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March 4, 2015, 4:18 pm, 1433555

Glaukon: So: Blogging...

Sokrates: Indeed...

Hypatia: I would like to start by offering the floor to the Great and Good Felix Salmon:

Felix Salmon: To All the Young Journalists Asking for Advice...: I’m also very flattered by the lovely things ...


March 4, 2015, 2:18 pm, 1433479
(John Hinderaker)

The news was so heavy yesterday that I held off on commenting on the House vote to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the fiscal year, with no exclusion of the administration’s executive amnesty. Some observations on the vote:

1) The roll call was ...


March 4, 2015, 2:18 pm, 1433478

Over at Equitable Growth: Ezra Klein, one of the viri illustres making us hope that the press corps over the next generation will actually be a net plus to the nation (cough, Judy Miller of the New York Times; cough, ...


March 4, 2015, 2:18 pm, 1433477

Lunchtime Must-Read: Zachary Tracer: Hospital Stocks Surge After Justice Kennedy Criticizes Obamacare Challenge: "Tenet Healthcare Corp. and HCA Holdings Inc. led a rally among hospital companies as a Supreme Court challenge to Obamacare’s insurance subsidies drew questions from a pivotal justice...

...Anthony Kennedy... said Wednesday there ...


March 4, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1433397
(Paul Mirengoff)

I found Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress persuasive in all but one respect. I question Netanyahu’s claim that the alternative to the deal Obama seems prepared to settle for is “a better deal.”

It believe that the Iranian regime’s overriding goal is to obtain nuclear weapons. ...


March 4, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1433398
(Scott Johnson)

In its excellent story this morning on the private email account Madam Hillary set up for official business during her tenure as Secretary of State, the Associated Press notes this telling detail:

It was unclear whom Clinton hired to set up or maintain her private email server, which ...


March 4, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1433396
(Paul Mirengoff)

Eric Citron at Scotusblog provides a mid-argument report on King v. Burwell, the vital Obamacare case being heard by the Supreme Court today. According to Citron, the petitioners, who argue that subsidies are not available on the federal exchange faced a troubling question from Justice ...


March 4, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1433395

Over at Equitable Growth: More often than I would have thought likely, people ask me: "We're thinking of having a conference about economic inequality What should be on the agenda?"

My standard answer makes three points:


March 4, 2015, 10:18 am, 1433301

James A. Garfield: Inaugural Address, 1881:

Fellow-Citizens:

WE stand to-day upon an eminence which overlooks a hundred years of national life—a century crowded with perils, but crowned with the ...


March 4, 2015, 8:18 am, 1433209
(Steven Hayward)

In preparing for this week’s session of my graduate course on energy policy, I happened to stumble across a very sound discussion of why the energy romanticism of the Climate Haters (I think I’m going to retire “climatistas” and go with the more accurate Climate Haters instead, because ...


March 4, 2015, 8:18 am, 1433208
(Scott Johnson)

President Obama let it be known that he didn’t watch Prime Minister’s historic speech to the joint session of Congress yesterday. Netanyahu came to present the case against the nuclear deal with Iran that is in process. Obama has made concession after concession that would abrogate ...


March 4, 2015, 12:18 am, 1433006
(John Hinderaker)

Steve noted earlier tonight a little-noticed exchange with an ABC reporter who was assigned to follow Hillary Clinton, which suggested one reason why Hillary’s 2016 campaign may be doomed. Here is another one: her relationship with Bill–the only reason anyone has heard of her in the first ...


March 4, 2015, 12:18 am, 1433005
(Paul Mirengoff)

If the mainstream media were applying the sort of scrutiny to Hillary Clinton as it has applied to Republican presidential candidates, we would by now have seen articles in the New York Times and the Washington Post about Whitewater, Travelgate, and the 1993 health care reform debacle. ...


March 3, 2015, 8:18 pm, 1432885
(John Hinderaker)

If you don’t know what The Dress is, it means, among other things, that you don’t have teenage daughters. But even the daughterless are generally aware of the dress that took Twitter, and most of the rest of the internet, by storm a few evenings ago. Only


March 3, 2015, 8:18 pm, 1432886
(Steven Hayward)

Time out briefly from the Obama Debacle to contemplate the Hillary 2016 debacle-in-waiting. Jennifer Rubin has a nice rundown of all of the new difficulties Hillary mas made for herself lately with all of the usual foibles we associate with the adjective “Clintonian” but without any of ...


March 3, 2015, 8:18 pm, 1432884

Evening Must-Read: Martin Wolf: Riches and Perils of the Fossil-Fuel Age: "In 2035, emissions of CO2 are forecast [by BP] to be 18bn tonnes above levels suggested by the International Energy Agency’s '450 Scenario'...

...Improvements in energy efficiency are a... more important driver of the ...


March 3, 2015, 6:18 pm, 1432823
(John Hinderaker)

This afternoon, Democrats in politics and the media promptly swung into action to try to discredit Benjamin Netanyahu’s powerful indictment of the administration’s policies toward Iran. Nancy Pelosi bordered on the hysterical. Here, Chris Matthews accuses Netanyahu of being a “man from a foreign government” who “tried ...


March 3, 2015, 6:18 pm, 1432822

Afternoon Must-Read: Douglas A. Irwin: Tariff Incidence: Evidence from U.S. Sugar Duties, 1890-1930: "Direct empirical evidence on whether domestic consumers or foreign exporters bear the burden of a country's import duties is scarce...

...This paper examines the incidence of U.S. sugar duties using a unique ...


March 3, 2015, 6:18 pm, 1432821

Live from La Farine:


March 3, 2015, 4:18 pm, 1432742
(Steven Hayward)

I thought this had to be a hoax, but no—here’s Nancy Pelosi’s entire statement; you need to read it, not to believe it:

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement regarding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the Joint Meeting of Congress:


March 3, 2015, 4:18 pm, 1432741

Afternoon Must-Read: Heather Boushey: Taxes and Fairness in an Era of High Inequality: "(1) As inequality has increased, the tax code has not kept pace with this change...

...The tax code does less to reduce inequality than it did in the late 1970s. (2) Efforts ...


March 3, 2015, 4:18 pm, 1432740

Daily Economic History: From George Dangerfield: The Era of Good Feelings:

Indeed, when one attempts to restore [Chief Justice John Marshall] to the context of his times, it becomes ...


March 3, 2015, 2:18 pm, 1432656
(Paul Mirengoff)

Strip away the politics associated with Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress and this simple reality remains: Netanyahu had an urgent, much needed message to deliver about Iran. This morning Netanyahu delivered that message forcefully, persuasively, and to great applause from members of both political parties.

A ...


March 3, 2015, 2:18 pm, 1432655
(Scott Johnson)

The video of Prime Minister Netanyahus’s speech to the joint session of Congress is below. The Times of Israel has posted the video along with a transcript here. I’ll post a link to the transcript provided by the Prime Minister’s Office as soon as it ...


March 3, 2015, 2:18 pm, 1432654
(John Hinderaker)

I will leave it to my partners to analyze the content of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress this morning as it relates it Iran. Instead, I want to make some observations about the reception that he received from the joint session of Congress.

To say that Netanyahu’s ...


March 3, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1432577
(Paul Mirengoff)

The Washington Post reports that some former U.S. troops have taken up the fight against ISIS in Iraq:

[A] growing band of foreigners [is] leaving behind their lives in the West to fight with new Christian militias against the Islamic State extremist group. The leaders of those ...