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October 31, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1361649
(Scott Johnson)

Yesterday a reader forwarded us a copy of a letter sent by Democrats to his daughter in Brooklyn. The letter is unbelievably creepy. Below is a screenshot of the letter with the recipient’s name and address redacted.


October 31, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1361648


October 31, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1361647


October 31, 2014, 10:18 am, 1361564
(John Hinderaker)

We wrote here Conservative War Chest, which has produced some excellent, hard-hitting ads this election cycle. Their latest came out today; it is a frontal assault on liberal media. Spokesman Mike Flynn says:

Our new ad shows specific, concrete examples of news executives and partisan reporters trying to ...


October 31, 2014, 8:18 am, 1361491
(Scott Johnson)

Ammo Grrrll titles her column this week COME FLY WITH ME, but she’s not talking about “far Bombay” or “llama land” or “Acapulco Bay,” and “weather-wise” the destination is iffy. She’s flying to the Twin Cities. She writes:

Even before Ebola, Ammo Grrrll only flew under extreme ...


October 30, 2014, 10:18 pm, 1361164
(John Hinderaker)

The saddest aspect of this year’s scoundrelly election season is the Democrats’ effort to stir up racial discord in hopes of hanging on to control of the Senate. No lie is too absurd for the Democrats when Harry Reid’s future is at stake. The New York Times ...


October 30, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1360962
(Scott Johnson)

The facade of Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke’s was rudely ripped off her in the past day by a couple of stories. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel dispatched a team of reporters to reapply it this morning, but Burke’s response itself leaves her facade in ruins. ...


October 30, 2014, 4:18 pm, 1360961
(John Hinderaker)

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday on President Obama’s plan to selectively revoke the nation’s immigration laws by executive decree. (As the Journal notes, the administration is trying to craft orders that are “legally defensible.”) This latest news drew another blast of righteous indignation from Senator Jeff ...


October 30, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1360866

Emmanuel Saez and Laura Tyson: Income Inequality in the Twenty-First Century:


October 30, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1360864

A very interesting piece by Tim Duy on the recently-concluded Federal Reserve FOMC meeting. The precis: the Federal Reserve does not view itself as moving to tighten policy, but rather as moving to a policy that is still extraordinarily stimulative--especially considering the level of the unemployment rate.

If the unemployment ...


October 30, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1360865

As I see it, Federal Reserve policy right now is reasonable only if the unemployment rate is taken as a sufficient statistic for the state of the labor market. And it seems to me the odds are 4-1 against that being true...

Matt O'Brien: Why the Fed ...


October 30, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1360863

Simon Wren-Lewis: In Praise of Macroeconomists (or at Least One of Them): "One of the architects of that macroeconomic mainstream is Lars Svensson...

...key papers... maths and rational expectations... member of Sweden’s equivalent of the Monetary Policy Committee from 2007 to 2013.... Svensson... argued ...


October 30, 2014, 2:18 pm, 1360862

October 30, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1360773
(Scott Johnson)

James O’Keefe has been on the ground in North Carolina for the past week and just released a video contribution to Steve’s series wondering how many elections the Democrats will steal next week. Like Diogenes in search of an honest man, O’Keefe goes in search of someone, ...


October 30, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1360774
(Steven Hayward)

As a follow up to our item the other day on the recent academic study examining the evidence of widespread voting by non-citizens, there are two stories out today.

First, Bryan Preston over at Breitbart reports on what appears to be significant voting anomalies in Maryland (where ...


October 30, 2014, 12:18 pm, 1360772

Over at Equitable Growth: Robert Waldmann: Extra Thursday DeLong Smackdown: "The fact that the economy seems desperately in need of looser monetary policy...

...after massive QE tends to suggest that QE just doesn't work. In 2010 it was possible to argue that massive purchases ...


October 30, 2014, 10:18 am, 1360695
(Scott Johnson)

I haven’t had the stomach to watch the campaign next door in Wisconsin. I can’t think of a more deserving candidate for reelection than incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker, but my approach has been to keep my eyes closed and pray for his success. I admire ...


October 30, 2014, 10:18 am, 1360694

David Frum: Don't Knock the Reform Conservatives: "Sam Tanenhaus profiled a group of self-described "reform conservatives"...

...in respectful praise. The art director went even further: The magazine photographed 11 of the profiled people in an 18th-century hall, crumpled papers at their feet, ...


October 30, 2014, 10:18 am, 1360693

From World War II Today: Wladyslaw Szpilman: The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man’s Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945:

I was alone: alone not just in a single building or even a ...