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“Despite Recent Wins for Democrats, Gerrymanders Dim Hopes for 2018”

NYT: For Democrats, signs everywhere suddenly look rosy. They won smashing victories last week in Virginia and other states. With voters giving the Trump presidency and the Republican-led Congress dismal grades, and the Democratic grass roots re-energized, hope is widespread for a … Continue reading ?

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case Involving Minnesota’s Ban on All Political Apparel in the Polling Place

The case is Minnesota Voters Alliance v. Mansky, Here’s the question presented from the cert. petition: Minnesota election law forbids voters from wearing political badges, political buttons, or other political insignia at the polling place. See Minn. Stat. § 211B.11. … Continue reading ?

New Study on Tax Reform and Low-Income Housing

As Republicans assemble their tax reform legislation, Cato has released a study on one corporate tax break that is ripe for repeal. In “Low-Income Housing Tax Credit: Costly, Complex, and Corruption-Prone,” Vanessa Brown Calder and I describe the multiple failures of this tax credit. The LIHTC is inefficient and bureaucratic. Show More Summary

No matter who replaces Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as Liberia’s president, these four challenges loom

On Nov. 6, the Liberian Supreme Court postponed the presidential runoff election between Sen. George Weah, from the Congress for Democratic Change, and Vice President Joseph Boakai, of the ruling Unity Party. It had been scheduled for the following day. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was not a candidate, having completed two six-year terms. Thus, this was […]

The Growth of Marginal Revolution University

Tyler and I are always pleased to get emails like this: Dear Prof Alex and Prof Tyler, I write to express my profound gratitude to you and your team for putting those videos online for the benefit of mankind. I am currently running an Executive MBA at University of Ibadan School of Business in Nigeria. Show More Summary

The Internet isn’t saving local news. Here’s how that’s hurting democracy.

When the Gothamist network of websites shut down suddenly last week, it marked the latest disappointment in creating an online market for local news. Since 2009, the Gothamist and DNAinfo sites had covered local politics, culture and entertainment in several cities, including New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. But after the company’s New York […]

China’s three new economic challenges for the U.S.

President Donald Trump is scheduled to attend the Nov. 13-14 East Asia Summit, the last stop on a lengthy Asia trip. This year’s meeting brings together the leaders of 16 Asia-Pacific countries, the United States, Canada and Russia for a discussion of regional and global issues, including trade and security. At the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation […]

My visit to an Amazon bookstore

My commentary here is late to the party, but I had not visited a branch before.  Here are my impressions, derived from the Columbus Circle outlet in Manhattan: 1. It is a poorly designed store for me, most of all because it does not emphasize new releases.  I feel I am familiar with a lot […] The post My visit to an Amazon bookstore appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Delhi is blanketed with toxic smog. This is why.

This week India’s capital city, Delhi has been hit with extreme air pollution – so extreme that the city’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal described it as a gas chamber.  The city’s Air Quality Index has been in the range of 700 to 1,000; the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers anything over 300 to be hazardous. […]

Assorted gated and ungated links

1. NYT profile of Stephen Dubner.  And WSJ profile of Dubner: “Sitting in New York’s Central Park, he sees two tennis players nearby and wonders, “Why is the average age of top-tier tennis players going up and the average age of golfers going down?”” 2. Show More Summary

The culture of harassment in Washington, D.C.

The sexual-harassment revolution is coming more slowly to Washington. Even the four female lawmakers who recently told the Associated Press of sexual harassment they faced from their male co-workers didn’t feel comfortable sharing the names of their harassers. Show More Summary

The Pernicious Doctrine of “Accusation Equals Guilt"

Equating mere allegations of misconduct with definitive evidence is a growing habit in the United States.  That tendency is most prevalent regarding national security matters, and the trend has been building since the onset of the so-called war on terror following the 9-11 attacks. Show More Summary

A TPP Without the U.S.

In the middle of President Trump’s underwhelming Asia trip, other countries in the region took the opportunity to make some real progress on trade liberalization. Remember the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Asia Pacific trade deal...Show More Summary

Trump's Unfair Deals?A Free-Trade Parable

As Dan noted, President Trump has been in Asia, making a state visit to China and then meeting with foreign leaders at an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Vietnam. As part of the trip, and perhaps in an effort to recaptureShow More Summary

Sunday assorted links

1. Has Germany returned to ultra-romanticism? 2. Has Betsy DeVos made any kind of progress? 3. Sex toy company admits to recording users’ remote sessions. 4. “Overall, we conclude that state taxes have a significant effect on the location of star scientists.” 5. Show More Summary

Further claims about Saudi

Here is Ali Shihabi: In the short term, these detentions will lead, directly and indirectly (i.e., by example of what can happen to those who do not cooperate), to the recovery of substantial ill-gotten assets from many members of the...Show More Summary

The Trouble with Trump's Tariff Reciprocity

President Trump’s favored catchphrase when speaking about trade policy is that it must be “free, fair, and reciprocal.” His penchant for such language has certainly been on display during his current trip to Asia, where in Japan alone...Show More Summary

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