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“Pence filling out voter fraud task force”

The Hill: “He’s announcing that Vice President Mike Pence will lead a task force on this,” Spicer said when asked about Trump’s accusations that 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally in 2016. The White House so far has … Continue reading ?

Is the White House ready for these ‘nightmare scenarios’ in U.S. foreign policy?

Sophisticated foreign policy establishments have a purpose. To minimize unforeseen consequences of policies emanating from political leadership, policy experts “game” the implications of policy shifts — an analytic exercise involving the imagining of low-probability scenarios that could potentially produce dangerous outcomes. Show More Summary

Thee Headcoats, ‘Pedophile': The Week In One Song

This week: Unsavory comments caught on tape threaten to cut alt-right spokesmodel Milo Yiannopolous’s 15 minutes short.  

The repeal of China’s one-child policy isn’t mattering very much

Crude birth rates in Guangxi and Gansu edged down in 2016 from a year earlier. Both poor, western provinces have a large share of ethnic minorities, who were already exempt from the one-child policy, but are now assimilating the low-birth habits of the richer ethnic Han majority. Show More Summary

The culture of culture that is French

A French artist is preparing to be entombed for a week inside a 12-tonne limestone boulder in a modern art museum in Paris, after which he will emerge and attempt to hatch a dozen eggs by sitting on them for weeks on end. …He once spent a fortnight inside a stuffed bear, was buried under […] The post The culture of culture that is French appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Friday assorted links

1. Are female doctors really better? 2. “There’s a saying in Haiti that Haitians will come together to oust a president but not to elect one.” 3. “Workers in Sweden could soon be allowed to take paid “sex breaks” during the day – in a bid to improve low birth rates and promote healthy relationships.” […] The post Friday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Breaking: Federal Court Denies Motion to Postpone Texas Voter ID Trial, Putting DOJ in Position to Change Sides in Litigation

A federal district court, following a remand from the Fifth Circuit, is considering whether Texas acted with racially discriminatory intent when it passed its controversial voter identification law. The district court had already made a finding that Texas had such … Continue reading ?

New Study on Low-Income Housing Subsidies

A new study at Downsizing Government looks at low-income housing aid. Howard Husock of the Manhattan Institute examines the history of federal aid and discusses problems with current policies, particularly rental subsidies and public housing. One problem is that housing aid is costly to taxpayers. Show More Summary

Cambodia’s leader just cracked down on the opposition, and the consequences will be dramatic

On Monday, Cambodia’s National Assembly passed 22 amendments to the country’s Law on Political Parties. The law was pushed by Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has been in power since 1985, and his Cambodian People’s Party. Although the revised law still requires a rubber stamp endorsement from the Senate, Constitution Council and King Norodom Sihamoni, […]

Is the border adjustment tax a good idea?

Probably not, so say Fichtner, de Rugy, and Michel, here is one bit: The efficiency claims of proponents rely on several key assumptions that are required for the tax to be non-distortionary. Mainly, the border adjustment must be implemented completely, and international currency markets must fully adjust. Show More Summary

The Kremlin and Russia’s regional governments are at odds. That’s a problem for Putin.

Whether the Trump administration will or won’t soften U.S. sanctions against Russia has been in the news — a lot. There’s been far less analysis of what’s actually going on in Russia, however. A closer look suggests the Kremlin faces serious domestic problems — far beyond the scope of U.S. policy. Moscow’s relations with regional governments are […]

How Citizens United gave Republicans a bonanza of seats in U.S. state legislatures

This week, federal election commissioner and former commission chair Ann Ravel publicly announced her upcoming resignation. She didn’t mince words: “The mission of the FEC is essential to ensure a fair electoral process. Yet since the...Show More Summary

No, Sweden isn’t hiding an immigrant crime problem. This is the real story.

Last weekend at a Florida campaign rally, the president of the United States made vague claims intimating that Sweden has an immigrant violence problem. Research we have conducted shows that this is not true. In fact, criticism of Sweden is based on common misconceptions and mishandled information. The president’s comments were originally inspired by a […]

Are the Articles of Confederation underrated?

That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, here is one bit: But I would say that the Articles, for all their formal flaws, are badly underrated. They are a brilliant construction for a power vacuum, given that the relevant parties...Show More Summary

“Plaintiffs Oppose Texas & Justice Department Effort to Delay Hearing on Photo ID Law”

Release: Groups and individuals suing Texas over its strict photo ID law filed a brief in U.S. District Court today in opposition to a joint request by the state and the United States Department of Justice, who asked to delay … Continue reading ?

“Judge Won’t Order FEC to Pursue Conservative Nonprofit”

Bloomberg BNA: A federal judge has refused to order the Federal Election Commission to disclose information about or take further enforcement action against a nonprofit group that spent millions of dollars on ads opposing House Democrats in the 2010 elections. … Continue reading ?

NC AG Files Another #SCOTUS Letter, Noting Board of Elections Has No Interest in Voting Case and Asking for Cert. Dismissal

See this filing. So it looks like the Court is very likely to dismiss the case, unless the NC Legislature gets involved and can convince the Court that it can assert the interests of the state of North Carolina. So … Continue readin...

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