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Reagan Among the Professors

by Paul Kengorvia Policy Review
Wednesday, December 1, 1999

His surprising reputation

The Case for Supermajority Rules

by John O. McGinnis, Michael B. Rappaportvia Policy Review
Wednesday, December 1, 1999

This century ends, as it began, with extraordinary ferment about the soundness of our constitutional structures. In a series of recent decisions, the Supreme Court has appeared to revive doctrines of federalism and carve out spheres of autonomy for the states. In Congress, each house gave majority support to serious constitutional amendments setting term limits, requiring balanced budgets, and limiting tax increases. In fact, the Balanced Budget Amendment came within one vote of being sent to the states for ratification. Congress has also passed rules to restructure the federal legislative process. In an attempt to promote accountability and protect the autonomy of the states, both houses have required separate votes on unfunded mandates. The House of Representatives has passed a rule requiring a three-fifths majority to raise income tax rates.

A Clarion Call for Freedom

by Douglas Brinkleyvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, October 30, 1999

Historian Douglas Brinkley on the speech he considers “the most patriotic delivered by an American president in this century”—the Berlin Wall address delivered in June 1987 by Hoover honorary fellow Ronald Reagan (and composed by Hoover fellow Peter Robinson).

Reagan’s Plan

by Kiron K. Skinnervia Hoover Digest
Saturday, October 30, 1999

Albeit slowly and grudgingly, historians of the Cold War are finally beginning to acknowledge that one of the reasons our side finally triumphed was that we had . . . Ronald Reagan. By Hoover fellow Kiron Skinner.

The Cold War over CNN’s Cold War

by Richard Pipes, Robert Conquest, John Lewis Gaddisvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, October 30, 1999

Earlier this year, CNN broadcast a twenty-four-hour television documentary on the Cold War, supplementing the documentary by publishing a companion book. The series created a furor. Critics charged that the series was inaccurate and—to use a phrase from the Cold War itself—soft on communism.

Herewith a debate among three historians. Richard Pipes explains what the television documentary got wrong. Hoover fellow Robert Conquest takes apart the companion book. Then John Lewis Gaddis, who served as an adviser to CNN, explains what CNN got right.

Give It Back

by Amity Shlaesvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, October 30, 1999

Washington has pronounced the era of big government dead. So why do we still find ourselves saddled with a tax system more worthy of socialist Europe than the land of the free? By Hoover media fellow Amity Shlaes.

Inflated Expectations for the Fed

by Michael J. Boskinvia Hoover Digest
Saturday, October 30, 1999

Hoover fellow Michael J. Boskin believes the public asks too much of the Fed, expecting Alan Greenspan to keep the good times rolling on his own. Here Boskin explains why responsibility for sound economic policy still lies overwhelmingly with Congress and the president—and details what they must do to keep our economy growing.

Judge to Justice

by Douglas R. Coxvia Policy Review
Friday, October 1, 1999

Douglas R. Cox on Pursuit of Justices: Presidential Politics and the Selection of Supreme Court Nominees by David Alistair Yalof

The Quadrennial Fear of Ideas

by Daniel Cassevia Policy Review
Sunday, August 1, 1999

Policy and presidential Campaigns

The Administration Gets It Half Right

by Abraham D. Sofaervia Hoover Digest
Friday, July 30, 1999

Hoover fellow Abraham D. Sofaer explains what’s right—and wrong—with the administration’s latest antiterrorism proposal.

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