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THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT: The Politics of Hollywood

with Rob Long, Harry Shearervia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, July 20, 2001

In 1992, Bill Clinton received 43 percent of the national vote, but he received 83 percent of the vote from film and television writers, directors, and producers. Is Hollywood as liberal as these data suggest? If so, why? Does Hollywood have a cohesive liberal agenda that affects the films and television programs we watch?

THE GRAND OLD, OLD PARTY: The Future of the Republican Party

with Newt Gingrich, Nelson W. Polsbyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, July 18, 2001

The presidential election of 2000 highlighted the significant demographic divisions between the Democratic Party and the Republican Party. The strength of the Republicans lies in the South and in the middle of the country. But the voters that carried those regions for George W. Bush, mostly white and Protestant, are shrinking as a proportion of the overall United States population. Are these demographic changes a serious problem for the Republicans? If so, what can they do to bring groups that have traditionally been Democratic—Hispanics, blacks, and Catholics, for example—into the Republican Party?

Analysis and Commentary

How Bad Is the Education Bill?

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Hoover Daily Report
Monday, June 25, 2001

There will, in fact, be no fundamental overhaul of this LBJ-era legislation, despite decades of evidence of its failure. But there will definitely be a whopping price tag.

Analysis and Commentary

Conversion of a Standardized Test Skeptic

by Caroline M. Hoxbyvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, June 18, 2001

Testing is undoubtedly the school reform with the highest ratio of benefits to costs.

DONKEY KONG: The Future of the Democratic Party

with David M. Kennedy, Susan F. Raskyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, May 21, 2001

In 1936, Franklin Delano Roosevelt won reelection to a second term in one of the biggest landslides in American history. The outcome was a clear mandate in support of FDR's New Deal—an agenda of large-scale social and economic programs administered by the federal government. Sixty years later, in 1996, William Jefferson Clinton also won reelection to a second term, after declaring earlier that year that "the era of big government was over." How did the Democratic Party get from FDR to Bill Clinton? Now that the Democrats are out of the White House, will they continue the move to the center that Clinton initiated, or will they try to reinvigorate the traditional liberal base of the Democratic Party? Does that traditional base still exist?

Analysis and Commentary

The Nation’s Report Card in Peril

by Diane Ravitchvia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, May 14, 2001

Unfortunately, Congress is about to act on legislation that could jeopardize the entire NAEP program.

Reagan, in His Own Hand

by Martin Anderson, Annelise Anderson, Kiron K. Skinnervia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 30, 2001

From 1975 to 1979, Ronald Reagan wrote more than 600 radio addresses in his own hand, planning every plank in what would become his presidential platform. Herewith, a sampling of classic Reagan, compiled by Hoover fellows Kiron K. Skinner, Annelise Anderson, and Martin Anderson.

Mount Reagan

by Peter M. Robinsonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 30, 2001

One speechwriter’s experience with "the largest and most magnificent American of the second half of the twentieth century." By Hoover fellow Peter Robinson.

E Pluribus Unum—Sooner or Later

by Michael Baronevia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 30, 2001

How race and ethnicity still affect party allegiance. By Hoover media fellow Michael Barone.

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