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In the News

Michael McFaul Discusses Montana, His First Trip Abroad And The Importance Of Empathy

featuring Michael McFaulvia Stanford News
Monday, May 6, 2019

Michael McFaul director of the Freeman Spogli Institute, recently talked about growing up in Montana, his experience living in Russia and the values that he hopes to instill in his children, as part of the Office of Religious Life’s “What Matters to Me and Why” speaker series. The series is designed to spark conversation between Stanford faculty, administrators and the larger university community on topics including values, beliefs and motivations.

In the News

Byron York On Face The Nation

mentioning Michael McFaul, Hoover Institutionvia Face the Nation (CBS)
Sunday, May 5, 2019

Michael McFaul says "I don't see a big difference between the late Obama years and the early Trump years. I see more continuity along the three big dimensions: strengthening NATO, punishing Russia for belligerent behavior, and strengthening Ukraine."

In the News

A Gentleman In Moscow

featuring Michael McFaulvia Nob Hill Gazette
Saturday, May 4, 2019

These days, Michael McFaul bikes every day from his home on Stanford University’s campus to his job as a professor of political science. He is free of the suit and tie he used to wear — and the drivers and security guards who used to surround him — when he spent his days consulting with President Barack Obama in the White House Situation Room, whispering with Obama in a specially built soundproof room in the Moscow Ritz-Carlton, or drawing the ire of Russian President Vladimir Putin as the U.S. ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014.

In the News

A Strong Defense Of Barr

featuring Jack Goldsmithvia Outside The Beltway
Sunday, May 5, 2019

In recent weeks, we have offered some strong critiques of Attorney General William Barr’s handling of the public release of the Mueller report. Most notably, Steven Taylor asserted that, “Donald Trump finally has the AG he wanted back when he was railing at Jeff Sessions. He has a toady who will use the office to further Trump’s own political needs rather than act as law enforcement.” And I asserted, “The attorney general hasn’t said a single thing that wasn’t technically true about the Mueller report. But he was dishonest.”

Analysis and Commentary

Putin's Provocations Are Met With Ridicule In Ukraine

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Dictators fear being ridiculed with humor. Jokes about Stalin were punished by prison or death. In China, a TV anchor was threatened for jokes mocking Mao Zedong. In Venezuela, the Maduro government counts anti-Chavismo satire as punishable by censorship, cancellation or even jail.

Card that says "sanctions" on a map of Russia
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Infrastructure Meeting Was ‘Productive,’ And Mulvaney Says There Will Be No Renegotiating USMCA

quoting Michael McFaulvia Politico Playbook PM
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Michael McFaul, the former U.S. ambassador to Russia and now a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, spoke at Monday’s Hoover Media Roundtable.

Interviews

John Yoo: Update On The Mueller Report

interview with John Yoovia The Federalist Society
Monday, April 29, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the conclusions from the Mueller Report and what conclusions mean for the Trump Administration and the country going forward.

Analysis and Commentary

Russian Meddling And The Mueller Report

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Townhall
Monday, April 29, 2019

While Democrats and Republicans argue over what to make of the Mueller Report, one thing is abundantly clear from its hundreds of pages: Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election should not have come as a surprise to anyone—let alone President Obama and others in his administration who were asleep at the switch when it happened.

Interviews

Adam White: Making All Political Arguments Into Legal Disputes

interview with Adam J. Whitevia Ricochet
Friday, April 26, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Adam White discusses the Mueller report, the contours of obstruction, and our trend toward criminalizing matters that deserve political treatment.

Featured

Mueller Investigation Was Driven By Pious Hypocrisy

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year, $30 million, 448-page report did not find collusion between Donald Trump and Russia. Despite compiling private allegations of loud and obnoxious Trump behavior, Mueller also concluded that there was not any actionable case of obstruction of justice by the president. It would have been hard in any case to find that Trump obstructed Mueller’s investigation of an alleged crime.

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