The release of California Governor Jerry Brown’s 2014-15 budget last week was a cause for celebration in Sacramento. In news conferences all over the state, Brown triumphantly announced that his budget would invest in California’s schools, expand health-care coverage for millions and continue work on the state’s troubled high-speed rail project. All of this while Brown and his allies have been touting what they call California’s comeback as an example for other states to follow.
Asli Aydintasbas, a young Turkish columnist with steely nerves and a keen grasp of Middle Eastern politics, sent a note from Istanbul to a Hoover Institution blog where it will be published later this month. Her title tells the story: “Where Have the Americans Gone? Who Invited the Russians Back?”
Let's hope an article in today's New York Times puts an end to a ludicrous rumor that has been floating around the Internet for weeks: That "radical Islamists" have called for the demolition of the Egyptian pyramids.
Two decades ago, President George H.W. Bush, Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell and House Speaker Tom Foley agreed to "the largest and most comprehensive deficit reduction package in U.S. history," according to the president's Council of Economic Advisers, on which I served as a member at the time. We estimated that the deal would "reduce the Federal deficit by a total of nearly one-half trillion dollars over the next 5 years."
Republicans say they want to “repeal and replace” the health-care law President Barack Obama signed last year, but they are a lot more specific about the first half than the second. Representative Paul Ryan wants to bring some balance to the slogan.
– Stanford University, holder of one of the largest collections related to the Chinese Nationalist Party, sued Chiang Kai-shek’s descendants to resolve competing claims for ownership of the party leader’s personal diaries, which were loaned to the university in 2004.