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The Economic Consequences of Partisanship in a Polarized Era

That is the title of a new paper by Christopher McConnell, Yotam Margalit, and Neil Malhotra.  The main (and sad) point is that even in non-political settings we trust other people less if they have different political views than ours:...Show More Summary

“Wisconsin DOJ: James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas tape did not show election law violations”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Covert videos of Democratic activists released in the run-up to last year’s presidential election showed no violations of Wisconsin laws, a review by the attorney general’s office found. The blunt conclusion is at odds with how Republican … Continue reading ?

Benjamin Barber, RIP

The noted political theorist Benjamin Barber died yesterday. He was 77. Ben wrote many books among the best known of which might be Jihad vs. McWorld: Terrorism’s Challenge to Democracy, published first in 1996, when it became a bestseller. Show More Summary

Large Majorities Support Key Obamacare Provisions, Unless it Costs Something

A new Washington Post/ABC News poll finds that Americans say they support Affordable Care Act regulations that require health insurance companies in all states to cover a particular set of services (62%) and prohibit insurers in allShow More Summary

The bovine privacy culture that is India

The central government told the Supreme Court on Monday that it wants an Aadhaar-like unique identification system for cows to track their movement and prevent inter-state and inter-country smuggling. Adducing a report by a committee...Show More Summary

Howard Law Seeking a Visitor for AY 2017-2018

The Howard University School of Law invites applications for a visiting professor position for AY 2017-2018. The visitor should be able to teach some of the following courses: environmental law, administrative law, property, and legislation. Candidates should have a juris … Continue reading ?

Tuesday assorted links

1. Detroit dirt markets in everything. 2. Hash brown golf ball markets in everything. 3. “…improved long run economic performance has occurred primarily through a decline in the rate and frequency of shrinking…” 4. Jill Lepore on the challenge of explaining things. Show More Summary

Here’s what happened in the first round of France’s presidential election, and what happens next

On Sunday, French citizens went to the polls in the first stage of choosing a new president. The two candidates who received the most votes, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, will now face off in a second round, since neither won (or came close to winning) an overall majority in the first. Here’s how […]

Lumber and Dairy Trade Disputes: No Need to Freak Out

U.S. - Canada trade relations are in the news, and not in a good way.  There are two particular products at issue: lumber and dairy. Here’s what Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross had to say yesterday:  It has been a bad week for U.S.-Canada trade relations. Show More Summary

Giving Keynote Address at Northwestern: Annual Law in Motion Lecture (May 11)

I’ll be talking at Northwestern’s annual Law in Motion conference about my draft paper on race, party, and polarization in redistricting and voting cases (which Judge Jerry Smith recently discussed in detail in his dissent in a Texas redistricting case). (Note … Continue reading ?

Why Did So Many Cheer Turkey's Democracy While It Was Dying?

Claire Berlinski’s excellent account of the Western (and domestic) observers who cheered on as Turkey was sliding into authoritarianism reminds me of a point I long wanted to make. There was in Erdogan’s early years some reason to be confused...

Could Trump set off a constitutional crisis? Here’s what we can learn from Latin America.

What makes checks and balances function in some presidential systems, but not others? With President Trump’s 100th day in office fast approaching, the constitutional crisis that many critics feared has yet to materialize. Rhetorically, Trump continues to claim vast powers. Show More Summary

Bulgaria’s government will include far-right nationalist parties for the first time

Bulgarian legislators are gearing up to form a new government, following the March 26 parliamentary election, the third since 2013. Five parties made it into the National Assembly, but none of them won the minimum 121 out of 240 seats to claim a majority in the unicameral legislature. Here is what happens next. Boyko Borisov’s […]

This is why the first 100 days is a ‘ridiculous standard’ for judging presidents

President Trump, who has yet to pass any major legislative initiatives, recently tweeted his frustration with the “ridiculous standard of the first 100 days” as a benchmark for judging a new president’s accomplishments. The historical record suggests that he may have a point. Landmark laws are a rarity in the first 100 days Using a widely […]

Interview with Stephin Merritt (of the Magnetic Fields)

I loved The Dispossessed as a kid, though The Left Hand of Darkness was considered the best of her novels. I am about to read The Word for World Is Forest. The idea of space travel privileging homosexuality really struck me as a child. Show More Summary

Matchmaker markets in everything

Mishpacha Magazine featured an article by Philanthropist, Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz of Los Angeles California discussing his view and approach to the age gap problem in frum circles and calling the current situation a Shidduch Catastrophe. Show More Summary

Paul Clement Brief on WI Redistricting Calls Court Policing of Gerrymandering “Dangerously Wrong”

AP: Attorneys for the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to uphold GOP-drawn legislative boundaries, saying a ruling that found them to be unconstitutional was “dangerously” wrong. The filing comes in support of separate and similar … Continue reading ?

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