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Michael McFaul: When The President Takes Putin's Side Over Yours (8:07)

interview with Michael McFaulvia Slate
Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Michael McFaul talks about how he ended up in Putin's sights, Trump not confronting Putin, how the Kremlin abuses Interpol, and more.

Analysis and Commentary

Henderson's Heroism, Part II

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

This is from some reminiscences that my uncle Fred Henderson wrote about escaping from a German prison camp during World War II.


The Trade War To End All Trade Wars Will End In Economic Carnage

by John H. Cochrane via The Hill
Tuesday, July 31, 2018

One hundred and four years ago this August, the war to end all wars broke out. It was a war that nobody wanted. The world stumbled in to it almost by accident and then could not get out.

In the News

What Is Election ‘Meddling’ And When Did Everyone Start Using That Term?

quoting Michael McFaulvia Lawfare
Monday, July 30, 2018

The answer turns out to be amusing: The word “meddling” in this context entered the American lexicon because of a rare partnership between an unlikely duo: Russian President Vladimir Putin and former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul—a man Putin now famously wants to interrogate.


Lee Ohanian On Armstrong And Getty Discussing Trade

interview with Lee Ohanianvia Armstrong and Getty
Saturday, July 28, 2018

(1:01) Hoover Institution fellow Lee Ohanian discusses the trade talks between the US and the European Union, renegotiating NAFTA, and what to do with China on trade.

Analysis and Commentary

Jesus Rex Poloniae

by Timothy Garton Ashvia The New York Review of Books
Monday, July 30, 2018

Arriving in Warsaw, I am told that Jesus Christ was recently enthroned as king of Poland. On state television, the country’s de facto leader, Jarosław Kaczyński, declares: “Vox populi, vox dei!” Polish populism in a Latin nutshell. The voice of the people is the voice of God, and he, the leader who interprets the will of the people, must therefore also be doing the will of God.

Analysis and Commentary

Alberto Alesina On Immigration And Redistribution

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, July 30, 2018

Alberto Alesina of Harvard University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about how people in the US and five European countries perceive the population and characteristics of legal immigrants.

Analysis and Commentary

A Toxic Turkish Photo-Op

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, July 29, 2018

[Subscription Required] Here’s the moral of this short story: If you’re a Turkish-German soccer star, don’t pose for photographs with the autocrat who governs the country of your forebears. No good can come of it.

In the News

How Athens Rebuilt Itself, Only To Be Defeated By A Foreign Power

featuring Victor Davis Hansonvia The Federalist
Friday, July 27, 2018
In the ninth and final lecture of Hillsdale College’s course on the histories of Athens and Sparta, which you can follow along with me here, Victor Davis Hanson, a history fellow at the college, explains the downfall of ancient Athens.

Putin Wanted To Interrogate Me. Trump Called It ‘An Incredible Offer.’ Why?

by Michael McFaulvia The Washington Post
Friday, July 27, 2018

I thought I was done worrying about Vladimir Putin. I left Moscow in 2014 as the departing U.S. ambassador, after Putin spent my two-year stint deploying state-controlled media outlets and their surrogates to propagate disinformation about me.