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December 16, 2018, 11:44 am, 1929755

Sam Bagenstos: "My view on this is closer to Jesse's than to (my learned and valued colleague!) Nick's. The Fifth Circuit could reverse this ruling, but I don't have the confidence in them Nick does. I do think Roberts doesn't want to strike down the ...


December 16, 2018, 11:25 am, 1929753

Today: The dirty little secret is that serious legal arguments are those that lawyers pretend to take seriously. If enough Republican hacks decide to pretend that Judge Reed O'Connor is serious, he becomes serious. My forecast? ...


December 16, 2018, 11:04 am, 1929749

The dirty little secret is that serious legal arguments are those that lawyers pretend to take seriously. If enough Republican hacks decide to pretend that Judge Reed O'Connor is serious, he becomes serious. My forecast? The Fifth Circuit narrowly upholds O'Connor, and then it goes down 8-1 in ...


December 16, 2018, 12:11 am, 1929692
(Paul Mirengoff)

John wrote last night about the ruling by a federal judge in Texas that Obamacare is unconstitutional in its entirety. Judge Reed O’Connor reasoned: (1) because Congress has repealed the penalty assessed against those who decline to buy health insurance, the Individual Mandate can no ...


December 15, 2018, 11:04 pm, 1929691

Aleksandar Hemon: Fascism is Not an Idea to Be Debated, It's a Set of Actions to Fight: "It is frightening to think we could be entering the civil war mode, wherein none of the differences and disagreements can be hashed out in discussion. It is ...


December 15, 2018, 9:10 pm, 1929690
(Paul Mirengoff)

There’s good news and bad news from China. It’s the same news: China’s economy is slowing.

China’s retail sales are growing at the slowest rate in 15 years. Industrial production reportedly is slumping too.

Forecasts are for reduced economic growth. This year, reported growth ...


December 15, 2018, 9:10 pm, 1929689
(John Hinderaker)

I haven’t done my usual Miss Universe previews this year, mostly due to having been on vacation. But the pageant is worth a last-minute look–the finale will be televised tomorrow–because, as it happens, the Miss Universe pageant represents peak 2018.

The big news story is the presence of Miss ...


December 15, 2018, 6:06 pm, 1929688

Paul Krugman's distinction between Chapter 12er and Book 13 Keynesians is, I think, dead on:

Paul Krugman (2011): Mr Keynes and the Moderns: "I’d ...


December 15, 2018, 4:11 pm, 1929679
(Scott Johnson)

A friend has forwarded the email below from Bowdoin College Senior Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity Michael Reed. The email sets forth Bowdoin’s Lived Name Initiative. Is it permitted to ridicule this scheme and its supporting apparatus? Rod Dreher gets the ball rolling in ...


December 15, 2018, 4:11 pm, 1929678
(Scott Johnson)

The Dartmouth Alumni Magazine has toted up its 15 most-read stories of 2018. Coming in at number 1 is Emily Esfahani Smith’s profile of Joe Rago (Dartmouth ’05), Wall Street Journal editorial board member, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner at age 28 for his brilliant


December 15, 2018, 4:11 pm, 1929680
(Scott Johnson)

I was a charter subscriber to the Weekly Standard in 1995 and have kept up my subscription ever since. Founded by Bill Kristol, Fred Barnes and John Podhoretz, the Standard delivered smart journalism produced by many of the best conservative writers (including the three founders). Among ...


December 15, 2018, 4:11 pm, 1929676
(Steven Hayward)

You may have to go all the way back to the late 20th century to recall an article in Harper’s magazine that was worth reading, but the current issue features an article from the controversial French novelist Michel Houellebecq that defends Donald Trump (“Donald Trump Is a ...


December 15, 2018, 4:11 pm, 1929677
(Steven Hayward)

I join John and Scott in mourning the closure of the Weekly Standard. Yes, there are other  excellent conservative magazines, but the Standard was, as the name obviously conveys, about the only weekly. And frequency matters. It’s putative replacement, the expanded Washington Examiner magazine (for which I have


December 15, 2018, 3:05 pm, 1929669

Attempting to pass the crown of Chief Neoliberal Shill on to me, Noah Smith has an excellent Twitter thread that cites me: Noah Smith: "Here is a thread about neoliberalism. At the beginning of this year ...


December 15, 2018, 11:05 am, 1929631

David Brooks remembers the Weekly Standard—how fun it was to convince people Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden were close allies, and so trigger the Iraq War! They have their separate lives now, but they will always have Baghdad...: David Brooks: "This was the ...


December 15, 2018, 9:05 am, 1929617

It is not three Trump policies weighing on the stock market: it is four. Add to Barry's list: having your sole policy accomplishment be a tax cut tuned not to boost growth: Barry Ritholtz: Donald Trump Owns This Stock Market: "I assumed that Trump’s aggressive ...


December 15, 2018, 9:05 am, 1929615

Abe “Bastard Keith” Goldfarb: "Phase One: 'Mexico will pay for the wall!'!

Phase Two: 'Mexico will eventually pay through tariffs for the wall!'

Phase Three: 'The US will pay for the wall!'

Phase Four: 'We will shut down the government if American ...


December 15, 2018, 9:05 am, 1929616

The Great American Tax Heist Turns One: Live at Project Syndicate: Time has passed: a year's worth of water under the bridge. But I have not become less angry at and disappointed with how the ...