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The White House

Corruption Wafts Into The Situation Room

by Jim Hoagland
Monday, August 13, 2018

In responding to a question from The Post, Price put his finger on the greatest single outrage contained in the new episode of the President Trump-Omarosa Manigault Newman saga of sustained squalor: The misuse of the Situation Room by Wh ite House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly to isolate and fire an employee.

Analysis and Commentary

Trade Uncertainty And Investment

by John H. Cochrane mentioning Steven J. Davisvia Grumpy Economist
Monday, August 13, 2018

My colleague Steve Davis has a nice post quantifying economic uncertainty due to the trade war, and its emerging impact on investment. Steve (and Nick Bloom) have done a great job quantifying policy uncertainty over time. To be clear, policies can have two effects -- there is the certainty of damaging policy, but there is also the damaging uncertainty of what policy will be.


Intellectual Property And China

by John H. Cochrane via Grumpy Economist
Monday, August 13, 2018

Let's transfer more technology to China, writes Scott Sumner, with approving comments from Don Boudreaux. They're exactly right, skewering one of the common backstop defenses of protectionists on both left and right.

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In the News

You Don’t Get To The NDAA Personnel Reforms Without Force Of The Future

quoting Timothy Kanevia War on the Rocks
Monday, August 13, 2018

The Department of Defense is overhauling the military personnel system for the first time in a generation. And the changes, some large, others small, all indicate that the department has finally embraced the “talent management” revolution that swept the private sector more than two decades ago.


The Legacies Of Robert Mueller’s Investigations

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Monday, August 13, 2018

Some 450 days ago we were treated to melodramatic announcements from the media about the start-up of Robert Mueller’s “dream” and “all-star” team.

Analysis and Commentary

America Needs To Sell More Weapons

by Alexander Benardvia The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, July 1, 2018

[Subscription Required] America’s arms-sales policies are too restrictive, leading even some pro-U.S. countries to buy weapons from Russia and China. This year’s National Defense Authorization Act would give Defense Secretary Jim Mattis authority to waive certain new restrictions for specific countries enacted by Congress last year. But the problem is more fundamental: The U.S. arms-sale regime needs to be recalibrated to protect American influence in a highly competitive geopolitical environment.

Analysis and Commentary

A Report From The Trade Wars

by Josef Joffevia The American Interest
Monday, August 13, 2018

In a trade war, one folly begets the next. Take Donald Trump’s opening shot: a punitive tariff of 25 percent on steel. Alas, what is supposed to shrink an endemic trade deficit and intimidate rapacious foreigners has hit hardest at home. While U.S. steel manufacturers are gaining protection from more efficient competitors, the country as a whole is footing the bill.

In the News

In Defense Of The DA's BEE Proposal

quoting Thomas Sowellvia News 24
Monday, August 13, 2018

So, recently the DA’s federal executive announced that, according to them, the policy of Black Economic Empowerment has failed and that it should be replaced by an alternative. Recently I have also read a book, written by Thomas Sowell, on the empirical facts and outcomes of affirmative action policies in the USA, Malaysia, India and Sri Lanka.

Analysis and Commentary


by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, August 13, 2018

In 1932, the American electorate was surveyed in a poll that has languished in the archives. The survey was conducted by Houser Associates, a pioneer in market research. It interviewed face-to-face a representative cross section about voter choices and issue attitudes. Although conducted on behalf of the Hoover campaign, the poll was not biased in his favor.

Analysis and Commentary

Effectiveness Of Teaching Practices Depends On Classroom Composition

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, August 13, 2018

A new study investigates whether teaching practices differ in effectiveness depending on the students in the class. It finds that the impact of good classroom management and student-centered instruction vary depending on whether the students in the classroom are of high ability or of mixed ability.