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Interview with Stephin Merritt (of the Magnetic Fields)

I loved The Dispossessed as a kid, though The Left Hand of Darkness was considered the best of her novels. I am about to read The Word for World Is Forest. The idea of space travel privileging homosexuality really struck me as a child. Show More Summary

Matchmaker markets in everything

Mishpacha Magazine featured an article by Philanthropist, Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz of Los Angeles California discussing his view and approach to the age gap problem in frum circles and calling the current situation a Shidduch Catastrophe. Show More Summary

Paul Clement Brief on WI Redistricting Calls Court Policing of Gerrymandering “Dangerously Wrong”

AP: Attorneys for the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to uphold GOP-drawn legislative boundaries, saying a ruling that found them to be unconstitutional was “dangerously” wrong. The filing comes in support of separate and similar … Continue reading ?

“Analysis: A word about where Texas legislators get their legal advice”

Ross Ramsey epic subtweet of TX gov Greg Abbott: Do you remember the name of the lawyer who advised the Texas House and Senate when they wrote the 2011 voter ID bill? That’s the law a federal judge in Corpus … Continue reading ?

“Montgomery election board to review registration practices”

WaPo: Montgomery election officials said Monday they will review registration procedures in response to allegations from a conservative watchdog group that the county’s rolls are packed with ineligible voters. Judicial Watch said in a letter earlier this month there was … Continue reading ?

“Now we finally know how bad voter fraud is in North Carolina”

Charlotte Observer editorial: At last, we know how badly photo voter ID is needed in North Carolina. For years, Republicans in North Carolina have alleged that in-person fraudulent voting is widespread while Democrats have said it is non-existent. But no … Continue reading ?

“Dallas Voter Fraud Targets Elderly via Absentee Ballots”

Texas Standard reports. This is the TELL on voter fraud claims. Texas has strict voter id laws, which target non-existent fraud, but have done little on absentee ballot fraud. … Continue reading ?

“A scholar asks, ‘Can democracy survive the Internet?’”

Dan Balz for WaPo: In more innocent times, the rise of the Internet was seen by many people as a boon to democracy. Disruptive, yes, but the Web broadened the flow of information, introduced new voices into the political debates, … Continue reading ?

Plutocrats United Gets Scribes Book Award Honorable Mention

I’m please to announced that Plutocrats United received honorable mention for the 2017 Scribes Book Award. Scribes is the American Society of Legal Writers. … Continue reading ?

Judge Kozinski on 60 Minutes

In case you missed it, 60 Minutes aired a great interview with Judge Alex Kozinski last evening. I have been at work editing a collection of Judge Kozinski’s best opinions. It’s going to be a great book. To watch the epic debate that I hosted between Judge Kozinski and Judge Wilkinson on the American criminal justice system, go here.

SCOTUS Needs To Check the Long Arm Of State Court Jurisdiction

Many of the problems with litigation under our federal system, as I’ve noted before, arise when state courts can reach out to project their power onto litigants and disputes outside their borders. Public choice economics suggests that...Show More Summary

Europe has lower fiscal gaps, here is why Italy is still in business

(By the way, if you’re feeling superior and taking comfort that Europe will go first off the cliff, Kotlikoff disagrees. Europe’s debts are larger, but their social programs are better funded, so their fiscal gaps are much lower than ours. Show More Summary

Why Don't We Have Free Trade in Doctors?

With this blog post, I’m taking a quick break from trying to figure out President Trump’s trade policies. (Is this going to be the most protectionist presidency ever? Or will it end up looking not too different from a typical presidency?...Show More Summary

How will AI shape linguistic survival?

But the revered Icelandic language, seen by many as a source of identity and pride, is being undermined by the widespread use of English, both in the tourism industry and in the voice-controlled artificial intelligence devices coming into vogue. Show More Summary

The Border Wall Cannot Pay for Itself

Recent budget talks between the White House and Congress shows that President Trump puts a high value on funding the construction of a border wall. Crucial to this debate is how much a border wall will cost to construct and maintain....Show More Summary

Monday assorted links

1. Poor Alice Hofmann academia has gone crazy.  Here is the full letter. 2. Shipping container architecture. 3. Libertarianism should be more realistic. 4. Model this (photo of the British electoral process). 5. Software that produces and sells its own art.  And you can own a piece of it. Show More Summary

Will Republicans Expand ObamaCare?

Back when the GOP was selecting its nominee for president last year, I warned my Republican friends that on ObamaCare, Donald Trump might be worse than Hillary Clinton: Good ol’ partisanship would stop Hillary Clinton from expanding ObamaCare even a little. Show More Summary

Save the Date of July 10 for 7th Annual UCI Law Supreme Court Term in Review

Should be a great one: 7th Annual Supreme Court Term in Review Monday, July 10, 2017, 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Pacific Time Irvine Barclay Theatre (Map) This exciting and entertaining program reviews the Supreme Court’s key cases decided in the October … Continue reading ?

Supreme Court Does Nothing Today in North Carolina Voting Case

No word on the cert petition, the motion to dismiss the cert petition by NC’s governor and AG, and the motion to intervene from the NC legislature. It will probably be relisted for a third time for the next conference, … Continue reading ?

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