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Quote Of The Day, September 12, 2018

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia The Hay Ride
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

“I cannot remember another example of a senator who wanted to break the law but could not figure out how to do it.” – Victor Davis Hanson, on Sen. Cory Booker.


Michael Petrilli: Will Civics Education Save American Democracy?

interview with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses the state of civics education in America.

Analysis and Commentary

Should Antitrust Be Used Against Amazon?

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A few days ago, Tyler Cowen over at Marginal Revolution linked to a New York Times piece about antitrust scholar Lina Khan. The item, by David Streitfeld, is titled “Amazon’s Antitrust Antagonist Has a Breakthrough Idea,” NYT, Sept. 7, 2018. Much of the story is fluff although Streitfeld does tell the reader that Ms. Khan’s ideas have the potential to influence decisions by the Federal Trade Commission.


Stuyvesant High School Et. Al: The Inevitability Of Selectivity

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

There’s no perfect solution to the quandary that New York City has long faced in trying to inject greater equity into the most meritocratic of its schools: the nine selective public high schools, eight of which (including Bronx Science and Stuyvesant) rely on scores from a single test of interested eighth graders to determine who gets admitted. Exceed the ever-changing cut score for one of these schools and you’re in; fall a fraction of a point below and you’re out.

Analysis and Commentary

Jackpot Justice In Texas

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Forbes
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Tort and Contract law don’t let juries award $706 million in a $10 million case Sometimes small business disputes turn into legal tsunamis. Just that rare of an event happened in Texas when in March, 2018 a San Antonio jury in Bexar County District Court awarded a $706 million verdict for theft of trade secrets in favor of defendant, HouseCanary (HC), who had been sued for $6 million on breach of contract claim by Title Source, Inc.—now Amrock, an affiliate with Quicken Loans.

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Ohio Can Save The American Dream, Repel Robot Revolution With Better Job Skills, Mayors Are Told

quoting Eric Hanushekvia
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Ohio faces high stakes as it tries to close its so-called skills gap, experts told mayors from across the state Monday. Try billions of dollars in earnings, the future of the American dream and the odds of surviving the coming robot revolution.

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Why It's Useless To Argue

quoting Bruce Bueno de Mesquitavia ABS CBN News
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

It’s almost always a waste of time to engage in an argument. Of course, people who like to debate will dispute this statement. It is extremely rare to see two parties resolve a disagreement right on the spot. What usually follows is a walkout, a break-up, a temporary silent truce, or a fist-fight. In any case, people only hold on even more firmly to their current beliefs.

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Reasonable Disagreements: Confirming Kavanaugh

interview with Adam J. White, Richard A. Epsteinvia Reasonable Disagreements
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

What effect could Kavanaugh have on constitutional law and the administrative state?

Analysis and Commentary

Point Of View: Oklahoma’s Math Standards Don’t Make The Grade

by Amber M. Northern, Michael J. Petrillivia News OK
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

In spring 2016, Oklahoma adopted new math and English language arts (ELA) standards after making the decision drop the Common Core. In doing so, it was well within its rights. But Oklahoma also has a responsibility to make sure its standards are strong, clear and rigorous. For ELA, the state has accomplished this. But for math, it fell short.


Medicare Reforms Both Parties Can Live With

by Lanhee J. Chen, James C. Caprettavia Politico
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Last year’s war on Capitol Hill over repealing Obamacare might suggest that when it comes to health care, Democrats and Republicans can’t agree on anything. But we think that’s too simplistic.