President Biden’s American Families Plan would take Washington in a new direction: expanding entitlements deep into the nation’s middle class. Daniel Heil, a Hoover Institution policy fellow, explains the ramifications should an additional 21 million Americans – and more than half the nation’s working-age households – become dependent upon the federal government.

For some Americans, July 4th has a special meaning. Lt. Gen H.R. McMaster, the Hoover Institution’s Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow, revisits his introduction to Independence Day as a Philadelphia native, reflects on times when the holiday found him defending freedom in the far corners of the world, plus his thoughts on how to educate young Americans on the roots of our wonderful republic.

Should he survive a recall election later this year, would California Governor Gavin Newsom preside more cautiously, having survived the political near-death experience, or push even harder to the left? Hoover senior fellow Lee Ohanian and distinguished policy fellow Bill Whalen, both contributors to Hoover’s “California on Your Mind” web channel, sit down with Hoover senior writer Jonathan Movroydis to discuss the latest in the Golden State.

Five months into his presidency, Joe Biden’s poll numbers show slippage among independents. David Brady and Douglas Rivers, Hoover Institution senior fellows and Stanford University political scientists, assess Biden’s popularity, where Republicans and Democrats depart on COVID vaccines and immigration, plus whether a 2022 midterm election still 500 days away could or won’t resemble 2010’s referendum on the Obama presidency.

A proposed “patriot” wealth tax in Washington and the call for America’s most moneyed individuals to hand over part of their fortunes to Washington leads to questions of motivation: more revenue for federal spending, or a loathing of capitalism.

Hoover Institution research fellow and economist David Henderson discusses the accumulation of wealth in America and whether the “assault” on high-profile billionaires is a mere attack or the early stage of a longer siege.

Alabama’s governor, Kay Ivey, has turned to the Hoover Institution for policy input on how to improve her state’s quality of living and economic prosperity. Stephen Haber, the Hoover Institution’s Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow and a member of the Hoover contingent advising Alabama officials, shares his thoughts on the building blocks for a futuristic American state – broadband-based education, cutting-edge university research, business incentives, better infrastructure, and access to outdoor recreation.

While the Colonial Pipeline hack brought cybersecurity into the headlines, there’s an open question as to the efficacy of the “cyber” component of national security as the U.S. looks to update and modernize its nuclear arsenal. Herb Lin, the Hoover Institution’s Hank J. Holland Fellow in Cyber Policy and senior research scholar for cyber policy and security at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation, discusses the challenges on the cybersecurity front.

From ancient Athens to the America of today, democracies have borne witness to the rise of grassroots populism. Terry Moe, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the William Bennett Munro Professor of political science at Stanford University, discusses what it is to be a “populist” in this day and age – both in America and Europe – and whether Trump-brand populism, moving forward, is solely dependent on the former president’s participation.

In boom-or-bust California, a $54 billion dollar budget deficit has given way to an unprecedented $75 billion dollar surplus (not counting another $26 billion in federal stimulus money). Lee Ohanian, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and contributor to Hoover’s “California On Your Mind” web channel, examines the Golden State’s choices of what do to with the windfall – most notably, a $600 “rebate” to some tax-filers – and recounts how he made international news for economic advice given to a candidate vying to replace Newsom in the recall election.

After Facebook’s oversight board determined that the former president should remain suspended from the social network, what is next for Donald Trump and his social-media following? John Yoo, a Hoover Institution visiting fellow and UC-Berkeley law professor, examines the constitutionality of Facebook’s and Twitter’s Trump temporary and permanent bans and whether the platforms will continue to enjoy federal legal protection as so-called “public squares.” 

A California governor faces a recall election later this year and among the challengers: a Hollywood celebrity with a Republican pedigree. Rob Stutzman, a Sacramento-based political strategist and co-communicator for the global story that was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2003 recall run, explains how the California political landscape has changed in the years since the rise of the “Governator” and whether Caitlyn Jenner or some other recall challenger has what it takes to “terminate” Gavin Newsom.

Has the past year of pandemic, virtual-learning and a sluggish re-opening of public schools changed America’s education debate as well as parental attitudes toward alternate forms of instruction? Paul Peterson, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard, discusses COVID’s impact on the nation’s charter-school and school-choice movements and the clout of teacher unions.

Eight years ago, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush wrote a book, Immigration Wars: Forging An American Solution, offering a practical, nonpartisan approach to solving one of America’s most divisive matters – only to see a window for reform in Washington quickly close. The co-author of that book, Hoover fellow and Arizona Supreme Court associate justice Clint Bolick, explains why immigration reform remains elusive and what fixes are most sensible.

New economic numbers show California’s unemployment improving but still well above the national average as the Golden State wrestles with its seemingly intractable woes – homelessness, unaffordable housing, educational inequality, etc. Lee Ohanian, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and weekly contributor to Hoover’s “California On Your Mind” web channel, explores what lies ahead for America’s most populous state, including an economic surge and a possible gubernatorial recall election this fall.

As liberal historians urge President Biden to “go big,” will any new policy shifts have the same lasting effect as the New Deal? Richard Epstein, the Hoover Institution’s Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow, discusses the similarities and differences between what Franklin Roosevelt set in motion in the 1930’s and what the Biden Administration is pursuing at present.

President Biden’s choice for Interior Secretary, former New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland, made history as the first Native American to hold a federal cabinet post. She’s also an outspoken critic of fossil fuels and fracking – a departure from past Interior picks. Terry Anderson, the Hoover Institution’s John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow and a proponent of “free market environmentalism,” discusses the potential impact on federal land management, what Haaland could do for her fellow Native Americans in terms of self-reliance, and previews his upcoming book on climate change.

A federal COVID relief package that dictates how states can spend grant money, a federal election reform bill that likewise imposes restrictions on state governments, plus talk of killing  the Senate filibuster all lead to one question: are such actions constitutional and what did the Founding Fathers envision? John Yoo, a Hoover Institution visiting fellow and UC-Berkeley law professor, analyzes the legality of the latest legislation from Congress plus the Supreme Court’s legacy after denying the last of the Trump election challenges.

The first Californian to hold national office since Ronald Reagan also made history as America’s first female and biracial vice president. Journalist Dan Morain, author of Kamala’s Way: An American Life, discusses Vice President Harris’ climb up California’s political ladder to Joe Biden’s running mate, in theory, first in line for the Democratic nomination should Biden not seek re-election in 2024.

Two elections this year and next will underscore Europe’s political shift – Germany choosing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s successor, France possibly giving Emmanuel Macron a second presidential term. Hoover Institution senior fellow Russell Berman examines the two leaders’ political fortunes, how COVID and the cancel culture have affected both nations’ characters, as well as the state of the transatlantic alliance given a new American president.

Donald Trump addresses an adoring CPAC audience, while California’s troubles linger – chief among them, government mismanagement. Lanhee Chen, the Hoover Institution’s David and Dianne Steffy Research Fellow in American Public Policy Studies and Director of Domestic Policy Studies in Stanford University’s Public Policy Program, discusses Trump’s hold on the GOP and what role a dysfunctional bureaucracy might play in a 2021 gubernatorial recall election in the Golden State.