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Colorado does not seem to be turning into a state of potheads

Rates of marijuana use among Colorado’s teenagers are essentially unchanged in the years since the state’s voters legalized marijuana in 2012, new survey data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment shows. In 2015, 21 percent of Colorado youths had used marijuana in the past 30 days. Show More Summary

Art as a wartime investment the asset that is countercyclical

From a new Economic Journal article by Kim Oosterlinck: During World War II, artworks significantly outperformed all alternative investments in Occupied France. With the surge in demand for portable and easy-to-hide (discreet) assets such as artworks and collectible stamps, prices boomed. Show More Summary

“The Gutting of the Voting Rights Act Could Decide the 2016 Election”

It’s a good piece by Ari Berman but terrible framing. Courts should strike down restrictive voting laws that make it harder to register or vote for no good reason, whether or not such laws affect election outcomes. And I have … Continue reading ?

“The End of the Great Compromise”

John Samples responds to Derek Muller’s essay on campaign finance. … Continue reading ?

The Middle Class is Shrinking Because Many People are Getting Richer

Newspaper headlines trumpeted that the middle class is shrinking but to a large extent that is because people are moving into the upper middle class not because they are getting poorer. By one measure, the middle class has shrunk from...Show More Summary

End the Forgotten War in Afghanistan

America remains at war in Afghanistan. After almost 15 years it’s time to bring the last troops home. In October 2001 George W. Bush sent U.S. forces to destroy Osama bin-Laden’s al-Qaeda terrorist organization and oust the Taliban government which hosted him. Show More Summary

Tuesday assorted links

1. Interfluidity on the blockchain: “Nothing that has already been perfected is very interesting.” 2. What Chinese women think of Hillary Clinton: “One adjective: Endurance, cleaning up the mess of her husband.” 3. Why do islands induce dwarfism? 4. Show More Summary

“Donald Trump Vows to Match Up to $2 Million in Donations”

WSJ: Tuesday’s fundraising email suggests Mr. Trump is unnerved by the substantial financial lead Mrs. Clinton holds over him. But donating up to $2 million next month to his campaign would not be a real departure for Mr. Trump, who … Continue reading ?

“Lawyers’ Committee Releases New Report Examining Voting Rights Restrictions Following 2013 Supreme Court Ruling”

Release: Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) released a new report, “Voting Rights Communication Pipelines: Georgia After Shelby County v. Holder” – examining Georgia, one of fourteen states that was subject to protections provided by … Continue reading ?

“FEC settles Jean Schmidt ethics case”

Cincinnati Enquirer: Former Republican Congresswoman Jean Schmidt faces a $2,500 fine for not reporting legal assistance provided by a pro-Turkish group. The Turkish Coalition of America Inc., which aided Schmidt in several legal disputes connected to her political career, will pay … Continue reading ?

“Reform and the ‘Chaos Syndrome'”

Bauer: In an article just published in Atlantic, Jonathan Rauch argues that modern political reform has contributed to a disastrously weakened capacity for responsible, functional self-governance.The damage has been done to critically needed intermediary institutions, such as parties, whose effectiveness … Continue reading ?

Declare War Only Against Those Who Threaten America

The Constitution gives the power to declare war to the legislative branch. In recent decades, however, members of Congress have preferred to leave the hard decisions to the president. This constitutional abdication has allowed unilateral...Show More Summary

How racial prejudice helps drive opposition to gun control

  All Posts   Last week, Sen. Chris Murphy made a small splash by filibustering on the Senate floor until, he said, Republicans agreed to allow a vote on a modest gun control measure. When the nation has debates like this, commentators often focus either on what was meant by the Second Amendment, or on […]

China head transplant sentence of the day to ponder

Critics attribute such medical experimentation in China to national ambition, generous state funding, a utilitarian worldview that prioritizes results, and a lack of transparency and accountability to the outside world. If that is the...Show More Summary

Would ‘Brexit’ break up the U.K.? Probably not.

Many commentators argue that the upcoming Brexit referendum in Britain, on membership of the European Union, could hasten the breakup of Britain. Scotland had a referendum only two years ago on whether it should leave the United Kingdom and become independent. Some pro-E.U. commentators have argued that the cause of Scottish independence might get a […]

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