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April 21, 2015, 10:18 am, 1458952
(Steven Hayward)

Scott clears his spindle from time to time, and I have my own spindle of weird but oddly compelling news.  Like video of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott downing a beer in seven seconds at a victory celebration of an Aussie soccer football team. Good on ‘ya, ...


April 21, 2015, 10:18 am, 1458951
(Scott Johnson)

Yesterday’s New York Times published a column under the name of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif with the heading “A message from Iran.” It’s an interesting column with more than one message for the Times’s American audience.

Noah Rothman admirably places the role of the Times as ...


April 21, 2015, 2:18 am, 1458694
(Steven Hayward)

While John was off visiting his home town in South Dakota, an inter-dimensional crossrip in the space-time continuum found me today, April 20th—better known to potheads as 420—back in Boulder:

However, there was no second-hand smoke of any ...


April 21, 2015, 12:18 am, 1458652
(Paul Mirengoff)

Things keep looking brighter and brighter for Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign. Last week, I noted that Rubio is running essentially even with Jeb Bush among Florida Republicans, a huge improvement in his standing.

Now, CNN finds that Rubio has broken into double-figure support among ...


April 20, 2015, 10:18 pm, 1458629
(John Hinderaker)

I haven’t been posting much the last couple of days because I have been in my home town, Watertown, South Dakota. BISCO (the Business Industry School Coalition), a local organization that promotes a “progressive and meaningful relationship among business, industry and schools,” invited me to speak at their ...


April 20, 2015, 8:18 pm, 1458601
(Scott Johnson)

I’ve written here many times about the challenges raised by Minnesota’s large and ever growing Somali population, as in “Somalis say: Show us the money” and “The Somali muddle, once more once.” Today with the arrest of six Minnesota based Somalis for conspiring to join ...


April 20, 2015, 6:18 pm, 1458551
(Paul Mirengoff)

I have criticized the positive reaction to Corker-Menendez bill, arguing that the Constitution requires a two-thirds majority to have a deal like this approved, whereas under Corker-Menendez it takes effect unless there is a two-thirds majority against. However, the estimable Jack Goldsmith argues ...


April 20, 2015, 6:18 pm, 1458550
(Scott Johnson)

The Obama administration security apparatus has to leave a knowledgeable man feeling a little queasy. You’ve got national security advisor Susan Rice, with credibility somewhere south of zero. You’ve got assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor for strategic communications Ben Rhodes. What ...


April 20, 2015, 6:18 pm, 1458549

Must-Read: Robert Skidelsky: The Conservative Election Manifesto: "The Conservatives have continued to spin their familiar yarn of having rescued Britain from ‘Labour’s Great Recession’...

... the mother of all lies. The Great Recession was caused by the banks. Governments, the Labour government included, by bailing ...


April 20, 2015, 4:18 pm, 1458481

Must-Must-Read: David G. Blanchflower and Andrew T. Levin: Labor Market Slack and Monetary Policy: "In the wake of a severe recession and a sluggish recovery...

...labor market slack cannot be gauged solely in terms of the conventional measure of the unemployment rate (that is, the ...


April 20, 2015, 4:18 pm, 1458480

Must-Read: Adam Hale Shapiro: Did Massachusetts Health-Care Reform Affect Prices?: "The 2006 health-care reform in Massachusetts relied heavily on the private insurance market...

...Recent evidence shows that the reform boosted payments to physicians from private insurers by 13% relative to other areas. This increase began ...


April 20, 2015, 4:18 pm, 1458479

Comment of the Day: Adam Morrow: "At the family practice office I worked at the past 2 months (a Federally qualified community health center)...

...there was a constant stream of patients (often with multiple chronic conditions) who were seeing a doctor for the first time ...


April 20, 2015, 2:18 pm, 1458401

Tweet of the Day: Mark Dow: On Twitter on Tony Yates on John Taylor: "How can you [i.e., John Taylor] put a financial crisis in real life down to departures from a rule whose benefits were derived [by John Taylor] in a model ...


April 20, 2015, 12:18 pm, 1458311
(Paul Mirengoff)

I have referred to the Clinton Foundation as “Hillary Clinton’s Bain Capital” on the theory that it will connect her to unsympathetic figures and entities who behave badly in something like the way Bain Capital was said to connect Mitt Romney to bad corporate behavior. But now, ...


April 20, 2015, 10:18 am, 1458234

Must-Read: David Beckworth: It Takes A Regime Shift to Raise an Economy: "This week we learned that Ben Bernanke does not view NGDP level targeting, price level targeting, or a higher inflation target...

...as the best way to deal with the zero lower bound (ZLB) ...


April 20, 2015, 10:18 am, 1458235

Winston S. Churchill: Parliamentary Debates:

I beg to move:

That an humble Address be presented to His Majesty, to convey to His Majesty the deep sorrow with which this House has learned ...


April 20, 2015, 10:18 am, 1458233

Must-Read: Chris Blattman: The Mistakes Made by Most Development Reformers: "Understand the world you live in. Think about the politics of reform. These are good points....

...It’s kind of amazing they need to be said out loud as news, but people do need reminders. One trouble ...


April 20, 2015, 10:18 am, 1458232

Tears from laughter flow as John Goodman, the promoter of high deductibles, now laments their effect http://t.co/FSkTcJ6Dji via @forbes

— Uwe Reinhardt (@uereinhardt) April 5, 2015


April 20, 2015, 10:18 am, 1458231

Must-Read: Guntram B. Wolff and André Sapir: Euro-Area Governance: What to Reform and How: "Pre-crisis, the euro area suffered from the built-up of financial imbalances...

...price and wage divergence and an insufficient focus on debt sustainability. During the crisis, the main problems were slow resolution ...


April 20, 2015, 10:18 am, 1458230

Across the Wide Missouri: Andrew Liptak: Craving a new military science fiction thrillride? Pick up these books: "Much like Scalzi's Old Man's War and its sequels, [Marko Kloos's] Terms of Enlistment and Lines of Departure...

...are combat-grade Military SF, and should come with an addiction ...


April 20, 2015, 8:18 am, 1458154
(Scott Johnson)

Four years ago President Obama declared that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad has to go. As Assad held on, Obama elaborated on his thinking at a 2012 press conference in Stockholm, drawing his infamous red line:

I have, at this point, not ordered military engagement in the situation. ...


April 20, 2015, 12:18 am, 1457967
(Paul Mirengoff)

Newsweek reports that “one of the biggest benefactors to the Clinton Foundation has been trading with Iran and may be in breach of US sanctions imposed on the country.” The “benefactor” in question is Victor Pinchuk, described by Newsweek as a “Ukrainian oligarch [who] has ...