Tim Lynch Over at Cato’s Police Misconduct web site, we have identified the worst case for February. It is a case from Towson, Md., where the local police seem to think they can suspend the First Amendment. A young man was video recording...Show More Summary
Jason Bedrick Earlier this week, the Show-Me Institute released my study “Live Free and Learn,” the first analysis of New Hampshire’s trailblazing scholarship tax credit program, which is the first in the nation to include homeschoolers. Show More Summary
Alan Reynolds House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp has released a complex 182-page “discussion draft” called The Tax Reform Act of 2014. Rather get bogged down in details, I will take this opportunity to review several fundamental...Show More Summary
Russia’s annexation of Crimea, de facto or de jure, is likely to spur violence in the peninsula. “Crimean Tatar representative” in Lviv, Ukraine Alim Aliyev is quoted as saying, “Tatars will launch a guerrilla war against the Russian forces if they do not pack up and leave the region.” While he could be communicating a […]
The short answer: a little of both. I’m attending the NYU CESS conference, and the highlight of the day so far (and a contender for the new alpha paper on election monitoring and election day fraud) is this: We address … Continue reading ? The post Do election monitors reduce or just displace fraud? appeared first on Chris Blattman.
Earlier this week, the Department of Defense released its first Quadrennial Defense Review since fiscal cliffs, shutdowns, and spending cuts hit the federal government. Not surprisingly, “austerity” shows up in almost every chapter of the report. What shows up even more? Climate change. For the second QDR in a row, the Pentagon has called out […]
Jeffrey A. Miron If you lie down on a water bed, the amount of water does not change; it just moves elsewhere. A similar phenomenon occurs with drug prohibition; targetting one drug reduces its use, but that displaced demand shows up...Show More Summary
Chris Edwards The Obama administration released its 2015 budget this week. The budget shows federal debt held by the public falling from 74 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) this year to 69 percent by 2024. That reduction occurs...Show More Summary
What’s the best way for America’s chief development agency to help other countries reach prosperity and democracy? Increasingly, it’s creating partnerships not just with other governments, but with the private sector too, says USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah in this week’s podcast. Show More Summary
With midterm elections approaching, the White House has again delayed some of the more unpopular portions of the Affordable Care Act. As the NYT reports, the announced delays go much further than the earlier reprieves, “essentially stalling for two more years one of the central tenets of the much-debated law, which was supposed to eliminate […]
Doug Bandow Individual liberty took another hit with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto of legislation enhancing protection for people’s religious principles while doing business. Gov. Brewer suggests that if you hang out a shingle you should leave your deepest beliefs at home. The issue in Arizona was not a lack of tolerance by those in business. Show More Summary
Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger Global Science Report is a feature from the Center for the Study of Science, where we highlight one or two important new items in the scientific literature or the popular media. For...Show More Summary
Russia’s takeover of Crimea is already so complete that commercial flights to Kiev from the region’s main airport, located outside Simferopol, the regional capital 50 miles from Sevastopol, now leave from the international terminal instead of the domestic one as they did until last week. There is more here.
1. Robot journalism. 2. A group blog run by Hutterites. 3. The IBM Watson food truck. 4. The decay rate on the value of stolen credit card information. 5. Brian Eno’s book recommendations. Brief economic profile of Ukraine. 6. Wealthy people are more musical. 7. The evolution of the Democratic Party.
Mitchell suspects Nakamoto’s initial interest in creating a digital currency that could be used anywhere in the world may have stemmed from his frustration with bank fees and high exchange rates when he was sending international wires to England to buy model trains. “He would always complain about that,” she says. “I would not say […]
The Wilson Center’s Urban Sustainability Laboratory, in partnership with USAID, International Housing Coalition, World Bank, and Cities Alliance, is pleased to announce the 5th Annual Urban Poverty Paper Competition for graduate students. Show More Summary
Mexican security officials this week launched a major crackdown on the cartel’s business smuggling iron ore to China, which another senior government figure confirmed had become more profitable for the Knights Templar than drug running. There is an FT article here. The smuggling accounted for 44 percent of the iron ore produced in Mexico. And […]
Jason Bedrick The Obama administration’s proposed budget for 2015 would continue unsustainable spending growth at more than twice the rate of inflation and hike taxes by more than $1 trillion. It also includes $69 billion in education...Show More Summary
Neal McCluskey For far too long a big part of the Common Core debate has been about establishing simple fact: the federal government provided serious coercion to get states to adopt the Core, and the Core’s creators asked for such arm twisting. Show More Summary
David Boaz The noted biographer Justin Kaplan, who won both a Pulitzer Prize and an American Book Award for his biographies of Mark Twain, Lincoln Steffens, and Walt Whitman, has died at the age of 88. He had a long and distinguished...Show More Summary