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Your Guide to the NAFTA Renegotiation

The North American Free Trade Agreement has been a source of controversy since well before its implementation in 1994.  It was the first trade agreement involving the United States and a “developing” country, so it raised concerns that a giant sucking sound from south of the border would hoover up U.S. Show More Summary

What Will Happen If Trump Kills DACA: A Timeline of Expiration

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump claimed that he would cancel President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows young unauthorized immigrants—known as “Dreamers”—to live temporarily without fear of removal and work legally. Show More Summary

New Voter Suppression Effort Appears to Be on the Way from Trump Campaign Aides

NYT: With President Trump’s poll numbers slipping, a group of the president’s former campaign aides is beginning an effort to encourage new voters in parts of the country that supported him in the election, and to stop what they contend … Continue reading ?

Wednesday assorted links

1. Is it bad for countries to specialize? 2. Why you should visit Macedonia. 3. Ilya Somin on Confederate monuments. 4. “Now you can levitate liquids and insects at home.”  Here is the study. 5. A tour of our solar system’s eclipses. The post Wednesday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Why did the Founders make U.S. elections so complicated and confusing? Get your answers here.

Welcome back to The Monkey Cage’s weekly presentation of Founding Principles, a series of short videos designed to explain American government and how it works — in theory, and in practice. The first five episodes looked at the basic structure of the government created by the U.S. Constitution — the separation of powers between its levels and […]

Stopping the President from Going Nuclear

Add yesterday’s rage-spasm of a press conference to the growing list of reasons reasonable people are inclined to worry about Donald Trump’s proximity to nuclear weapons. In addition to what it suggested about Trump’s moral compass (“Very...Show More Summary

The big problem with the North Koreans isn’t that we can’t trust them. It’s that they can’t trust us.

What is the frightening situation between the North Korean regime of Kim Jong Un and the United States about? We have seen an escalation of words and actions suggesting possible war. But the North Koreans say, in so many words, that they just want security against attack by the United States. And members of the Trump […]

“Networking the Party: First Amendment Rights & the Pursuit of Responsive Party Government”

Tabatha Abu El-Haj has posted this draft on SSRN. Here is the abstract: This Article argues that the Supreme Court’s party jurisprudence is predicated on a set of theoretical assumptions that do not hold true in the real world of … Continue reading ?

“About those ‘democracy vouchers.’ They didn’t work for everyone”

KUOW: This year, Seattle embarked on a bold political experiment in public funding for elections: the Democracy Voucher program. But Hisam Goueli, a candidate for Seattle City Council Position 8, says the new voucher system is broken and lead to “frustration and … Continue reading ?

“Gerrymandering and the Constitutional Norm Against Government Partisanship”

This looks good! Michael Kang has posted this draft on SSRN (forthcoming, Michigan Law Review). Here is the abstract: The Article challenges the basic premise in the law of partisan gerrymandering that government partisan purpose is constitutional at all. The central … Continue reading ?

“The Voter Purge Crusade That Preceded Trump’s Sketchy Elections Commission”

Tierney Sneed for TPM: Vice President Mike Pence, leader of President Trump’s shady “Elections Integrity” commission kicked off its first meeting last month with a promise that it would have “no preconceived notions or preordained results.” But like many of its other members, commissioner … Continue reading ?

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