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The Flint Fiasco

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Monday, February 8, 2016

The lesson? It’s too dangerous to leave public health and safety to the government. 

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Saudi Strategy And Ours

by Russell A. Bermanvia The Caravan
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Saudi strategy is a response to its single largest challenge, the rise of Iranian power. As Iran gains greater access to resources and international influence, Riyadh fears that Tehran will project its power throughout the region in order to further its anti-Saudi program.

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Toxic Words

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

During this election year, we are destined to hear many words that are toxic in the way they misrepresent reality and substitute fantasies that can win votes. One of these words is "entitlement." To hear some politicians tell it, we are all entitled to all sorts of things, ranging from "affordable housing" to "a living wage."

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Why Colleges' Common Reading Lists Get An F

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A core curriculum is to a liberal education what the study of contracts, torts, civil procedure and constitutional law is to a legal education and what the rudiments of shooting and passing are to basketball—an essential prerequisite to excellence in the larger undertaking. 

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

Davenport: The Civic Education Crisis

by David Davenportvia Townhall
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

“Hamilton” is the hottest show on Broadway but its star character, Alexander Hamilton, barely gets a hearing in today’s student classrooms.

Analysis and Commentary

America’s Balkan Values

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

White liberals and black careerists vigorously reject the MLK ideal of a color-blind society.

Analysis and Commentary

How To Carpet Bomb, Discriminately

by Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Monday, February 8, 2016

[Registration Required] And other thoughts on the inanities of national security in the Republican debate from New Hampshire.

Analysis and Commentary

The Predictable Failure Of The Syrian Peace Talks

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Military History in the News
Monday, February 8, 2016

The failure, ahem, suspension this week of United Nations sponsored talks in Geneva aimed at stopping the carnage in Syria was all too predictable. The talks were initially delayed by the inability of Syrian opposition groups to agree on who should get a seat at the table. Then after just five days of negotiations, the negotiators realized what should have been apparent from the start—an end to the Syrian civil war is highly unlikely absent conditions on the battlefield conducive to a negotiated settlement. What are those conditions?

Analysis and Commentary

Low Energy Prices And Recession? Analysts Ignore The Supply-Side Elephant In The Corner

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Thinking About (Blog)
Monday, February 8, 2016

Gloom and doom is wreaking havoc in financial and commodity markets as oil prices probe new lows. Headlines proclaim that domestic energy producers face bankruptcy, layoffs, and can’t pay back toxic loans. Meanwhile, energy-producing countries must contend with deteriorating public finances and recession.

New Jersey governor Chris Christie
Analysis and Commentary

Christie Bests Rubio In GOP Debate While Cruz And Trump Coast

by Jeremy Carlvia National Review
Sunday, February 7, 2016

Why isn’t Chris Christie among the frontrunners? Even if intellectually I know why Christie hasn’t broken out, I can’t help but wonder that after watching the last debate before the New Hampshire Primary. Christie provided one of those moments that reminds you of how much talent he has, at his best, as a retail politician and leader—and frankly it’s a sign of the depth of talent in the 2016 GOP field that he hasn’t been able to firmly establish his position.

Analysis and Commentary

New York Times Editorial: Sweden Should "Walk Away" From Rape Case

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Monday, February 8, 2016

There's a headline I never expected to write. Among my many criticisms of the New York Times editorial page, after all, I would never until today have accused it of being soft on sexual violence.

Interviews
Interviews

Ed Lazear On The Larry Kudlow Show (40:40)

interview with Edward Paul Lazearvia Larry Kudlow Show
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Ed Lazear discusses the jobs report including wage growth with Larry Kudlow.

Interviews

Kori Schake: Why Is The United States More Afraid Of The Islamic State Than Russia?

interview with Kori Schakevia Foreign Policy
Monday, February 8, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Kori Schake discusses the threat of Russia’s growing influence and whether Western powers — namely, the Obama administration — are doing enough to quash potential problems ahead, opting instead to focus on threats like the Islamic State.

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Bill Evers On The Ethan Bearman Show (5:44:22)

interview with Williamson M. Eversvia KSFO
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Hoover Institution Bill Evers discusses the education polices of the presidential candidates including common core.
In the News
In the News

A Semi-Radical Plan To Elect More Moderates To Congress

quoting Morris P. Fiorinavia Vox
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

With ideological extremism on the rise in Congress, President Barack Obama argued during his State of the Union that America must reform its elections.

In the News

History Shows Economic Development Incentives Have Positive Effect

quoting Niall Fergusonvia Syracuse.com
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

In light of recent public discussions surrounding economic development in Central New York, I offer the following historical perspective. Much of the recent discussion demonstrates, in the words of historian Niall Ferguson a "history deficit." (Kissinger: Volume 1: The Idealist, 1923-1968," by Niall Ferguson (2015)

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Ralph Hancock: The Anti-Establishment Delusion

quoting James W. Ceaservia Deseret News (UT)
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

An “anti-establishment” mood is all the rage. Our media pundits cannot help classifying presidential candidates as either “anti-establishment” or in some “establishment lane.” But when candidates with views and even temperaments as diverse as Sanders, Trump and Cruz are lumped together under the rubric “establishment,” we should suspect there is some major confusion afoot.

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen.
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Fed Chair Yellen To Testify On Hill Amid Growing Doubts Over Interest Rate Hikes

quoting Kevin Warshvia The Washington Post
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will appear before Congress on Wednesday for the first time since raising interest rates, and investors will be scrutinizing her remarks for signs of whether the central bank will continue pulling back its support for the nation’s economic recovery.

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Cultivating Ignorance And Arrogance

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia The Patriot Post
Monday, February 8, 2016

“No nation is permitted to live in ignorance with impunity,” wrote Thomas Jefferson. Millions of Americans remain puzzled by the legions of fellow citizens who would trade capitalism and exceptionalism for the siren song of “free” stuff proposed to varying degrees by Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and, to some extent, Donald Trump. They shouldn’t be. A pernicious combination of civic illiteracy, coupled with a growing sense of entitlement, especially among Millennials, is rapidly approaching critical mass.