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Dying From a Terrorist Attack Is Different than Slipping in Your Bathtub

David French at National Review criticized Nicholas Kristof’s New York Times op-ed where he wrote that many other hazards like bathtubs, stairs, and lightning strikes are deadlier than foreign-born terrorism on U.S. soil.  French isShow More Summary

Tuesday assorted links

1. “Gambia will become just the fourth country to return to the Commonwealth after leaving it, following South Africa, Pakistan and Fiji.” 2. “Ironically, every person who complained about how the party was too focused on attacking Trump...Show More Summary

Sen. Grassley's Proposed E-Verify Mandate Is an Expensive Dud

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) recently introduced S. 179, known as the Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act (ATEVA), to mandate E-Verify in the United States.  The bill would mandate E-Verify for all employers in the United...Show More Summary

Flynn's Fast Fall

Michael Flynn’s resignation as National Security Advisor is good news, mostly because it makes it slightly less likely that the Trump administration will blunder into a foolish war, especially with Iran. It won’t be the end of the scandal...Show More Summary

“The Rise and Fall of a K Street Renegade”

Riveting, must-read by Brody Mullins in the WSJ, with the subhead:  “Evan Morris, a high-flying corporate lobbyist, is suspected of embezzling millions of dollars in what is shaping up to be a sprawling Washington influence scandal.” … Continue reading ?

The election of Trump and the stock market: further and more specific results

There is a new NBER paper on this topic by Alexander Wagner, Richard J. Zeckhauser, and Alexandre Ziegler, here is the abstract: The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America on 11/8/2016 came as a surprise. Show More Summary

You Shouldn't Be Criminally Liable If You Don't Have a Guilty Mind

Todd Farha, CEO of WellCare Health Plans, was convicted of knowingly executing a fraud by submitting false expenditure reports to the state. However, the district court decided that “knowingly” didn’t actually have to mean that Farha...Show More Summary

The Statutory Illegality of Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

I have previously reviewed the ineffective arguments that the Trump administration has used to rebut the statutory argument against its nearly complete ban on immigration from seven majority Muslim countries in State of Washington v....Show More Summary

“Grand Prairie mom who got eight years: ‘I just wanted to vote and be part of it’”

Fort Worth Star-Telegram: “I thought I was doing something right for my country. When they gave me the sentence they just broke my heart, and they didn’t just break my heart, but I already knew my family was going to … Continue reading ?

“Demos and Project Vote team with Hogan Lovells to Help Prevent Unlawful Voter Purge in Philadelphia”

Release: Today, voting rights groups Demos and Project Vote urged a federal appeals court to uphold a decision dismissing an attempt by the so-called “American Civil Rights Union” (ACRU) to force the City of Philadelphia to conduct an unnecessary purge … Continue reading ?

Flynn's Fall

Michael Flynn’s resignation as National Security Advisor is good news, mostly because it makes it slightly less likely that the Trump administration will blunder into a foolish war, especially with Iran. It won’t end the scandal though, as the misdeed at issue was likely directed by the President. Flynn’s fall is surprising only for its speed. Show More Summary

“The Latest Voter-Fraud Lie”

NYT editorial: “It is a fact and you will not deny it.” That unnerving remark — made on Sunday by Stephen Miller, a senior policy adviser to President Trump — sums up the new administration’s attitude toward the truth: We … Continue reading ?

Nuclear Apocalypse Likely Farther than Doomsday Clock’s Hands Claim

It’s been a busy time for nuclear weapons-related news—between President Trump’s alleged confusion about and denouncement of the New START arms reduction treaty with Russia on Friday, the White House’s subsequent assurances that theShow More Summary

“National Civil Rights Organization Mounts First Major Federal Voting Rights Lawsuit of 2017 in North Carolina”

Release:  A federal voting rights lawsuit challenging the election scheme in a North Carolina county was filed today in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  The complaint was brought on behalf of voters in … Continue reading ?

“Business Roundtable softening stance on political transparency?”

CPI: In 2013, the Business Roundtable — a nonprofit trade association for the nation’s leading CEOs and one of the country’s most powerful lobbying forces — made clear its stance on corporate political transparency. “Corporations do NOT support increased political … Continue reading ?

Jack Goldsmith on Don McGahn and the Flynn Fiasco

Lawfare: It is possible, as I said in my original piece on McGahn, that the many White House screw-ups outlined above are less a result of McGahn’s incompetence and more a result of his lack of access to the President.  … Continue reading ?

Links I liked

Ezra Klein’s interview of tech reporter Kara Swisher A pre-doc in India for students interested in experimental research (scroll down) Not so realistic in America, but more sensible governments take note: Visas as aid The puzzle is why peacekeeping works, not … Continue reading ? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.

The Virtue of Fake Holidays

Jeremy McLellan is a comedian but like all like great comedians he captures truths and complexities underneath the laughs. Valentine’s Day is a just a fake holiday invented by Hallmark to sell greeting cards. So what have you invented...Show More Summary

Why back-channels with Russia cost Michael Flynn his job

President Trump’s national security adviser, retired lieutenant general Michael Flynn, resigned on Monday night after “inadvertently brief[ing] the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone callsShow More Summary

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