrvia The American Interest
Friday, May 17, 2019

Larry Diamond is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and Stanford University. Anne Pence was G7/G8 policy advisor at the State Department, senior advisor to the US MCC, a USAID Mission economist in Sudan and is on the Advisory Board of the African Middle Eastern Leadership Project (AMEL). Mohamed Abubakr, a Sudanese human rights activist, is President of AMEL.

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War Is The New Normal In Washington

by David Davenportvia San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, May 17, 2019

I have some bad news for Joe Biden: Donald Trump is not, as Biden said recently, an “aberration” from the bipartisan policymaking he remembers nostalgically in Washington. Biden’s “Republican friends,” and even many of his fellow Democrats, are not waiting eagerly for the kind of collegial dealmaking he says he will bring to Washington. Rather both politics and policy have shifted dramatically from a model of deliberation to one in which war is the new normal.

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Bridging The Religious-Secular Divide

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Sunday, May 19, 2019

Of the many causes of political polarization in the United States, the conflict between religion and secularism is the oldest and deepest. Easing this conflict — desirable for its own sake — stands a chance of also tempering the increasingly entrenched enmity in our politics between right and left.

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He Did It, Not Me!

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, May 19, 2019

There is something Kafkaesque about the current round of investigating possible FBI, CIA, National Security Agency, Justice Department, and National Security Council wrongdoing during the 2016 election, Trump transition, and early presidency.

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A Century Of Ideas: Technology, Innovation, And The Future Of The US Economy

Monday, May 20, 2019
Hauck Auditorium, Hoover Institution

This session will discuss the historical sources of prosperity in the United States and will look at the drivers of prosperity over the next century. Panelists will also address the ongoing debate about the impact of artificial intelligence and robotics on standards of living and the relevant facts and data to consider.

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The Democrats Lurch Hard To The Left

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Las Vegas Review Journal
Saturday, May 18, 2019

As we are now in the early stages of the presidential sweepstakes, it seems beyond doubt that President Donald Trump — notwithstanding his shaky approval ratings — will emerge as the Republican standard bearer in the 2020 election. On the Democratic side, the polls give this surprising message: The entry of Joe Biden into the campaign has turned things around overnight.

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Area 45: The Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy (Part II) With Byron York

interview with Byron Yorkvia Area 45
Monday, May 20, 2019

Byron York offers his thoughts on the state of the 2020 presidential race.

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You’re Big, Germany. Now Act Like It.

by Melvyn B. Kraussvia Yahoo Finance
Sunday, May 19, 2019

Germany’s best friends in Europe, the Dutch, are becoming concerned that Europe’s most important country has adopted a small-country mentality. They’re right.

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Mary Hirschfeld On Economics, Culture, And Aquinas And The Market

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, May 20, 2019

Author, economist, and theologian Mary Hirschfeld of Villanova University talks about her book, Aquinas and the Market, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Hirschfeld looks at the nature of our economic activity as buyers and sellers and whether our pursuit of economic growth and material well-being comes at a cost. She encourages a skeptical stance about the ability of more stuff to produce true happiness and/or satisfaction. The conversation includes a critique of economic theory and the aspect of human satisfaction outside the domain of economists.

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Working Together For Charter Schools In Indianapolis

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, May 20, 2019

Robin J. Lake, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss what Indianapolis has done to make charter schools work.

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What Makes The Poll Worker Tick

by Chirantan Chatterjeevia The Telegraph
Friday, May 17, 2019

Be it the defiling of a statue of Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar, slapping leaders during campaigning or influencing votes within polling booths, the unsung but assiduous work of the Indian poll worker may be the central story of the 2019 general elections.

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The Results Of Florida’s Education Reforms Are Impressive. Their Return-On-Investment Is Totally Off The Charts.

by Michael J. Petrillivia Foundation of Florida's Future
Monday, May 20, 2019

Florida is celebrating the twenty-year mark of the A+ Plan for Education, which brought accountability, parental choice and evidence-based practices to the state’s schools. And to be sure, it’s an occasion worth celebrating, given the Sunshine State’s strong record of educational progress since then-governor Jeb Bush and his legislative partners ushered in the integrated suite of landmark reforms.

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Alice Rivlin RIP

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, May 17, 2019

Economist Alice Rivlin died Tuesday at age 88. She was my favorite liberal (in the modern, not classical, sense) economist. She called it the way she saw it and was generally regarded by all sides as independent. That sometimes got her in hot water with her fellow Democrats.

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Alice Rivlin Continued

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Yesterday, I posted some highlights from a 2002 interview with Alice Rivlin. Here are more highlights from that interview.

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Alice Rivlin Reminiscences

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, May 19, 2019

I discussed the late Alice Rivlin here and here. Here are one personal reminiscence about Alice Rivlin and one thought about a 1993 or 1994 Wall Street Journal op/ed she wrote.

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1 Of 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, May 18, 2019

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "The President's Privilege."

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 2 Of 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, May 18, 2019

(Part 2) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "The President's Privilege."

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Fiction: Tales Of History And Imagination

featuring Elizabeth Cobbsvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, May 17, 2019

‘The most preposterous things in this narrative are true,” writes Roxana Robinson in an endnote to “Dawson’s Fall” (Sarah Crichton/FSG, 332 pages, $27), her potent amalgam of fiction, genealogy and archival transcripts. Ms. Robinson’s central character, the newspaperman Francis Dawson, is also her great-grandfather, and by envisioning his life and death she conjures the conditions of post-Reconstruction South Carolina, a place defined by its “twinned tendencies toward violence: one from seven hundred years of savage border fighting, and one from two hundred years of that peculiar institution, slavery.”

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Conference Observes 30th Anniversary Of Tiananmen Incident

quoting Larry Diamondvia Focus Taiwan
Saturday, May 18, 2019

Pro-democracy advocates and activists marked the 30th anniversary of the Tianamen Incident at an international conference in Taipei Saturday, urging the world not to forget the bloody crackdown and keep on working toward the sustainable growth of democracy around the world.

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Delingpole: Guardian Invents Scary New Name For ‘Global Warming’ — ‘Global Heating’

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Breitbart
Friday, May 17, 2019

From now on, the Guardian‘s editor-in-chief Kath Viner has ordered, ‘global warming’ is to be called ‘global heating.’

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Why Our Politics Pits Rural Parties Against Urban Parties

quoting Jonathan Roddenvia The Globe and Mail
Saturday, May 18, 2019

The United States, like most Western nations, no longer has a conservative political party and a liberal party, but rather a city party and a country party.

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The Tubman Command

mentioning Elizabeth Cobbsvia Book Marks
Monday, May 20, 2019

Harriet Tubman was a scout for the union army and led a successful raid up the Combahee River in South Carolina that freed 750 men, women, and children. This is the historical novel of her heroic raid, from the bestselling author of The Hamilton Affair.

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Raj Chetty's Non Sequitur

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Stanford economics professor Raj Chetty, who studies income inequality, has put out on the web a rich array of PowerPoints and videos as part of his Equality of Opportunity project. I haven't looked at them all yet--the sheer number of PowerPoints and videos is daunting.

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Peter Berkowitz Discusses Education On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Peter Berkowitzvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Peter Berkowitz discusses the value of education at colleges and universities in the US.

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Whither Indonesia?

by Paul Wolfowitzvia The Caravan
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The news from Jakarta last April 20 presented a very sad juxtaposition. On the one hand, there was US Vice President Mike Pence, expressing his admiration for Indonesia’s tradition of religious tolerance and moderation and reassuring Indonesians on behalf of the Trump administration, that the new visa restrictions would not apply to Indonesians.  At the same time, the Acting Governor (equivalent of Mayor) of Jakarta, Basuki Cahaya Purnama – commonly known as Ahok – was facing a court in that city on the criminal charge of blaspheming Islam. 

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Area 45: The North Korean Conundrum

interview with Michael R. Auslin, Bill Whalenvia Area 45
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

To paraphrase Winston Churchill, I cannot forecast to you the action of North Korea. It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, but perhaps there is a key. That key is North Korean national interest

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ISIS In Mindanao: A Threat To The U.S.?

by David S. Maxwellvia The Caravan
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

We should be clear: Mindanao is not Syria, Iraq, or Afghanistan.  We cannot approach a province of our longest standing treaty ally the same way we do in Syria or any of the other 18 or so countries to which the ISIS virus as spread.

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Chinese Citizens Beyond State Borders And The Perceived Threat Of Islamism In China

by Kelly A. Hammond via The Caravan
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Islam came Islam came to China in the seventh century when Muslim envoys in the service of the third Caliph Uthman traveled to Guangzhou (previously Canton) to discuss trade and diplomacy with the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The Emperor Gaozong had a mosque erected in their honor, and for the next few hundred years the majority of Muslims in the Chinese empire were sojourners traveling from Arabia and Persia as merchants. It was not until the Mongol Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) that Muslims really started to settle permanently in China. The Mongols imported Persians and Central Asians to work as administrators and bureaucrats, while also deploying large embassies to places like Bukhara and Samarkand to facilitate trade and diplomatic relations. 

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Islam, Islamism And US Strategy In Maritime Southeast Asia

by Russell A. Bermanvia The Caravan
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Maritime Southeast Asia, the area circumscribed by the Malaysian peninsula, the Indonesian archipelago and the Philippines, is vital to US strategic concerns for two primary reasons. First, this region includes the South China Sea where American and Chinese ambitions may be heading toward direct conflict as China continues to press forward with its agenda of extending its reach.

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ISIS In The Philippines: A Threat To US Interests

by Dr. Joseph Felter via The Caravan
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

On 23 May 2017, several hundred militants acting in the name of the Islamic State seized control of a portion of Marawi City, in the southern Philippines, after months of preparation and stockpiling of arms and munitions. The group was led by Isnilon Hapilon, a member of the Islamic extremist Abu Sayyaf Group whom ISIS named its Emir for Southeast Asia.  Isnilon Hapilon used ISIS’s extremist ideology to galvanize support amongst several disparate extremist groups, most notably Omar and Abdullah Maute, who founded Dawlah Islamiyah. 

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Trump Tax Plan Benefits Wealthy, Including Trump

quoting Martin Feldsteinvia The New York Times
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The tax plan that the Trump administration outlined on Wednesday is a potentially huge windfall for the wealthiest Americans. It would not directly benefit the bottom third of the population. As for the middle class, the benefits appear to be modest.

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The Libertarian: DACA And The Future Of Immigration Policy

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Can America chart a sensible course on immigration policy in the Trump era?

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