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Analysis and Commentary

Five Reasons We All Should Care That A New NAEP Is Almost Here

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

It’s become fashionable in ed-policy circles to decry “misNAEPery,” coined by Mathematica’s Steven Glazerman and defined as the inappropriate use of data from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. It’s an important caution to us pundits and journalists not to make definitive declarations about what might be causing national or state test scores to rise or fall when we really have no idea of the true cause or causes.

Interviews

Encounter Books: Our Conversation With Victor Davis Hanson

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Ricochet
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his prescient contribution to Vox Populi: The Perils and Promises of Populism and what role populism should play in modern democracy.

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Why America Is Going Broke

by John F. Coganvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Entitlements are driving deficits and debt. Absent reform, the problem will soon become a crisis.

In the News

America Has Held Together Through Worse Times Than Now

quoting Morris P. Fiorinavia Brookings Institution
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) reminded President Trump earlier this year, “America is an idea, not a race.” That idea is actually a plural of concepts based on our Constitution, our system of democratic institutions and norms, and our belief in the American Dream—the notion that regardless of where you come from, you can realize anything, go anywhere.

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Understanding The California Mind

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Monday, February 19, 2018

Nancy Pelosi gave a marathon speech on illegal immigration the other day. But how would she know much about the realities of open borders, given her palatial retreat in Northern California and multi-millionaire lifestyle that allows wealthy progressives like herself to be exempt from the consequences of her own hectoring? In the end, the House minority leader was reduced to some adolescent racialist patter about her grandson wishing to look more like his Mexican-American friend.

In the News

Immigration Debates Need More Numbers, Fewer Emotions

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Cape Cod Times
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Immigration debates run long on sentimentality and buzzwords, but short on realism. Policymakers navigate competing claims of constituents, regions and partisan interests. Yet assimilation — acculturating and integrating newcomers — has been the goal of immigration worldwide throughout history. Economic opportunities have been crucial. Uncrowded, prosperous countries have attracted the most immigrants.

Analysis and Commentary

Cash And Carry, Or Who Wants Which Countries’ Paper Money To Conduct Criminal Activity, Launder Money, And Evade Taxes?

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

An increasing number of monetary authorities and economists around the world are recommending that high denomination banknotes be removed from circulation on the grounds that they underwrite criminal behavior, money laundering, and tax evasion.

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California’s War With Trump

by Michael J. Boskinvia Project Syndicate
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Since US President Donald Trump took office, governments in states like California have sought ways to negate his policies on taxation, immigration, energy, and more. How this standoff will end is anyone's guess; but where it will end is clear: in the courts.

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Rethinking Watergate

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

FISA-gate is as scandalous as Nixon’s break-in. Why won’t the press say so? 

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