Class Warfare—Teachers Go On Strike With Paul Peterson

February 17, 2019
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Decades ago, a California teachers’ union executive described the notion of educators walking a picket line as “inappropriate, unprofessional, illegal, outmoded, and ineffective.” Paul Peterson, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard, explains why that’s no longer the case as teachers coast to coast have walked out of their classrooms over the past year.

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The (Second) American Civil War? With Victor Davis Hanson

February 13, 2019
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On the 210th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, some have suggested that United States faces a second “civil war” – a conflict over culture, economics, and world view. Victor Davis Hanson, the Hoover Institution’s Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow, contrasts the hands dealt to Abraham Lincoln and Donald Trump. 

Is Taxing Wealth “Economic Justice?” With John Cochrane

February 7, 2019
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The 2020 election is shaping up as a referendum on raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans – what Democrats call “economic justice.” John Cochrane, the Jack and Rose-Marie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and proprietor of the “Grumpy Economist” blog, weighs the merits of the various proposed tax hikes and whether they constitute sound economic policy.

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Venezuela On The Brink With Markos Kounalakis

January 30, 2019
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Six years ago, a US Secretary of State John Kerry declared an end to the Monroe Doctrine and US dominance of the Latin America. Hoover visiting fellow Markos Kounalakis suggests that the Trump Administration’s response to the constitutional crisis in Venezuela – economic sanctions, the outside chance of military intervention – is an indicator the doctrine is alive and kicking.

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Is It Constitutional? Featuring Richard Epstein

January 17, 2019
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Constitutional law is frequently thrown around as a justification without people fulling understanding the document. From Speaker Pelosi believing she’s President Trump’s co-equal, to air traffic controllers demanding pay and senators wanting to know more about the president’s finances, constitutional law often arises. But are any of those justifications valid? Richard Epstein, the Hoover Institution’s Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow and the voice behind “The Libertarian” podcast, examines what the Constitution does and doesn’t allow in terms of executive power and impeachment proceedings.

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The Lowdown On The Shutdown With David Brady

January 15, 2019
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Now in its record third week, the partial shutdown of the federal government casts a long shadow over the new Congress and the nascent Democratic presidential field. But has it affected President Trump’s popularity? David Brady, the Hoover Institution’s Davies Family Senior Fellow and a Stanford University public policy professor, reviews the polling evidence.

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What Political Scientists Learned in 2018

December 20, 2018
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In 2018, the House went Democratic and the Senate remained Republican – both, as expected. Now, the presidential cycle begins. Hoover senior fellows and Stanford political scientists David Brady and Douglas Rivers, conductors of a recount poll on political trends, discuss what 2018 told us about American politics, the health of the Trump presidency, and what to look for in the new year.

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Islam Under Assault In China With Michael Auslin

November 27, 2018
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In China’s western Xinjiang territory, that country’s Uighur population finds itself banished to “re-education” camps in order to shed its Muslim faith and conform with Chinese ways. Michael Auslin, the Hoover Institution’s Hoover’s Williams-Griffis Fellow in Contemporary Asia, discusses the Trump Administration’s policy options and China’s ongoing efforts to stifle multiculturalism.

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Giving Thanks With Niall Ferguson

November 21, 2018
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As a prolific columnist and observer of U.S. and world affairs, Niall Ferguson has plenty to be grateful for, beginning with an American president seemingly always in the news. Ferguson, the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, explains the many reasons why Americans should be giving thanks this holiday season.

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Iran – Will Protests Lead To Progress? With Abbas Milani

November 19, 2018
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A year ago, public protests in Iran put the future of that repressive regime in doubt. With new sanctions in place and protestors again taking to the street to demonstrate against economic conditions (and new US sanctions), will 2019 witness a sea change in the Persian Gulf? Abbas Milani, a Hoover research fellow and the Hamid & Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University, offers his thoughts.

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