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Analysis and Commentary

A Method For Establishing Liability For Data Breaches

by Herbert Linvia Lawfare
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Last month, the First American Financial Corporation—which provides title insurance for millions of Americans—acknowledged a cybersecurity vulnerability that potentially exposed 885 million private financial records related to mortgage deals to unauthorized viewers. These records might have revealed bank account numbers and statements, mortgage and tax records, Social Security numbers, wire transaction receipts, and driver’s license images to such viewers. If history is any guide, not much will happen and companies holding sensitive personal information on individuals will have little incentive to improve their cybersecurity postures. Congress needs to act to provide such incentives.

Interviews

Harvey Mansfield On Tocqueville’s Democracy In America

interview with Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Conversations with Bill Kristol
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Harvey Mansfield presents a detailed exposition of Tocqueville’s masterwork Democracy in America. Mansfield considers the major themes of Tocqueville’s work, including Tocqueville’s treatment of the idea of rights, the role of religion, men and women, self-government, and the relationship of liberty and equality. 

Featured

Lest Ye Be Judged

by Adam J. Whitevia Commentary Magazine
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

In nearly two and a half centuries of American constitutionalism, from 1776 to today, the words that are most difficult to understand yet crucial to our republic are found in Abraham Lincoln’s first inaugural address. Reflecting upon the Supreme Court’s infamous pro-slavery decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857), Lincoln observed that “the candid citizen must confess that if the policy of the Government upon vital questions affecting the whole people is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, the instant they are made in ordinary litigation between parties in personal actions the people will have ceased to be their own rulers, having to that extent practically resigned their Government into the hands of that eminent tribunal.”

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America’s First Third-World State

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

"Third World” is now an anachronistic geographical term of the old Cold War. But after 1989, “Third World” was reinvented from a political noun into an adjective to mean more than just Asian, African, and Latin American nations nonaligned with either the West or the Soviet bloc.

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The Economics Of Why Homelessness Worsens As Governments Spend Even More On The Problem

by Lee Ohanianvia California on Your Mind
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

California’s homeless population is rising rapidly despite substantially higher government spending on the problem.

In the News

Donald Trump Instinctively Goes Against The Grain

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Rush Limbaugh Show
Monday, June 17, 2019

So, I checked the email during the break. “Rush, this is crazy. What more can Trump do? You’re acting like Trump doesn’t want to solve the issue. Sounds like you agree with Mayor Pete. But, for crying out loud, why would Trump put everything on the line with his tariff threats?”

Analysis and Commentary

A Mistake In The Wall Street Journal Crossword Puzzle

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, June 17, 2019

In the June 3, 2019 Wall Street Journal crossword, edited by Mike Shenk, the clue for 13 Down is “SFO screeners.” The answer is TSA. 

Analysis and Commentary

Once More To Ground Zero

by Tunku Varadarajanvia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, June 17, 2019

There was laughter, merriment, even some horseplay. I noticed it not because it was loud, but because of where it was happening, 40 feet from one of the two memorial pools at ground zero in lower Manhattan.

Interviews

John Yoo: Mueller Report Says There's No Conspiracy At All

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Monday, June 17, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo weighs in on the Democrats' continued focus on obstruction and collusion, and Yoo notes that the Mueller investigation did not find any evidence of collusion/conspiracy between President Trump and Russia

In the News

Former US Secretary Of State Condoleezza Rice To Speak At Purdue

mentioning Condoleezza Ricevia Purdue University
Monday, June 17, 2019

Condoleezza Rice, the 66th U.S. secretary of state, will speak Oct. 9 at Purdue. Rice will speak as part of Purdue’s Giant Leaps Series as part of the 150th anniversary celebration. The sesquicentennial celebration draws inspiration from Purdue alumnus Neil Armstrong’s historic first steps on the moon, and the celebration will conclude with an astronaut reunion at Homecoming.

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