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Year of Federal Spending Cuts, 2018

As an optimist, and I hereby proclaim 2018 “Year of Federal Spending Cuts.” To kick-off the celebrations, Cato has published Downsizing Federal Government Spending. The new book discusses federal spending cuts on agriculture, education, health care, infrastructure, welfare, and many other activities. Show More Summary

Naomi Schaefer Riley reviews Bryan Caplan’s The Case Against Education

From the WSJ, here is one excerpt: “Put yourself in the shoes of a Martian sociologist,” Mr. Caplan writes in “The Case Against Education.” “Your mission: given our curriculum, make an educated guess about what our economy looks like.”...Show More Summary

Modern Principles, 4th ed!

Tyler and I are thrilled to announce the release of the 4th edition of our principles of economics textbook, Modern Principles. In the new edition we have fully integrated the microeconomics and macroeconomics videos that we have been producing for MRUniversity. Show More Summary

Do lawmakers respond to immigrants’ requests? The answer depends on ethnicity and race.

President Trump’s campaign against immigration has made that issue central to U.S. politics — in no small part because of the country’s growing diversity. As immigrants and minorities make up a larger share of the U.S. populace, how will the Republican and Democratic parties respond? Our recent research shows that, at least when it comes […]

Did the U.S. underestimate North Korea’s weapons program? It’s not that simple.

Did U.S. intelligence agencies underestimate North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs? A recent New York Times article claimed President Trump was told that his administration would have at least four years “to slow or stop its development of a missile capable of hitting an American city with a nuclear warhead.” Nuclear hide-and-seek dates back […]

Trump set a record for White House staff turnover in the first year

Every new president loses top staff during the administration’s first year in office. Political scientists have long noted that the skills needed to campaign are strikingly different from those needed to govern. And adjusting to Washington, D.C., norms — and the press scrutiny that comes with presidential power — has a steep learning curve, especially […]

Tuesday assorted links

1. “In fact, Shanika told us that if she had a choice she, ‘would not get rid of [her] voices.’” 2. Will the FCC create an Office of Economics and Analytics? 3. Randall Schweller defends Trump on foreign policy. 4. Can machine learning...Show More Summary

“Trump Official On Russian Hacking: ‘A National Security Issue'”

Pam Fessler for NPR: President Trump has shown little interest in fighting the threat of Russians hacking U.S. elections. He’s shown a lot of interest in fighting voter fraud, something he insists — without evidence — is widespread. Parts of … Continue reading ?

Alabama: “House committee approves bill revising special U.S. Senate election law”

Montgomery Advertiser: A House committee Wednesday morning approved a bill that would require special elections for U.S. Senate to take place at the next statewide general election. “What this bill simply does is set any U.S. Senate vacancies for regularly … Continue reading ?

Why it is fun to travel around China

I submit that really every part of China is worth seeing, not just Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Beijing. Sichuan, Guizhou, and Yunnan are very different from Guangdong and Fujian, which are not at all the same as Heilongjiang, Jilin, andShow More Summary

“Justice Scalia Spoke Favorably of Trump’s Presidential Run, Author Bryan Garner Says”

Jess Bravin for the WSJ: Shortly before his death in February 2016, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spoke favorably of Donald Trump’s presidential run. “Justice Scalia thought it was most refreshing to have a candidate who was pretty much unfiltered … Continue reading ?

“White racial resentment has been gaining political power for decades”

Adam M. Enders and Jamil S. Scott for the Monkey Cage: Let’s be more particular. White racial resentment has remained remarkably stable over time. But that racial resentment has become much more highly correlated with particular political attitudes, behaviors and orientations. More and … Continue reading ?

“Martin Luther King’s Call to ‘Give Us the Ballot’ Is As Relevant Today as It Was in 1957”

Barbara Arnwine and John Nichols: To bend that arc, a new National Commission for Voter Justice has been constituted at the urging of the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Sr., leaders of the National Bar Association and scholars and activists from … Continue reading ?

White racial resentment has been gaining political power for decades

With his crude comment last week about Haiti and Africa, President Trump once again put race front and center in U.S. politics — as he has been doing since he launched his campaign. The past two years have seen an increase in visible white-nationalist activity, including violence in Charlottesville; nationwide protests on a “Day Without […]

Monday assorted links

1. Robert Boyle’s scientific wish list. 2. Is it privately rational for scientists to be dogmatists? 3. Genetic diversity of U.S. immigrants is positively correlated with county income. 4. Ross Marchand doesn’t like earmarks. 5. More Paul Romer on the Doing Business Index. Show More Summary

Privatizing Federal Grazing Lands

The federal government owns 640 million acres of land—mainly in the West—which is 28 percent of land in the United States. For more than a century after the nation’s founding, the federal government aimed to sell or give away western lands to individuals, businesses, and state governments. Show More Summary

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