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Ambassador Michael McFaul: A Brief History Of Russia

featuring Michael McFaulvia Commonwealth Club
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union 27 years ago, Russia has been both a central figure in our foreign relations and a surprise actor in our domestic politics. Given the unprecedented attention paid to our Cold War foe, how did we get here? Ambassador Michael McFaul may have some answers. 

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: Understanding The Social Aspect Of Truancy

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, May 21, 2018

Schools are paying increasing attention to the problem of truancy, and many states are including an indicator measuring chronic absenteeism in their accountability plans for the Every Student Succeeds Act.


How Democracies End: A Bureaucratic Whimper

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Monday, May 21, 2018

One strange trait of the die hard NeverTrump Republicans and progressives is their charge that Donald Trump poses an existential threat to democracy. Trump, as is his wont, says a lot of outrageous and weird things. But it is hard in his 16 months of rule to find any proof that Trump has subverted the rule of law.

Analysis and Commentary

Glen Weyl On Radical Markets

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, May 21, 2018

Economist Glen Weyl of Microsoft Research New England and Visiting Senior Research Scholar at Yale University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his book (co-authored with Eric Posner) Radical Markets. Weyl urges a radical transformation of land and housing markets using a new federal real estate tax based on self-assessment. Owners would be required to sell their houses at the self-assessed price. 

Analysis and Commentary

CBS Sunday Morning Is Often Implicitly Libertarian

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, May 20, 2018

A few years ago, I loved watching CBS Sunday Morning for the beautiful 45-second nature scenes they show right at the end. I finally got smart a few months ago and started DVRing it. Then I can fast forward through everything else I love and get to the parts I want.

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Should The Federal Reserve Issue A Cryptocurrency? One Fed Leader Thinks So

quoting Kevin Warshvia Real Daily
Sunday, May 20, 2018

Former U.S. Federal Reserve governor Kevin Warsh believes that the monetary authority should consider minting a government-regulated cryptocurrency of its own, to be called “FedCoin.”

Analysis and Commentary

Here's Why It Matters That Americans Are Having Fewer Children Than Ever Before

by Jeremy Carlvia Fox News
Sunday, May 20, 2018

Americans and Europeans are abandoning parenthood at an alarming rate, profoundly changing the nature of our societies, our politics and our cultures. Last year, women in the U.S. had children at the lowest rate ever recorded. There were just 60.2 births for every 1,000 girls and women ages 15 to 44 in our country. 

Analysis and Commentary

Open Primary, Presidential Buzz: The More California Changes, The More It Stays The Same

by Bill Whalenvia Forbes
Sunday, May 20, 2018

Californians will flock to the polls on the first Tuesday in June – among other things, to narrow its choices for the state’s next governor. So what popped up in my mailbox this weekend? No bills, no catalogues. Just two pieces of campaign literature.

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Tom Saler: Trade Imbalance Isn't As Simple As One Country’s Gain Being Another’s Loss

quoting Martin Feldsteinvia Journal Sentinel
Friday, May 18, 2018

In less than two weeks, the Trump administration is set to fire the opening salvo in a trade war with the European Union, an economic bloc whose purchases of U.S. goods and services support an estimated 2.6 million American jobs. But when a president rails against a supposed problem, you might expect him to at least be able to understand its component parts.


Michael McFaul: How The U.S. And Russia Moved From A Cold War To A Hot Peace And Iraq’s Surprising Election Results

interview with Michael McFaulvia Diane Rehm Show (Washington, DC)
Friday, May 18, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Michael McFaul discusses his book From Cold War to Hot Peace.