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Gun Control for Thee, Not for Me

A couple of news stories about Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.): In a historic act of protest, Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives refused to observe the regular order of the House, staging a sit-in protest over the lack of legislation on gun control…. In sharp comments pointed directly at House Republicans, Reps. Show More Summary

Why is Poland’s Law and Justice Party trying to rein in the judiciary?

Political science has a term for what unfolded in Poland over the past 20 months: autogolpe (self-coup) — when a democratically elected government extends its powers in violation of the constitution. In the Monkey Cage article we wrote immediately after the Law and Justice party (PiS) won the 2015 elections, we worried that the new […]

More Bauer on Trump Campaign Potential Liability for Campaign Finance Violations

Here. I think the severability point I raised last week is also important: that is, one can hold that the ban as applied to foreign principals (and particularly foreign governments) is constitutional even if the application to other foreign nationals … Continue reading ?

Knowing Your NAFTA Dispute Chapters: 11 vs. 19 vs. 20

There is likely to be confusion over many issues in the upcoming NAFTA renegotiation, but one particular area where I already see some misunderstandings is the NAFTA dispute process. To illustrate this, here’s a recent statement by Canadian...Show More Summary

Here’s everything you need to know about how the Constitution created the judicial branch, in a 15-minute video

Welcome back to The Monkey Cage’s weekly presentation of Founding Principles, a series of short videos designed to explain American government and how it works — in theory, and in practice. So far we’ve looked at various aspects of the separation of powers — whether across the branches of government, or between levels — and at […]

A Four Thousand Year Old Bond

From the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Turkey via a post on twitter from Isobel Finkel. The post A Four Thousand Year Old Bond appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Why is Putin backing North Korea? To build up Russia as a great power.

On July 6, the Russian delegation to the United Nations released an official statement, criticizing Washington’s handling of the North Korean crisis. In their statement, Russian diplomats disputed U.S. allegations that North Korea launched...Show More Summary

Why has regional income convergence in the U.S. declined?

1. “For over a century, incomes across states converged at a rate of 1.8% per year…The convergence rate from 1990 to 2010 was less than half the historic norm, and in the period leading up to the Great Recession there was virtually no convergence at all.” 2. Show More Summary

Are American corporate profits really so high?

Notice that if a U.S. corporation earns a profit from affiliate operations abroad, the profit will be added to the numerator of CPATAX/GDP, but the costs will not be added to the denominator, as they should be in a “profit margin” analysis. Show More Summary

“Pasadena mayor, council could see terms extended more than a year because of new California election law”

Pasadena Star-News: Sweeping changes to California’s election dates could extend Pasadena’s mayor and half the City Council’s terms by more than a year. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra determined earlier this month that charter cities, like Pasadena, must comply with … Continue reading ?

Federalism Isn’t Unfair

My latest for Learn Liberty looks at proposals for starting an equalization program to redistribute from rich to poor states in the U.S. and finds them wanting. Due to the audience for that blog, I kept that post nontechnical and brief. I’ll reproduce part of it here and then elaborate on some of the complexities […]

Federal Court Affirms $1000 Fine Against Kris Kobach for Misleading Court on Voting Documents Presented to Trump

So reports Jonathan Shorman. [This post will be updated once I see the entire ruling.] … Continue reading ?

African Americans Speak for Themselves: Most Want School Choice

Private school choice is the work of racists. That message, it seems increasingly clear, is going to be a major weapon wielded by opponents of educational freedom for the foreseeable future. It is the explicit contention of a new Center...Show More Summary

“What does the US election integrity commission need to be credible? Some actual experts”

Michael Halpern and Michael Latner in The Guardian: But by far the most glaring omission in membership concerns people who can most effectively evaluate data on elections and voter fraud: election scientists. The last commission, headed by Obama White House Counsel … Continue reading ?

“Due Process of Lawmaking and the Obamacare Repeal”

Abbe Gluck: So what will they do instead? Instead of having the hard debate about what a health care system really is supposed to do for its citizens  (this is the debate about the tension between solidarity and “every man for himself” … Continue reading ?

Football sentences to ponder

Question  What are the neuropathological and clinical features of a case series of deceased players of American football neuropathologically diagnosed as having chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)? Findings  In a convenience sample...Show More Summary

D.C.'s Rule Requiring a "Good Reason" to Carry a Gun Struck Down

The District of Columbia has suffered another defeat in its decades-long effort to restrict gun rights. Today the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the District’s “good reason” requirement, which obliges individuals to demonstrate...Show More Summary

Tuesday assorted links

1. Live stream your life for China those new service sector jobs. 2. Why is there such a thing as “women’s chess”? 3. “When he wasn’t blackmailing lords and being sued for libel, William Playfair invented the pie chart, the bar graph, and the line graph.” 4. Show More Summary

So Poland’s president surprised everyone, vetoing two bills that threatened the courts’ independence. Here’s what that means.

On Monday morning, Polish President Andrzej Duda surprised everyone by vetoing two of three bills that would have curtailed judicial independence in Poland. Duda rejected the bill allowing the government to remove and replace Supreme Court justices, which passed both houses of parliament late last week and had prompted widespread protests. Tens of thousands of Poles […]

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