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Warren Buffett, Taxing Capital Income Is A Bad Idea

by Lee Ohanianvia The Hill
Monday, November 11, 2019

In 2011, superstar investor Warren Buffett made headlines not for his investment recommendations but for his opinion that tax rates on high earners should substantially increase.

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In California, It’s Impossible For Democrats To Book A Good Venue These Days

by Bill Whalenvia The Washington Post
Friday, November 8, 2019

It is fitting that, for a state plagued by a homelessness crisis, the 2020 Democratic presidential field has suddenly found itself without a roof in California.

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Impeachment Hangs On Whether Trump's Actions Were Illegal Or Merely Ugly

by David Davenportvia The Washington Examiner
Friday, November 8, 2019

In the first 175 years of the Republic, the House of Representatives impeached only one president, Andrew Johnson. Now, in the last 57 years, we have impeached two presidents, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, and are on the verge of impeaching a third. It’s worth considering the modern rise in impeachments: Are presidents really that much worse, or is something larger afoot?

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The Looming ‘1984’ Election

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, November 10, 2019

For a variety of reasons, the 2020 election is going to be a referendum beyond Donald Trump’s record and his Democratic opposition.

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The Unbelievable Night The Berlin Wall Fell

by Peter M. Robinsonvia New York Post
Friday, November 8, 2019

Two scenes from the end of the Cold War: Scene one: On June 12, 1987, President Reagan stood before the Berlin Wall, the Brandenburg Gate rising behind him, to challenge to the leader of the Soviet Union. “General Secretary Gorbachev,” the president said, “if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

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The Big Winner In Ukraine Scandal? Russia — Just As It Always Wanted

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Vladimir Putin's nightmare is a prosperous, rule-of-law Ukraine integrated into the affluent West on Russia’s border. Such a Ukrainian success story would trace back to its popular revolution on Maidan Square in February 2004. Might Ukraine not give the Russian people ideas to do the same?

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Blahous: There’s Still No Plan To Finance ‘Medicare For All’

by Charles Blahousvia Pantagraph
Saturday, November 9, 2019

On Nov. 1, presidential candidate and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., announced a proposal billed as a financing plan for “Medicare for All.” Unfortunately, it does not even acknowledge, let alone finance, the costs of Medicare for All.

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How Long Before The Bloom(berg) Is Off The Rose?

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Sunday, November 10, 2019

I want to explore the national prospects of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, apparently the latest entry to the Democratic presidential race (though his filing for Alabama’s March primary might prove to be an elaborate trial balloon that never gained altitude), but first I must confess to a bias.

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Rory Sutherland On Alchemy

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, November 11, 2019

Author and Advertising Executive Rory Sutherland of Ogilvy talks about his book Alchemy with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Sutherland makes the case for the magic (yes, magic!) of advertising and branding in helping markets work well.

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My Vivid Memories Of The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, November 9, 2019

On this 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, I’m posting a section from Chapter 3 of my book The Joy of Freedom: An Economist’s Odyssey. The chapter is titled “We Won, But...”

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Area 45: John Batchelor

interview with John Batchelorvia Area 45
Friday, November 8, 2019

John Batchelor discusses what drew him to the world of talk radio and how the Trump presidency has affected his show.

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NAEP 2019: The Terrible Impact Of The Great Recession

by Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas Fordham Institute
Friday, November 8, 2019

In previous posts and in comments to the media, I’ve been making the case that the lingering effects of the Great Recession might partially explain the disappointing student achievement trends we’ve seen as of late, both on the Nation’s Report Card and on state assessments.

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Civil Discussion At My Boise State University Talk

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, November 10, 2019

Based on my sample size, civility is alive and well at Boise State. There has been so much discussion on line in the last few years about how hostile, and even, sometimes, violent U.S. college students have been to speakers who favor freedom. I think it’s important to right the balance by pointing out when that doesn’t happen.

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The Liberal Reagan You Never Hear About

by Markos Kounalakisvia Washington Monthly
Monday, November 11, 2019
In the early 2000s, as advanced Alzheimer’s disease continued to take its toll on Ronald Reagan’s cognitive faculties, a dedicated group of conservative ideologues and anti-tax proselytizers were working overtime to define a cohesive narrative of his presidency and establish a permanent anti-tax Reagan legacy in the collective memory.
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Duflo And Banerjee's Deficient Thinking On Incentives, Part I

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, November 8, 2019

Within 2 weeks of sharing the 2019 Nobel Prize in economics with Michael Kremer, MIT economists Esther Duflo and Abhijit Banerjee wrote a long piece for the Sunday New York Times in which they argued that financial incentives are not as important as many economists think.

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Lee Ohanian: Seattle Deriding Math As "Western"

interview with Lee Ohanianvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, November 8, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lee Ohanian discusses his California On Your Mind article "Seattle Schools Propose To Teach That Math Education Is Racist—Will California Be Far Behind?"

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Richard Epstein: Warrencare: Taxman Approaches (Part 1)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, November 8, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Warrencare."

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Richard Epstein: Warrencare: Taxman Approaches (Part 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, November 8, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Warrencare."

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Victor Davis Hanson: 'I Don't Quite See The Logic' In A Michael Bloomberg 2020 Run

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Friday, November 8, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's potential entrance into the 2020 Democratic race.

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Morris Fiorina: The Perils Of Sorting With Just Two Political Parties (Part 1)

interview with Morris P. Fiorinavia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Morris Fiorina discusses his Policyed video Political and Electoral Instability.

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Morris Fiorina: The Perils Of Sorting With Just Two Political Parties (Part 2)

interview with Morris P. Fiorinavia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, November 9, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Morris Fiorina discusses his Policyed video Political and Electoral Instability.

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Timothy Garton Ash: Witnesses To The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

interview with Timothy Garton Ashvia Daily Local News
Friday, November 8, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Timothy Garton Ash discusses the fall of the Berlin Wall.
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Niall Ferguson: On GPS: Would Impeaching Trump Hurt Or Help Him?

interview with Niall Fergusonvia CNN
Friday, November 8, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses the merits of impeachment.
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Richard Allen: Remember Ronald Reagan's First Visit To The Berlin Wall, 1978

interview with Richard V. Allenvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, November 8, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Richard Allen discusses Ronald Reagan's first visit to the Berlin Wall.
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Terry Moe: Warren's Education Plans Are In Lockstep With The Teachers' Unions On Charters, Segregation, Special Education & What Is To Be Done?

interview with Terry M. Moevia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, November 8, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Terry Moe discusses Elizabeth Warren's plans for education.
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Mattis Offers Good Advice This Veterans Day

featuring General Jim Mattisvia Home Town Source
Friday, November 8, 2019
Five or more years ago, Camp Ripley held a program to honor veterans of the Vietnam War. By bureaucratic definition, I am officially a Vietnam vet, having visited the war zone numerous times during my 31 months on active duty.
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Trump May Not Be Able To Secure A Lasting US-China Deal: Raghuram Rajan

featuring Raghuram Rajanvia Business Standard
Friday, November 8, 2019

The US-China trade war could still escalate despite recent discussions on removing imposed tariffs, and the Trump administration may not be able to secure a lasting deal, former Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan said.

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Andrew Roberts: ‘We’re Lucky Churchill Was So Egotistical

featuring Andrew Robertsvia The Guardian
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Andrew Roberts is a historian and journalist. He is a visiting professor at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and also has positions at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and the Lehrman Institute at the New York Historical Society. His latest book, Leadership in War, looks at nine leaders from Napoleon to Margaret Thatcher, examining how they performed in conditions of war.
Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California
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Why Retired California Cops Are Fleeing The Golden State

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Law Officer
Sunday, November 10, 2019
Upon retirement my wife and I sold our home, packed the U-haul, loaded the dogs and moved to Texas. Our daughter and her family had previously relocated, so that motivated us. But ongoing state politics made the decision easy.
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The Fall Of The Wall, 30 Years Later

quoting Stephen Kotkinvia Powerline
Saturday, November 9, 2019
The fall of the Berlin Wall on this day 30 years ago was the most spectacular moment of the end of the Cold War, but in fact only represented the mid-point in the “last sad chapter” of this bizarre story, as Ronald Reagan once put it. The occasion of remembering the last day of the Wall is a fitting time to recall the broader sweep of events that surrounded it.
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Bloomberg Bid Upsets The Electoral Calculus

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Liberty Nation
Saturday, November 9, 2019
The former mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, has officially signed the paperwork to be a candidate in the Alabama Democratic presidential primary. Although this does not signify a definite intent to run, it amounts to far more than just dipping a toe in the water. This move has, however, created enormous shockwaves through the primary field, and if he goes ahead, could change everything we thought we knew about the final results.
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Mcdaniel-Hale: Parental Involvement, Not Per-student Spending, Key To How Well Children Do In School

quoting Eric Hanushekvia Chicago Tribune
Friday, November 8, 2019

Financial data in the new Illinois Report Card recently released reports that School District U46 spent an average of $12,000 per student during the 2018-19 school year. Per-pupil spending is a new addition this year to every report card prepared by the Illinois State Board of Education.

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Teacher Entrepreneurs Could Rescue South African Schools

quoting Thomas Sowellvia City Press
Saturday, November 9, 2019
US economist Thomas Sowell provided an important insight into education when he said: “It is not simply what education teaches us directly, but how well it prepares us to learn ourselves that is the ultimate measure of its value.”
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30 Years After The Fall Of The Berlin Wall, Right-wing Extremism Is On The Rise As The East Lags Behind

quoting Timothy Garton Ashvia ABC News
Saturday, November 9, 2019
In the evening hours of Nov. 9, 1989 the world watched as East Berliners climbed over the wall for the first time, celebrating a newfound hope and freedom.
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Setting Our Priorities Straight

quoting Michael Spencevia The Daily Star
Saturday, November 9, 2019
When job seekers look for new employees, they need a system to filter out the best candidates. Indicators of potential or skill are a key component. Nobel prize winning Economist Michael Spence refers to such indicators as “signals”.
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They Don't Know What Socialism Is...

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia American Thinker
Saturday, November 9, 2019
How do you explain that so many Americans want socialism?
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Three Presidential Actions Not Much Noted

quoting Peter M. Robinsonvia Ricochet
Friday, November 8, 2019
Thursday, November 7, 2019, brought three significant actions by President Trump: two Proclamations and one award ceremony. They all addressed service, freedom, and gratitude.
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Why Trump Survived Sexual Harassment Claims While Others Did Not

quoting Bill Whalenvia Stock Daily Dish
Saturday, November 9, 2019

What does Donald Trump have that former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, TV newsman Mark Halperin and actor Kevin Spacey don’t? A job.

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Berlin Wall Reminds Us Of What Happens After We ‘Smash Capitalism’

quoting David R. Hendersonvia Eurasia Review
Saturday, November 9, 2019

This week marks the thirtieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Decades later, the wall remains a symbol of the violence employed by socialist states, and a reminder that the egalitarian workers’ paradise of East Germany was so hated by its residents that the state had to build a wall to keep residents in.

In the News

As Recession Threat Fades, President Trump Grows Optimistic Economy Can Propel Reelection Bid

quoting Kevin Hassettvia The Washington Post
Friday, November 8, 2019
In late October, President Trump spoke with one of his top advisers after reading reports of election forecasting models that predict a win for him based on the economy’s performance.
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Statue of Ronald Reagan Unveiled Near Where He Gave His 'Tear Down This Wall' Speech

quoting Peter M. Robinsonvia PJ Media
Saturday, November 9, 2019

It was an overcast and warm day in June of 1987 when Ronald Reagan stepped to the podium at the Brandenburg Gate to deliver what many believe was his most memorable speech. What made it memorable was the brutal honesty that Reagan used to describe the world as it was in 1987.

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Trump’s Economy Has Been A Boon To Minorities And Other Commentary

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia The New York Post
Sunday, November 10, 2019

Karl Smith at Bloomberg offers a “reasonable explanation” for the upward drift in President Trump’s approval ratings over the past two years: “The economic expansion has been particularly beneficial for minority workers.” Jobless rates for African Americans, Hispanics and Asians are all at “historic” lows.

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The Call Of Duty Endowment Celebrates Its 10-year Anniversary Veterans Day By Announcing The “Hire. Honor.” Campaign

mentioning General Jim Mattisvia Yahoo Finance
Friday, November 8, 2019

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the Call of Duty Endowment announces its new “Hire. Honor.” campaign.

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Stanford Honors Veterans – Past And Present – On Veterans Day

mentioning Hoover Institutionvia Stanford News
Monday, November 11, 2019
To commemorate Veterans Day, Stanford will place floral wreaths today in Memorial Court and at the entrance to Memorial Auditorium by 11 a.m., along with a letter from President Marc Tessier-Lavigne.
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Kiron Skinner: What Are Potential Benefits Of Trump's Kim Jong Un Meeting?

interview with Kiron K. Skinnervia America's News HQ (Fox News)
Sunday, March 11, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Kiron Skinner discusses the dangers and opportunities that come with a possible US-North Korea summit.

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What The Chicago Way Did To The Federal Government

mentioning Victor Davis Hansonvia Wizbang
Sunday, March 11, 2018

Victor Davis Hanson has a very interesting article up over at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He’s titled his piece “Rethinking Watergate.” In doing so he draws a simile between the Nixon Administration’s “Watergate” scandal and the Obama Administration’s abuse of National Intelligence resources which is both inaccurate and a disservice to the memory of Richard Nixon.

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Niall Ferguson On Trump's Proposed Meeting With Kim Jong Un

interview with Niall Fergusonvia America's News HQ (Fox News)
Sunday, March 11, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses President Trump's potential meeting with Kim Jong Un as well as Ferguson's recent book The Square And The Tower.

Analysis and Commentary

Trump's Late In Getting To California, But He May Be A Step Ahead In Setting Up For 2020

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Sunday, March 11, 2018

When Donald Trump touches down in California on Tuesday, for the time as America’s 45th President, the question will be: is Trump politically ahead or behind the curve?

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How Today’s Loudest Progressives Are Nothing Like Those Who Fought For Civil Rights

quoting Shelby Steelevia Alabama Today
Sunday, March 11, 2018
“Unlike the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s, when protesters wore their Sunday best and carried themselves with heroic dignity, today’s liberal marches are marked by incoherence and downright lunacy — hats designed to evoke sexual organs, poems that scream in anger yet have no point to make, and an hysterical anti-Americanism.”
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7 Reasons You Should Care About Tariffs On Steel And Aluminum

quoting John H. Cochranevia Michigan Live
Sunday, March 11, 2018

There are good reasons you should care about the new tariffs on steel and aluminum announced last week by President Trump.

In the News

Political Experts Weigh-In On 'War Of Words' Between Trump And State Lawmakers

quoting Lanhee J. Chenvia ABC 7 News
Saturday, March 10, 2018

It has been an unprecedented week in politics as relations between state lawmakers and the federal government seem to have reached a boiling point - and now, some people are wondering how much of an impact this 'war of words' will have on this year's mid-term elections.

In the News

Growing Cash In Economy May Be Due To Polls: SBI

quoting Raghuram Rajanvia The Times of India
Saturday, March 10, 2018

State Bank of India (SBI) has said that the spike in currency in circulation to near pre-demonetisation levels is possibly driven by political parties hoarding cash ahead of polls. Historically, cash usage picks up ahead of elections across governments. The surge in currency is slowing down deposit growth and pushing up interest rates in money markets.

Analysis and Commentary

Letter From A Former Student

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, March 10, 2018

I received the letter below from a former student. It's somewhat edited, partly to hide his identity. He gave me his permission to post it.

In the News

Here’s What To Look For During The North Korea Showdown

quoting Michael R. Auslinvia New York Post
Saturday, March 10, 2018

After a 70-year stalemate, the high-stakes standoff between the United States and North Korea may finally be entering its endgame.

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