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“Yes, Citizens United and Other Court Rulings Led to a Rise in Dark Money”

Paul Blumenthal for HuffPo. I’d place much more blame on Congress, the FEC, and the IRS for the lack of disclosure, which the Supreme Court fully endorsed in Citizens United and other court rulings. … Continue reading ?

“Meet the man siphoning money from Donald Trump”

Shane Goldmacher for Politico: In just its first three weeks of operation, Hawes’ PAC spent more than $108,000 on Facebook ads, offering an opportunity to win “Dinner with Donald Trump” — and netted itself nearly $350,000 in donations, according to … Continue reading ?

APSA Panels on Money in Politics

From Campaign Finance Institute: If you are going to the American Political Science Association convention in Philadelphia September 1-4, we’d like you to know about a panel being sponsored by the Campaign Finance Research Group as well as two related … Continue reading ?

MetLife v. Financial Stability Oversight Council

Under Dodd-Frank, the new Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) has the authority to designate companies as “systemically important financial institutions” or “SIFIs.” By identifying and branding these companies as systemically...Show More Summary

North Korea: Friendly Proliferation May Beat a Nuclear Umbrella

The Obama administration is debating a declaration of no first use of nuclear weapons. Some Asia specialists fear the resulting impact on North Korea. But dealing with Pyongyang is a reason for Washington to encourage its ally South Korea to go nuclear. Washington has possessed nuclear weapons for more than 70 years. Show More Summary

Tim Harford’s Messy

The subtitle is The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives, and it is Tim’s best and deepest book.  You’ll be hearing more about it in due time, the publication date is October 4, you can pre-order it here. The post Tim Harford’s Messy appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

The cease-fire in Colombia’s long civil war starts today. Here’s what you need to know.

On Wednesday, the Colombian government announced that a peace agreement had been reached with the country’s largest and oldest insurgent group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The president, Juan Manuel Santos, has since affirmed that a bilateral cease-fire — whose agreement was announced in June — will be implemented beginning today. The peace […]

Tyler Cowen’s guide to Enlightenment

No, that is not enlightenment about life, that is enlightenment about Enlightenment, as in the eighteenth century phenomenon.  P., a loyal MR reader, wrote to me with such a request, noting correctly that “I usually find that broad,Show More Summary

Was the 7th Circuit’s Voter ID En Banc Order a 4-4 Compromise a la #SCOTUS?

On Friday, I linked to this per curiam order from the Seventh Circuit in the two WI voter id/voting cases, Frank v. Walker and One Wisconsin Now. In the first case, plaintiffs were trying to make it easier for people … Continue reading ?

The Fourth Amendment Protects Your Cell-Location Data

When the federal district court in D.C. ordered a seizure of Alonzo Marlow’s cell service location information (CSLI) held by his cell provider, it held that the federal government didn’t need a warrant to obtain CSLI data from a person’s phone provider. Show More Summary

“Do CEOs Affect Employee Political Choices?”

New on HLS Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation: Do CEOs affect political choices of their employees? Using a large sample of U.S. firms, we find evidence that they do. First, we document that employees donate significantly more money … Continue reading ?

“Is This About Taxes?”

Josh Marshall on the Bannon “voter fraud” controversy. … Continue reading ?

American Heiress

What an excellent title, the subtitle is The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst, and the author is Jeffrey Toobin.  Our age is actually not that crazy by historical standards.  Yet here are the last four sentences:...Show More Summary

Sunday assorted links

1. The culture that is Bethesda, Maryland. 2. Chile’s pension scheme under fire. 3. Child abuse in China: a neglected issue.  The statute of limitations should be longer than two years.  That’s two from The Economist, the current issue is their best of the year to my mind.  Of course you should subscribe. Show More Summary

Two “The Rest of the Story” Stories

“Rest of the story” stories have a punch line that twists everything that came before into an entirely new and deeper perspective. My favorite such story is about John Nestor. Nestor became a minor if hated celebrity in the mid-1980s...Show More Summary

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