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Baude on Tillman on Meaning of “Officer” in the Constitution

Jotwell: Next time you confront a separation of powers problem or read through parts of the Constitution, keep Professor Tillman’s chart in hand. Suddenly, it will be hard to assume that the Constitution’s textual variations are meaningless. Indeed, Professor Tillman’s … Continue reading ?

When does Islam generate Western anxiety?

In recent years, the United States and its “Western” allies have faced countless foreign policy choices involving the Islamic world, from engaging with Islamist governments in Egypt and Tunisia to negotiating with Iran to managing drone campaigns in at least three countries. While foreign policy decisions are shaped by many factors, public opinion is a […]

Trump is Against Legal Immigration Too

When I criticize Donald Trump’s immigration policy proposals, the most common response is some variant of “Trump is against ILLEGAL immigration, not LEGAL immigration.  Get your facts straight.”  Although Trump makes contradictory statements...Show More Summary

Not the Only Thing There's Just Too Little Of

Last night at the Democratic National Convention, many speakers made impassioned pleas for “common sense” gun reform. That might sound like a good idea but, like most public policy, gun policy is hard.  As I wrote at the Washington Post...Show More Summary

No One Knows How Long Legal Immigrants Will Have to Wait

Immigrants are commonly told to “get in line” if they want to stay in the United States. This call is disingenuous for many reasons. Many immigrants have no line to get into. And even they do, we are asking them to join lines when no one knows how long they are. Show More Summary

Basel’s Liquidity Coverage Ratio: Redux

Last summer I contributed a post about the Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR), a new regulation that is part of the latest international Basel Accords (Basel III) and that is being imposed on U.S. banks and other financial institutions.Show More Summary

Thursday assorted links

1. Judge orders suspect to cover his tattoos with makeup for trial (also a semi-noisy video at that link). 2. An older but very good blog post: against the demonization of the confidence fairy. 3. Very good Scott Sumner post on low interest rates. Show More Summary

Human Mortality Due to Heat Is NOT Rising!

In previous postings, we investigated the likelihood of a serious climate-related concern expressed by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), that CO 2 -induced global warming will lead to a future increase...Show More Summary

Here are 3 ways that Hillary Clinton’s nomination changes things for women in politics

During Bill Clinton’s tour through his relationship with Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night, he called his wife “the best darn change maker I ever met in my entire life.” The former president was talking about her efforts to create social and political justice though her career in public service. But research suggests […]

Voting to anger and to please others

That is a paper from Amihai Glazer, here is the abstract: A person may vote for a candidate to please citizens who prefer the same candidate, and to anger citizens who dislike the candidate. Such behavior is consistent with high turnout...Show More Summary

How Giles Wilkes learned to love the economics blogosphere

This possibly gated but excellent nonetheless piece is from the FT, here is one excerpt: A few weeks ago was typical. After some time off, my feed aggregator displayed 794 blog posts, 56 of them foolishly filed into the “must read” folder. Show More Summary

“New Docs Show Florida Official Didn’t Hesitate To Yank Poll Site From Mosque”

TPM: The documents show that around June 25, voters in precinct 4170 received cards informing them that their polling site had been changed to the Islamic center due to redistricting. Some then contacted Bucher to express their dismay. “This is … Continue reading ?

“By November, Russian hackers could target voting machines”

Bruce Schneier: Over the years, more and more states have moved to electronic voting machines and have flirted with Internet voting. These systems are insecure and vulnerable to attack. But while computer security experts like me have sounded the alarm for many years, states have largely ignored the threat, and the machine manufacturers have … Continue reading ?

“Kansas House candidate seeks grand jury investigation into Kobach”

Wichita Eagle: A candidate for the Kansas House wants to convene a grand jury to investigate Secretary of State Kris Kobach. Steven X. Davis, a Democratic candidate for the Kansas House from Lawrence, filed a petition with the Douglas Country District … Continue reading ?

The DNC email hack didn’t tell us much. Here’s why cyber attacks have limited punch.

The alleged, but likely, hack by Russian operatives into the Democratic National Committee’s emails is just the latest in a string of cyberspace abuses. At its recent annual meeting in Warsaw, NATO declared the cyber front a new domain of warfare. But is cyberspace really a war zone? While the hack was timed to influence […]

Mitch McConnell thinks you don’t need experience to be president. Here’s why he’s wrong.

When Donald Trump said in a recent interview that he might not come to the aid of NATO allies in the Baltics, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) dismissed it as a “rookie mistake,” and suggested that his cabinet would think differently. But is it enough to have experienced advisers if you are an inexperienced […]

My conversation with Michael Orthofer

That is the latest entry in the Conversations with Tyler series, here is the transcript, audio, and video.  Here is the overview: Michael Orthofer, one of the world’s most prolific book reviewers, joins Tyler Cowen for a conversation on?—?what else??—?books. Show More Summary

“Donald Trump Challenges Russia to Find Hillary Clinton’s Missing Emails”

NYT: Donald J. Trump said Wednesday that he hoped Russia had hacked Hillary Clinton’s email, essentially sanctioning a foreign power’s cyberspying of a secretary of state’s correspondence.  “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails … Continue reading ?

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