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Manhattan land prices

Using vacant land sales, we construct a land values index for Manhattan from 1950 to 2014. We find three major cycles (1950–1977, 1977 to 1993, and 1993 to 2009) with land values reaching their nadir in 1977, just after the city’s fiscal crisis. Show More Summary

The Russian Danger

Last week Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, indicted 13 Russians for intervening in the 2016 United States election. Two of the charges  - buying political advertisements and mandatory disclosure - bear on free speech. Much...Show More Summary

“Into the Redistricting Woods”

Steve Ansolabehere for the Harvard Law Review blog. … Continue reading ?

“Election Security a High Priority — Until It Comes to Paying for New Voting Machines”

ProPublica: A ProPublica analysis of voting machines found that over two-thirds of counties in America used machines for the 2016 election that are over a decade old. In most jurisdictions, the same equipment will be used in the 2018 election. … Continue reading ?

New York Attorney General Schneiderman Goes After Citizens United's Donors

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman demands out-of-state charities disclose all donors for his inspection. He does not demand this of all charities, only those he decides warrant his special scrutiny. Schneiderman garnered national...Show More Summary

“Do low-turnout elections make the electorate more conservative? Not that much.”

Vladimir Kogan, Stéphane Lavertu and Zachary Peskowitz for the Monkey Cage. … Continue reading ?

“DOJ & FEC Complaints Filed Against President Trump, His Campaign & American Media Inc. for Illegal, Unreported $150K Coordinated Expenditure to Former Playboy Playmate”

Release: Today, Common Cause filed complaints with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Election Commission (FEC) alleging reason to believe that American Media, Inc.’s August 2016 payment of $150,000 to former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, to buy and bury her … Continue reading ?

Russia and the U.S. just defused a potential crisis in Syria — and showed us how to back away from a war

Last week, mainstream media reported that dozens of Russians died fighting U.S.-backed Syrian forces. Let that sink in. Reporters attributed the casualties to a U.S. airstrike, raising the possibility of a direct and deadly Russian-American clash. At a minimum, it tells us that the creeping internationalization of the Syrian civil war has reached a new […]

Tuesday assorted links

1. Žižek on Jordan Peterson. 2. Marc Andreessen and Charles Koch podcast. 3. Hoover Institution Summer Policy Bootcamp. 4. Slatestarcodex on technological unemployment. 5. Good, short WaPo piece on Afro-Futurism. 6. The stubbornly high cost of remittances. The post Tuesday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Join Me for a Very Special Conversation in NYC March 5 with Joan Biskupic on Justice Scalia’s Legacy and the Future of the Supreme Court

Joan Biskupic’s 2009 biography of Justice Scalia, American Original, is really one of the best and she is one of the most thoughtful students of the Supreme Court and the Justices. I am very excited to be in conversation with … Continue reading ?

Supreme Court Won’t Hear Third Parties’ Case Against Presidential Debates Commission

#SCOTUS won’t hear No 17-916 Johnson v Comm’n on Presidential Debates dismissing libertarian and green party candidates’ antitrust and First Amendment claims re: attendance at presidential debate — Kimberly Robinson (@KimberlyRobinsn) February 20, 2018

“Subversive gerrymandering reform in Pennsylvania”

Derek Muller: Let me offer the outset that I am not doubting the sincerity or well-intentioned motives of the justices on the court or those involved in drawing maps. Partisan fairness is, in my view, as legitimate a political criterion … Continue reading ?

“How Democrats use ‘dark money’ — and win elections”

CPI: Democrats love decrying “dark money” — political contributions for which the source of funds is a mystery. But that isn’t stopping them from accepting “dark money” themselves or making it difficult to determine the original underwriter of a political … Continue reading ?

“Attacking the ‘Woke’ Black Vote”

Charles Blow NYT column: One thing that is clear to me following the special counsel’s indictment of 13 Russians and three companies for interfering with our election is that the black vote was specifically under attack, from sources foreign and domestic. And … Continue reading ?

Do low-turnout elections make the electorate more conservative? Not that much.

Everyone knows that far fewer people vote in midterm congressional elections than in presidential elections, and that even fewer participate in state, local or special elections that aren’t timed with either of the national ballots. In the past two years, both California and Iowa passed laws requiring those lower-level elections (a different kind in each case) […]

Locals call Boko Haram ‘slave raiders.’ Here’s what that means, and why it matters.

Although widely understood as the Islamist terrorists that they are, Boko Haram insurgents in the borderlands between Cameroon and Nigeria are also slave raiders — at least that’s what many local residents call them. And there’s good reason to use that term. In many striking ways, Boko Haram’s raids for “wives” parallel the slave raids […]

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