Politics Roundtable

Politics Roundtable

Political blogs of interest to economists.

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August 30, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1536369
(Steven Hayward)

Actually, I got nuthin’. So I’ll just post a funny video below of Darth Vader as rendered by Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Hat tip: JZ.)

But other people have thoughts. S.E. Cupp argues that it not the weakness of the GOP establishment that explains Trump’s success, but rather the fact ...


August 30, 2015, 8:18 am, 1536337
(Scott Johnson)

After John Walters wrote a Weekly Standard article on President Obama’s commutations of incarcerated drug offenders, I asked him to take a look at Michelle Alexander’s dreadful but influential book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. I noted the Walters ...


August 30, 2015, 2:18 am, 1536253
(Paul Mirengoff)

A brand new Bloomberg-Des Moines Register poll of likely Republican caucus-goers in Iowa finds Donald Trump in the lead with 23 percent. Ben Carson runs second with 18 percent. Carson is the second choice of 14 percent; Trump ranks second for 9 percent. ...


August 29, 2015, 10:18 pm, 1536239

Paul Krugman writing in June 2012 on the UK-Spain interest differential, attributing it to the constraints of currency union -

Then there’s the lender of last resort issue, which turns out to be broader than even those who knew their Bagehot realized. Credit for focusing on this issue goes to ...


August 29, 2015, 8:18 pm, 1536238
(John Hinderaker)

Today, the St. Paul Black Lives Matter organization marched on the State Fair to protest alleged brutality by the St. Paul police department. The march was long-awaited and something like 900 participants had been expected, but nowhere near that many turned out.


August 29, 2015, 2:18 pm, 1536182
(Steven Hayward)

I can’t decide whether Trump is an agent of disruption recruited by the Clintons (a story that has been making the rounds for a while) or the best thing that could possibly have happened to Republicans for the 2016 cycle, though none of the other candidates, with the ...


August 29, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1536168

Must- and Should-Reads:

Huailu Li, Kevin Lang, and Kaiwen Leong: Competition alone will not eliminate discrimination Tim Duy: The Right And Wrong Arguments For September


August 29, 2015, 10:18 am, 1536133
(Scott Johnson)

Glenn Reynolds links to a Daily Mail article highlighting usage notes issued by a gay rights official at the University of Tennessee, where Glenn teaches. The university official has advised staff and students to stop using “he” and “she” – and switch to “xe,” “zir” ...


August 29, 2015, 10:18 am, 1536132

This is Ken Rogoff's "debt supercycle" view, by and large:

Matthew Klein: Some Fed thoughts: QE4 and all that: For months, the mid-September meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee...

was being telegraphed as ...


August 29, 2015, 10:18 am, 1536131

Live from Jackson Hole 2015 Weblogging: I call it: "Mt. Moran at Dawn with Central Bankers":


August 29, 2015, 8:18 am, 1536100
(Steven Hayward)

Yeah, I know, it isn’t anywhere near February 2, but I go away for two weeks and I expect that some things might have changed while I was away. But no: the news is still: Trump, Trump, China, Trump, Hillary emails, Trump, the stock market, Trump, Biden??, Trump, ...


August 29, 2015, 8:18 am, 1536098

Debra Liese: An interview with Josiah Ober, author of The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece:

The period considered classical Greece (roughly the 4th through 5th century BC) had a profound effect on ...


August 29, 2015, 8:18 am, 1536099

Rod Hilton: The Star Wars Saga: Introducing Machete Order: "Watch the films with them in this order: IV, V, II, III, VI...

...Episode I is gone. Episodes II and III aren't exactly Shakespeare, ...


August 29, 2015, 2:18 am, 1536053
(Paul Mirengoff)

It seemed like a good idea at the time. Hillary Clinton would be coronated by the Democrats, so there was no need for many debates, Keep the number of them low — six in total, with only four before the Iowa caucus — and thereby minimize ...