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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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Tackling Non-Inclusive Growth

by Michael Spencevia Project Syndicate
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Rigorous research on the causes and consequences of unequally distributed growth is necessary to identify solutions. But the best analysis means little in the absence of hands-on consensus-building and political engagement.

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Political Science Professor Details Increasing Danger Of ‘Insider Threats’

quoting Herbert Linvia Stanford Daily
Monday, September 25, 2017

With credit agency Equifax’s massive data breach and alleged Russian hacking in the 2016 election drawing media attention, Stanford political science professor Scott Sagan has found, in a new study, that although the possibility of “insider threats” to an organization’s security on a daily basis is low, the consequences increase dangerously with each breach.

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Law Professor Michael McConnell Wins Rex E. Lee Advocacy Award

featuring Michael McConnellvia Stanford News
Monday, September 25, 2017

Michael McConnell, the Richard and Frances Mallery Professor and Director of the Constitutional Law Center, was awarded the Rex E. Lee Advocacy Award by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.

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What's The Story?

featuring Shelby Steelevia The Weekly Standard
Monday, September 25, 2017

If I were a Republican strategist, which I’m pleased to say I’m not, I would pay especial attention to Shelby Steele’s op-ed “Why the Left Can’t Let Go of Racism” in the August 27 issue of the Wall Street Journal. Toward the close of his article, Steele writes that “the great problem for conservatives is that they lack the moral glibness to compete with liberalism’s ‘innocence’ ”—innocence, in this case, from the evil of racism and social injustice generally. Steele then goes on briefly to suggest that “reality” should be the “informing vision” of conservatism.” 

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Barbara W. Tuchman, The Guns Of August (1962)

by Vince Gouldingvia Classics of Military History
Monday, September 25, 2017

Barbara Tuchman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning The Guns of August is the starting point for any serious study of the First World War. Its great strength lies in its adroit connection of the political decision making and strategic miscalculations which led to the military operations that directly followed in that critical opening month of the war. 

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Health Care Policy Isn't So Hard

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Monday, September 25, 2017

Last July, as the last Republican Obamacare bill was imploding, Greg Mankiw wrote "Why Health Care Policy is So Hard" in the New York Times. For once, I think Greg got it wrong. Health care policy isn't hard at all, at least as a matter of economics. 

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Experts: Prez Should Take Timeout On Topic

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Boston Herald
Monday, September 25, 2017

Football fans’ boos and the calls for an NFL boycott bolstered President Trump’s base after he slammed athletes refusing to stand for the national anthem, but he needs to leave the field in order to get the win, political strategists said.

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Henderson On Rothstein's The Color Of Law

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, September 25, 2017

"We have created a caste system in this country, with African Americans kept exploited and geographically separate by racially explicit government policies." So writes Richard Rothstein in The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. That's a strong statement. But Rothstein, a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) and a fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, provides much support for his claim.

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Gorsuch Vote Could Revive Public Union Fees Case This Week

quoting Richard A. Epsteinvia Bloomberg BNA
Monday, September 25, 2017

A fight over whether public sector workers who don’t join a union can be required to pay “fair share fees” to the union could be revived when the U.S. Supreme Court this week considers which cases to take up in the current term.

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Why Single Payer Health Care Is A Terrible Option

by Scott W. Atlasvia CNN
Monday, September 25, 2017

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is failing. Without regard for consequences, the law expanded government insurance programs and imposed considerable federal authority over US health care via new mandates, regulations and taxes. Insurance premiums skyrocketed even as deductibles rose; consumer choices of insurance on state marketplaces have rapidly vanished; and for those with ACA coverage, doctor and hospital choices have narrowed dramatically.

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