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May 27, 2017, 4:18 am, 1751143
(Paul Mirengoff)

Reuters reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has declined a request to host an event to mark Ramadan. Reuters cites two U.S. officials.

The State Department has been hosting such dinners for two decades. The practice began in 1998 under Madeleine Albright. ...


May 26, 2017, 10:18 pm, 1751133
(John Hinderaker)

Can a Western welfare state defend itself against Islamic terrorism? Perhaps, but it will require fundamental changes. The Telegraph reports that last week’s terrorist attack in Manchester was funded by the British government:

The Manchester suicide bomber used taxpayer-funded student loans and benefits to bankroll the terror plot, ...


May 26, 2017, 8:18 pm, 1751126
(John Hinderaker)

The Lancet is a renowned medical journal headquartered in England. The current issue includes an article on Venezuela, titled “Data reveal state of Venezuelan health system”. The data in question come from the Venezuelan government, after two years in which it released no reports. No doubt the ...


May 26, 2017, 8:18 pm, 1751124

Should-Read: Chad Stone: Donald Trump's Indefensible Economic Growth Forecasts: "The 1.1 percentage point gap between the Trump annual growth forecast over the next decade and CBO's is the largest on record and much larger than any since the Reagan-Bush era... https://www.usnews.com/opinion/economic-intelligen
ce/articles/2017-05-26/donald-trumps-indefensible-
economic-growth-forecasts


May 26, 2017, 8:18 pm, 1751125

Project Syndicate: J. Bradford DeLong: Where US Manufacturing Jobs Really Went: In the two decades from 1979 to 1999, the number of manufacturing jobs in the United States drifted downward, ...


May 26, 2017, 8:18 pm, 1751123

Mitch Landrieu: Transcript of Address on Confederate Monuments: "Thank you for coming... http://pulsegulfcoast.com/2017/05/transcript-of-ne
w-orleans-mayor-landrieus-address-on-confederate-m
onuments

...The soul of our beloved City is deeply rooted in a history that has evolved over thousands of years; rooted in a diverse people who have been here together ...


May 26, 2017, 8:18 pm, 1751122

The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed: _The Deleted Passage of the Declaration of Independence (1776) _: "When Thomas Jefferson included a passage attacking slavery in his draft of the Declaration of Independence it initiated the most intense debate... http://www.blackpast.org/primary/declaration-indep
endence-and-debate-over-slavery

...among the delegates gathered ...


May 26, 2017, 6:18 pm, 1751107
(Steven Hayward)

Did you hear? Hillary Clinton hacked her way (in every sense of the work “hack”—see the second video below) through a commencement address at her alma mater Wellesley College today, where, among other things, she claimed we live at a time when truth and reason are under ...


May 26, 2017, 6:18 pm, 1751106

Harvard Class of 1982 35th Reunion :: Science Center B :: Saturday, May 27, 2018, 10:45-12:00 noon

Seth Lloyd, MIT: Moderator Brad DeLong, U.C. Berkeley Ivonne ...


May 26, 2017, 6:18 pm, 1751105

Should-Read: Kavya Vaghul: Weekend reading: the “fantasy budget” edition: "Greg Leiserson discusses... fantasy budgeting around policies and plans that have yet to be developed... http://equitablegrowth.org/equitablog/value-added/
weekend-reading-the-fantasy-budget-edition/

...Ammar Farooq, which takes a close look at the proportion of college-educated workers in occupations that don’t ...


May 26, 2017, 6:18 pm, 1751104

Over at Equitable Growth: Must- and Should-Reads:

The Future of Education and Lifelong Learning: DeLong Opening DRAFT | Equitable Growth http://equitablegrowth.org/equitablog/the-future-o
f-education-and-lifelong-learning-delong-opening-d
raft/
The Benefits of Free ...


May 26, 2017, 4:18 pm, 1751072

Hoisted from March 2016: The Benefits of Free Trade: Time to Fly My Neoliberal Freak Flag High! http://www.bradford-delong.com/2016/03/the-benefit
s-of-free-trade-time-to-fly-my-neoliberal-freak-fl
ag-high.html
: I ...


May 26, 2017, 12:18 pm, 1750996
(Scott Johnson)

The massacre in Manchester this week seems to have prompted attention to the arrest of brothers Abdullah and Majid Alrifahe in north Minneapolis on May 11. Inside the parked car they were sitting in was a stash of guns, ammo, drone parts and an inert hand grenade. ...


May 26, 2017, 12:18 pm, 1750998
(Scott Johnson)

Ammo Grrrll has posses on some widely applicable advice: USE EXTREME CAUTION! She writes:

No, my dear friends, that is not a warning which must be legally appended to the New York Times, Washington Post, or Red Star of the North Tribune, to prevent you from taking any information ...


May 26, 2017, 12:18 pm, 1750997
(Scott Johnson)

As a conservative fellow with his own anger management issues, I was pulling for Fightin’ Greg Gianforte to pull out his race against Singin’ Rob Quist in the Montana special election to fill Montana’s seat in the House of Representatives. I feared having to suffer the joy ...


May 26, 2017, 12:18 pm, 1750995
(John Hinderaker)

Yesterday the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district court order that found President Trump’s second travel ban to be unconstitutional. This is one of those news stories that make me sad rather than angry.

The decision is ridiculous. The court’s majority relied heavily on candidate Donald Trump’s ...


May 26, 2017, 12:18 pm, 1750994
(Paul Mirengoff)

The Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) commands $842 million in assets. The Rockefeller name, coupled with RBF’s financial clout, makes this institution a pillar of American philanthropy.

Thus, it’s disappointing, though perhaps not altogether surprising to learn that RBF is a substantial contributor to the boycott Israel movement. ...


May 26, 2017, 12:18 pm, 1750993

Should-Read: Ian Buruma: The End of the Left/Right Divide?: "Something shifted in the last decades of the twentieth century... https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/macro
n-end-of-left-right-divide-by-ian-buruma-2017-05


...Left-wing parties began to lose–in some countries more quickly than others–their base in the industrial working class. Redistribution of wealth became gradually ...


May 26, 2017, 10:18 am, 1750963

Should-Read: Nicholas MacPherson: Joseph Chamberlain sets the Tories a bad example: "On the big national issues of his day, he was on the wrong side of history... https://www.ft.com/content/00a5c60c-3f0a-11e7-82b6
-896b95f30f58

*>...scuppering Gladstone’s attempts to keep the UK together by granting home rule to Ireland... his imperialist vision ...


May 26, 2017, 10:18 am, 1750962

Must-Read: This first part reads as though Ben Bernanke is not talking just about the Bank of Japan, but rather about the Federal Reserve as well—or perhaps more about the Federal Reserve. The argument against a 4%/year inflation target—or a price level-path target with catchup—is that there ...


May 26, 2017, 10:18 am, 1750960

Should-Read: Kavya Vaghul: Trump administration 2018 budget swaps heavy cuts to education for focus on school choice: "The more fundamental problem is that there isn’t much evidence that school choice programs, specifically vouchers, have substantial positive effects... http://equitablegrowth.org/equitablog/trump-admini
stration-2018-budget-swaps-heavy-cuts-to-education
-for-focus-on-school-choice/

...on the students they ...


May 26, 2017, 10:18 am, 1750961

Must-Read: Trump should simply not be allowed out of the country—and not be allowed to talk policy inside the country either. It really seems like none of Robert Lighthizer, Steve Mnuchin, or Gary Cohn are doing their jobs—but nobody else in the Trump administration is doing his ...


May 26, 2017, 4:18 am, 1750897
(Paul Mirengoff)

The polls closed in Montana closed a little less than an hour ago. Early returns in the congressional race between Fightin’ Greg Gianforte and Singin’ Rob Quist appear to be slightly favorable to Gianforte, the Republican. However, the early counting may be ...