On Oct. 19, the Canadian electorate delivered a stunning victory to the Liberal Party, led by Justin Trudeau. When the campaign started in August, few people would have put money on the Liberals even coming in second. And yet they resoundingly defeated Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party, which had held power for the previous nine years. The […]
Justice Kennedy, in his capacity as Circuit Justice for the Ninth Circuit, has enjoined the counting of ballots in an upcoming election in which only those with Native Hawaiian ancestry may vote. (Via Adam Liptak). I had blogged on Tuesday … Continue reading ?
I thought this was the worst year for movies since I have been watching them. In fact I think you could multiply this year’s good films by two and still have the worst year for movies in a long, long time. Maybe by three. But here are the ones I liked, in many cases with […]
Editorial from the Akron Beacon Journal: There was disturbing news from the Summit County Board of Elections last week. The absentee ballots of 861 voters who mailed their selections to the board were disqualified, even though they had done nothing … Continue reading ?
What happened to the Obama administration’s commitment to be the most transparent Administration? Not looking good. NYT: The continuing Honduran inquiry is one of at least 20 investigations across the government that have been slowed, stymied or sometimes closed because … Continue reading ?
Politico: Barring a major organizational misfire, there’s little doubt that the top-tier Republicans with big money operations – Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump – will be on the ballot nationwide. But for everyone else … Continue reading ?
Nice profile in UNC Law’s magazine. … Continue reading ?
1. Claims about pho. 2. Mitch Albom in Haiti. 3. How CRISPR actually will prove useful. And “We’re going to see a stream of edited animals coming through because it’s so easy…” 4. A list tracking student demands from around the country. 5. “The study was conducted in the RAND StoreLab (RSL), a life sized […]
On Nov. 20, the world’s eyes turned to Mali once again as 21 people were killed during an attack at the Radisson hotel in Bamako, the country’s capital. Many more were trapped in the building until Malian Special Forces led a joint raid and killed two assailants. Two different groups have claimed credit for the attack and […]
Is it clever or stupid of us to be avoiding the problem of “overeducation” in our Army officer corps? As shown previously, the higher an officer’s cognitive ability, the lower that officer’s chance at early promotion and battalion command selection. As a curious anecdote, the promotion rate to colonel for officers with PhDs was lower […]
Following up on my earlier post on Syria, Alexander Burns sends me this very interesting email: Dear Professor Cowen, Thanks for your reply tweet regarding your Marginal Revolution post on modelling Syria / Islamic State. I enjoy your books and blog. I’m writing a thesis at Australia’s Monash University that synthesises Jack Snyder’s work on […]
Al.com: One of the candidates looking to unseat U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., in the Republican primary is claiming fellow GOP challenger Jonathan McConnell urged him to drop out of the race and promise to reimburse his expenses if he did … Continue reading ?
As we inch closer to the Dec. 18 release of the next “Star Wars” film, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” we sense a disturbance in the political Internet. Reporters, commentators and even some political scientists are opining recklessly, finding strained analogies between what happened in that galaxy far, far away and what’s happening here on the […]
So far this season, [Stephen] Curry has made 74 threes — the most in the NBA. Damian Lillard ranks second, with 45. To say that Curry is an outlier would be an insult to the word outlier. So far this season, 84 percent of NBA threes have come off assists. But for Curry, that number […]
1. Robust monetary rules. And American Airlines stops accepting Argentine pesos. 2. Can France integrate its Muslims? 3. Dr. Seuss and comparative advantage. 4. “If Pleistocene megafauna — mastodons, mammoths, giant sloths and others — had not become extinct, humans might not be eating pumpkin pie and squash for the holidays, according to an international […]
Kim Yi Dionne: Continuing our series of Monkey Cage Election Reports, the following is a post-election report on last month’s presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire by political scientist Tyson Roberts. There is an ancient Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times,” which is neither ancient nor Chinese. The curse is appropriate, however, for elections in […]
Happy Thanksgiving from our troop of monkeys to yours.
It costs $300 to move a 40-foot container from Rotterdam to Shanghai…Here’s some more context. Let’s say that you want to travel for a year; it’s cheaper to put your personal belongings in a shipping container as it sails around the world than to keep it at a local mini-storage facility. That is from Ryan […]
1.Shahab Ahmed, What is Islam?: The Importance of Being Islamic. Too much hermeneutics for my taste, but intelligent and interesting throughout. The authors downplays the prescriptive side of Islam and plays up the experiential and polyvalent aspects of the religion. If you are reading books in this area, this one should be part of your […]
I can’t say I understand this FT article so well, but I suppose that is the point. Which are two groups/persons implicated in buying oil from ISIS, or otherwise enabling such trades to take place? First, Syria. Or is that “Syria.” Second, the head of the world chess federation, namely Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: “he is best […]