In California and other states nationwide, record sums are being sent on public education. And yet improvement – better testing scores, closing achievement gaps – remains elusive. Paul Peterson, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and director of the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard, explains why money isn’t the sole cure to what ails America’s schools.

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One Democratic presidential debate down, another 11 to go. David Brady and Doug Rivers, Hoover senior fellows and Stanford political scientists, weigh in on the state of the race to find a challenger to President Trump – including what post-debate polling suggests about Joe Biden’s frontrunner status and Kamala Harris’s surge.

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Who will stand between President Trump and a second term? Ben Domenech, publisher of The Federalist, recently traveled to New Hampshire for an up-close look at the Democrat’s presidential field. His conclusion: the nominee will come from one of three categories: “normalcy” (Joe Biden), “ambition” (Elizabeth Warren), or “aspiration” (Pete Buttigieg).

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President Trump’s insistence that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is a good-faith bargainer begs the question: will Kim ever give up his nuclear ambitions or allow economic reforms into North Korea? Hoover emeritus senior fellow Thomas Henriksen assesses the latest news from the Korean peninsula and whether a third Trump-Kim summit would be a wise move by the US president.

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In case you haven’t noticed there’s a war on . . . terror, drugs, poverty, you name it. David Davenport, a Hoover Institution research fellow specializing in constitutional federalism and American politics and law, and co-author of the newly released How Public Policy Became War, discusses how the over-use of the word war has contributed to America’s policy and cultural divides.

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Nearly 15 years ago, the Washington Examiner’s Byron York wrote a book outlining the left’s efforts to outmaneuver the Bush 43 presidency. The differences then and now? York explains – and offers his thoughts on the state of the 2020 presidential race.

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For two terms, Barbara Comstock represented Virginia’s 10th Congressional District – until last year’s referendum on the Trump presidency. The former congresswoman discusses the Trump disconnect in her corner of Northern Virginia, and suggests ways for the GOP to attract more female candidates.

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A new Japanese emperor means the continuation of a centuries-old tradition, with a modern twist: the new emperor and empress haven’t produced a son to inherit the throne. Hoover fellow Michael Auslin, host of the “Pacific Century” podcast, explains the differences between the monarchy in Tokyo and the one in Buckingham Palace.

 

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With 20 Democrats seeking the presidency, is it too early to be thinking about a brokered convention? David Brady, the Hoover Institution’s Davies Family Senior Fellow and a Stanford political scientist, addresses that question plus whether Bernie Sanders is a political disruptor like Trump and whether Joe Biden is destined for a fate similar to Jeb Bush.

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A rash of presidential candidates also means a rash of candidates’ books – some biographical, some more policy-oriented, and very few all that notable. Barton Swaim, who pens a politics-books column for the Wall Street Journal, explains why campaigning and quality literature don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand.

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What to make of California’s economic health, its new governor and the state’s role as the lead in the anti-Trump “resistance?” Lee Ohanian, a Hoover Institution senior fellow and contributor to Hoover’s “California On Your Mind” twice-weekly column, talks about the latest doings in the Golden State.

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The leading cause of death in the US after heart disease and cancer: “unintentional injuries,” including opioid-related fatalities. US Department of Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan explains how the Trump Administration aims to limit the opioid scourge, plus other ways to reverse Americans’ shrinking longevity.

 

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Granting 16-years-old the right to vote, abolishing the Electoral College, reshaping the makeup of the Supreme Court, states entering a voting compact? All are proposals championed and floated by a left still smarting from the 2016 election. David Davenport, a Hoover Institution research fellow specializing in constitution federalism and Americans politics and law, discusses why one of these reforms is more feasible than the others – and the need for a renewed emphasis on civics education.

 

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As economically devastating as this decade’s hurricanes and wildfires have been, the US is looking at even worse scenarios in the years ahead. Alice Hill, a Hoover Institution research fellow focusing on building resilience to catastrophic events, discusses how the nation can better plan for the inevitable, plus the latest on the Trump Administration, Democrats, and the climate-change debate.

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Who supports a wall-for-legalization deal on immigration? The Trump base – more so than Republicans in general. That’s one of the nonconventional findings in a Hoover-YouGov poll on immigration reform. Tim Kane, the Hoover Institution’s J.P. Conte Fellow in Immigration Studies, discusses his survey’s data and the prospects on an immigration solution in a divided Washington.

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Two years into his presidency, Washington, DC, is not Donald Trump’s town ceremonially or stylistically – which is how the 45th president wants it. Michael Franc, director of the Hoover Institution’s research and initiatives program in the nation’s capital and a former congressional aide, discusses why DC is in fact Trump’s town for driving debate – and changes on Capitol Hill following the Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives.

 

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A Trump veto of a congressional rejection of his “national emergency” declaration means another controversy that could be settled by the Supreme Court – which in turns means Chief Justice Roberts as a potential swing vote. Hoover research fellow Adam White discusses whether Roberts, who’s disappointed conservatives of late, is the most influential individual in a divided Washington.

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A baker’s-dozen Democrats have launched presidential efforts; another dozen are weighing a run. Is it a sign that President Trump is easy pickings – or is it a sign that the Democratic party is undergoing an identity crisis? David Brady and Doug Rivers, Hoover senior fellows and Stanford political scientists, examine the state of the 2020 race.

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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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