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Centennial Secrets

America Off Balance: Finding a Solution to America’s Financial Crisis

via The Hoover Centennial
Friday, May 24, 2019

America Off Balance allows visitors to explore the current federal debt crisis and the complex reforms necessary to fix it.

In the News

The Case For Riding Out Trump’s Trade Storm

quoting Michael R. Auslinvia Tokyo Review
Thursday, May 23, 2019

The last time Japan began a new era, then-President George H.W. Bush had the manners to keep trade issues on the back-burner on a ceremonial visit to Japan. Over 25 years later, as the Reiwa Era begins, President Donald Trump will visit Tokyo as Emperor Naruhito’s first foreign head of state visitor. He arrives with unfinished business around reducing the U.S. trade deficit with Japan – and with far less concern for dignity and ceremony than his predecessors. Even commentators usually sympathetic with Japan have called for Tokyo to accede to a quick deal to avoid Trump ruining the party. 

In the News

The Left's Battle Against 'Inequality'

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Townhall
Thursday, May 23, 2019

In his book "Discrimination and Disparities," economist Thomas Sowell notes that a disproportionate percentage of first-born siblings become National Merit scholars compared to siblings born later, presumably because the first-born starts life with no sibling competition for parental attention. This, says Sowell, illustrates the absurdities of expecting equal results when equal results do not even occur within the same family among siblings raised under the same roof with the same parents.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Is War Off The Table In The Conflict With Iran?

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Thursday, May 23, 2019

The Washington Free Beacon’s Matthew Continetti reminds us of how the Obama administration sold the Iran Nuclear Deal. In 2016, Obama’s ex national security advisor Ben Rhodes told the New York Times Magazine how the administration “created an echo chamber” in the media in order to sell the terminally flawed Iran Nuclear Deal to reporters who, Rhodes said correctly, “literally know nothing.” The center-piece of Obama’s narrative was an either-or fallacy: sign the deal with Iran, or go to war.


The Mueller Report’s Weak Statutory Interpretation Analysis: Part II

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Thursday, May 23, 2019

I argued earlier this month that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report misapplied the presidential clear statement rule and improperly exposed many of President Trump’s actions in response to the Russia investigation to potential criminal liability. The argument drew disagreement from Benjamin Wittes, Andrew Kent and Marty Lederman, which in turn provoked a response by Josh Blackman, who holds views similar to mine.

The StateAnalysis and Commentary

The California Way To Celebrate The Memorial Day Weekend?

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, May 23, 2019

If you haven’t mapped out your Memorial Day weekend plans, the good folks at CNN have this list of possible destinations.

In the News

What Are The Children Learning?

quoting Thomas Sowellvia American Thinker
Thursday, May 23, 2019

Because of the manipulative leftist ideology rampant in schools, black children are not permitted any pride in their own achievements. Instead they are pumped full of an inordinate opinion of themselves merely because of the color of their skin. It is an abuse of the potential that they actually possess, and it is leading to frustration, failure, and anger at many levels.

Hoover  senior fellow Russell Berman

Stanford Introductory Seminars Student Award Renamed For Russell Berman

featuring Russell A. Bermanvia Stanford News
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

To honor Russell Berman and his dedication to the Introductory Seminars program, Stanford has renamed an award recognizing exceptional student projects produced during the courses as the “Russell A. Berman Award for Excellence in an Introductory Seminar.”

In the News

From Law Prof To SCOTUS Clerk: Gorsuch Is Hiring From Academia

quoting Jamil Jaffervia The National Law Journal
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

In his two-plus years on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has earned a reputation as someone who did not always follow court traditions or norms when it came to his oddly written opinions or his snippy questions at oral argument.

Analysis and Commentary

New American Schools: A Short, Opinionated History, Part III

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The NAS teams faced all of these challenges in places like Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Miami, and Memphis. Almost everywhere they went it turned into a slog. This led RAND to conclude (as of 1998) that NAS’s initial aim—to “transform the achievement of large numbers of students with design teams and the assistance they provided to schools”—was “overly ambitious.” Roughly half the schools in the evaluation sample “made gains relative to the district” in which they were located—but the other half did not.