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August 31, 2016, 8:18 am, 1669068

Over at Equitable Growth: Must-Reads:

Larry Summers: Disappointed by What Came Out of Jackson Hole: I had high hopes... billed as a forum that would look at new approaches to the conduct of monetary policy...


August 31, 2016, 2:18 am, 1668994
(Paul Mirengoff)

As expected, Marco Rubio and John McCain won their respective primaries tonight. Rubio collected 72 percent of the vote. His closest rival won only 18.5 percent.

McCain faced stronger opposition in Kelli Ward, a Tea Party style candidate. However, he prevailed by a 54-36 margin. ...


August 31, 2016, 2:18 am, 1668996
(Paul Mirengoff)

I hadn’t intended to write two Hillary Clinton email posts tonight. However, news that FBI investigators recovered 30 Benghazi-related emails from Hillary Clinton’s wiped server is potentially too important not to comment on right away.

Government lawyers told U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta ...


August 31, 2016, 2:18 am, 1668995
(John Hinderaker)

The Minnesota State Fair is one of the world’s great social gatherings. It is, by common consent, the most remarkable fair of them all. And, at a time when one might think that cultural currents are moving in a direction antithetical to such traditional entertainments, the Minnesota Fair ...


August 30, 2016, 10:18 pm, 1668964
(Steven Hayward)

Is it still okay to make Jewish mother jokes? If not, Woody Allen is in deep trouble, and most of his old films will need to be banned.

There are two answers to this question. The diversity mongers of the identity politics left will say that it is permissible ...


August 30, 2016, 10:18 pm, 1668962
(Paul Mirengoff)

Earlier this month, U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan granted Judicial Watch additional discovery on the Hillary Clinton email matter. As a result, Clinton was ordered to answer written questions from Judicial Watch “by no later than thirty days” after their submission. Under federal court rules, ...


August 30, 2016, 10:18 pm, 1668963
(Scott Johnson)

PJ Media’s Tyler O’Neil draws attention to the remarks of Secretary of State John Kerry in Bangladesh on Monday. Kerry explicitly asked the media to cover terrorism less, so “people wouldn’t know what’s going on.” I think that Kerry’s statement truly represents the deep thoughts of ...


August 30, 2016, 10:18 pm, 1668961

Over at Equitable Growth: Paul Krugman appears confused:

Paul Krugman: Chris and the Ricardianoids:

Here’s [Chris] Sims on fiscal policy:


August 30, 2016, 6:18 pm, 1668931

August 30, 2016, 6:18 pm, 1668930

Invictus (2012): Open Mouth, Insert Foot: Going Viral?:

I had barely finished reading Niall Ferguson’s takedown of President Obama when a flood of  takedowns of Mr. Ferguson started hitting the web. This post, then, will not be about his Newsweek piece, but instead about his recent Bloomberg TV ...


August 30, 2016, 6:18 pm, 1668929

Live from the Orion Arm: Kevin Marks: "How to talk...:

How to talk to a woman wearing headphones: Be a Kardashev Type II civilisation in HD164595 pic.twitter.com/ud5IcRYssj

— Kevin Marks (@kevinmarks) August 30, 2016


August 30, 2016, 4:18 pm, 1668887

Must-Read: Martin Wolf: Capitalism and Democracy: The Strain Is Showing:

Confidence in an enduring marriage between liberal democracy and global capitalism seems unwarranted....

So what might take its place? One possibility[:]... a global plutocracy and so in effect ...


August 30, 2016, 4:18 pm, 1668888

Must-Read: Very nice to see. Very good. But four brief whimpers:

"Structural reform" is a very dangerous thing to do in a low pressure economy. Moving people from loss-making improperly-subsidized industries into unemployment is, in fact, the very opposite of useful "structural reform". But that ...


August 30, 2016, 4:18 pm, 1668885

Must-Read: Gavyn Davies: Sims Highlights Fiscal Dominance at Jackson Hole:

The most far reaching speech at the Federal Reserve’s Jackson Hole meeting last week was...

...the contribution on the fiscal theory of the price level (FTPL) by Professor ...


August 30, 2016, 4:18 pm, 1668886

Must-Read: As I always say, the key to making it an an economy--pretty much any economy--is to find something (a) that you can do, that is also (b) scarce and hard to copy, and (c) for which rich people have a Jones. It doesn't matter how useful ...


August 30, 2016, 4:18 pm, 1668884

Once again, not somebody who I see as underrated in the world at large. But the community in which he is well-known seems, once again, to have less overlap with it should with the community that reads here...


August 30, 2016, 4:18 pm, 1668883

2006-08-30: Hoisted from Comments: Understanding Danny Okrent: I Don't Think We Can Blame Donald Luskin for This: Jim Dandy writes, apropos of Danny Okrent's belief that Paul Krugman sought to deceive his readers ...


August 30, 2016, 2:18 pm, 1668839
(Scott Johnson)

Late last week the United States Attorney for Minnesota filed a criminal complaint charging former Mohamed Roble with consiracy to support ISIS. He’s both the eleventh “Minnesota man” to be charged in the case and (by my count) the sixth Muhammad to make an appearance. ...


August 30, 2016, 2:18 pm, 1668838
(Paul Mirengoff)

John Skipper is the President of ESPN, Inc. The Washington Post adoringly paints him as one-time Southern hippie who studied literature, wanted to write the Great American novel, and enjoys late night “high level sophisticated conversations about American literature, Faulkner’s place in it, [and] the ...


August 30, 2016, 2:18 pm, 1668837
(Steven Hayward)

• The fracks of life? The surprising news story of the day comes out of Colorado, where two initiatives to restrict hydraulic fracturing production of oil and natural gas have failed to qualify for the November ballot. The Wall Street Journal reports:

Supporters of the measures, which could have ...


August 30, 2016, 10:18 am, 1668754
(Scott Johnson)

AFP reports that the Islamic Republic of Iran has deployed the Russian made S-300 missile system to protect its underground nuclear facility at Fordow. The Obama administration has expressed its “concern” for public consumption, but it’s an Obama threefer. Russia flaunts its contempt for ...


August 30, 2016, 2:18 am, 1668661
(John Hinderaker)

That might seem obvious. But liberals don’t admit that their policies are the path to poverty. Rather, they claim that the bluest states are the most prosperous. In that regard, Minnesota is often Exhibit A. Minnesota’s well-educated, healthy, socially conservative, hard-working population, combined with the state’s rich and ...


August 30, 2016, 2:18 am, 1668660
(Paul Mirengoff)

The conventional wisdom holds that Republicans will maintain control of the House even if Donald Trump loses the presidential election decisively. However, most of those who subscribe to this view believe that the Democrats have some hope of taking the House.

How might the Democrats accomplish this? ...


August 30, 2016, 2:18 am, 1668659

Storify: "Fighting with -------- on Twitter"!: A vice, best entertained not too often, but fun in small doses...

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August 30, 2016, 12:18 am, 1668644

June 13, 2015_: I say: "No!":

One "Bush Ally":

The culture of the Bush operation will now be a Pickett’s Charge engagement campaign with his main opponents...