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Analysis and Commentary

The Republicans’ Preemptive Cringe

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Recently two events occurred that illustrate the Republican bad habit of ceding to progressives a whole set of questionable assumptions. Whether out of sincere but misguided belief or fear of political cost, this anxious and cringing validation of progressive ideas and the double-standards that follow empowers the Democrats and weakens the GOP.


Lanhee Chen On Armstrong & Getty One More Thing (26:20)

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Armstrong and Getty
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen talks about Howard Schultz and who he thinks may be the most formidable Democrat candidate.


A Trump Card The President Can Play In California: Judgeships

by Bill Whalenvia California on Your Mind
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Let’s take a look at the complicated relationship between President Trump and California through a more military lens—namely, the question of winning battles or wars.


Much Has Changed For The Better Since 2016—Not That Trump Will Get Credit

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The news obsesses over the recent government shutdown, the latest Robert Mueller arrest and, of course, fake news—from the BuzzFeed Michael Cohen non-story to the smears of the Covington Catholic High School students.

In the News

Administrative Procedure Act Limitations: Cost Measurement and Disclosure

quoting John H. Cochrane via Competitive Enterprise Institute
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

U.S. Circuit Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III noted in a 2017 journal article that regulation sometimes contains “too much detail,” changes too “frequently and capriciously,” creates backlogs and delay of work and decisions, or even results in “imperiousness” and “jerk[ing] people around.”

In the News

The Dangerous Allure Of 'Medicare For All'

quoting Lanhee J. Chenvia Chicago Tribune
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Like an oasis shimmering before parched travelers in a sun-baked desert, “Medicare for all” holds a powerful allure for Democrats. It’s a clear concept based on a beloved program, offering to achieve the long-standing goal of universal health insurance. It will be hard for any Democrat running for president to reject the idea.

Analysis and Commentary

Conflating Ideas Weakens Constitutional Principles

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Like an individual mixed up about his convictions, a nation perplexed about its principles is prone to self-inflicted wounds. Both are likely to wander aimlessly and choose friends poorly while falling for the blandishments of adversaries. They are prone to misjudge their interests and misconstrue justice. A nation perplexed about its principles exacerbates citizens’ muddle about their convictions. 


Larry Diamond: Chinese Influence, American Interests

interview with Larry Diamondvia The Diplomat
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Larry Diamond discusses the trajectory of Chinese influence in US technology innovation and whether Chinese influence is a threat to US democracy.

In the News

Why Has Emotion Replaced Reason In America?

quoting Victor Davis Hanson, Niall Fergusonvia The Trumpet
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

“Facts are stubborn things.” That’s what American founding father John Adams famously said. But in modern America, facts are not so stubborn, and you don’t get famous by clinging to them. You get famous by being stubborn with your emotions. In modern America, more stubborn than facts, truth and logic are emotions, feelings and “personal truth.”


Lanhee Chen On Forward Thinking Politics (10:35)

interview with Lanhee J. Chenvia Forward Thinking Politics
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen discusses the government shutdown and whether we will see the government shut down again in the next few weeks.


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