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The Trump Rationale

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Why exactly did nearly half the country vote for Donald Trump? Why also did the arguments of Never Trump Republicans and conservatives have marginal effect on voters? Despite vehement denunciations of the Trump candidacy from many pundits on the right and in the media, Trump nonetheless got about the same percentage of Republican voters (88–90 percent) as did McCain in 2008 and Romney in 2012, who both were handily defeated in the Electoral College.

In the News

Trump’s Demands Escalate Pressure On Rosenstein To Preserve Justice Dept.’s Independence

quoting Jack Goldsmithvia The New York Times
Monday, May 21, 2018

As President Trump and his allies repeatedly take aim at the Justice Department investigation into his campaign’s possible links to Russia’s election meddling, Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general overseeing the inquiry, has mostly evaded the attacks through inventive maneuvers.

In the News

Trump Doesn't Need A Grand Strategy

quoting Josef Joffevia Foreign Affairs
Monday, May 21, 2018

Of all the criticisms raised against the foreign policy of U.S. President Donald Trump, the most predictable is to deplore his lack of a grand strategy. For instance, Rebecca Friedman Lissner and Micah Zenko have criticized Trump’s “anti-strategic” foreign policy and inability to “develop and execute a purposive course of action over time.” Others concede that although Trump does indeed have a grand strategy, it is ill conceived and insufficient. 


Jack Goldsmith: Why It Makes Sense For Rod Rosenstein To Appease Trump

interview with Jack Goldsmithvia Slate
Monday, May 21, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Jack Goldsmith talks about the Mueller investigation.

Analysis and Commentary

The President’s Prescription Plan: A Step In The Right Direction

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Townhall
Monday, May 21, 2018

President Trump recently announced his plan to lower prescription drug costs. It’s a solid plan that strikes the delicate balance between promoting innovation with the need to ensure that consumers have access to the medicines they need at a price they can afford.


Connecticut Joins The Quiet Campaign To Undermine Constitutional Presidential Elections

by David Davenportvia Washington Examiner
Monday, May 21, 2018

Both houses of the Connecticut legislature recently passed the National Popular Vote Bill, which now sits on the desk of Gov. Dannel Malloy, who is expected to sign it. With his approval, Connecticut will join a quiet campaign to undo the Electoral College by means of a clever end run rather than a proper constitutional amendment.


Henry Miller On The Lars Larson National Podcast (45:05)

interview with Henry I. Millervia Lars Larson National Podcast
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Henry Miller discusses President Trump's plan to lower drug prices.

In the News

Ambassador Michael McFaul: A Brief History Of Russia

featuring Michael McFaulvia Commonwealth Club
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union 27 years ago, Russia has been both a central figure in our foreign relations and a surprise actor in our domestic politics. Given the unprecedented attention paid to our Cold War foe, how did we get here? Ambassador Michael McFaul may have some answers. 


How Democracies End: A Bureaucratic Whimper

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Monday, May 21, 2018

One strange trait of the die hard NeverTrump Republicans and progressives is their charge that Donald Trump poses an existential threat to democracy. Trump, as is his wont, says a lot of outrageous and weird things. But it is hard in his 16 months of rule to find any proof that Trump has subverted the rule of law.

Analysis and Commentary

CBS Sunday Morning Is Often Implicitly Libertarian

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Sunday, May 20, 2018

A few years ago, I loved watching CBS Sunday Morning for the beautiful 45-second nature scenes they show right at the end. I finally got smart a few months ago and started DVRing it. Then I can fast forward through everything else I love and get to the parts I want.


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