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Department of Uh-Oh, a continuing series, the drone wars have begun

Late last month, a pair of Islamic State fighters in desert camouflage climbed to the top of a river bluff in northern Iraq to demonstrate an important new weapon: a small drone, about six feet wide with swept wings and a small bomb tucked in its fuselage. Show More Summary

Wednesday assorted links

1. “From Leo Strauss to the Beach Boys.”  (NYT; shouldn’t it be the other way around?) 2. “Then Bryan said, “I think libertarians should be at least as libertarian as my father.””  Here is the video of the debate. 3. Robin Hanson, reluctant intellectual bouncer and eager egalitarian. Show More Summary

Read the NC Governor, AG Filings Seeking to Withdraw Cert. Petition in North Carolina Voting Case

You can find the documents here. As I noted yesterday, there is a dispute over whether the North Carolina governor can end this litigation while the legislature wants it to continue. There is also the question, as noted in the … Continue reading ?

Donald Trump's "Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior"

As any pedantic patriot can tell you, there’s really no such thing as “Presidents’ Day”–the official name for the federal holiday we celebrated on Monday is “Washington’s Birthday.” And it wasn’t the first president’s actual birthday,...Show More Summary

The ‘pussyhats’ (and other things) make protests fun — which keeps people coming back

Donald Trump’s inauguration has brought with it a wave of protest and activism. Much is being written on who is involved, how and why, and what they’re achieving. Commentators from the left, right and in between have weighed in on what protesters ought to be doing differently. But one important characteristic of protest has so far […]

Under Trump, Obamacare’s Medicaid enrollments may actually go up

One of the biggest early surprises under the Trump administration is that the long-standing Republican campaign against Obamacare seems to be shifting from “demolish it” to “fix it.” House Republicans and conservative activists remain focused on substantially rolling back the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Show More Summary

Is the White House ready for these ‘nightmare scenarios’ in U.S. foreign policy?

Sophisticated foreign policy establishments have a purpose. To minimize unforeseen consequences of policies emanating from political leadership, policy experts “game” the implications of policy shifts — an analytic exercise involving the imagining of low-probability scenarios that could potentially produce dangerous outcomes. Show More Summary

Trump’s new national security adviser disagrees a lot with … Trump

After his national security adviser was forced to resign and the leading contender for his replacement withdrew, President Trump named Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to the post on Monday. The decision was quickly hailed by many within the foreign policy establishment. Why was McMaster so widely embraced? As President Trump may soon learn, it’s […]

Will Germany turn its back on neo-liberalism?

Perhaps the revolt is spreading east: …in a speech in the north-western city of Bielefeld on Monday, Mr Schulz, the former president of the European Parliament, said the reforms needed to be corrected. Germany had seen an increase in...Show More Summary

“FEC’s Direction in Doubt After Ravel’s Departure”

Bloomberg BNA: “I admit when I came here [to the FEC], I was naive,” Ravel said in the phone interview Feb. 21. In her first year at the FEC, Ravel said, she “crossed party lines” and voted with the three … Continue reading ?

Why do governments leak information?

That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, here is part of the argument: Sometimes governments trade leaked information to reporters, to curry favor. Other times leaks are used to hurt rivals within the public sphere, or a leak can serve as a trial balloon to test the popularity of an idea. Show More Summary

“NC governor and AG seek to end US Supreme Court review of voter ID case”

The News and Observer: Thomas Farr, a Raleigh attorney who has represented the lawmakers for several years in the elections law case, sent a letter to William McKinney, Cooper’s general counsel, arguing that neither the governor nor Stein have the … Continue reading ?

“FEC member: I have the right to demand Trump prove voter fraud claims”

CNN: A member of the Federal Election Commission was defiant Tuesday after a nonprofit group said her request that President Donald Trump provide proof of voter fraud merited an investigation into whether her comments were inappropriate. Ellen Weintraub’s remarks were … Continue reading ?

The only thing anti-poverty programs are missing is the long arm of the law?

In a minute I’m going to get to a great new book on U.S. poverty and policing. But first I have to digress. You’ll see where I am going in a minute. Overly paternalistic poverty programs give me a nails-on-a-chalkboard feeling … Continue reading ? The post The only thing anti-poverty programs are missing is the long arm of the law? appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Alas Kenneth Arrow has passed away

Here are various notices on Twitter, here are mentions on MR. The post Alas Kenneth Arrow has passed away appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Suit to Force Wake County NC to Clean Its Voter Rolls Under the NVRA Survives Motion to Dismiss

Court order: Considering VIP-NC’s allegation that the number of registered voters in Wake County has exceeded, and continues to exceed, the number of eligible voters, which allegation is in turn supported by reliable data and WBOE’s failure to use available … Continue reading ?

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