After four rounds of voting in February, the Democratic presidential primaries kick into high gear with March 3’s “Super Tuesday” avalanche of 14 states, followed by votes in key swing states across America for the remainder of the month. David Brady and Doug Rivers, Hoover senior fellows and Stanford political scientists, weigh in on the state of the race and what their tracking survey reveals as the candidates scramble for support.

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Will a president of the United States ever be impeached? Was the term “high crimes and misdemeanors” clarified? Did one branch of government emerge stronger than others? What does the future hold for the FBI, FISA Court, and Special Counsels? John Yoo, a Hoover Institution fellow and UC-Berkeley law professor, discusses the legal fallout from the Trump impeachment saga.

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After 40 years of service to his country, Army Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper is one of only two members of West Point’s Class of 1979 still on active duty. He reflects on changes in the military over that span, his tours abroad, and Douglas MacArthur’s principles of “duty, honor, and country.”

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A schism within the field of Democratic candidates: Medicare-for-All advocates vs. supporters of a “public option” for America’s health care system – i.e., expanded Obamacare. Hoover research fellow Tom Church details the enormous fiscal impact on government and taxpayers should a politically feasible public option become law.

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Iowans will caucus next week and the Democratic presidential field remains unsettled. David Brady and Doug Rivers, Hoover senior fellows and Stanford political scientists, weigh in on the state of the race – what their tracking survey reveals pre-Iowa, what impact Washington’s impeachment drama has had on the Democratic presidential race.

 

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China cheats on trade, Iran cheats on nukes, Trump cheated his way into office…or so the allegations go. And of course, there’s baseball’s cheating scandal. Richard Epstein, the Hoover Institution’s Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow and the voice behind The Libertarian and Law Talk podcasts, weighs in on the balance of virtue and rules-flaunting in modern society.

 

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Iran’s next move, a Senate impeachment trial, and the beginning of the Democratic primaries. Despite January and February’s uncertainties, Victor Davis Hanson, the Hoover Institution’s Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow, believes in this certainty: President Trump is on a path to reelection this fall.

 

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Last week’s US drone attack killing Iranian military leader and terrorism architect Qassim Soleimani marks a new chapter in America’s relationship with the Persian people and their regime. Abbas Milani, a Hoover research fellow and the Hamid & Christina Moghadam Director of Iranian Studies at Stanford University, offers his thoughts on what happens next inside Iran.

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Regardless of next November’s outcome, Republicans will be searching for a new presidential standard-bearer for 2024 and beyond. Sarah Isgur, a staff writer for The Dispatch and a CNN commentator (and, prior to that, an aide to Jeff Sessions, Mitt Romney, Ted Cruz and Carly Fiorina), discusses what life after Donald Trump might look like for the GOP.

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He’s had a front-row seat to the Nixon, Clinton, and Trump impeachment sagas. Fred Barnes, a veteran Washington journalist and Hoover media fellow, discusses the nuances among the three proceedings dating over the past 45 years and the what current drama in Washington says about these hyper-partisan times.

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We are replaying this wonderful Thanksgiving podcast with Niall Ferguson.

As a prolific columnist and observer of US 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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Two prominent Democratic presidential candidates want to impose “wealth taxes” on millionaires’ holdings. A prominent liberal economist declares that no billionaire ever made their fortune legitimately. John Cochrane, a renowned economist and the Hoover Institution’s Jack and Rose-Marie Anderson Senior Fellow, explains how and why “wealth” became a pejorative term and where we go from here.

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What a week in politics: public impeachment hearings, a candidates’ filing deadline in New Hampshire, one Republican leaving the presidential race and one (perhaps two) Democrats jumping in. Hoover senior fellows and Stanford political scientists Dave Brady and Doug Rivers review their latest poll data on the 2020 election.

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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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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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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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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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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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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 raised the question 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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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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