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John Batchelor

John Batchelor

November 8, 2019

For nearly two decades now, radio host and Hoover media fellow John Batchelor has saturated the airwaves with cerebral conversations pertaining to national and international affairs. This time answering the questions rather than asking them, Batchelor discusses what drew him to the world of talk radio and how the Trump presidency has affected his show.

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Joe Felter: The Pentagon’s National Defense Strategy

Joe Felter: The Pentagon’s National Defense Strategy

November 4, 2019

In an era of competitive influence with China and Russia, what are the policy implications for the Indo-Pacific region? Joseph Felter, a Hoover Institution research fellow and, until just recently, a defense assistant secretary for South and Southeast Asia, explains the Trump Administration’s options.

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Lanhee Chen: Republican Rift?

Lanhee Chen: Republican Rift?

October 31, 2019

Utah Sen. Mitt Romney’s recent criticism of President Trump, coupled with growing Republican angst over the coming election, has made a complicated relationship between President Trump and party regulars all the more tangled. Lanhee Chen, the Hoover Institution’s David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies and policy director for the 2012 Romney presidential campaign, assesses the current Republican mindset.

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Steve Scully: C-SPAN And Campaign 2020

Steve Scully: C-SPAN And Campaign 2020

October 28, 2019

For 40 years now, as political media have grown more polarized, the C-SPAN cable news channel has offered unbiased, unfiltered coverage of political figures, elections, and government. Steve Scully, C-SPAN’s political director, discusses the channel’s approach to the 2020 election, last July’s C-SPAN interview with President Trump, and the challenge of being a neutral “Switzerland” of political journalism.

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Navy Capt. Christopher Sharman On Vietnam’s “Balancing” Act

Navy Capt. Christopher Sharman On Vietnam’s “Balancing” Act

October 23, 2019

Next year marks the 25th anniversary of US-Vietnamese bilateral relations. Navy Capt. Christopher Sharman, a Hoover Institution National Security Affairs Fellow and former naval attaché to Vietnam and China, explains how Vietnam balances its international relations and the strategic options available to the US, as well as the efficacy of soft power in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

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James Sweeney On California’s Electricity Woes

James Sweeney On California’s Electricity Woes

October 18, 2019

Last week’s decision by California utilities to halt power to about two million residents, to avoid downed electricity lines sparking wildfires, plunged parts of the Golden State into darkness – and begged the questions of why the world’s fifth-largest economy can’t keep its lights on. James Sweeney, a Hoover Institution senior fellow who studies electricity market problems, explains why this is a matter of risk management in America’s wealthiest and most populous state.

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David Leal On President Trump, Texas, And The Latino Vote

David Leal On President Trump, Texas, And The Latino Vote

October 11, 2019

Is Texas in play in 2020 for Democrats? Is America’s Latino vote the “sleeping giant” the media predict it will be every four years? David Leal, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and University of Texas-Austin political scientist, separates fact from fiction in the Lone Star State, and explains how the Latino segment of the electorate fits into the national landscape.

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“All In On Donald Trump” With Charles Hurt

“All In On Donald Trump” With Charles Hurt

October 8, 2019

The rationale for Donald Trump in 2016: border control, the opiate crisis, honoring America’s “forgotten man,” and much more. Charles Hurt, a Fox News contributor and author of Still Winning: Why America Went All In On Donald Trump – And Why We Must Do It Again, offers his thoughts on the rationale for giving President Trump a second presidential term.

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Debra Saunders On White House Press Briefings

Debra Saunders On White House Press Briefings

October 4, 2019

Three words not uttered in the Trump White House’s press room “call the briefing.” Not since March has a White House press secretary done a full-on, live-televised briefing.

Debra J. Saunders, the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s White House correspondent, discusses the “new normal” in Trump-media relations.

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Brady and Rivers: Impeachment . . . By The Numbers

Brady and Rivers: Impeachment . . . By The Numbers

October 1, 2019

As impeachment speculation mounts, the question remains: what effect, if any, has it had on the popularity of President Trump, Joe Biden, and the Democratic field? David Brady and Doug Rivers, Hoover Institution senior fellows and Stanford University political scientists, explain what their polling data indicates.

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