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Posted: Tue. May 7, 2019, 8:26am PT

The US is sending an aircraft carrier strike group to the Persian Gulf as a warning to Iran. Iran has signaled it might violate part of the nuclear deal it reached in 2015. At the same time, rockets fired into Israel from Gaza has sparked more Middle East tension. Sr. Fellow Ivan Eland, author of the new book War and the Rogue Presidency.

Posted: Fri. May 3, 2019, 9:52am PT

Independent Institute Sr. Fellow Richard Vedder, author of Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America is interviewed on the Lars Larson national radio show. Vedder talks about the reasons why college is so expensive and offers solutions on how to restore the promise of higher education in today's economy.

Posted: Wed. May 1, 2019, 1:05pm PT

What is at the heart of the college admissions scandal? Independent Institute Senior Fellow Richard Vedder, author of Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America explains, as he describes how the state of college education got to where it is today. With rising student loan debt and schemes of free college for all, Vedder makes the case bringing back the promise of higher education.

Posted: Tue. April 30, 2019, 10:02am PT

Is it time to abolish the US Department of Education? Yes, says Independent Institute Research Fellow Vicki Alger, author of Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America's Children appears on the Rod Arquette Show on KNRS radio. She explains how a handful of bureaucrats shouldn't be in charge of the education of America's children, Parents need more control and choice in their children's education, says Alger.

Posted: Fri. March 29, 2019, 11:41am PT

Independent Institute Senior Fellow George B. N. Ayittey, in a conversation with David R. Burton at the Heritage Foundation about all the damages that Socialism caused to Africa. The "socialist" experiment failed in countries like Angola (under dos Santos), Benin (under Kerekou), Ethiopia (under Mengistu), Ghana (under Nkrumah), Guinea (under Toure), Mali (under Keita), Mozambique (under Chissano), Tanzania (under Nyerere), and Zambia, among others.

This video was recorded by The Heritage Foundation.

Posted: Fri. March 29, 2019, 11:02am PT

Independent Institute Senior Fellow Stephen P. Halbrook and Mark W. Smith presentation. This event was recorded at the CPAC 2019 held in National Harbor, MD on February 28, 2019.

Posted: Mon. March 18, 2019, 3:53pm PT

Remington may be held responsible for the murders of school children in Sandy Hook, CT due to the marketing the AR-15 rifle as a tool of crime. Sr. Fellow Stephen Halbrook, a Second Amendment attorney, says Remington didn't market their products thusly, so any lawsuits against Remington, the maker of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle should be dismissed. However, the courts in the state of Connecticut have decided the lawsuit can go forward.

Posted: Thu. March 14, 2019, 3:41pm PT

In the wake of the recent scandal surrounding the bribing of college staff to admit students who are underqualified, Sr. Fellow Richard Vedder, author of the upcoming book Restoring the Promise: Higher Education in America is interviewed on the nationally syndicated Lars Larson radio show. Not surprised by the revelations of bribery, Vedder describes how colleges and universities have been playing favorites for years in admissions. Students should be admitted based on merit, he argues, not on athletic ability or donations from rich parents.