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1. Xenoglossy. 2. Oxford lecture by Glenn Loury on race, his intellectual and personal background, and his intellectual migration, among other matters (pdf). 3. How to lose thirty calories a meal in Thailand just by changing your plate (speculative). Show More Summary

Will there be peace in Nagorno-Karabakh? Two things stand in the way.

In early April, the volatile conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh erupted in violence. Four days of heavy fighting between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces over this disputed region resulted in at least 200 casualties. Even though both sidesShow More Summary

At this week’s OPEC meeting, expect much ado about nothing

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will hold its next ministerial meeting Thursday in Vienna. Expect much ado about nothing. With Saudi Arabia and Iran locked in continuing geopolitical rivalry, OPEC probably won’t come to an agreement to change its oil output targets. Even if it does, however, history suggests that such agreements […]

“With retention idea blocked, Supreme Court primary goes on”

AP: There will be one race on every ballot in North Carolina’s previously unscheduled June 7 primary because the state Supreme Court couldn’t agree whether a law that led a colleague to seek re-election through a new method complied with … Continue reading ?

“A Tale of Two Swing States”

Must-read Ned Foley contrasting Ohio voting litigation with lack of such litigation thus far in Pa. Ned is quite skeptical of the recent decision striking down the Ohio legislature’s elimination of “Golden Week” (some for reasons I explained in this … Continue reading ?

“‘Friends and family’ super PACs play big in some House races”

USA Today: A USA TODAY analysis of newly filed reports found 182 super PACs with three or fewer donors during the 2016 election cycle. In all, they have collected $71.6 million or nearly 10% of the $766 million raised by all super PACs … Continue reading ?

Misunderstandings on Brexit and the WTO

One of my pet peeves is how some people seem to think the WTO and other trade agreements are used to impose high tariffs. In fact, these trade agreements involve promises to lower tariff rates. For example, if the U.S. and Canada both...Show More Summary

When Washington Should Say Nothing

North Korea appears headed for a fifth nuclear test. The U.S. joined South Korea and Japan in warning Pyongyang against violating its international obligations. Just as the three governments have done for the last quarter century. Alas, they cannot stop the North from moving forward with its nuclear program, at least at reasonable cost. Show More Summary

The Royal House of Kim

Anna Fifield of the Washington Post found Kim Jong Un’s aunt and uncle and profiled them at length. Ko Yong Suk was the sister of Ko Yong Hui, who was one of Kim Jong Il’s wives and the mother of Kim Jong Un, the third-generation leader of North Korea. Show More Summary

No, Sanders voters aren’t more conservative than Clinton voters. Here’s the data.

Are Bernie Sanders supporters more ideologically liberal than Hillary Clinton supporters? The conventional wisdom — that of course they are — was challenged last week when political scientists Christopher H. Achen and Larry M. Bartels wrote about some surprising findings in the New York Times. Achen and Bartels analyzed 2016 American National Election Study (ANES) […]

Ride sharing, vehicle accidents, and crime

That is a new paper from Sean E. Mulholland and Angela K. Dills.  Here is the abstract: The advent of smart-phone based, ride-sharing applications has revolutionized the vehicle for hire market. Advocates point to the ease of use and lower wait times compared to hailing a taxi or pre-arranging limousine service. Show More Summary

How well does the post-recession world scale?

The bumps we’ve seen over the past 12-18 months stem from a reality that the post-recession world we’ve built doesn’t scale beyond its current size. Consider the following: -Chipotle wanted to be this era’s McDonald’s. Turns out scaling organic, freshly-prepared food isn’t as cheap or easy as they thought. Show More Summary

“Senators vote to keep themselves dependent on lobbyists”

Lee Drutman for Vox: The Senate Appropriations Committee voted this week to keep senators and their staff dependent on the expertise and information that lobbyists provide. Okay, let me be fair. The committee didn’t do this explicitly. But by ignoring … Continue reading ?

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