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What is inspiring homegrown terror in the U.S.? It’s not just the Islamic State.

The details of Abdul Razak Artan’s attack last Monday at the Ohio State University campus in Columbus remain scarce, but in social media posts attributed to him, there is praise for both the Islamic State and slain al-Qaeda preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, who the United States said directed attacks on Americans. The Ohio State attack comes […]

“Half of Detroit votes may be ineligible for recount”

Detroit News: One-third of precincts in Wayne County could be disqualified from an unprecedented statewide recount of presidential election results because of problems with ballots. Michigan’s largest county voted overwhelmingly for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, but officials couldn’t reconcile vote … Continue reading ?

Carrier Revisited

President-elect Donald Trump has claimed victory in his effort to preserve employment for Carrier workers in Indiana.  Assisted by $7 million in tax incentives provided by the State of Indiana, Mr. Trump persuaded the company not toShow More Summary

Howard Rounds Up News Reports on Yesterday’s SCOTUS Arguments in Racial Gerrymandering Pair

Here. For my views on these cases generally, see my Racial Gerrymandering’s Questionable Revival, 67 Alabama Law Review 365 (2015). … Continue reading ?

“It’s Much Harder To Protect Southern Black Voters’ Influence Than It Was 10 Years Ago”

Fascinating Harry Enten for 538: Now, however, it’s much more difficult for black voters in the South to find enough allied white voters to elect the representatives they want (almost always Democrats). There are just so few white Democrats left in … Continue reading ?

“Predicting the Impact of Democracy Vouchers: Analysis and Questions in Light of South Dakota’s Successful Initiative”

Very interesting from the Campaign Finance Institute: The Campaign Finance Institute (CFI) today has released a new study entitled “Predicting the Impact of Democracy Vouchers: Analysis and Questions in Light of South Dakota’s Successful Initiative”. The author is Michael J. … Continue reading ?

“The Equal Protection argument against ‘winner take all’ in the Electoral College”

More pie-in-the-sky from Lessig. If one were serious about pushing this argument, the time to advance it is not to try to change the outcome of an election already conducted. So go ahead Larry, and try to get this resolved … Continue reading ?

“Should We Choose Ranked Choice Voting?”

New Cato series leads off with Rob Richie. … Continue reading ?

“Why Does Donald Trump Lie About Voter Fraud?”

NYT editorial: This is how voter suppression efforts start. First come the unverified tales of fraud; then come the urgent calls to tighten voter registration rules and increase “ballot security,” which translate into laws that disenfranchise tens or hundreds of … Continue reading ?

Pentagon Bureaucracy: $125 Billion in Waste

The Washington Post has a blockbuster story today documenting vast overhead costs in the Department of Defense (DoD). Experts often lambast the DoD’s excessive bureaucracy, and I have charted the growth in the number of civilian DoDShow More Summary

An Egyptian court just struck down part of a repressive new law. Here’s what that means.

Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court (SCC) struck down a portion of the country’s protest law this week — one issued by decree by its own chief justice (then-interim president) in 2013. When that law was issued, Egyptian officials explained that the intent and content of the law was no different from that in liberal democracies, all […]

Private versus Public Health Care in India

In an important paper in the latest AER, Das, Holla, Mohpal and the excellent Karthik Muralidharan compare private and public health care in India. (I once asked, “Is any economist doing more important work with greater potential for...Show More Summary

Voters actually don’t prefer wealthy politicians

Elections are supposed to give people choices. When it comes to the economic backgrounds of politicians, however, voters rarely have any option but to cast their votes for someone vastly better off than the average citizen. The recent presidential race was no exception: A fabulously rich businessman squared off against a wealthy career politician. Regardless of […]

In Uganda, the Lord’s Resistance Army is finally weakening. This is what could dismantle it.

In October 2011, President Obama sent 100 U.S. Army Special Forces personnel to central Africa to help the Ugandan military pursue the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and its notorious leader, Joseph Kony. Five years later, although the LRA is much weaker, Kony remains at large, orchestrating attacks against civilians. The Ugandan military, which has been […]

Will Beijing cut Trump some slack after that phone call with Taiwan?

In a single phone conversation with Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen on Dec. 2, President-elect Donald Trump broke with decades of diplomatic protocol. By speaking directly to Tsai and then calling her the “president of Taiwan” on Twitter, Trump implied that Taiwan is a sovereign state, threatening the diplomatic understanding that has underpinned U.S.-China relations for […]

How Trump should support the arts

That is the subject of my new Bloomberg column, here is one bit: My second recommendation is to restore fully the ability of the NEA to make grants to individual artists, thereby undoing changes that were made in 1994. That would diminish the role of the middlemen and support artists rather than art museums. Show More Summary

Pentagon Spikes Report on Waste Because It Found Too Much

In 2014, the Pentagon commissioned a study to identify wasteful practices and improve efficiency, but when the researchers found too much waste – approximately $125 billion worth – the officials who asked for the report tried to bury the findings. Show More Summary

“A SCOTUS Juggling Act for Perkins Coie’s Marc Elias”

Tony Mauro: For most appellate lawyers, arguing at the U.S. Supreme Court is the capstone of their careers. For Marc Elias of Perkins Coie, arguing two separate but related cases before the high court on Monday was just one of … Continue reading ?

Heritage Foundation Infrastructure Proposals

In a new report for the Heritage Foundation, Michael Sargent summarizes what we need on infrastructure from the incoming Trump administration. I agree with all of Michael’s points, which I paraphrase here: Ignore rhetoric about crumbling highways and falling-down bridges. Show More Summary

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