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Analysis and Commentary

Why The Effort To Demonize Attorney General Barr?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Saturday, April 20, 2019

The current progressive effort to demonize attorney general William Barr is creepy, but then again not so strange. He came into the office with singular experience and an excellent reputation from past service. As attorney general, he has followed the law to the letter in handling the release, redactions, and dissemination of the Mueller report. His summaries of the report proved factual. They were not contested by Robert Mueller or his team. 

Analysis and Commentary

Hazlett On Facebook And Privacy

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Saturday, April 20, 2019

While Congress has been holding hearings, poking tech execs, and dancing the legislative Fandango, the marketplace has imposed actual sanctions. Between the time Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal was revealed, March of last year, and March of this year, shareholders lost more than $61.6 billion adjusted for overall market (NASDAQ) fluctuations. In contrast, Sen. Wyden’s 4 percent fine—even if applied to global sales, and instantly—would whack just $2.2 billion from the Facebook moguls.

Analysis and Commentary

Ninotchka

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Friday, April 19, 2019

Even today, almost 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, there are very few anti-Communist films. There were almost none in the 1930s. One of the few in the 1930s, possibly the only one, is Ninotchka. I finally saw it on Turner Classic Movies recently. I highly recommend it. The transformation of Ninotchka, played by the beautiful Greta Garbo, from a humorless, robotic official from the Soviet Union into a fun-loving, life-loving fan of the West, is quite well done.

In the News

The Daily 202: Legal Experts Will Read The Obstruction Section First. 10 Things To Watch As The Mueller Report Drops.

quoting John Yoovia The Washington Post
Thursday, April 18, 2019

When Bob Mueller’s report posts later today, legal experts from across the ideological spectrum will scan through first to see what evidence the special counsel collected that President Trump may have sought to obstruct justice.

In the News

Tucker On “The Smartest People In The World”: Why Are They Wrong On Everything?!

quoting Thomas Sowellvia The New American
Sunday, April 21, 2019

Seemingly wrong about virtually everything, the “smart people turn out to be dumb! Why is that?” asked Fox News host Tucker Carlson Thursday evening. The answer, as the pundit admitted at the time, is deep enough so that it cannot be done justice in a five-minute television segment.

Analysis and Commentary

Currencies, Capital, Central Bank Balances — 5th In A Series

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Saturday, April 20, 2019

The most recent book, Currencies, Capital, and Central Bank Balances, in a series on monetary policy has just been published. It is the 5th in a series of volumes emerging from conferences on monetary policy held each spring at the Hoover Institution. The series started during the Federal Reserve Centennial. The conferences at that time did not, in our view, portray a full range of views about policy. So we decided to start a conference series with a bigger range of views, and it has been popular. Next May 3 we will have the 6th conference and a book will likely emerge.

Featured

Recovering The Christian Foundations Of Human Rights

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Many progressives think that independence from religious belief is a crucial source of the power of human rights. According to many conservatives, the spurning of faith reflects a dangerous delusion inscribed in human rights doctrine. Amid the bad blood and casual vituperation that do daily damage to American politics, correcting the error common to the left and right that human rights are one thing and religion entirely another might contribute to rebuilding common ground.

In the News

The Mueller Report Identified One Guilty Party: The Gullible American Public

quoting Michael McFaulvia Los Angeles Times
Friday, April 19, 2019

Along with the far left and far right in the U.S., Russian President Vladimir Putin holds the pieties of liberal democracy in contempt. His nation’s attacks on American hearts and minds, detailed in the long-awaited Mueller report, carried with them the spirit of the Joker in the Batman myth — a malevolent court jester motivated by venality, contempt for pretense and a craving for relevance and thrills.

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Russia Attacked Us. The Mueller Report Still Doesn’t Give Us The Full Story.

by Michael McFaulvia The Washington Post
Friday, April 19, 2019

In 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin orchestrated a comprehensive attack on U.S. sovereignty by attempting to shape the outcome of our presidential election. Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and his investigative team should be commended for providing amazing details about some aspects of this Russian intervention.

In the News

Mueller's Restraint, Barr's Press Conference: Here's What Lawyers Are Saying

quoting John Yoovia The National Law Journal
Friday, April 19, 2019

Lawyers have a lot to say about Mueller, Barr and Trump. Here are some observations from George Conway, Ken Starr, Bob Bauer, George Terwilliger and many others.

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