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Pragmatic Engagement Amidst Global Uncertainty: Three Major Challenges, a national security strategy written by the Hoover Institution’s Working Group on Foreign Policy and Grand Strategy.
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Hoover Institution Bipartisan Working Group Releases National Security Strategy For The Future

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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The Hoover Institution today released Pragmatic Engagement Amidst Global Uncertainty: Three Major Challenges, a national security strategy written by the Hoover Institution’s Working Group on Foreign Policy and Grand Strategy. 

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Modification Of Embryos Will Someday Treat Hideous Diseases

by Henry I. Millervia National Review
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

On Monday a story in the British newspaper The Independent had this breathless lede: “Scientists in the UK will be allowed to genetically modify human embryos for the first time in history, after they received a licence to go ahead with groundbreaking research into the early stages of human life.” Few in the scientific community would find this earth-shattering.

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Enemy Of The State

by Mark Harrisonvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

What was everyday life like under the Soviet police state?

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Forget Trump But Not The Trumpsters

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A disclaimer: Trump is not my preferred candidate. I hope he does not win the Republican nomination. But I understand why millions seem to be mesmerized by his rhetoric. I certainly wish that Trump would not insult rivals and newspeople in callous and uncouth fashion.

Analysis and Commentary
Analysis and Commentary

After Iowa

by Thomas Sowellvia Creators Syndicate
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Senator Ted Cruz's upset victory against Donald Trump has robbed "The Donald" of his stock answer to any criticism from rivals— that he is winning and his critics are losers.

Analysis and Commentary

The Libertarian: “The Flint Water Crisis”

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Understanding the legal implications of lead in the Michigan city’s water supply.

Analysis and Commentary

The Cure For Media Bias

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine Online
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

We have long known that the progressive media no longer have any journalistic integrity. The pass given to Barack Obama on his gaffes, sketchy personal history, and dubious associates––all of which would have sunk a Republican candidate––stripped the last camouflage from reporters who used to at least try to hide their political biases and prejudices.

Analysis and Commentary

Innovation And Inequality: The Separability Thesis

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The topic of this Essay concerns the interaction between innovation in areas of intellectual property on the one hand and the demand for greater equality of income and wealth in society on the other. Whatever one thinks of the latter objective, I think that it is a social mistake to link these two separate topics together.

Analysis and Commentary

New Issue Of Harvard National Security Journal

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The Harvard National Security Journal's fall issue, published earlier this week, may be of interest to Lawfare readers. Ashley Deeks of UVa Law School (and Lawfare) argues that intelligence agencies restrain how foreign peer agencies conduct their work and view their legal obligations.

Analysis and Commentary

Studies Of Public Goods

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

In a comment on a recent post of mine about government spending on infrastructure, Ben H. wrote: This seems to ignore the problem of public goods. It is, arguably, pretty easy to identify public goods for which spending $1 increases total welfare across the population by more than $1, but which no individual person has an incentive to spend their own $1 upon.

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Why The Iowa Caucus (Probably) Won’t Alter The Fundamentals Of The GOP Race

by Jeremy Carlvia National Review
Monday, February 1, 2016

In the frantic lead-up to the caucus, politicians and the media are playing an expectations game. But a closer look at the final Des Moines Register poll suggests that in terms of the fundamental contours of the race, a lot less will be decided in Iowa tonight than meets the eye. 

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An Out Of The Box Approach To The Going Dark Problem

by Benjamin Wittesvia Lawfare
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

I’ve been thinking about out-of-the-box ways to address the "Going Dark" problem. Specifically, I am looking for approaches that potentially thread the needle between an industry allergic to any technological mandates, civil libertarians and cryptographers deeply committed to strong encryption without back doors, and a government alarmed by the rise of encrypted communications it cannot capture.

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Suspending My Campaign

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Fill in the name: Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, and all the others that have dropped out, and will soon drop out, of the race for their party's presidential nomination.

Analysis and Commentary

Is The TPP Good Or Bad On Net?

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

If you read the latest Econlib Feature Article by Pierre Lemieux, "Free Trade and TPP," you won't have an answer to the title question of this post. So why I did I ask him to write it? Because I knew that Pierre would do a great job of laying out the pros and cons.

Interviews
Victor Davis Hanson
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Victor Davis Hanson On Secure Freedom Radio Podcast (27:37)

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Secure Freedom Radio
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the Obama administration’s appeasement of Putin; consequences of immigration crisis for Europe; how a national implementation of California immigration policies would change America; and what it would mean for homeland security if the Afghan government fell.

Interviews

Bill Whalen: How Iowa Will Reshape The Presidential Race

interview with Bill Whalenvia Forum with Michael Krasny (KQED)
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses the Iowa caucus results and looks ahead to next week's New Hampshire primary.

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Bill Whalen On The John Batchelor Show (3:35)

interview with Bill Whalenvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Bill Whalen discusses Iowa, the Clinton's, Democrats, Republicans, and what will happen in New Hampshire and beyond.

Harvey C. Mansfield
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Harvey Mansfield VII Transcript

interview with Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Conversations with Bill Kristol
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Transcript of Hoover Institution fellow Harvey Mansfield's interview with Bill Kristol about politics and political parties.

In the News
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Rebecca Coulson: Do We Truly Want Choice, Or Do We Simply Want Better Schools?

featuring Paul E. Petersonvia Conservative Home
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

It’s time to worry when a Harvard academic confesses that the UK school system is so complicated “it’s almost impossible for an outsider to understand”.

In the News

Anti-Poverty Program Reduces Violence in Civil Conflicts

featuring Colonel Joseph (Joe) Felter (ret.)via Center for International Security And Cooperation (CISAC)
Monday, February 1, 2016

An anti-poverty aid program that’s been implemented in the Philippines for nearly a decade is gaining attention for the progress it has made in not only helping the poor, but also for its role in decreasing political violence and insurgency.

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Cruz Dumps Trump In Iowa

quoting Kevin Warshvia Politico
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Donald Trump now bears the moniker he hates most “loser.” The braggadocios billionaire finished well behind Ted Cruz in the Iowa caucuses. Cruz finished with 28 percent to 24 percent for Trump. Marco Rubio — as M.M. suggested he would on Monday — finished a surprisingly strong third at 23 percent just behind Trump. 

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What's the Plan for the Sanders' Voters?

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Ricochet
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

We’ve had a lot of debate on Ricochet about people who don’t think Donald Trump’s much of a conservative, but who nonetheless hope to see the GOP win the presidency. Victor Davis Hanson — and many here on Ricochet — have pointed out that Trump’s supporters are hardly apt to vote for a candidate or a party that evinces utter contempt for them, nor is “contempt” a particularly attractive sentiment to express toward a large number of one’s fellow Americans.

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Harvard Affiliates React To Iowa Caucus Results

quoting Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Harvard Crimson
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Conservative and Democratic Harvard affiliates had mixed feelings about Monday night’s Iowa caucuses and their role as the 2016 Presidential race unfurls.

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More Iowa Notes

mentioning Harvey C. Mansfieldvia Powerline
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The rest of the gang has already weighed in with useful thoughts, but to paraphrase the great political philosopher Marx (Groucho), if you don’t like these thoughts, we have others!