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” U.S. District Court Rules Pennsylvania System of Imposing Costs on Minor Party Petitions that Lack Sufficient Signatures is Unconstitutional”

BAN: On July 24, U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence Stengel issued a 41-page opinion in Constitution Party of Pennsylvania v Cortes, e.d., 12-cv-2726. He determined that Pennsylvania’s system of charging huge court costs against petitioning candidates and groups violates the … Continue reading ?

The 10 things I learned in the trenches of the Worm Wars

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, either count yourself lucky or see yesterday’s post. The rest of you, carry on. One of the things I love about the Internet is that it brought a lot of very … Continue reading ? The post The 10 things I learned in the trenches of the Worm Wars appeared first on Chris Blattman.

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Our apologies, the links are a bit late, but you’ll never believe what happened this week: So Ted Miguel …. was on NPR’s All Things Considered, talking about why plans … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Senate Conservatives Seek to Rein In the Court

Late last year, Reason magazine’s crack legal correspondent Damon Root chronicled the rise of the modern libertarian legal movement in his important new book, Overruled: The Long War for Control of the U.S. Supreme Court. In it, he focused...Show More Summary

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics: An Anthology

An excellent collection, edited by Jonathan Anomaly, Geoffrey Brennan, Michael C. Munger, and Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, self-recommending.  If I wanted a one-stop collection on PPE for teaching purposes, this exactly what I would use.

Did Armenia just have an Orange Revolution?

Armenia, a small traditionally pro-Russian former Soviet republic, has just experienced a spectacular eruption of mass protests. On the surface, it was against a fairly minor increase in electricity rates. In Moscow, however, conservative...Show More Summary

Friday assorted links

1. I am sorry people, I can no longer tell what is satire and what is not.  I am so sorry. 2. Chinese Communists preferred.  And China overtakes U.S. as top ice cream market.  And Adam Sandler strikes the Taj Mahal, not the Great Wall.  Read also about Captain Phillips at the bottom of that […]

Sonic Youth, ‘Loudmouth': The Week In One Song

This week: In quixotic pursuit of the GOP nomination, Donald Trump continues to suck the air out of the political room. Alas, nothing we know as political scientists indicates that he has a chance. A good fit for this aspect of our current political reality is Sonic Youth’s cover of The Ramones’s classic “Loudmouth,” taken from […]

Can you defeat a ruler whose family has been in power for nearly 50 years? Some lessons for Togo’s opposition

This week, President Obama met with Nigeria’s new president, Muhammadu Buhari — and praised the country’s commitment to democracy and the nation’s first democratic transfer of power since the end of military rule in 1999. How did that peaceful transition come about? In part because the various opposition forces united against president Goodluck Jonathan, forming […]

Hey, Putin, have you seen how much China is investing in Ukraine?

On July 6, the Financial Times reported that Ukraine has become the largest corn exporter to China, surpassing the United States. This was surprising, as America has historically possessed a near-monopoly on corn exports to China. Ukraine’s increased role in providing food for China also extends beyond corn. Since the 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea, Ukraine […]

Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep

This is a very interesting development—one that’s been coming for a long time: Your car is a computer, some cars can be hacked, and now we know they can be hacked in dangerous ways. The correct public policy response is implicit in this very good Wired article describing the whole thing. Show More Summary

How Drones Encourage Dumb Wars and Corrode Democratic Government

My article in this week’s Washington Examiner magazine argues that because U.S. wars seem so cheap, they tempt us into making war too casually. I explain that while this tendency isn’t new, recent technology breakthroughs, which allowed the development of drones, have made it worse. Show More Summary

This book will change the way you think about cash transfers for the poor

As the evidence came in, headlines in The Washington Post and New York Times proclaimed a simple answer to ending poverty: giving poor people money. Experts prefer a little more nuance, saying, cash transfers “probably suck less than most of the other things we are doing.” Cash transfers to the poor have become a favored […]

Rent Control in Stockholm

Here’s an interesting letter from “Stockholm” to Seattle Dear Seattle, I am writing to you because I heard that you are looking at rent control. Seattle, you need to ask your citizens this: How would citizens like it if they walked into a rental agency and the agent told them to register and come back […]

Japan fact of the day

Over three million people watched the live stream of Nikkei’s announcement that it is buying The Financial Times. Furthermore the combined digital Nikkei and FT subscriber base is the largest in the world.  Here is more general data on newspaper circulation in Japan.

Empower Small Donors: Allow Coordination Only From a Contributor’s First $200

As Rick Hasen noted, Paul Blumenthal reports for HuffPo that some in the U.S. Senate are attempting to completely eliminate the limits on coordinated spending by political parties on candidate campaigns. This is a problem because it gives political parties, … Continue reading ?

Washington fact of the day

Jeff Bezos' net worth just went up by 29 Washington Posts — Matt Anderson (@MattAnderson_NY) July 23, 2015

The progressive closure of San Francisco

…San Francisco does not have a massive network of regional public transit connecting hundreds of different high-density, walkable communities to the city. In fact, neighborhoods that foster urban life and convenience are tremendously scarce in the Bay Area. All of this means the pressure on San Francisco has proven to be even greater than other […]

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