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Thursday items: Hanke on China trade; Cochrane on growth; Pethokoukis on tax rates.

At Globe Asia, Steve Hanke rebuts China-trade hawks.

From Bloomberg, John Cochrane argues Europe needs growth rather than Keynesian deficit stimulus.

At The American, James Pethokoukis highlights academic studies showing tax rates substantially impact economic activity.

On CNBC, Ron Paul (TX) pans US Rep. Paul Ryan’s (WI) budget for insufficient spending cuts:

At IBD, Alan Reynolds and Steven Slein examine the Buffett Rule’s likely impact on corporate dividends.

The WSJ notes a scoring analysis showing the Buffett Rule would yield little revenue.

At TGSN, Ralph Benko explains the monetary roots of the Panic of 1837.

On Forbes, Louis Woodhill critiques the President’s recent energy speech.

At Forbes, Jerry Bowyer analyzes the gold price’s recent decline.

From Comedy Central, South Park satirizes the weak-dollar cash-for-gold market:

The NYT reports Britain cutting its top tax rate (minimally) while maintaining spending austerity.

The Washington City Paper calls supply-side economics a con.

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