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January 29, 2015, 10:18 pm, 1412810
(John Hinderaker)

Is Deflate-gate the dumbest story in the history of sports, or what? I suppose it is remotely possible that someone associated with the Patriots might have deflated some footballs, or perhaps it was sabotage by the Colts–after all, the Patriots played much better after halftime when the balls ...


January 29, 2015, 10:18 pm, 1412809
(John Hinderaker)

We wrote here and here about the fact that the Obama administration is actively working to defeat Israeli Benjamin Netanyahu in that country’s upcoming election. Obama’s national field director, Jeremy Bird, has traveled to Israel to organize the opposition to Netanyahu. He is working in conjunction ...


January 29, 2015, 10:18 pm, 1412808
(Paul Mirengoff)

ISIS apparently has been defeated in the town of Kobane, Syria to which it laid siege months ago. The Obama administration hopes that this defeat will discourage potential recruits from joining ISIS. According to a senior State Department spokesman, the lesson for those considering ...


January 29, 2015, 8:18 pm, 1412741

**Gnosis creates the "Stag Hunt" mosaic in the "House of the Rape of Helen" in Pella, Kingdom of Macedonia:

Wikipedia: Stag Hunt Mosaic:

The Stag Hunt mosaic (c. 300 BCE) by Gnosis is a mosaic from ...


January 29, 2015, 6:18 pm, 1412675

Jeet Heer: The New Republic's Legacy on Race: From Du Bois to the Bell Curve: "Between the late ’30s and the mid-’70s...

...The New Republic was one of the best magazines outside the black press in its coverage of the rise of the civil rights ...


January 29, 2015, 6:18 pm, 1412676

Jaume Ventura: Capital in the 21st Century: "On 19th December...

...CEPR and the Bank of England hosted a joint workshop to discuss Thomas Piketty’s seminal work ‘Capital in the 21st Century’. Chaired by the Bank’s Chief Economist Andy Haldane, the panel comprised Orazio Attanasio, Tim Besley, Peter Lindert, ...


January 29, 2015, 6:18 pm, 1412674

Gernot Wagner: Climate Shock: It's Not Over 'Til the Fat Tail Zings: "Presenting his new book ‘Climate Shock’...

...co-authored with Martin Weitzman. If you had a 10 percent chance of having a fatal car accident, you’d take necessary precautions. If your finances had a 10 ...


January 29, 2015, 2:18 pm, 1412520
(John Hinderaker)

This morning the Senate Armed Services Committee conducted a hearing at which Henry Kissinger was a witness. When Kissinger entered the committee chamber, a ragtag group of ten or so CodePink members stood up, holding signs and chanting “Arrest Henry Kissinger for war crimes.” One of them dangled ...


January 29, 2015, 2:18 pm, 1412521
(Paul Mirengoff)

As I watched Loretta Lynch’s testimony yesterday, I had the feeling I had seen this act before. Her approach to answering questions, her tone, and some of her word choices left me with a strong sense of deja vu.

Only in the evening did I realize ...


January 29, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1412431
(Steven Hayward)

While the ruckus over Jon Chait’s critique of PC grinds on (he’s getting a lot more blowback form the Left than from me), I note with amusement another act of Leftist cannibalism taking place over in the UK.


January 29, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1412430
(Scott Johnson)

Apart from the interest of the Obama administration in preserving appearances, it’s hard to understand how Bowe Bergdahl might not be charged with desertion. President Obama staged a Rose Garden celebration to announce the swap of Bergdahl for hardened terrorist prisoners last year. Susan Rice stepped ...


January 29, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1412429

January 29, 2015, 10:18 am, 1412356
(Scott Johnson)

In the January 21 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on our ongoing negotiations with Iran, Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken appeared as the principal witness. Treasury Under Secretary David Cohen also appeared in his last time around before he assumes responsibilities as CIA deputy director.

Wisconsin Senator ...


January 29, 2015, 10:18 am, 1412355

It is a true fact that Jon Chait's extremely ill-advised New York Magazine article crossed my desk at the same moment that I was watching this equally ill-advised piece by Meg Perrett and Rodrigo Kazuo go by. They ...


January 29, 2015, 10:18 am, 1412354

Apropos of Jonathan Chait's "Not a Very P.C. Thing to Say" and Hanna Rosin's "The Patriarchy Is Dead", some constructive advice from Daniel Davies:

Daniel Davies: Rules for Contrarians: 1. Don’t whine. That is all: "I like to think that I know a little bit ...


January 29, 2015, 10:18 am, 1412352

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J. Bradford DeLong :: U.C. Berkeley

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January 29, 2015, 10:18 am, 1412353

World War II Today: 29 January 1944: Bitter struggle as Red Army encircles Breslau:

The tide of war had turned decisively against the Germans and they faced defeat after defeat, retreat after retreat. For the captured German ...


January 29, 2015, 8:18 am, 1412268
(Scott Johnson)

Live blogging yesterday’s Judiciary Committee hearing on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as attorney general, Paul noted that Senator Hatch expressed his hopes that he would be able to vote to confirm Lynch. “I hope he won’t,” Paul added, “but after hearing his questioning, I fear ...


January 29, 2015, 12:18 am, 1412027

January 28, 2015, 10:18 pm, 1411971
(Paul Mirengoff)

As Scott discusses in the post immediately below, the Obama administration today claimed that the Taliban is an “armed insurrection” — you know, kind of like George Washington’s Continental Army — not a terrorist group. It is therefore materially different, spokesperson Eric Schultz argued, from ...


January 28, 2015, 10:18 pm, 1411970

The feel-bad piece from the month of July 2005 is, of course, David Gelernter and his editor Michael Kinsley, beating out--mirabile visu!--even the works of Donald Luskin.

Here's the quote from David Gelernter, the thing that Michael ...


January 28, 2015, 8:18 pm, 1411899
(Scott Johnson)

The Obama administration degenerates rapidly into a clown show. It may be a clown show that falls into the killer clown horror genre, but still it’s some kind of a clown show.

In the latest installment of the clown show, White House spokesman Eric Schultz distinguishes ...