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October 2, 2014, 10:18 am, 1344969
(Scott Johnson)

Following up on John’s post on the discovery of an Ebola carrier in Dallas, via travel from Liberia to Brussels and Dulles Airport, I want to take advantage of Neil Munro’s account of the White House’s thinking on the matter. White House spokesman Josh Earnest fielded ...


October 2, 2014, 10:18 am, 1344970
(Steven Hayward)

We know that conservatives are happier people than liberals, but did you know the latest social science says we’re neater people and smell better, too? From the wonderful annals of social science:

A 2006 report from the Pew Research Center showed that 45% of conservative Republicans reported being ...


October 2, 2014, 10:18 am, 1344968

October 2, 2014, 10:18 am, 1344967

From John Ferling, The Ascent of George Washington:


October 2, 2014, 10:18 am, 1344966

October 2, 2014, 8:18 am, 1344898

The University of California Press has put out a new edition of Charles Kindleberger's World in Depression early next year.

J Bradford DeLong and Barry J. Eichengreen: New preface to Charles Kindleberger,* The World in Depression 1929-1939*:

The ...


October 2, 2014, 8:18 am, 1344897

Over at Equitable Growth: Paul Krugman: Ordoarithmetic: "Francesco Saraceno is furious and dismayed at Hans-Werner Sinn...

...who says among other things that deflation in southern Europe is necessary to restore competitiveness. Why not inflation in Germany, he asks? But Saraceno fails ...


October 2, 2014, 12:18 am, 1344706
(John Hinderaker)

Tonight we recorded a special edition of the Hinderaker-Ward Experience: an interview with Republican Senate candidate Mike McFadden. McFadden is challenging Al Franken in Minnesota. This morning he and Franken had their first debate of the campaign, in Duluth. McFadden turned in an energetic performance against a tired ...


October 2, 2014, 12:18 am, 1344705
(Steven Hayward)

I never much cared for the political analysis of Thomas Bryne Edsall, nowadays of the New York Times—especially his book Chain Reaction, which helped to launch today’s popular leftist narrative that conservatism is just racism and . . . well, just racism. I did meet him person once ...


October 2, 2014, 12:18 am, 1344704
(Paul Mirengoff)

The 1964 baseball season is best remembered for the collapse of the Philadelphia Phillies — the result of an 10 game losing streak to close out September. But it should also be remembered for three remarkable surges: (1) the Cincinnati Reds’ nine game winning streak during the ...


October 1, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1344685
(Paul Mirengoff)

Eric Holder leaves the Obama administration with an approval rating of only 26 percent, according to a new YouGov poll. 37 percent disapprove of Holder’s performance.

It could have been worse. When Eric Shinseki stepped down as Secretary of Veterans Affairs, only 18 ...


October 1, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1344684
(John Hinderaker)

That’s what Laura Ingraham thinks. Britain and France stopped flights from African countries afflicted by the disease some time ago, but the Obama administration declined to do the same. Now the first confirmed ebola case is in Dallas, having recently arrived from Liberia. Laura comments:


October 1, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1344683

Joshua Brown: “Do we need to fire PIMCO?”: "In February of 2011, [Bill] Gross loudly proclaimed...

[that] Pimco Total Return had taken its allocation to US Treasury bonds down to zero. As recently as the previous December, Pimco Total Return had been carrying as much as ...


October 1, 2014, 8:18 pm, 1344673
(Steven Hayward)

So Julia Pierson, the first female head of the Secret Service, is falling on her service revolver today and resigning as a result of the recent fiasco at the White House, in which an intruder got much further into the presidential mansion than any sensible person would ...


October 1, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1344584
(John Hinderaker)

As regular readers probably know, I have been skeptical of Republican Mike McFadden’s chances of unseating Al Franken in this year’s Senate race. This is not because Franken is invulnerable; on the contrary, Franken has never been very popular and has been a cipher during his six years ...


October 1, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1344462
(Scott Johnson)

Louisiana’s black citizens represent Mary Landrieu’s best hope for reelection to the Senate seat Landrieu holds. They are Mary’s prayer.

“I made such a big mistake when I was Mary’s prayer,” go the words of the Danny Wilson song. Bayou State Republican state senator ...


October 1, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1344461
(Paul Mirengoff)

Meg Kissinger, a veteran reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, was assigned to cover Michelle Obama’s speech in Milwaukee on behalf of Mary Burke, the Democratic candidate for governor of Wisconsin. As she has done for the past 35 years, Kissinger tried to talk to people in ...


October 1, 2014, 10:18 am, 1344365
(Scott Johnson)

The president and his flacks are talking as fast as they can to explain that the visible deterioration of our interests around the world has nothing to do do with the actions of the administration itself. This past Sunday on 60 Minutes Obama passed the buck to ...


October 1, 2014, 10:18 am, 1344364
(Scott Johnson)

With President Obama blaming his intelligence functionaries for his failure to anticipate the swift advances of ISIS in Syria and Iraq, the intelligence community has responded in stories such as the Baker/Schmitt round-up yesterday in the New York Times (discussed by Paul here).

I think the ...


October 1, 2014, 8:18 am, 1344289

Twitter should only be used for:

links to things you think people ought to read. praise of others. laments that you have been misinterpreted, and that all nuance has been lost because of the limits of 140 characters.

For example, last week:

@jacobwe: New "plagiarism" ...


October 1, 2014, 8:18 am, 1344290

Battle of Arras (1914) - Wikipedia:

The Tenth Army, led by General Louis Maud'huy, attacked advancing German forces on 1 October and reached Douai, where the German 6th Army under Crown Prince Rupprecht counter-attacked, as three corps of the German 1st, 2nd and 7th ...


October 1, 2014, 12:18 am, 1344088

Over at Equitable Growth:

Lives lost from Ebola to date are tiny, even in West Africa, compared to HIV, TB, and malaria. Ebola still not (yet) the biggest public health problem in West Africa.

Yes, the epidemic will spread to more countries.