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Voting to anger and to please others

That is a paper from Amihai Glazer, here is the abstract: A person may vote for a candidate to please citizens who prefer the same candidate, and to anger citizens who dislike the candidate. Such behavior is consistent with high turnout...Show More Summary

How Giles Wilkes learned to love the economics blogosphere

This possibly gated but excellent nonetheless piece is from the FT, here is one excerpt: A few weeks ago was typical. After some time off, my feed aggregator displayed 794 blog posts, 56 of them foolishly filed into the “must read” folder. Show More Summary

“New Docs Show Florida Official Didn’t Hesitate To Yank Poll Site From Mosque”

TPM: The documents show that around June 25, voters in precinct 4170 received cards informing them that their polling site had been changed to the Islamic center due to redistricting. Some then contacted Bucher to express their dismay. “This is … Continue reading ?

“By November, Russian hackers could target voting machines”

Bruce Schneier: Over the years, more and more states have moved to electronic voting machines and have flirted with Internet voting. These systems are insecure and vulnerable to attack. But while computer security experts like me have sounded the alarm for many years, states have largely ignored the threat, and the machine manufacturers have … Continue reading ?

“Kansas House candidate seeks grand jury investigation into Kobach”

Wichita Eagle: A candidate for the Kansas House wants to convene a grand jury to investigate Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Steven X. Davis, a Democratic candidate for the Kansas House from Lawrence, filed a petition with the Douglas Country District … Continue reading ?

The DNC email hack didn’t tell us much. Here’s why cyber attacks have limited punch.

The alleged, but likely, hack by Russian operatives into the Democratic National Committee’s emails is just the latest in a string of cyberspace abuses. At its recent annual meeting in Warsaw, NATO declared the cyber front a new domain of warfare. But is cyberspace really a war zone? While the hack was timed to influence […]

Mitch McConnell thinks you don’t need experience to be president. Here’s why he’s wrong.

When Donald Trump said in a recent interview that he might not come to the aid of NATO allies in the Baltics, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) dismissed it as a “rookie mistake,” and suggested that his cabinet would think differently. But is it enough to have experienced advisers if you are an inexperienced […]

My conversation with Michael Orthofer

That is the latest entry in the Conversations with Tyler series, here is the transcript, audio, and video.  Here is the overview: Michael Orthofer, one of the world’s most prolific book reviewers, joins Tyler Cowen for a conversation on?—?what else??—?books. Show More Summary

“Donald Trump Challenges Russia to Find Hillary Clinton’s Missing Emails”

NYT: Donald J. Trump said Wednesday that he hoped Russia had hacked Hillary Clinton’s email, essentially sanctioning a foreign power’s cyberspying of a secretary of state’s correspondence.  “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails … Continue reading ?

Unique and Important “Case Study” Database of Emergency Election Litigation Created by Federal Judicial Center

Back in 2012, I first noted this resource under development. This database at the Federal Judicial Center has now grown to over 340 cases, and is a treasure trove of data. For some of the cases, it gives some information … Continue reading ?

Are Clinton’s supporters to the right of Sanders’s on the Middle East? Hardly.

In the lead-up to the Democratic National Convention, Hillary Clinton, now officially the Democratic nominee, and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont clashed over U.S. policy on Israel and Palestine. In one debate, Sanders criticized Clinton...Show More Summary

Why Tax Credits Aren't Controversial & Why They Should Be

Ah, tax credits. The answer to all of our environmental, social, and urban cares. Or so they say. This spring, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) cheerfully joined forces to expand the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program. Show More Summary

“DNC sought to hide details of Clinton funding deal”

Vogel: But the emails show that officials and lawyers at the DNC and the Clinton campaign became frantic after POLITICO’s May 2 story, which led to substantial follow-up coverage that put the Clinton campaign and the DNC on the defensive. … Continue reading ?

“Gianforte Wants ‘Misleading’ Campaign Ads Pulled”

Montana Public Radio: Republican candidate for governor Greg Gianforte is pressuring local TV stations to stop running an ad that he says falsely calls him “a millionaire from New Jersey.” Earlier this month, Gianforte’s attorneys sent a cease-and-desist letter to … Continue reading ?

Here’s how we talk about manhood — and womanhood — during a presidential race

      On Tuesday, delegates at the Democratic National Convention officially made Hillary Clinton the first woman nominated by a major party for the U.S. presidency. But with or without a female candidate, the race for the presidency has always been gendered, as my research shows — often in ways that are explicitly unfriendly […]

Zombie Banks and other reasons why Financial Intermediaries Fail

Here’s Four Reasons Financial Intermediaries Fail the latest video from our Principles of Macroeconomics class at Marginal Revolution University. As always, these videos go great with our superb textbook, Modern Principles of Economics, but they can be used with any textbook. Show More Summary

Maybe negative yields are a sign of prosperity

That is the counterintuitive take from my latest Bloomberg column.  Here is one part of the argument: Perhaps the most overlooked point is that the supply of negative-yielding securities is not so large relative to total global wealth. Show More Summary

Did Tim Kaine need to flip his position on the TPP to win Sanders’s supporters? Nope.

When Hillary Clinton chose Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia as her vice-presidential running mate, some left-leaning groups were unhappy about his pro-trade leanings. For example, Charles Chamberlain, the executive director of Democracy for...Show More Summary

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