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Supreme Court, Granting 16 Cases, Says Nothing About Texas Voter ID Case: Tea Leaves

Here is today’s Court’s order. What does it mean that there was no order on Texas, despite the fact that the cases was considered and then relisted from last week? It could mean that as early as Tuesday (when the … Continue reading ...

The Duke summer History of Economic Thought Institute

Bruce Caldwell emails me: The Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University will be hosting another Summer Institute on the History of Economics this summer from June 4 – 16, 2017. The program is designed for students...Show More Summary

Friday assorted links

1. Do lenders of last resort really make financial systems that much safer?  And the bullfighting economist and Federal Reserve governor. 2. Disney negotiating with Carrie Fisher’s estate for more Princess Leia. 3. Seoul opens a bookstore with no employees and no prices. Show More Summary

Ransomware Goes Big Time

Washington Post: The cyberattack struck Los Angeles Valley College late last month, disrupting email, voice mail and computer systems at the public community college in Southern California. Then, school officials found a ransom note....Show More Summary

Trump and Trade on the Cato Daily Podcast

This week the Cato Daily Podcast (Subscribe!) focuses on the importance of trade as the Trump Administration arrives next week. Here’s a quick rundown. Monday: Daniel J. Ikenson and Daniel J. Mitchell discusses the backgrounds and new...Show More Summary

Ned Foley Comes Out Big for Instant Runoff Voting in Presidential Elections

New column:             It is greatly regrettable that states did not adopt this electoral change previously. But as there is no constitutional obstacle to their doing so, we can only hope that they muster the political will to make this … Continue reading ?

Kompromat used to be a KGB tool in the Soviet Union. Now anyone can collect dirty data.

On Tuesday, BuzzFeed published a leaked document that, among other things, claimed Russian authorities have “kompromat” (compromising materials) on President-elect Donald Trump. Whether the kompromat exists, the term has entered the public discourse. Show More Summary

It's a Mistake to End Cuban Asylum Rules

President Obama is abandoning America’s five decade-old policy on asylum seekers that guarantees Cubans asylum in the United States. The change comes at a time when more Cubans will have arrived at U.S. borders than at any time since...Show More Summary

IPA’s weekly links

Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. As described in a long piece from New York Magazine, millions of people have been told by a Harvard psychology website they are secretly racist, despite no consensus on the … Continue reading ? The post IPA’s weekly links appeared first on Chris Blattman.

Would you rather be ruled by the people or the experts?

In my latest Bloomberg column I consider William F. Buckley’s old conundrum: William F. Buckley famously said he would rather be ruled by the first 2,000 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than by the faculty of Harvard University. Show More Summary

Here’s how the Ebola outbreak shaped citizens’ opinions of Liberia’s government

Liberia was finally declared Ebola-free a year ago this month. The 2013-2015 outbreak wreaked havoc on the lives of thousands of Liberians, infecting at least 10,675 and killing 4,809. Many more were affected: 4 in 10 Liberians reported having a relative or close friend die during the outbreak. During Liberia’s epidemic, analysts pointed to multiple obstacles blocking […]

What the U.S. can learn from its Cold War fight against Kremlin propaganda

Last week, James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, called for a new U.S. Information Agency (USIA) “on steroids” to counter Russia’s deployment of disinformation and propaganda. He’s not alone. In recent months, a number of voices called for a stronger American effort at counter-propaganda and public diplomacy. In 2016, Congress authorized the […]

How can Donald Trump reassure nervous U.S. allies? By giving them weapons.

After Jan. 20, President Donald Trump will juggle a number of important tensions with longstanding U.S. allies. For example, Trump’s tweets suggest rapprochement with Russia is a priority, yet NATO allies and the U.S. Congress will press for support to NATO allies, such as those in the Baltic region. In Asia, Trump has promised to […]

Scott Sumner has some questions on the border tax adjustment

Martin Feldstein had a recent piece in the WSJ that defended the idea of a border tax adjustment, which would be a part of the proposed corporate tax reform. He points out that if imports were no longer deductible, and exports received a subsidy, then the border adjustment would not distort trade. Show More Summary

Is it boring to have too little corruption?

A few years ago I wrote this about Bolivia: It is much debated in Bolivia whether corruption is going up or down.  I believe it is going up, but partially for good reasons.  For instance the construction sector is doing well, and construction...Show More Summary

“Lawmakers Racing to Fix Gaping Hole in Utah Election Law”

Utah Policy: A fight over Utah election law could roil the first few weeks of the 2017 Utah Legislature. Speculation is swirling that Rep. Chris Stewart could be named Secretary of the Air Force in the Donald Trump administration. If … Continue reading ?

“Wichita lawmaker seeks to rein in Kobach’s prosecution powers”

Wichita Eagle: A Wichita state representative has filed a bill to strip Secretary of State Kris Kobach of his authority to prosecute election crimes. Rep. John Carmichael, D-Wichita, said allowing Kobach to bring criminal cases has not uncovered evidence of … Continue reading ?

“Trump Tweet About L. L. Bean Underscores Potential Danger for Brands”

NYT: With a single tweet on Thursday, President-elect Donald J. Trump pulled L. L. Bean, the Maine retailer known for its boots, jackets and preppy New England aesthetic, back into a political crossfire. The company was already facing a boycott … Continue reading ?

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