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“4th Circuit judges weigh Virginia voter ID with N.C. case in mind”

Daily Press: U.S. Court of Appeals panel wrestled here Thursday over how to treat Virginia’s voter ID law following a circuit decision that nullified a similar law in North Carolina. That decision was made by a different three-judge panel on … Continue reading ?

“O’Donnell Illegally Used Campaign Money for Rent, Court Rules”

Bloomberg BNA: Former Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell illegally used campaign funds to pay her rent and utilities in 2010 and 2011, a federal court in Wilmington, Del., ruled (Federal Election Commission v. O’Donnell, D. Del., No. 15-17, memorandum opinion9/21/16). … Continue reading ?

“Top Nonprofit Advocate Meredith McGehee Joins Issue One”

Release: Issue One is pleased to announce that leading ethics advocate Meredith McGehee will join Issue One as Chief of Policy, Programs and Strategy on October 3. McGehee will lead Issue One’s advocacy efforts to reinvigorate our democratic system. She will also … Continue reading ?

“Russian hackers trying to influence U.S. elections, conclude top Intel Democrats”

Politico reports. The top Democrats on the House and Senate Intelligence panels said Thursday that they are convinced, based on briefings, that senior Russian officials are trying to sway or disrupt the U.S. elections. “Based on briefings we have received, … Continue reading ?

Four Policy Implications of National Academies Report on Immigration

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a major new report on the fiscal and economic impacts of immigration on the United States yesterday. The report is being heralded by all sides of the immigration debate as the most important collection of research on this issue. Show More Summary

No Mr. President, Mexico is Not "Absorbing a great number of refugees"

On Tuesday, President Obama delivered a short address to the Leaders Summit on Refugees at the United Nations.  He went out of his way to praise the Mexican government by stating: “Mexico … is absorbing a great number of refugees from...Show More Summary

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both support paid family leave. That’s a breakthrough.

Last week, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump announced a plan for six weeks of paid maternity leave for new mothers whose employers do not guarantee paid leave, offered through unemployment insurance. Trump’s plan came after Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s proposal to ensure that employees taking up to 12 weeks of leave through the Family and […]

Don’t trust a single forecast. The consensus all year has been that Clinton will win.

With the presidential election less than 50 days away, we have entered the high season of election forecasting. Whether you are a citizen looking for comfort or a journalist hunting for a story, you can choose from a multitude of forecasts ranging from a near-certain Trump victory to a clear Clinton win. But what if you are interested in accuracy? […]

The big winners in the new U.S. income data? White women.

The Census Bureau recently reported that real median household income in the United States had increased by a hefty 5.2 percent between 2014 and 2015.  This is good news that received widespread publicity in the media. However, less publicized were the important differences between gender and racial groups.  In a recent post, I called attention to how […]

In North Carolina, Gov. Pat McCrory’s reelection prospects are fading fast

Despite eight years of exile from the White House, Republicans have done quite well down the ballot — garnering political control of the Senate, House and many governor’s mansions and state legislatures. Now, one of their marquee victories from 2012 will be put to the test in the Tar Heel State. Incumbent Republican Gov. Pat […]

Only the most conservative Republicans were interested in Hillary Clinton’s email server — and only briefly

Do Americans have an insatiable appetite for scandal? It may seem so, given the amount of media coverage dedicated to controversies about Hillary Clinton’s email practices and Donald Trump’s comments about President Obama’s place of birth. But new evidence suggests otherwise: Our attention to scandal is extremely fleeting – and filtered by partisanship. Here’s how […]

Does arguing about politics turn young people off? Surprisingly, no.

Even before this year’s contentious election cycle, political scientists have been wondering how citizens are affected by regular exposure to heated political disagreement. Does it energize us to get more involved — or make us cynical and disengaged? We were particularly interested in how exposure to and engaging with political disagreement affects young people, who […]

Venezuela has solved its hunger problem? Don’t believe the U.N.’s numbers.

Hunger is one of the world’s most pressing development problems. It should have been great news when the United Nations announced at the close of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that 72 countries had cut their hunger rates in half since 1990. The problem? We haven’t decided what “hunger” is, nor is there agreement on […]

Germany’s ruling party lost this week’s Berlin election. What does this mean for the 2017 national elections?

With a German federal election little more than a year away, how’s it looking for Chancellor Angela Merkel? That’s a good question. Over the weekend, her party, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), won a disappointing 17.6 percent of the vote in a regional election in Berlin, one of Germany’s 16 Länder (or states). This was […]

There is little evidence that terrorist attacks help Donald Trump

This past weekend’s bombings in New York and New Jersey and the stabbing of nine people in a Minnesota mall — now being referred to as terrorist attacks — have led some observers to suggest that these attacks could help Donald Trump. Washington Post reporter Chris Cillizza wrote on Monday that “chaos, uncertainty and anxiety […]

“Campaign Legal Center and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice File Lawsuit Over North Carolina’s Partisan Gerrymandered Congressional Districts”

Release: The Campaign Legal Center and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice filed a complaint today on behalf of the League of Women Voters of North Carolina and numerous individual voters, arguing that North Carolina’s 2016 congressional redistricting plan violates … Continue reading ?

“The Divided States of America”

Must-read Lee Drutman NYT oped: Reading the nonstop coverage of what may well be a close presidential election, one might be forgiven for thinking that political competition is alive and well in America. But look at the majority of states … Continue reading ?

The concept of equilibrium (temporary?)

That is Carmela Uranga. The post The concept of equilibrium (temporary?) appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Londonderry Derry

The city’s name is a point of political dispute, with unionists advocating the longer name, and nationalists advocating the shorter. A common attempt at compromise is to refer to the county as “Londonderry” and the city as “Derry”, but this is by no means universally accepted. Show More Summary

Thursday assorted links

1. 16 economists on Brexit (videos). 2. My post on Romneycare, from ten years ago. 3. Does inequality lead to credit growth?  Testing the Rajan hypothesis. 4. Maybe Fitbit doesn’t work?  And the NYT version. 5. I don’t agree with everything in this Zero Hedge post, and some of it is flat out wrong, but […] The post Thursday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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