Wall Street embraces Tesla–but will American drivers follow?

Ethan Elkind interviewed by KQED-FM, April 11, 2017

“This is a crucial technology for reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, there’s no doubt about it. … If we cannot switch to cleaner fuels, we’re not going to be able to achieve our long-term goals. Fortunately, electric vehicles present a really viable, attractive option as a different fuel source for driving.”

The authoritarian and his followers

Alexa Koenig quoted by Inquirer.net, April 11, 2017

Koenig’s warning rang clear in the Umbrian air: “Authoritarians do not rely on mass popular support. They rely on mass passiveness, [on] passivity.”

When progressives went big for school choice

Jack Coons and Stephen Sugarman cited by redefinED, April 10, 2017

A decade later, Berkeley law professors Jack Coons and Stephen Sugarman fell short in their bid to bring universal school choice to California, but their gutsy campaign still punctuates a historical truth: school choice in America has deep, rich roots on the left.

Limits of presidential power

John Yoo interviewed by KQED-TV Newsroom, April 7, 2017

Presidents have long used force abroad without getting a declaration of war from congress. In fact, we haven’t declared war since World War II. … However, a lot of presidents want to have a show of political support from Congress, and so it may behoove Trump to go back and show some kind of support for the action.

Opinion Journal: The filibuster’s forgotten history

John Yoo interviewed by WSJ Opinion Journal, April 6, 2017

“There was no filibuster in the original Constitution. There was no filibuster until 1837. So for the most basic and important questions of our country’s early history, there’d been no filibuster. … What the filibuster had become was a way to shut off debate, to prevent the Senate from taking our important issues of the day and moving forward to address them.”

Korean Americans have his back, but Robert Lee Ahn will need more to become L.A.’s next congressman

Taeku Lee quoted by Los Angeles Times, April 6, 2017

“Korean Americans in Southern California have been hungry for political representation for a very long time,” said Taeku Lee, a professor of politics and law at UC Berkeley. Lee said the recent campaign that helped propel David Ryu, the first Korean American elected to the L.A. City Council, may have also helped the community learn on-the-ground skills that mobilized voters in the congressional race.

How to stop worrying and learn to love the nuclear option

John Yoo co-writes for The Wall Street Journal, April 6, 2017

Arcane and opaque rules have allowed a minority to paralyze the Senate and prevent consideration of nominees, treaties and legislation. Democracy is too important to permit winks, nods and obstruction to be the order of the day. Senators should stop worrying and learn to love the nuclear option.