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Will America or China Prevail in the Trade War?

by Bing West via Military History in the News
Friday, November 30, 2018

While the Constitution vests in the Congress the power to declare war, American presidents wield great discretion in initiating hostilities. Lyndon B. Johnson dribbled troops into combat in Vietnam in a series of halfway measures that led to disaster. After taking care to build a broad alliance, George H. W. Bush ordered the assault that threw the Iraqi forces out of Kuwait in 1991. His son, George W. Bush, orchestrated the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, after gaining the support of Congress. And recently, without involving the Congress, President Donald Trump has shifted the field of battle to economics by declaring a trade war against China.

Analysis and Commentary

On Religious Freedom, Madison Was Right

by James C. Phillips, John Yoovia National Review
Friday, November 30, 2018

We’re both fans of Ramesh Ponnuru. But we think he’s wrong in a recent post here on the Corner. There he argues that we are advocating an un-originalist position for the Free Exercise Clause: requiring the government accommodate religious dissenters from laws, except under certain conditions. He contends that our position is the one ushered in by the Supreme Court in 1963 in Sherbert v. Verner, which was replaced by Justice Scalia’s views for the court in 1990’s Smith. And Ramesh muses that Scalia was probably right.

Analysis and Commentary

Jeff Hummel On Slobodian

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, November 30, 2018

Some friends on Facebook and elsewhere have recently been discussing historian Quinn Slobodan’s Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism. Many of them have found fault with it. San Jose State University economics professor Jeff Hummel, who is not on Facebook, has listened to the whole book and sent me his reactions. I found them interesting because they are a critical review: critical, not just in the sense that Jeff criticizes, but also in the more general sense: Jeff also finds virtues in the book.

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson: Trump Is Candid And Blunt Like Winston Churchill

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his American Greatness article "The Costs of Presidential Candor."

Interviews

Interviews With Victor Davis Hanson, Megan Barth, And Josh Waters: 11/29/18, Hr. 2

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Player FM
Thursday, November 29, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson talks about the elections and political divisions in the US, and how to come back together and get along.

In the News

Appeasement Of Evil Returns To Europe

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia American Thinker
Thursday, November 29, 2018

In a brilliant recent piece, historian Victor Davis Hanson dissects Macron's European army crackpot idea and points to the real reason aggressive militarism led to WWII: craven appeasement of international bullies by the democracies until it was too late.

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Hoover’s Uncommon Knowledge Featured Nov. 29 On New Fox Nation

Thursday, November 29, 2018
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The Hoover Institution’s Uncommon Knowledge with Peter Robinson will appear on the new Fox Nation streaming service on Nov. 29 with an exclusive interview of economist and Hoover senior fellow Thomas Sowell.

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Russia’s Re-Stalinization

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

It suits Putin to rehabilitate the strongman behind the Great Terror

Thomas Sowell Brings the World into Focus through an Economics Lens
Interviews

Thomas Sowell Returns

interview with Thomas Sowellvia Reason
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Thomas Sowell discusses his life and career, the consequences of fame, the surprising similarities between Presidents Trump and Obama, how Reason helped inspire his work, and why—despite the generally positive trajectory of the world over the last four decades—he remains somewhat pessimistic about its current state.

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Bypassing The Constitution Wasn't Enough — Popular Vote Fanatics Resort To Lawsuits To Get Their Way

by David Davenportvia Washington Examiner
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

One of America’s oldest colleges is under legal attack. No, I don’t mean Harvard University and the lawsuit over its admissions policies. The Electoral College is under attack, facing lawsuits filed in four separate federal courts this year, while also the subject of a stealth attack in state legislatures across the country. 

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