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“Virginia Republicans Weigh Court Challenge to Voting Rights for Felons”

NYT: Carl W. Tobias, a law professor at the University of Richmond School of Law, said he believed Mr. McAuliffe had the constitutional authority to restore the felons’ voting rights, but a lawsuit could impede voter registration ahead of the … Continue reading ?

China Needs a Foreign Policy which Makes Friends

Rising powers tend to be cocky and pushy. They believe their time has arrived and they want their just deserts—now. So it is with China. Alas, there’s a downside, which Beijing has discovered. Rising powers don’t make many friends. If you listen to the debate on the U.S. Show More Summary

Economics of the Syrian Refugee Crisis

The Syrian Civil War has produced about 5.8 million Syrians seeking refuge or asylum elsewhere–a scale of population displacement unseen since World War II. Although the flow into Europe dominates the news, most of the registered Syrian refugees remain in the Middle East. Show More Summary

“The real obstacle to voter turnout in Democratic primaries: caucuses”

Jeff Stein for Vox: Bernie Sanders wants to transform how the Democratic Party chooses its presidential nominee. To do so, Sanders has made abolishing the closed primary — which prevents independents from voting — one of his top demands of … Continue reading ?

“2016 Clinton fundraising leaves little for state parties”

Politico: But it is perhaps more notable that the arrangement has prompted concerns among some participating state party officials and their allies. They grumble privately that Clinton is merely using them to subsidize her own operation, while her allies overstate … Continue reading ?

Thursday #PlutocratsUnited Event with Trevor Potter in DC Now Sold Out

Very excited for this, the last scheduled Plutocrats United event (it was supposed to be one of the first, until Snowmageddon II). … Continue reading ?

Is Craig Wright Satoshi?

Having been named as Mr Nakamoto once, unconvincingly, Mr Wright has a steep hill to climb to convince the world that he is indeed bitcoin’s founder. Evaluating his claim involves the application of a multi-step paternity test. First...Show More Summary

Second Amendment Rights for Me But Not for Thee

The Fourteenth Amendment guarantees that no state shall “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Among lawyers, the buzzword we looking for in an equal protection case is “strict scrutiny,” because chances are that once the court has said that standard applies, the government will lose. Show More Summary

Monday assorted links

1. Arbitrage against gay dance clubs (NYT). 2. Improving password fields: small steps toward a much better world. 3. Armpit sniffing as the new frontier in assortative dating and mating. 4. How St. Louis became a major chess hub. 5. Incompetent robot waiters in China. The post Monday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

“Va. Republicans hire lawyer in bid to stop restoration of felons’ voting rights”

WaPo: Virginia Republicans have hired a high-powered Washington lawyer to challenge Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s authority to give more than 200,000 ex-convicts the right to vote in the fall presidential election and beyond. GOP legislative leaders announced Monday that they have … Continue reading ?

No, it’s not new that some working-class and poor whites vote Republican

A trope of political journalism is to wonder why many lower-income voters prefer the Republican Party despite its more conservative economic policies. For example, here’s Jelani Cobb last week in the New Yorker: Ever since Ronald Reagan’s Presidency, progressives have pondered why working-class and poor whites vote Republican, against their own interests. It may well […]

Administrative Law Judges Are Unconstitutional

The administrative state has ballooned in size and power—essentially having become its own branch of government—and Cato has now filed an amicus brief saying enough is enough. The Securities and Exchange Commission, no longer content...Show More Summary

Trade U.S. Military Exercises for North Korean Nuclear Tests

Whatever the issue and occasion, North Korean ambitions loom large. Foreign Minister Ri Su-yong recently opined that the confrontation between the United States and his nation “will lead to very catastrophic results, not only for the...Show More Summary

A Monetary Policy Primer, Part 2: The Demand for Money

Although there’s no such thing as a straightforward measure of the quantity of money in an economy, monetary policy is nonetheless about managing that quantity.  How ought it to be managed?  The (misleadingly) simple-sounding answerShow More Summary

“The McDonnell Case: the ‘Messages’ to Citizens”

More Bauer on McDonnell: Zephyr Teachout has since written about the importance of the “principle” of bribery at stake in the case—the importance of “broadly” construing the “axiom that an official shouldn’t accept gifts for public duties.”  She is worried … Continue reading ?

“For Top Federal Contractors, Investments in Lobbying, PACs Yield Big Returns”

MapLight: Major U.S. government contractors have received $1,171 in taxpayer money for every $1 invested in lobbying and political action committee contributions during the last decade, according to a MapLight analysis. The 25 largest federal contractors, as ranked by value … Continue reading ?

“Inquirer editorial: How to fix the primaries” Two states, California and Washington, have gone further, instituting “top two” primaries for non-presidential elections. All candidates compete in a single preliminary election, from which the two most popular proceed to the general, even if they’re both Democrats, Republicans, … Continue reading ?

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