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Letter To The Presidential Candidates: It's Time To Tax Others More

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

A recent open letter from 17 wealthy Americans willing to identify themselves and one American who was unwilling to do so has gotten a lot of attention. In it, they make a case for higher taxes on very wealthy Americans like themselves and, apparently, on Americans who are wealthy, but much less wealthy than some of the signers.

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'No War On Iran' Rally Planned For San Francisco

quoting Abbas Milanivia KTVU
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

A "No War on Iran" rally is planned for Tuesday in San Francisco at the BART Plaza at Mission and 24th Streets, with protestors calling for the Trump administration to end economic sanctions against Iran and back away from military conflict. 

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Does Debating With The Far-Right Legitimise Their Ideas?

quoting Timothy Garton Ashvia Debating Europe
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Should we ‘no platform’ far-right speakers? When Oxford University Student Union invited Steve Bannon, a former Donald Trump adviser accused of advocating far-right views, there was a predictable storm of protest. Some argued he should be denied the oxygen of publicity, others that his views should be challenged in public.

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‘Why Cities Lose’ Review: Where Politics Meets Geography

featuring Jonathan Roddenvia The Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Why have American politics become so polarized? One reason is that in recent years, while Democratic politicians have increased their dominance in urban areas ever further, the traditional rural support base for Democratic candidates in Appalachia and the South has collapsed. Conservative “blue dog” Democrats are nearly extinct.

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How Would You Vote To Fix Social Security?

mentioning Hoover Institutionvia Market Watch
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Social Security needs help, but Congress has yet to decide which type of reform to take — and American voters aren’t sure either, but believe a solution can be found, a recent study shows.

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Don’t Underestimate Trump’s Foreign Policy And Other Commentary

quoting Niall Fergusonvia New York Post
Monday, June 24, 2019

“The Trump administration’s foreign policy is too frequently underestimated,” Niall Ferguson avers at The Boston Globe. Take Mideast diplomacy: “No journalist I know takes seriously Jared Kushner’s Middle East peace initiative,” but the effort is deeply attuned to new realities in the region, since “previous peace initiatives put the big constitutional and territorial questions first” — issues that are “big, but insoluble. Kushner’s goal is to begin with the small matter of money, which in reality is not so small.” Team Trump is putting its hopes in pragmatic Arabs who are sick of terrorists and “corrupt governments.” Linking their desires to Israeli-Palestinian peace, Ferguson argues, is a positively Kissingerian stroke.

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The Framers Never Intended For Impeachment To Be A Political Weapon, Former Federal Judge Tells Levin

quoting Michael McConnellvia Conservative Review
Monday, June 24, 2019

On Sunday night’s episode of Life, Liberty & Levin on Fox News, LevinTV host Mark Levin was joined by constitutional expert and former federal Judge Michael McConnell to discuss how the framers constitution really intended for impeachment to work.

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Immigrant Remittances Are Private Foreign Aid

by David R. Hendersonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Americans are free to give their money to foreigners if they wish to. 


Californians Are Losing Their Supermajority Protection Over Tax Increases

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

For the last forty years, California has required that new taxes earmarked for a specific purpose be approved by a two-thirds supermajority in a general election to pass. But the state’s supreme court has thrown out this protection for new tax initiatives that are brought forward by a citizens’ group, rather than by government directly. Predictably, new and expensive tax initiatives are now being brought by citizens’ groups and are passing by simple majority when they would not pass by the previous supermajority rule.


Adam White On Trump And The Administrative State

interview with Adam J. Whitevia The Bulwark Podcast
Monday, June 24, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Adam White discusses  the importance of Gundy v. United States, an update on President Trump's administrative state—including his many non-confirmed employees and how this gives him flexibility—as well as the non-Iran strike and the latest on the non-delegation doctrine's future.


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