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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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.

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Six years ago, as 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Trump Administration’s first post-midterm controversy: the constitutionality of the president’s choice for acting attorney general. John Yoo, a Hoover Institution visiting fellow and UC-Berkeley law professor, discusses the policy and political ramifications. And he breaks down the admissions lawsuit filed against his alma mater, Harvard, alleging discrimination against Asian applicants.

 

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A departure from the usual Area 45 podcast: instead of discussing the 45th president, we take a closer look at the 31st state in the union – California. Lee Ohanian, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and UCLA economist, discusses what motivated him to launch Hoover’s new “California On Your Mind” journal and what challenges confront the Golden State’s next governor.

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Next Tuesday’s midterm vote is both the first national referendum on the Trump presidency and a test of the zeal of Trump supporters and detractors. David Brady, Morris Fiorina and Doug Rivers – all Hoover Institution senior fellows and Stanford University political scientists – discuss the fractious political landscape and handicap the odds of Democrats taking the House and Republicans adding to their Senate majority.

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Prior to his appointment as the Hoover Institution’s Fouad and Michelle Ajami senior fellow, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster served as the 26th Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs. In the second installment of this Area 45 podcast, McMaster discusses why he joined the Trump White House, how he oversaw the National Security Council, and grades himself on his performance.

 

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For 34 years, Army Lt. Gen H.R. McMaster served his country in times of war and peace – scoring victories on the battlefield and figuring better ways to prepare for future conflicts. Now the Hoover Institution’s Fouad and Michelle Ajami senior fellow, McMaster recounts what attracted him to military service and lessons learned from a career as a pre-eminent “warrior thinker”.

 

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If Democrats regain the House, it’s not President Trump’s fault – or so the President tells the media. His son accuses the Republican establishment of a “losing” mentality. As this administration approaches its midpoint, is the Republican Party the “Party of Trump”, or more a temporary (and uneasy) alliance? Lanhee Chen, the David and Diane Steffy Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, assesses the state of this political marriage.

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President Trump delivered a U.N. address calling for China to change its American trade practices, which was followed by the two nations escalating their tariff war. Michael Auslin, Hoover Institution’s inaugural Williams-Griffis Fellow in Contemporary Asia, estimates what a prolonged trade war would have on the Chinese economy, as well as other aspects of U.S.-Sino relations.

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The “surf forecast” for the first Tuesday in November – a big “blue wave” or not? Hoover senior fellows and Stanford political scientists David Brady and Douglas Rivers, conductors of a recount poll on political trends, discuss what their survey data suggests about Congress’ fate less than two months from now.

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In September 2016, an anonymous author penned an essay entitled “The Flight 93 Election”, comparing the choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is not unlike the doomed airliner that crashed during the 9/11 attacks. The author of that controversial piece, Hillsdale College political lecturer and research fellow Michael Anton, updates his premise for 2018 and recounts his time as a Trump and Bush 43 national security aide.

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Nearly two years into his presidency, what’s the status of Donald Trump’s relationship with his conservative base – and the conservative media? Matthew Continetti, a Hoover media fellow and editor-in-chief of the Washington Free Beacon, discusses the President’s approach to communications and whether a “Trumpslayer” will come along between now and 2020.

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