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Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis To Return To Hoover Institution

featuring General Jim Mattisvia US News
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

After an acrimonious split with the Trump administration, Mattis will return to the conservative-leaning think tank where he found a home after leaving active duty service.

In the News

Mattis Returning To Stanford Months After Pentagon Resignation

featuring General Jim Mattisvia The Hill
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who resigned from the Pentagon's top post in December, is returning to the job he had before joining the Trump administration, Stanford University's Hoover Institution announced Tuesday. Mattis will start May 1 as the Davies Family distinguished fellow at the Hoover Institution.

Analysis and Commentary

What We’re Learning From The Slate Of Democratic Presidential Candidates

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Townhall
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The 2020 Democratic presidential field continues to take shape, and what’s been more revealing are the people who have decided not to run, as opposed to those who have. Mike Bloomberg, the former Mayor of New York City, would have been a formidable candidate with his wealth and moderate positions on economic issues.  He’s not running.

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The Risky Business Of Public Pensions

by Joshua D. Rauhvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

State and local governments all around the country have failed to set aside enough money to pay for the pensions they have promised to workers in the public sector. They’re also making unrealistic assumptions about their future investment returns, further risking their budgets and the ability to pay for promised pension benefits. Confronting the true cost of future pension payments would force state and local governments to save more now and prevent budget problems in the future.


College In Light Of The Bribery Scandal: The Economics Of Admission To An “Elite College”

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Last week, the world of colleges was rocked by a scandal in which some students were alleged to have gained admission to universities including Yale, Wake Forest, and Georgetown, as well as the California campuses of Stanford, USC, and UCLA through $25 million in bribes. This occurred through a complex process that often involved admitting students through athletic channels, in which admissions criteria may be considerably different.


Victor Davis Hanson On The Bob McLain Show (19:17)

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Bob McLain Show
Monday, March 18, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his latest book The Case for Trump.

Analysis and Commentary

Americans Don’t Believe In Meritocracy — They Believe In Fake-It-Ocracy

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, March 18, 2019

Americans believe in meritocracy in principle. Polls show that significant majorities — between 67 percent and 70 percent since Gallup began asking the question in 2003 — believe that, when it comes to university admissions, “applicants should be admitted solely on the basis of merit.”


Victor Davis Hanson: Support For Trump Is Still There

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Boston Herald
Monday, March 18, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his new book The Case for Trump.

Analysis and Commentary

When Presidential Character Once Mattered

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, March 17, 2019

Here’s why I did not vote for Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Ronald Reagan—despite their records.


The War On Poverty Remains A Stalemate

by Eric Hanushek, Paul E. Petersonvia The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, March 17, 2019

The War on Poverty drags on. President Trump’s budget proposes heavy cuts in domestic spending, but not to compensatory-education programs, which aim to lift the achievement levels of disadvantaged students. Since 1980 the federal government has spent almost $500 billion (in 2017 dollars) on compensatory education and another $250 billion on Head Start programs for low-income preschoolers.


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