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Lee Ohanian: Blue State, Red Ink

Lee Ohanian: Blue State, Red Ink

May 9, 2020

California’s current fiscal plight – a record $54.3 billion dollar budget deficit for this year and next – raises the question of how much the coronavirus is to blame. Lee Ohanian, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and a weekly contributor to Hoover’s “California On Your Mind” web channel, discusses the poor tax and fiscal choices that are partially responsible for the Golden State finding itself awash in red ink.

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Lee Ohanian: California Beaches Closed, (Tax) Tsunami Warning

Lee Ohanian: California Beaches Closed, (Tax) Tsunami Warning

May 1, 2020

California Gov. Gavin Newsom finds himself at odds with Orange County lawmakers over the opening and re-closing of Southern California beaches. Meanwhile, a “tsunami” approaches – in a ravaged economy and a wave of tax increases needed to prop up otherwise unsustainable state spending. Lee Ohanian, a Hoover Institution senior fellow, economist, and weekly contributor to Hoover’s “California On Your Mind” web channel, explains the size and shape of the tax tidal wave.

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Lee Ohanian: California’s Great Depression 2.0

Lee Ohanian: California’s Great Depression 2.0

April 24, 2020

Not a recession, but an emerging depression. Or so deems Lee Ohanian, a Hoover Institution senior fellow, economist, and weekly contributor to Hoover’s “California On Your Mind” web channel. When will California’s economy restart? Will an anticipated Green New Deal agenda pushed by Gov. Newsom’s economic recovery task force make matters worse?

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Colonel Joseph Felter: Afghanistan Withdrawal

Colonel Joseph Felter: Afghanistan Withdrawal

April 23, 2020

February’s announcement of a potential US withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021 raises the question of the legacy of America’s military involvement in that region – a presence dating back to the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. Col. Joseph Felter, a Hoover Institution research fellow and Iraq and Afghanistan counterinsurgency veteran, reflects on lessons learned and what comes next in South and Southeast Asia.  

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Lee Ohanian: California’s COVID Economy

Lee Ohanian: California’s COVID Economy

April 17, 2020

A global pandemic brings the world’s fifth-largest economy – which is California – to a crawl. But will it derail the Golden State’s progressive agenda? Lee Ohanian, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and contributor to Hoover’s “California On Your Mind” web channel, discusses how best to bring California’s economy back to life – and the opportunities (helping the gig economy) that Gov. Gavin Newsom may be ignoring.

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Tevi Troy: The White House “Fight House”

Tevi Troy: The White House “Fight House”

April 13, 2020

The first rule of the movie Fight Club: “you do not talk about fight club.” The first rule of “fight house,” aka the White House: you talk and leak and self-promote, even if it hurts the boss. White House historian Tevi Troy, author of Fight House: Rivalries In The White House, From Truman To Trump, explains what makes for feuds and turf struggles inside the Office of the President and what challenges Donald Trump and Joe Biden face in staffing a White House in 2021.

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Robert Service Assesses Czar Vladimir

Robert Service Assesses Czar Vladimir

April 11, 2020

That’s Vladimir as in Putin, the Russian president who intends to remain in power until at least the next decade’s end – and maybe as long as 2036 – now that Russia’s high court has deemed term limits inapplicable to his current rule. Hoover senior fellow and Russian historian Robert Service offers his thoughts on Putin’s grip on power, the role of oligarchs in maintaining that power, why Putin recently engaged in an oil price war with Saudi Arabia, as well as Putin’s regional and global ambitions.

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Area 45: Brady and Rivers: The State Of The Race

Area 45: Brady and Rivers: The State Of The Race

March 31, 2020

Yes, that would be the presidential race, which slowed to a crawl courtesy of the COVID-19 pandemic. David Brady and Doug Rivers, Hoover Institution senior fellows and Stanford political scientists, weigh in on the state of the race – discussing what polling suggests about Joe Biden’s campaign, President Trump’s handling of the health and economic crises, and the virus’ effect on voters’ attitudes.

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Cochrane: Is An Economic Stimulus The Right Cure For The Coronavirus?

Cochrane: Is An Economic Stimulus The Right Cure For The Coronavirus?

March 12, 2020

Should Washington’s reaction to the economic turmoil caused by the coronavirus pandemic include a stimulus package? John Cochrane, the Hoover Institution’s Jack and Rose-Marie Anderson Senior Fellow and author of the “Grumpy Economist” blog, discusses the do’s and don’ts of Washington’s economic response to the pandemic.

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Dave Brady: The State Of The Democratic Presidential Race . . .

Dave Brady: The State Of The Democratic Presidential Race . . .

March 6, 2020

Remember all those predictions that Bernie Sanders was the Democratic front-runner and socialism was in vogue? That no longer seems the case after resounding Joe Biden wins in South Carolina and Super Tuesday states. David Brady, Hoover senior fellow emeritus and Stanford political scientist, weighs in on the state of the race – why the ground suddenly shifted in Biden’s favor.  

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