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May 21, 2015, 10:18 pm, 1478774
(John Hinderaker)

Every morning the Washington Post sends out an email with links to its featured stories of the day. Today, the Post’s number one story was: Does Rubio Have a Spending Problem? The factual basis for the Post’s article was that according to his financial disclosure forms, Marco ...


May 21, 2015, 10:18 pm, 1478773
(Paul Mirengoff)

Anti-Hillary Clinton political ads are writing themselves on a weekly basis. The latest source is this New York Times report that Hillary’ private email account contained sensitive information. The official name for the information is “sensitive but unclassified” (SBU).

What sensitive but unclassified ...


May 21, 2015, 10:18 pm, 1478772

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May 21, 2015, 8:18 pm, 1478739
(Steven Hayward)

Last December Science magazine published the results of a survey that found people who had a conversation of at little as 20 minutes with a gay person changed their mind about gay marriage. You may well wonder why Science, usually concerned with settled scientific matters like


May 21, 2015, 6:18 pm, 1478691
(Paul Mirengoff)

Being on bin Laden’s bookshelf has become, in a way, the modern version of being on Richard Nixon’s enemies list. Bob Woodward gets a special award. He gained both distinctions, if that’s the right word.

Politico contacted some of the authors in question ...


May 21, 2015, 6:18 pm, 1478690

Must-Read: John Cassidy: A Fascinating Minimum-Wage Experiment Is About to Unfold: "The increases in the minimum wage that will be introduced over the next few years...

...are so substantial that some response from employers seems likely.... Southern California will be particularly ...


May 21, 2015, 6:18 pm, 1478689

Must-Read: Richard Kogan et al.: Difference Between Economic Growth Rates and Treasury Interest Rates Significantly Affects Long-Term Budget Outlook: "An underappreciated factor in long-term budget projections is how the projected interest rate...

...('R') that the federal government pays on its debt and the projected growth ...


May 21, 2015, 6:18 pm, 1478688

Must-Read: Dan Davies: Time for a Delivery of Eurofudge: "“They pretend to pay us” — or in this case...

...“The institutions pretend to give Greece debt relief”. How much would it change things if the Eurozone partners were to agree to a 20% ...


May 21, 2015, 6:18 pm, 1478687

Must-Read: Paul Krugman: Stop-Go Austerity and Self-Defeating Recoveries: "Britain’s election results... were consistent with the general proposition that elections hinge...

...on whether things are improving in the six months or so before the vote. Cameron and company imposed austerity for a couple of years, ...


May 21, 2015, 6:18 pm, 1478686

Across the Wide Missouri: Sarah Gosslee: Pissing in the pool: "I grew up reading the Hugo award winners anthologies...

...those collections of the best works of the year. It wasn’t until much later that I learned how the Hugos work, and even later that I ...


May 21, 2015, 6:18 pm, 1478685

DeLong FAQ:

How did I get started weblogging?

In my memory, I got started weblogging because one afternoon sometime in the 1990s that convinced me that weblogging was likely to become a key part of the forthcoming ecology of intellectual influence.

I was sitting in ...


May 21, 2015, 4:18 pm, 1478610
(Steven Hayward)

The belief that we can power the world with unicorn flop sweat, Obama’s incandescent speeches, refined banana peels, etc runs deep. I call it “energy romanticism,” and like all other kinds of romanticism it is hard to shake, even with things called facts, which are always inconvenient to ...


May 21, 2015, 2:18 pm, 1478527
(Paul Mirengoff)

Some of the information Sidney Blumenthal supplied to Hillary Clinton about Libya is said to have been flawed. But “Sid Vicious” got one important thing right.

Two days after the attack, Blumenthal told Hillary that “sensitive sources” in Libya said Ansar al-Sharia, ...


May 21, 2015, 2:18 pm, 1478526
(John Hinderaker)

As I wrote on Monday, the administration’s policies on the Middle East are in a state of collapse. This is partly–but only partly–because ISIS is rampaging across Syria and Iraq. So on Tuesday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest was pressed on how the president’s campaign to “degrade ...


May 21, 2015, 2:18 pm, 1478525

Over at Equitable Growth I have two things I want to say this morning.

First, Amtrak wifi really is c---, isn't it?

Second, I think that Paul Krugman gets one thing wrong here, in his talk of "the right" and macroeconomic policy... READ MOAR


May 21, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1478439
(Steven Hayward)

If Hillary Clinton’s feeble performance in the 2008 campaign is any indication, she has a glass jaw as a candidate, which will manifest itself at some point—though perhaps too late for a credible candidate other than Joe Biden to have enough time to organize a ...


May 21, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1478438

Comment of the DayRobert Waldmann: Links and Tweets...: "I am not going to type that...

...'the real Peter Baelish would never leave Sansa Stark at the mercy of Boltons', because I'm not quite far enough gone to forget that 'A Song ...


May 21, 2015, 10:18 am, 1478359


May 21, 2015, 8:18 am, 1478291
(Scott Johnson)

Reading Bryan Burrough’s book Days of Rage from cover to cover over the weekend, I flipped over the book. In this post I continue to jot notes on the book to amplify the attention it has received so far. Part 1 is posted here; our interview ...


May 21, 2015, 12:18 am, 1478084
(John Hinderaker)

You can’t make this stuff up: some on the left are complaining that the Waco biker gangs have gotten more favorable press coverage than the rioters in Ferguson and Baltimore. The Associated Press headlines, “Differing Perceptions of Waco, Baltimore Bothering Some.”

The prevailing images of protests in Baltimore ...


May 21, 2015, 12:18 am, 1478083
(Paul Mirengoff)

U.S. policy in Iraq is in shambles — there can be no seriously disagreement about that. Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province and a mere 70 miles from Baghdad, has been captured by ISIS. Mosul, Iran’s second largest city, remains in ISIS’s hands.

As importantly, ...