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Thomas Sowell On The Origins Of Economic Disparities

interview with Thomas Sowellvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, May 17, 2019

Thomas Sowell discusses the newly revised edition of his book Discrimination and Disparities.

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The Global Crisis Of Democracy

by Larry Diamondvia The Wall Street Journal
Friday, May 17, 2019

There is nothing inevitable about the expansion of democracy. Among countries with populations above one million, there were only 11 democracies in 1900, 20 in 1920 and 29 in 1974. Only for the past quarter of a century has democracy been the world’s predominant form of government. By 1993, the number of democracies had exploded to 77—representing, for the first time in history, a majority of countries with at least one million people. By 2006, the number of democracies had ticked up to 86.

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Fellows With Friedman

featuring John H. Cochrane , Michael J. Boskin, David R. Henderson, Thomas Sowell, Richard A. Epstein, Alvin Rabushka, Robert E. Hallvia PolicyEd
Thursday, May 16, 2019

In a Wall Street Journalop-ed, “America Needs an Alternative Maximum Tax,” John Cochrane proposes a new kind of tax that caps the amount that people would pay in taxes to prevent indefinite tax-rate hikes. He asks, “How much is the most anyone should have to pay? When do taxes indisputably start to harm the economy and produce less revenue—when government takes 50% of people's income? 60%? 70%?” If there is a maximum amount that an individual pays, then once past that cap they wouldn’t pay any further federal income tax for that year.

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Ideas First, Politics Second: 23 Years Of Uncommon Knowledge

featuring Peter M. Robinsonvia The Hoover Centennial
Friday, May 17, 2019

Reminiscing on the surprises, thought-provoking questions, and variety of renowned guests over twenty-three years of Uncommon Knowledge.

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The Finance Of Infrastructure Symposium

Friday, May 17, 2019
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

It is widely understood that there is an infrastructure "gap" between planned and desired infrastructure; but actual investment in infrastructure is rife with challenges. This one-day symposium will aim to understand and discuss the obstacles that exist to the financing of infrastructure, and to discuss policy conclusions given these obstacles.

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Analysis and Commentary
The Classicist with Victor Davis Hanson:
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The Classicist: Understanding Chinese Strategy

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Thursday, May 16, 2019

A deep analysis of how Beijing is asserting itself on the world stage.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Trump’s Immigration Plan Matters (More Than The MSM Realizes)

by Timothy Kanevia Balance of Economics
Friday, May 17, 2019
In a Rose Garden speech yesterday afternoon (a beautiful mid-May Thursday that is 18 months before the next presidential election), President Trump offered some lengthy remarks about the long-awaited White House proposal to modernize the legal immigration system. This morning, leading newspapers and networks are mistakenly dismissing the plan and missing two watershed changes that Trump’s Plan embodies.
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Time For Iran To Face A Reckoning

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Friday, May 17, 2019

While the media obsess over chimeras like the president’s obstruction of justice for nonexistent crimes, and AG Barr’s impeachment for obeying the law, a collision between the U.S. and Iran is brewing in the Middle East. The question now is whether Iran will finally face the reckoning it has invited and deserved for 42 years, or the latest crisis will peter out into U.S. saber-rattling and empty threats.

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The Democratic Field Keeps Expanding; A Takeover Of the Senate, Not So Much

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Thursday, May 16, 2019
I won’t take up much of this space talking about New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s presidential prospects, now that he’s formally joined the crowded Democratic field.
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Lanhee Chen: The Leftward Lurch Continues

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Townhall Review
Friday, May 17, 2019
The leftward lurch of the Democratic contenders for the presidency continues. The latest idea? California Senator Kamala Harris has called for repeal of the Trump tax cuts. Not some of them. Or just the “tax cuts for the rich.” But all of them.
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If We Go To War With Iran, Blame President Jimmy Carter

by Markos Kounalakisvia Miami Herald
Thursday, May 16, 2019

immy Carter may be the one to blame if President Trump goes to war with Iran, thanks to his handed-down Carter Doctrine. The 94-year old ex-president is recovering from a turkey shoot hip injury, but while he was in the White House refusing to pardon Thanksgiving turkeys, he changed the course of America’s Iran policy.

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Coming Airline Competition

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Thursday, May 16, 2019

An invaluable source of information on transportation is Reason Foundation analyst Robert Poole. In his latest post, dated May 13, Bob Poole writes: The ULCCs [ultra low cost carriers] continue to grow and are among the world’s most profitable airlines.

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Santelli Exchange: John Taylor On Capital Flows

interview with John B. Taylorvia CNBC
Friday, May 17, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow John Taylor discusses foreign exchange and trade policy.
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Richard Epstein and John Yoo On Law Talk

interview with Richard A. Epstein, John Yoovia Law Talk With Epstein, Yoo & Senik
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein and John Yoo discuss the following legal controversies: what do Alabama’s new restrictions on abortion mean for the future of Roe v. Wade? What’s the proper libertarian position on compulsory vaccinations? Does Congress have a leg to stand on in its pursuit of Bill Barr? Was Harvard wrong to turn its back on a professor who’s defending Harvey Weinstein? And then, the professors finally answer the question you’ve waited years for: are bans on toplessness unconstitutional?

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The Evolution Of CTE With Scott Stump And Chester Finn

interview with Chester E. Finn Jr.via AEI
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Chester Finn discusses how CTE (Career and technical education) has evolved over time, which students are taking classes, and what policy solutions can ensure that CTE is available to all.

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Michael Auslin: "Promise Fatigue" With The False Promises Of The PRC

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses his RealClear Politics article "Trump Has 'Promise Fatigue' From Dealing With China."

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Elizabeth Cobbs: Harriet Tubman Like You've Never Read Her Before

interview with Elizabeth Cobbsvia WUNC
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Elizabeth Cobbs talks about her book The Tubman Command, and brings to life Tubman’s lesser known historical feats, while also providing readers some romance to keep them intrigued.

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Lanhee Chen: Would Trump’s Immigration Plan Help The US Economy?

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Fox News
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses how President Trump's immigration plan may affect the US economy.

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Michael Petrilli: Can We Really Transform District Schools?

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses the feasibility of empowering school administrators, and whether it’s feasible in district schools.
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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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George Shultz Explores The Future, Offers Solutions To Contemporary Problems

featuring George P. Shultzvia Stanford News
Thursday, May 16, 2019

In his new Hoover Institution Press book, Thinking About the Future, George Shultz reflects on more than half a century of public service to offer solutions to some of America’s most pressing contemporary problems.

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Former U.S. Ambassador To Russia Michael Mcfaul Says U.S. And Russia Are Not Natural Enemies

featuring Michael McFaulvia The Daily Northwestern
Friday, May 17, 2019
As long as Russian President Vladimir Putin is in power, U.S.-Russia relations will remain confrontational, former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul said Thursday.
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Selling Out American Exceptionalism

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Patriot Post
Thursday, May 16, 2019

That Americans are being bombarded by warnings of economic calamity arising from the escalating trade war with China is no accident. For decades, the nation has been sold a globalist bill of goods whereby international trade — regardless of the consequences it engendered domestically — was to be pursued with unrelenting vigor. That we’re getting cheap consumer goods from Communist thugs who wish to rule the world? For the globalists, who also see the nation-state as an anachronism, any moral component attached to “free” trade is irrelevant.

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Did China Break The World Economic Order?

quoting Martin Feldsteinvia The New York Times
Friday, May 17, 2019

Last Friday, the White House raised the tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports up to 25 percent. On Monday, China retaliated with tariffs of its own. The trade war is now full-on — except that it’s not really about trade.

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Do Politics Have A Place In Fed Appointments?

quoting Darrell Duffievia Chicago Booth Review
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Recent nominations to join the board of governors of the US Federal Reserve have raised concerns about political threats to the independence of monetary policy-making. The Economist has explained the dangers of weakened central banks, not only in the United States but also elsewhere in the world. And economists and economic journalists have questioned the economic ideas of US President Donald Trump’s latest Fed board picks, both of whom have now withdrawn their names from consideration for the post.

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Trump Wary Of Plunging Into Iran War Ahead Of 2020 Re-Election

quoting Lanhee J. Chenvia Bloomberg
Thursday, May 16, 2019

President Donald Trump is wary of drawing the U.S. into a war with Iran, in part out of concern that an armed conflict with the Islamic Republic would imperil his chances at winning a second term, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Trump’s New Chokehold On Huawei Threatens The Telecom Firm And U.S.-China Trade Talks

quoting Elizabeth Economyvia The Los Angeles Times
Thursday, May 16, 2019

When the Trump administration blocked U.S. firms last year from providing critical parts to ZTE Corp., it quickly paralyzed the Chinese telecom company and threatened to force it into bankruptcy — until President Trump issued a last-minute reprieve as a favor to Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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Coup Collaborators Turn On Each Other

quoting John Yoovia Rush Limbaugh Show
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Mr. Barr appointing Mr. Durham to go out there and look at the investigation, guess what’s happening? All of these participants in the coup are beginning to accuse each other. This is so delicious. Comey’s out there smearing Rosenstein. Rosenstein smears back. Brennan and Comey are going at it over who first put the unverified dossier into the intelligence briefing. Folks, it’s like rats scurrying amidst the ship to try to get off of it. They’re all out there trying to say, “I didn’t do it; you did it.

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Core Concepts

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

One of my former students, a student who performed very well in my class and has kept in touch on economic issues, sent me a link to John Cassidy, "A New Way to Learn Economics," New Yorker, September 11, 2017.

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Imprisoned In Iran

quoting Stephen Kotkinvia Princeton University
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Grad student convicted of espionage after archival research for Ph.D.

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Duet

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sometimes the blog posts write themselves from contrasting newspaper headlines.

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Michael Petrilli: Is New York City Vacuously Filling Teacher Vacancies?

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli talks about New York City’s controversial new plan to use its Absent Teacher Reserve Pool to fill its teacher vacancies.

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Wish We Could Have Acted In Advance To Ease Liquidity Situation, Says Rajan

quoting Raghuram Rajanvia Kashmir Monitor
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Raghuram Rajan has said that in hindsight it appears that the central bank under his governorship could have managed the liquidity in banking system in a better manner on certain occasions.

Analysis and Commentary

The Case For Letting School Districts Be School Districts

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

David Osborne, known for his best-selling Reinventing Government, is out with a new book, Reinventing America’s Schools. To promote it, he is blitzing the country and filling the nation’s newspapers with an argument that is familiar yet powerful: High quality charter schools are the best hope for urban education, so states and cities should do everything in their power to allow them to grow and prosper, and school districts should embrace them as well.

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If Gov. Brown Insists On Traveling, Here’s Where He Should Go

by Bill Whalenvia Sacramento Bee
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

After six years of rarely venturing beyond California, Jerry Brown is spreading his wings. Earlier this month, it was a quick trip to an economic conference in Vladivostok, Russia. In November, he’s off to Germany for a U.N. conference on climate change.

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Who Defaults On Their Mortgage, And Why? Policy Implications For Reducing Mortgage Default

by Lee Ohanianvia Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Over 60 percent of Great Recession mortgage defaults reflected owners’ inability to pay; policies that lower monthly payments may be more effective than debt forgiveness at reducing future defaults.

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Free Speech Under Threat

by David Davenportvia Townhall
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

This summer, Commentary magazine published a forum on the question: Is free speech under threat in the United States?

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Rethinking The ‘Infrastructure’ Discussion Amid A Blitz Of Hurricanes

quoting Alice Hillvia Propublica
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Several experts on climate and resilience talk about the role of government.

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