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The Fannie and Freddie Fiasco

Image credit:  futureatlas.com via Defining Ideas Government self-dealing has violated shareholder rights.  … Read entire article »

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Commonwealth Club: Week to Week Political Roundtable and Member Social

Image credit:  istock In the News mentioning Carson Bruno via Commonwealth Club Before our politics roundtable, political analyst Melissa Caen will give a lively 10-minute explainer on third parties — are the conservative leaders who are talking about a third-party challenge to Trump realistic? Is there still room for a third-party challenge to Clinton? Find out. … Read entire article »

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Inequality Run Amok

Image credit:  istock Analysis and Commentary via Thoughtful Ideas The current academic and political obsession with inequality is like crabgrass taking over a pristine lawn of Kentucky bluegrass. … Read entire article »

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Richard Jones on Transhumanism

Image credit:  Ociacia, Shutterstock Analysis and Commentary via EconTalk Will our brains ever be uploaded into a computer? Will we live forever? Richard Jones, physicist at the University of Sheffield and author of Against Transhumanism, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about transhumanism–the effort to radically transform human existence via technology. … Read entire article »

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The Classicist: “10 Commandments For The Next President”

Blank Section (Placeholder) Analysis and Commentary interview with Victor Davis Hanson via The ClassicistHoover Daily Report A guide to presidential decorum for the next Commander-in-Chief. … Read entire article »

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Tay, Trump, and Artificial Stupidity

Image credit:  istock Featured via Boston Globe I have to admit that DeepMind’s AlphaGo computer had me worried when it trounced the world champion at the Chinese board game Go last month. … Read entire article »

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Take That, Madame Secretary

Image credit:  istock Analysis and Commentary via EconLog Basic economics works. … Read entire article »

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Heritage Foundation Conference on "The Role of Intelligence" Video

Image credit:  istock Analysis and Commentary via Lawfare On March 30, the Heritage Foundation held a day-long event entitled “The Role of Intelligence.” … Read entire article »

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Home Building's Double-Bind

Image credit:  Andrei Shumskiy, Shutterstock In the News quoting Michael J. Petrilli via Builder Online Bachelor’s-degree-or-bust social engineering proves to fail both as a path to the middle class, and an opportunity to solve for housing’s labor capacity risk. … Read entire article »

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How The World Actually Works

Image credit:  istock In the News quoting Thomas Sowell via TribLive Perhaps not to millennials, but the record is undeniable: What works best in delivering the goods is capitalism. … Read entire article »

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Roger Stone: Convention "Day Of Rage" To Target Rogue Delegations, Will Be a "Reverse-Alinsky"

On Bloomberg’s With All Due Respect Monday, Roger Stone, a former adviser to the Donald Trump campaign, discusses the state of the GOP front-runner’s campaign, the battle for delegates and the possibility of "days of rage†protests at this summer’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland. “It entails enormous demonstration,” Stone said. “It could entail protests at certain targeted hotels where delegations who are involved in the ‘big steal’ are staying.” “It will be non-violent,” Stone added. “It’s a reverse-Alinsky.” Last week, Stone made a call for “non-violent” protests at the convention. In 2012 the Republican National Convention Rules Committee voted to unseat delegates who “went against their obligation to vote for the candidate they are bound to.” “Under the rules, violating a binding pledge would be considered by the committee as submitting a resignation as … Read entire article »

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Melania Trump: When You Attack Donald, He Will Punch Back 10 Times Harder

Melania Trump, wife of Donald Trump, spoke to a campaign rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin this evening to encourage voters to turn out for tomorrow’s open presidential primary. “I’m very proud of him,” Trump said of her husband. “He’s hard worker. He’s kind. He has a great heart. He’s tough. He’s smart. He’s a great communicator. He’s a great negotiator. He’s telling the truth.” “He’s a great leader. He’s fair. As you may know by now, when you attack him, he will punch back 10 times harder,” Trump said to cheers. “No matter who you are, a man or a woman, he treats everyone equal. He’s a fighter, and if you elect him president he will fight for you and our country. He will work for you and with you and together we’ll make … Read entire article »

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Krauthammer: Trump "Exploiting Fear," Muslims Not "As Huge A Problem As Trump Has Made Them Out To Be"

Charles Krauthammer talks white grievance and the Republican party on Monday’s broadcast of FOX News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor. Krauthammer explains how Trump appeals to those left behind in the information age society has entered. Those from the industrial age have been left behind, he said. Krauthammer said the Republican presidential candidate is “exploiting fear” and his talk of Mexican rapists and Muslims are not as “huge a problem” as he has made them out to be. CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: I think the larger point is none of this is a racial grievance. After all, when you are talking about the Republican electorate, you are starting from the premise that you are talking about whites. No candidate on the Republican side has major appeal to African-Americans for a lot of historical reasons. It’s … Read entire article »

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Obama Statement With NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg

The president spoke with the NATO secretary general in the White House on Monday. … Read entire article »

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Donald Trump Posts Over-the-Top Cinematic Fan-Made Campaign Ad: "The Trump Effect"

Donald Trump posted this fan-made parody ad on his Twitter and Facebook accounts Monday morning. Esquire Magazine calls it “maybe the worst commerical of all time”, but they admit they “can’t stop watching it” either. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!https://t.co/4uWRyTeEr3— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 4, 2016 The ad, from a techincal standpoint, is a really good parody of the original trailer for the sci-fi video game Mass Effect 2. “Amazing” comments Kotaku: Trump didn’t make the Trump Effect ad of course; he credits another Twitter account, who credits a YouTube account, which redirects to "Commander Trumpard.†It’s entirely possible that whoever made it initially meant it as a troll. Whatever the origins, Trump has seen it and deemed it worthy enough to share/endorse. What a time to be alive. The source is … Read entire article »

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Trump Senior Policy Advisor: Cruz Is A "Radical Wall Street Globalist Who Will Rip The Beating Heart Out Of American Manufacturing"

Donald Trump senior policy advisor Stephen J. Miller –on loan from the office of Sen. Jeff Sessions– talks about Ted Cruz’s history in the Senate, his support for foreign worker visas and international trade deals, and his unfounded attacks on Donald Trump. This incredible rant was delivered as an introduction for the GOP frontrunner in Wisconsin on the day before that state’s primary. “I’m going to take just a moment to tell each and every one of you,” he said. “The real truth about Goldman Sachs’ favorite senator, Ted Cruz.” “Ted Cruz is a radical Wall Street globalist who will rip the beating heart of manufacturing out of the United States of America,” he said. “Ted Cruz sided with Goldman Sachs and the globalists over the issue of trade… We … Read entire article »

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Trump: "We May Have A Global Warming Problem, But It Will Be Of The Nuclear Variety"

Donald Trump hit President Obama for saying global warming is the greatest threat to the world and the country at a campaign rally Monday morning. The Republican presidential frontrunner said global warming is a threat, but “it will be of the nuclear variety.” Trump also poked fun at the language used to refer to global warming, such as climate change and extreme weather. “They have changed the name so often. They just weren’t working,” Trump commented at a campaign event in La Crosse, Wisconsin today. Transcript of his remarks below: TRUMP: They said Donald Trump wants to arm, with nuclear, Asia. Of course I don’t want to do that… President Obama said the single greatest problem that the world has and our country has is global warming. Okay. No, think about it. I … Read entire article »

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Paul Ryan: No, I'm Not The "Fresh Face" Karl Rove Was Referring To

HUGH HEWITT, HOST: All right, now I want to turn to, you are going to be the chairman of our Republican Party Convention. I say our. I’m a Republican, for new listeners to the Hugh Hewitt Show at this hour, and longstanding member. I’ve always been an activist. You’re the chairman of the convention. You told the Times of Israel I decided not to run for president. I think you should run if you’re going to be president. I think you should start in Israel and run to the tape. I get that. But you are going to be chairman, and there is quite a lot of talk about Rule 40B. Do you think the rules of the 2012 Convention ought to bind this convention, Mr. Speaker? SPEAKER PAUL RYAN: You … Read entire article »

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Sanders: "I Don't Believe There's Any Constitutional Protection For The Unborn"

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: You know, Secretary Clinton also said this morning that she doesn’t believe that there are any constitutional rights for the unborn. Is that your position, as well? SANDERS: All I know is that I will fight as strong as I can to defend a woman’s right to choose. I believe that it is an outrage that Republicans who tell us how much they hate the government now want to tell every American — every American woman what she can and cannot do with her body. And I do agree with the Secretary. I don’t believe there’s any constitutional protection for the unborn. STEPHANOPOULOS: Are you for any restrictions on abortion? SANDERS: I think that decision ultimately has got to be made by the woman. … Read entire article »

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Former WI Gov. Scott McCallum: Kasich Is "The Least Disliked… The Choice Of The American Public"

Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott McCallum shares insights about his state on ‘Fox & Friends’ … Read entire article »

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