Best in the Press: Mar. 23 – Mar. 29

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Nile Gardiner: “Business As Usual” in Britain Under a “No-Deal” Brexit

Jarrett Stepman: Obamacare Has Not Delivered on Its Promises to Americans

Nile Gardiner: Britain Needs A Prime Minister “Who Believes Fully in Brexit”

Riley Walters: Trump Administration “Trying to Get a Real Deal” With China

Genevieve Wood: People in Workforce Don’t Just Want More Money, but More Flexibility

James Carafano on “No-Deal” Brexit: “We’ll All Wake Up the Next Morning, and Just Drive On”

Dakota Wood: Marine Corps Has Drifted From Its Primary Mission — Amphibious Operations

John Malcolm: The House Will Not Uncover Any New Facts

John Malcolm: Bill Barr Will Err On The Side Of Transparency

Hans von Spakovsky: AG Barr Will Do Exactly What The Regulations Say He Is Supposed To Do

Peter Brookes: “Very Concerned” By Google’s Work In China

Commentary and Quoteables of the Week:

140 total print mentions and op-eds

Op-Eds:

Hans von Spakovsky, Mueller report appears likely to validate Trump claim of ‘No collusion’ with Russian to win election, FOXNews.com

While we don’t know yet what’s in the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, many news organizations have reported on what’s not in the report – any recommendation by Mueller for further indictments. This is very good news for President Trump and people in the Trump orbit.

Jim Carafano, A credible immigration reform means no mass amnesty, Daily Caller

You can’t have a credible immigration system with massive amnesties. The 1986 law set a bad precedent. After the amnesty was passed, the unlawfully present population dramatically rose.

Jim Carafano, Brexit or no Brexit, the US-British alliance remains vital, FOXNews.com

We are part of a transatlantic community— a group of nations that is safer, more prosperous and freer when together than we are on our own. That is where our British friends come in. 

Lindsey Burke and Mike Gonzalez, Celebrity college scandal exposes deeper issues in academic system, The Hill

Federal policies dedicated to the proposition that everyone should go to college are making the problem worse. The system pushes into college people who might be better off pursuing other options, and it encourages them to take out massive loans to pay for that decision.

Ted Bromund, Why Is The ATF Making Secret Rules For The Firearms Industry?, Forbes

The ATF now operates almost exclusively by private letters. It has not published a ruling on firearms or explosives since July 2017, and its only notifications on proposed rule-making since December 2017 relate to the politically-charged (and politically-motivated) pursuit of bump stocks

Emilie Kao, Equality Act would create inequality for women, Washington Times

By embracing the ideology of “gender identity,” the act treats womanhood as a mutable feeling rather than an immutable fact. This, in the end, will only increase the very real dangers and disadvantages women face.

Ed Feulner, Helping the United States by helping Taiwan, Washington Times

No longer can anyone say that free-market democracy is inconsistent with Asian or Confucian culture. Taiwan has demonstrated to the world that freedom is a stabilizing force — that free enterprise, free association and free speech lead to entrepreneurship, prosperity and security.

John Malcolm, The Truth about the Mueller Report, The National Interest

The Russians clearly tried to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.  There was no collusion. And no one at the Department of Justice interfered with Mueller’s investigation.

Robin Simcox, The Netherlands’ luck is running out, Foreign Policy

The National Coordinator for Security and Counterterrorism in the Netherlands has described the country’s security situation as “unsettled.” At least five terrorist plots targeted the Netherlands just last year—as many as were focused on the United Kingdom and more than threatened Belgium and Germany—all frequent terrorist marks.

Steve Moore, How the first ‘Green New Deal’ flopped, Oklahoman (via Tribune News Service

What happened during the Obama “Green New Deal”? By every objective criteria confirmed by every independent investigation, the avalanche of green dollars in Obama’s first term was a colossal waste of money. 

Rachel Greszler, Here’s what the Paycheck Fairness Act is really about—it’s not equal pay for equal work, The Hill

Since pay discrimination already is illegal, you might wonder what the Paycheck Fairness Act really will bring about. The answer, unfortunately, is rigid pay scales, hiring discrimination, lower wages, lower productivity, increased business and consumer costs, and lawyers and judges second-guessing employers’ evaluations.

Nick Loris, The Green New Deal would cost trillions and make not a dime’s worth of difference, FOXNews.com

Despite earning the immediate support of the nation’s leading liberals and socialists, the Green New Deal contained no policy details. Just hit the magic button, and we’ll fundamentally transform the economy to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions.

Kay Coles James, Socialism is trending in America—Here’s what the younger generation needs to know, FOXNews.com

The younger generation sees people suffering and wants to help – and they are told the government is the means to accomplish that. But we don’t need to go so far afield as Venezuela or Cuba for modern proof that more government is not an effective remedy.

Hans von Spakovsky and Caleb Morrison, No Right to College for Illegal Immigrants, National Review

The Eleventh Circuit confirms: Universities don’t have to accept unauthorized immigrants, including DACA beneficiaries, as students.

James Carafano, Russia is a menace, Putin and Obama to blame NOT Trump, FOXNews.com

Current U.S. strategy does something that Obama never did: recognizing Putin for who he is and pushing back on him. It’s why the administration is building up NATO, supporting Georgia and Ukraine, and keeping sanctions in place.

Quoteables:
Hans von Spakovsky, Attorney General Barr pens letter to Congressional leadership on Mueller report, Yahoo News

Heritage Foundation senior legal fellow Hans Von Spakovsky on the letter and what it means for the report going forward.

Bruce Klingner, Trump just threw out the US’s North Korea policy because he ‘likes’ Kim Jong Un, and now everyone is really confused, Business Insider

Bruce Klingner, an expert on North Korea at the conservative Heritage Foundation, on Friday told a VOA News reporter this move from Trump “sends a signal that ‘maximum pressure,’ which was never maximum to begin with, isn’t going to get any stronger…Congress will not react well to this.”

Bruce Klingner, Trump decides against more North Korea sanctions at this time: source, Reuters

Another North Korea expert, Bruce Klingner, said that while Thursday’s Treasury action was limited, an accompanying notice seemed to hint of stronger future actions.  

Bruce Klingner, Trump Offers Clumsy Olive Branch to North Korea, Foreign Policy

The way in which Trump made his announcement and its ensuing confusion could hurt the standing of his top advisors and aides in the eyes of North Korea and U.S. allies in the region, said Bruce Klingner, an expert on North Korea at the Heritage Foundation and former CIA Korea deputy division chief.

Bruce Klingner, Trump’s sudden decision on North Korea sanctions undermined national security team, NBC News

“There’s a question of whether Treasury will be allowed to fully enforce U.S. law against violators,” said Bruce Klingner, a former CIA deputy division chief for Korea and a Heritage Foundation scholar. “This was a major mistake.”

Bruce Klingner, Trump Blocks Large-Scale Sanctions Planned Against North Korea, Wall Street Journal

Bruce Klingner, a former Central Intelligence Agency official now at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said the move was a mistake because it “undermines the U.S. maximum-pressure policy against North Korea.”

Bruce Klingner, Overnight Defense: Trump to reverse North Korea sanctions imposed by Treasury | Move sparks confusion | White House says all ISIS territory in Syria retaken | US-backed forces report heavy fighting | Two US troops killed in Afghanistan, The Hill

Bruce Klingner, a former CIA Korea deputy division chief now at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said Trump’s move “sends a signal that ‘maximum pressure,’ which was never maximum to begin with, isn’t going to get any stronger.”

Bruce Klingner, South Korea pays for vast U.S. Army base expansion, but Trump wants it to pay more, LA Times

“Those who complain about the cost of American troops overseas don’t realize that the same troops would be even more expensive if deployed in the United States. And of course, Washington would no longer receive compensation from our allies,” said Bruce Klingner, a former CIA analyst on Korea who now works at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington.

 

Stephen Moore, Derby’s Take: If Moore Makes Fed Governor, He’d Be Like None Other, Wall Street Journal

Mr. [Stephen] Moore isn’t cut from that mold. Mr. Moore, a fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation and an alumnus of The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, has been a staunch critic of the Fed.

Stephen Moore, Swift Pushback on Stephen Moore, Trump’s Latest Pick for the Fed, Bloomberg

Some private-sector economists who’ve generally supported Trump’s efforts to accelerate growth with lower taxes, less regulation and fairer trade deals were nonplussed by the selection of Moore, an official at the conservative Heritage Foundation think-tank and an economic adviser to Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Stephen Moore, Trump picks close ally Stephen Moore for Fed seat as economy shows signs of weakness, Washington Post

The White House plans to make a formal announcement that Moore is the nominee to fill one of two open Fed seats. Moore, who holds a master’s degree in economics and is a fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, would then go through a Senate confirmation process that could take months. His nomination is likely to face opposition from Democrats.

Stephen Moore, Fed Nominee Moore Calls December’s Rate Hike a ‘Substantial Mistake’, Yahoo Finance

[Stephen] Moore, an economist at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said in the interview that he and Trump “think a lot alike” when it comes to economics. “I really believe we can have 3 to 4 percent growth for next five to six years.”

Stephen Moore, Trump taps a strident Powell critic for spot on Fed board, Yahoo Finance

Before joining the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank, Moore had worked as an editorial page writer at the Wall Street Journal. He also was an adviser to Trump’s presidential campaign and holds a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University.

Stephen Moore, Stories you may have missed from the world of business, Boston Globe

[Stephen] Moore is Trump’s sixth nomination to the central bank, which has a seven-seat board of governors. Currently, two are vacant. Moore, from the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank, was an adviser to Trump’s 2016 campaign. He took to the airwaves hours after Trump announced his nomination.

Stephen Moore, Trump to nominate conservative Stephen Moore for Fed board, EverythingGP

Trump has been harshly critical of the Fed’s rate increases even after the central bank announced this week that it foresees no hikes this year. Moore, formerly chief economist for the conservative Heritage Foundation, has also been critical of the policies of Chairman Jerome Powell.

 

Stephen Moore, US President Donald Trump Offers Fed Board Seat To Stephen Moore, The Sentinel

Donald Trump made the offer to the economic commentator earlier this week, but Moore still has to clear background-check process for the nomination, which would take weeks or months, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) quoted an unnamed senior administration official as saying Friday. Moore is a visiting fellow for Project for Economic Growth at The Heritage Foundation.

 

Stephen Moore, Who’s Afraid of Stephen Moore? And Why?, National Review

[Stephen] Moore has been a senior economist on the Congressional Joint Economic Committee, served as an economist at the Heritage Foundation, and been a member of the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, where I got to know him well. He is known for his sunny disposition and ability to work with others.

Lindsey Burke, Editorial: You can’t throw money at War on Poverty, Detroit News

Lindsey Burke, director of the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Education Policy, says these latest findings are “pretty stark” but they fall in line with other research she’s done related to federal attempts to close achievement gaps.

 

Dakota Wood, ‘This would set us back decades’ — Marine Raiders fire back at call to disband MARSOC, Tax and Purpose

Dakota Wood, who worked as a strategist at Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command from 2012-2013, released a 60-page report on Thursday titled “Rebuilding America’s Military: The United States Marine Corps.” It was published by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington think tank where Wood serves as senior research fellow for defense programs.

Dakota Wood ,For the Task and Purpose one, Military.com

Dakota Wood, who worked as a strategist at Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command from 2012-2013, released a 60-page report on Thursday titled “Rebuilding America’s Military: The United States Marine Corps.” It was published by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington think tank where Wood serves as senior research fellow for defense programs.

Jim Phillips, Trump Unilaterally Declares IS in Syria ‘100 Percent Eliminated’, VOA

“For political reasons, he wants to declare victory,” said Heritage Foundation Middle East analyst Jim Phillips. “I think his statements are aimed at a domestic, American audience.” 

Ted Bromund, Trump, skeptic of Europe, El Universal

Doctor Ted Bromund, expert in Anglo-American relations of the conservative Heritage Foundation, does not agree: “Nothing very dramatic has happened to this special relationship,” he explains to EL UNIVERSAL. In his opinion, although “evidently the leadership of presidents and prime ministers matters”, the “depth” of the relationship prevails and has not affected so much.

Jarret Stepman, Colorado becomes twelfth state to agree to the National Popular Vote proposal, WJHG

“Our system is not purely democratic,” said Jarret Stepman, a columnist with the conservative Heritage Foundation, “and I don’t think that’s necessarily been a bad thing.” … Stepman said the founders wanted a system that forced candidates to serve diverse interests and regions. He argues the electoral college helps prevent fraud, and worries campaigns will skip rural battleground areas in favor of big cities if it is functionally scrapped. … “I think it’s really served this country – over the long term – very well,” said Stepman before paraphrasing Alexander Hamilton, “despite it not being perfect, I do think it’s excellent.”

Jeff Smith, Not a good sign, Greater Kashmir

Today, China doubled down on a very bad bet. It blocked yet another round of UN sanctions on Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar weeks after the group claimed credit for the deadliest terror attack in Kashmir,” Jeff Smith from the Heritage Foundation said.

Luke Coffey, Moscow feels vindicated in the wake of “no collusion”, FOX News

But Luke Coffey, director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy at The Heritage Foundation cautioned there are many more obstacles impeding diplomatic ties beyond the Mueller matter. … “Russia invaded and occupies a large section of Ukraine, and continues to occupy a large section of Georgia. Both of these countries are U.S. partners. Russia also continues to prop up Assad, which allows the civil war in Syria to continue,” he noted. “Moscow is also showing support for the Maduro regime in Venezuela, thus prolonging the suffering there. Until Russia stops its regional aggression and malign activity, U.S.-Russia relations can never get back on track.”

Ana Quintana, U.S. calls Russia deployment of planes to Venezuela ‘reckless escalation’, Agence France-Presse

The Russian move is unlikely to alter USA strategy in the short-term however, said Ana Quintana of the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank in Washington.

Bruce Klingner, North Korea Actions at Joint Office Message For Seoul, VOA

Some analysts have interpreted North Korea’s decision to leave the liaison office as a response to the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioning North Korean entities, and then coming back after the weekend in response to Trump canceling further sanctions, said Bruce Klinger, Senior Research Fellow for Northeast Asia at the Heritage Foundation.

 

Jim Phillips, Israeli Prime Minister Cuts Short White House Visit, VOA

The sweeping plans of George W. Bush and Obama “really broke apart when they contacted reality,” says Jim Phillips, senior research fellow for Middle Eastern affairs at the Heritage Foundation.

“This administration is much less ambitious, much less focused on trying to transform the Middle East and more focused on dealing with it as it is. And I think it correctly has put relations with allies and a much higher priority than trying to engage adversary such as Iran or the Assad regime (in Syria), Phillips tells VOA.

Lee Edwards, Socialism is rooted in godlessness, Washington Times

As Lee Edwards with The Heritage Foundation put it, in his excellent “What Americans Must Know About Socialism” paper, published in December of 2018: “Christian theology with its idea of a fixed human nature infuriated [socialism’s founder, Karl] Marx, who was not just an atheist but a God-hater who denounced religion as ‘the opium of the people.’

Thomas Callender, USS Truman’s early retirement could present questionable future for aircraft carriers, Stars and Stripes

But Thomas Callender, Heritage Foundation senior research fellow for defense programs, questioned carrier critics in a Dec. 11 foundation lecture, heralding the many capabilities aircraft carriers enable.

Thomas Callender, Incoming: Can Aircraft Carriers Survive Hypersonic Weapons?, National Defense

“The big difference between a traditional ballistic missile and these hypersonic boost glides is the trajectory and the ability to maneuver,” said Tom Callender, senior research fellow for naval warfare and advanced technologies at the Heritage Foundation and a former Navy officer.

Thomas Callender, The Pentagon’s plan to decommission an aircraft carrier looks half baked and dead on arrival, Defense News

But making a “strategic choice” without completing ongoing analysis is unwise, said Thomas Callender, a retired submarine officer and analyst with The Heritage Foundation.

“The decision to make a major force structure change … prior to the updated force structure assessment providing the war-fighting and operational analysis to support such a decision is premature,” he said.

JV Venable, Shanahan faces Hill grilling on Space Force bloat, border barrier billions, and ISIS rebuilding, Washington Examiner

10 a.m. 214 Massachusetts Avenue N.E. “A Budget Conversation with the Secretary of the Air Force,” at the Heritage Foundation. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, and JV Venable, senior research fellow for defense policy.

Dakota Wood, Addressing problems & countering future threats to the USMC, Government Matters

Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller says that deploying troops to the southern border has impacted readiness at the branch. But according to a new report by the Heritage Foundation, there may be other issues facing the Marine Corps as well. Dakota Wood, senior research fellow for defense programs at The Heritage Foundation, says that after 20 years of landlocked warfare, the service needs to get back to their original amphibious purpose. In addition, Wood told Government Matters that the Marine Corps needs to work on tech experimentation to deal with troop shortages.

Nina Schaefer, Trump Greenlights Major Medicaid Changes, Pew Trusts

“Like other administrations, this one recognizes that Medicaid is not a homogenous program that operates uniformly across state lines,” said Schaefer, who is now a health policy analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation.

Stephen Moore, Another View: Leave the Fed alone, Mr. President, Bucks County Courier Times

As if to accentuate the impression that he values political loyalty and ideology over all other qualities, Trump on Friday announced his intention to nominate tax-cut promoter Stephen Moore, formerly of the Trump campaign, Republican congressional staff, the Club for Growth and the Wall Street Journal editorial page — and currently of the Heritage Foundation — to one of two vacancies on the Fed’s seven-member Board of Governors.

Stephen Moore, Moore is less, Washington Post

Now our reality-TV president is set to nominate Stephen Moore, a right-wing crackpot who has been playing a TV economist for decades, for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board.

Stephen Moore, President Trump nominates a hack to the Fed, Washington Post

Stephen Moore, visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation, speaks during a Bloomberg Television interview in Washington on Friday.

 

Stephen Moore, Surprise Trump Fed pick Stephen Moore gains support of Rand Paul, Washington Examiner

[Stephen] Moore, a fellow at the Heritage Foundation, is a well-known figure in conservative circles, primarily for his strong advocacy for lower taxes. He’s also become a lead advocate for the Trump administration’s policies on television and served as an informal adviser to Trump during the push for the 2017 tax overhaul. But his nomination caught Republicans flat-footed.

Stephen Moore, Trump breaks precedent again with latest Fed pick, CNN

Trump’s choice of Moore, a distinguished visiting fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation, has raised eyebrows given his often colorful views of the Fed and his close relationship with the President, who has broken with precedent and directly criticized the Fed’s recent interest rate hikes.

 

Stephen Moore, Trump Fed Pick Moore Has Burned Bridges But Made Few GOP Enemies, BNN Bloomberg

President Donald Trump’s pick for an open Federal Reserve board seat, Stephen Moore, has sharply criticized some of the Republican senators whose votes he’ll need for confirmation. Yet that hasn’t made him many enemies.

Stephen Moore, Trump says to nominate Stephen Moore to FED, Shale Energy Insider

Before joining the conservative Heritage Foundation, Moore had worked as an editorial page writer at the Journal. Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday. “I have no doubt that Stephen Moore would make an excellent member of the Federal Reserve Board”.

Stephen Moore, Trump’s Kakistocracy Is Also a Hackistocracy, New York Times

Yet Moore isn’t some random guy who caught Trump’s eye. He has long been a prominent figure in the conservative movement: a writer for the Wall Street Journal editorial page, chief economist of the Heritage Foundation, a fixture on the right-wing lecture circuit. Why?

Heritage, How Capitalism Saved Sweden From The Evils of Socialism, Capitalism Magazine

Generated from the 2019 Heritage Foundation Index of Economic Freedom.

Marie Fishpaw, Getting rid of Obamacare would be a headache for Trump, CNN

“The DOJ’s announcement is yet another data point that Congress needs to pass legislation that helps, not harms, Americans’ ability to achieve their goals of lower health care costs, better choices, and access to care when they are sick,” said Marie Fishpaw of the conservative Heritage Foundation, who endorses a plan that would give more power to states.

Marie Fishpaw, Trump looks again to kill Obamacare, Las Vegas Review

Marie Fishpaw, director of Domestic Policy Studies at the conservative Heritage Foundation, told the Review-Journal the move is “not real significant” as the legal matter faces “several rounds of appeal and review.”

Trump has been pushing for Congress to act, Fishpaw added, and “these are problems that Congress has got to deal with and no court can fix.”

Nina Schaefer, Trump greenlights major Medicaid changes, Bakersfield

“Like other administrations, this one recognizes that Medicaid is not a homogenous program that operates uniformly across state lines,” said Schaefer, who is now a health policy analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation.

Bruce Klingner, North Korean Embassy Attack Suspects Fled To U.S., Spanish Court Says, NPR

Spanish media previously reported that the group could be affiliated with U.S. intelligence. The Central Intelligence Agency declined to comment to NPR. But Bruce Klingner, a former CIA officer who covered North Korea, says he doubts the CIA would be involved so close to the Trump-Kim summit.

John Malcolm, Barr’s Finding of No Obstruction by Trump Triggers Firestorm of Democratic Criticism, Alaska Native News

John Malcolm, director of legal studies at the conservative Heritage Foundation, defended Barr for applying “normal charging criteria for an obstruction of justice charge” and said he wasn’t surprised by the decision.

John Venable, Shanahan gets sympathy not scorn from House committee even as they clash over Trump’s defense budget, Washington Examiner

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson will be discussing the Air Force budget this morning at the Heritage Foundation, with John “JV” Venable, senior research fellow for defense policy.

Heritage, Smith face off over $1 billion for the border, Politico

The Heritage Foundation releases a report today recommending changes to the Pentagon’s fiscal 2020 submission. Among other things, it calls the decision to retired the carrier USS Harry S. Truman early “shortsighted,” raps the decision to purchase F-15Xs and calls for increased funding for flying hours.

Heritage, How Capitalism Saved Sweden From The Evils of Socialism, Capitalism Magazine

(Generated from the 2019 Heritage Foundation Index of Economic Freedom)

Heritage, Interior Nominee To Face Questions About Ties To Industry During Confirmation Hearing, Wyoming Public Media

“The president’s objectives actually represent the will of the people,” Bernhardt said during a speech to the conservative Washington D.C. think tank the Heritage Foundation in September 2018. “That means that at Interior, our goals are focused on the president’s goals.”

Heritage, Russiagate D-Lister Carter Page Takes His Post-Mueller Victory Lap to Capitol Hill, Vanity Fair

“Did they take what was apparently a molehill of evidence against Trump to open up an investigation as an insurance policy in case he won?” he asked during a speech before the Heritage Foundation, rhetorically. “I don’t know, but what I’ve heard bothers the hell out of me.” Perhaps, while he’s there, Page should duck into Graham’s office.

Heritage, The Siren of Universal Basic Income, USSA News

According to the Heritage Foundation, each non-economic alien more realistically costs a net of $476,000 in welfare payouts. And this does not account for any increases in government programs. Applying the more realistic figure to the original study means that immigrants consume far more in government services than they pay for. In fact, if immigration levels remain unchanged, those arriving over the next decade would cost American taxpayers a net of $1.9 trillion over their lifetimes.

Heritage, Who’s Behind the Quick Rise in US-Taiwan Relations, VOA

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen is scheduled to discuss her governments foreign relations by video on a panel formed by the Heritage Foundation, a Washington-based think tank. … The Heritage Foundation, known for conservative public policy, is seen as particularly pro-Taiwan.

Kay Coles James, Google Announced An AI Advisory Council, But The Mysterious AI Ethics Board Remains A Secret, Forbes

Kay Coles James, a public policy expert with extensive experience working at the local, state and federal levels of government. She’s currently President of The Heritage Foundation, focusing on free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom and national defense.

 

Kay Coles James, Google appoints an “AI council” to head off controversy, but it proves controversial, Technology Review

The first ATEAC will feature a philosopher, an economist, a public policy expert, and several researchers on data science, machine learning, and robotics. Several of those chosen actively research issues such as algorithmic bias. The full list is as follows: Alessandro Acquisti, Bubacarr Bah, De Kai, Dyan Gibbens, Joanna Bryson, Kay Coles James, Luciano Floridi, and William Joseph Burns.

Kay Coles James, Google set up an external ethics council for AI, but one of its members was called out for her views on trans people and immigration, Business Insider

The eight-person council comprises mostly of AI researchers and academics, although two members have been active in American politics: William Joseph Burns and Kay Coles James. … Kay Coles James is president of the conservative think-tank the Heritage Foundation.

Kay Coles James, AI ethics board founded by Google will include eight leading experts – but will it be enough stop the search giant prying into our private lives?, Daily Mail UK

Kay Coles James – President of The Heritage Foundation

Kay Coles James, Google creates external advisory board to monitor it for unethical AI use, The Verge

That said, the selection — including Heritage Foundation President Kay Coles James — appears aimed, at least in part, at appealing to the Republican Party and potentially helping influence AI-related legislation down the line.

Kay Coles James, Google creates global council to advise the company on the use of AI, FashionUnited

Members include foreign policy expert and diplomat William Joseph Burns, philosopher Luciano Floridi, industrial engineering expert Dyan Gibbens, natural language processing researcher De Kai, computational mathematics specialist Bubacarr Bah, behavioral economist Alessandro Acquisti, AI psychology expert Joanna Bryson, and public policy expert Kay Coles James.

Kay Coles James, Google names external advisory council to guide artificial intelligence usage, 9to5Google

Kay Coles James, a public policy expert with extensive experience working at the local, state and federal levels of government.

Kay Coles James, Google tasks advisory board with ‘ethical’ AI oversight, The Drum

More controversially the lineup also counts Kay Coles James, president of the right-wing Heritage Foundation, among the group.

Kay Coles James, Google appoints an “AI council” to head off controversy, but it proves controversial, MIT Technology Review

The full list is as follows: Alessandro Acquisti, Bubacarr Bah, De Kai, Dyan Gibbens, Joanna Bryson, Kay Coles James, Luciano Floridi, and William Joseph Burns.

Kay Coles James, Google appoints an “AI council” to head-off controversy, but it proves controversial, News Cafe

The first ATEAC will feature a philosopher, an economist, a public policy expert, and several data science, machine learning and robotics researchers. Several of those chosen actively research issues such as algorithmic bias. The full list is as follows:  Alessandro Acquisti ; Bubacarr Bah ; De Kai ; Dyan Gibbens ; Joanna Bryson ; Kay Coles James ; Luciano Floridi and William Joseph Burns .

Kay Coles James, President slams China for seeking to alter cross-strait status-quo, Focus Taiwan

Despite Taiwan’s efforts to pursue peaceful co-existence, China has “used every opportunity to alter the status quo” and undermine Taiwan’s democratic institutions, heighten military tension and degrade the country’s international space, Tsai said during the conference, which was presided over by Heritage Foundation President Kay Coles James.

Stephen Moore, He’s No ‘Sycophant’ for Trump, Expected Fed Nominee Says, New York Times

Stephen Moore said he would not be a “sycophant” for President Trump if nominated and confirmed for a seat on the Federal Reserve. And he is sorry he called for the Fed chairman to step down after the central bank raised interest rates.

Stephen Moore, Moore’s Call for Fed-Rate Cut Jars With Board’s Defense of Pause, BNN Bloomberg

[Stephen] Moore, a visiting fellow at the Heritage Foundation and a long-time supporter of Trump, has emerged as an ardent critic of the Fed’s Board under Powell. Placing him on the board may be the president’s attempt to check Powell and head off further tightening of U.S. monetary policy that Trump believes could slow economic growth before his 2020 re-election campaign.

Stephen Moore, Trump Fed nominee Moore says central bank should cut rates – NYT, New York Times

President Donald Trump’s expected nominee for the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Stephen Moore, said the U.S. central bank should immediately cut interest rates by half a percentage point, according to an interview with the New York Times on Tuesday.

Stephen Moore, Trump’s pick of Moore for Fed sparks concern among bankers, Politico

President Donald Trump’s choice of former campaign adviser Stephen Moore to serve on the Federal Reserve Board is stirring misgivings among some bankers, who worry that the conservative economist would erode the Fed’s political independence.

Stephen Moore, U.S. Senate’s Top Democrat Criticizes Trump’s Pick for Fed Seat, New York Times

Trump said on March 22 that he would nominate conservative economic commentator Stephen Moore for a seat on the central bank’s board of governors, but the president has yet to send a formal nomination to the Senate.

Stephen Moore, “[You Ever] Held the Balls of the Client in Your Hand?” Michael Avenatti Charged with Amateur-Hour Extortion Attempt, Vanity Fair

Donald Trump got a lot of flack last week when he nominated Heritage Foundation “economist” Stephen Moore to serve on the Fed board, on account of the impression that Moore has literally no idea what he’s talking about when it comes to fiscal and monetary policy.

Marie Fishpaw, Conservatives creating plan to fulfill hopes for healthcare, One News Now

Marie Fishpaw of The Heritage Foundation thinks the announcement is a good reminder that ObamaCare has had a lot of trouble since the beginning.

Stephen Moore, Controversial Fed pick gains support in GOP Senate, The Hill

President Trump’s controversial nomination of conservative economist and former campaign adviser Stephen Moore to the Federal Reserve Board is slowly winning support from Republican senators.

Stephen Moore, Trump’s Fed Pick Has Large Unpaid Tax Bill, Newser

President Trump’s controversial choice for a seat on the Federal Reserve board doesn’t have his own finances in order, according to court documents. A federal tax lien in Maryland says conservative commentator Stephen Moore, who owns a home in the state, owes $75,328 in taxes and penalties, Bloomberg reports.

Stephen Moore, Trump Fed Pick Stephen Moore Owes Over $75,000 in Unpaid Taxes, Wall Street Journal

Mr. [Stephen] Moore, a critic of the central bank and its chairman, Jerome Powell, is a commentator for CNN, a fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, and a former writer for The Wall Street Journal’s editorial page. He founded and served as president of the Club for Growth, a conservative advocacy group.

Genevieve Wood, Paycheck Fairness Act headed to the Senate, WTNH

[Genevieve] Wood said, “If you look at young women and men in about 147 out of 150 major metropolitan, young women are actually making more than young men verse coming out of college and in a similar jobs so women should maybe be careful of what they wish for here.”

Edwin J. Feulner, Bipartisan Support Seen for a US-Taiwan Free-trade Deal, VOA

“We have a lot of issues with Beijing, and a lot of opportunities with Taiwan,” said Edwin J. Feulner in an interview with VOA. Feulner is the founder and former president of the Heritage Foundation, an influential think tank in Washington known for its conservative views and ties with the Republican Party.

James Carafano, We Must Start Watching Released Terrorists, as John Walker Lindh Is Set to Walk Free, Algemeiner

James Carafano of the Heritage Foundation believes that the danger posed by releasing terrorists such as Lindh is minimal. His exact words were “so what?” Carafano believes that an agency like the NSA is able to monitor someone like Lindh continually around the clock.

 

Marie Fishpaw, President Trump Pushes GOP to Quash Obamacare, ‘Be the Party of Great Healthcare’, Christian Broadcasting News

“We have a plan that would lower healthcare costs, improve people’s choices and make sure we take care of the most vulnerable among us – people with pre-existing conditions,” said Heritage Foundation’s Marie Fishpaw

Rachel Greszler, Wealthy People in High-Tax States May Pay More in Federal Taxes Under New Code, Epoch Times

On average, New York millionaires pay about $500,000 in SALT per year, whereas millionaires in Texas pay about $70,000, according to Rachel Greszler, a research fellow at the Heritage Foundation.

 

Adam Michel, Wealthy People in High-Tax States May Pay More in Federal Taxes Under New Code, Epoch Times

According to Adam Michel, senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation, the SALT deduction makes people in low-tax states such as Tennessee and Texas subsidize high-tax states like California and New York.

Tom Spoehr, Fourth federal court drops final injunction against Trump admin ban on gender-confused soldiers, Life Site News

“Anyone who wants to serve their nation is worthy of our nation’s thanks, because not enough do,” Heritage Foundation defense expert and retired lieutenant general Tom Spoehr has written in support of the policy. “A mere desire to serve, however, does not equal qualification.”

Kay Coles James, ‘Bias deep inside the code’: the problem with AI ‘ethics’ in Silicon Valley, The Guardian

Google’s AI partnership with [Kay Coles] James, the president of the rightwing Heritage Foundation, was particularly disturbing to some critics, given that she is anti-abortion, has fought LGBT protections and has promoted Trump’s proposed border wall.

Kay Coles James, Google appoints transphobic official to its AI ethics board, Daily Dot

One particular appointee stood out to some on Twitter: Kay Coles James. The bio for James in the Google statement says she is “a public policy expert” who is currently the president of the Heritage Foundation, “focusing on free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom and national defense.”

Stephen Moore, The fake news about Stephen Moore’s tax audit, Washington Examiner

From the moment Heritage Foundation economist Stephen Moore’s imminent appointment to the Federal Reserve Board was announced by President Trump, Washington has been in full pearl-clutching mode. This week, the anti-Trump media found what they think is the smoking gun that will bring him down: a $75,000 tax lien. The only problem is that it’s the IRS that is wrong, not Steve Moore.

 

Stephen Moore, Major League Baseball’s bio-data dilemma, WHQR

Donald Trump has nominated conservative think tank Heritage Foundation economist and presidential booster Stephen Moore to sit on the board of the Federal Reserve, but is picking an ally for that body that uncommon?

Stephen Moore, Stephen Moore’s unpaid taxes are the latest example of Trump failing to vet high-profile nominees, Vox

President Donald Trump’s controversial pick to fill an open seat on the Federal Reserve Board, Heritage Foundation fellow Stephen Moore, reportedly owes more than $75,000 in taxes and penalties to the US government.

Stephen Moore, Top economists give Trump’s Fed pick Moore a rocky reception, New York Times

President Donald Trump’s latest pick to help lead the Federal Reserve has received a rocky reception — with top economists raising several red flags about whether Stephen Moore is qualified to be a governor of the world’s most influential central bank.

Stephen Moore, Trump’s Fed board pick remains in political fray, US & World News Report

Stephen Moore, President Donald Trump’s new pick to join the Federal Reserve, took a highly unusual step this week for a nominee to serve on a central bank, which takes pains to distance itself from politics.

Stephen Moore, Trump’s Fed pick advocates return to a ‘rule’ that may never have existed, CNBC

In the op-ed column that may vault think tank analyst Stephen Moore to a spot on the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, he argues the Fed could have skirted recent rate hikes and dodged a wave of criticism by tying monetary policy to commodity prices.

Stephen Moore, Trump’s Fed pick Moore owes $75,000 to IRS, court document says, Bond Buyer

Stephen Moore, whom President Donald Trump said he’ll nominate for a seat on the Federal Reserve, owes more than $75,000 in taxes and other penalties, according to the U.S. government.

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