Joan Biskupic’s 2009 biography of Justice Scalia, American Original, is really one of the best and she is one of the most thoughtful students of the Supreme Court and the Justices. I am very excited to be in conversation with … Continue reading ?
#SCOTUS won’t hear No 17-916 Johnson v Comm’n on Presidential Debates dismissing libertarian and green party candidates’ antitrust and First Amendment claims re: attendance at presidential debate — Kimberly Robinson (@KimberlyRobinsn) February 20, 2018
Derek Muller: Let me offer the outset that I am not doubting the sincerity or well-intentioned motives of the justices on the court or those involved in drawing maps. Partisan fairness is, in my view, as legitimate a political criterion … Continue reading ?
CPI: Democrats love decrying “dark money” — political contributions for which the source of funds is a mystery. But that isn’t stopping them from accepting “dark money” themselves or making it difficult to determine the original underwriter of a political … Continue reading ?
Charles Blow NYT column: One thing that is clear to me following the special counsel’s indictment of 13 Russians and three companies for interfering with our election is that the black vote was specifically under attack, from sources foreign and domestic. And … Continue reading ?
Everyone knows that far fewer people vote in midterm congressional elections than in presidential elections, and that even fewer participate in state, local or special elections that aren’t timed with either of the national ballots. In the past two years, both California and Iowa passed laws requiring those lower-level elections (a different kind in each case) […]
Although widely understood as the Islamist terrorists that they are, Boko Haram insurgents in the borderlands between Cameroon and Nigeria are also slave raiders — at least that’s what many local residents call them. And there’s good reason to use that term. In many striking ways, Boko Haram’s raids for “wives” parallel the slave raids […]
Zimbabwean opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai died Feb. 14, after a long battle with cancer. Together with other working-class Zimbabweans, Tsvangirai founded Zimbabwe’s largest opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Show More Summary
According to PlanScore’s basic model, the remedial plan adopted today by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is impressively symmetric—both in absolute terms and compared to its predecessor. Its likely efficiency gap is -2% (versus its predecessor’s -10%), its likely partisan bias … Continue reading ?
NYT reports. More at WSJ and WaPo. … Continue reading ?
Regulations that prevent land from being fully developed raise the price of housing. That’s true but land use regulations can also make some types of housing less expensive. In particular, Jaap Weel has a good post explaining how land regulations subsidize mansions. Show More Summary
Josh Douglas CNN oped. … Continue reading ?
By some mysterious mechanism, people fail to realize that the principal thing you can learn from a professor is how to be a professor… And: …the deep message of this book is the danger of universalism taken two or three steps too far — conflating the micro and the macro. Show More Summary
Somehow I missed this 2014 paper when it came out: This paper explores the hypothesis that the rise in intangible capital is a fundamental driver of the secular trend in US corporate cash holdings over the last decades. Using a new measure, we...Show More Summary
NYT: In general, partisan balance is not usually a goal when redistricting. You could certainly argue that partisan balance and maximizing the number of competitive districts should be among the criteria, but, in general, they are not. Instead, a nonpartisan … Continue reading ?
1. Is econ STEM? 2. Raj Chetty’s Facebook project. 3. The Korean baseball bunt contest. 4. In human genetics, indirect effects significantly outnumber direct effects. 5. Post-Damore, 46% of self-identified moderates feel less comfortable expressing their views in Silicon Valley. Show More Summary
AP: “Top Senate Republican lawyer Drew Crompton said Monday a separation of powers case will form the essence of the GOP’s argument. Crompton won’t say whether Republicans will go to a district court or the U.S. Supreme Court or what type … Continue reading ?
Tulip mania wasn’t irrational. Tulips were a newish luxury product in a country rapidly expanding its wealth and trade networks. Many more people could afford luxuries – and tulips were seen as beautiful, exotic, and redolent of the good taste and learning displayed by well-educated members of the merchant class. Show More Summary
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court (with three dissents) [links below] has adopted Nate Persily’s maps for redrawing congressional districts. (One of the districts–18—looks surprisingly like Penn State’s Nittany Lion.) Philly Inquirer: Its plan splits only 13 counties. Of those, four counties are … Continue reading ?
1. Male and female economists have different political opinions (The Economist). 2. The French fertility rate has begun to slide (The Economist). 3. Profile of the still-underrated Jean Drèze. 4. Is learning to program getting harder? 5. Top5itis? The post Sunday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.