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“FEC Votes to Explore Disclosure Rules for Online Ads”

Ken Doyle for Bloomberg BNA: The Federal Election Commission voted unanimously to jump-start a rulemaking process focused on disclosure requirements for online ads, following the revelation of Russian-linked political ads on Facebook. The vote, at the end of a lengthy commission … Continue reading ?

“Trump’s voter-fraud propagandist cooks up extremely fuzzy math”

E.J. Dionne nails it: It is neither paranoid nor alarmist to begin asking if the Trump administration plans to rationalize blocking a large number of voters who oppose the president from casting ballots in 2018 and 2020. And it is … Continue reading ?

Testimony on Trump Spending Reform Efforts

In April, President Trump’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) launched a year-long effort to improve management of federal agencies and to cut spending. I testified to a Senate committee yesterday on the OMB effort, and providedShow More Summary

Introducing the American Fear Index

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. - Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays Do you have the strong sense that the United States has become a more anxious and fearful place during the Trump era? If so, you are certainly not alone. Show More Summary

Lyle Denniston on SCOTUS Decision Not to Rush Maryland Partisan Gerrymandering Case

Lyle: The Maryland case has some of its own vulnerabilities, and those might have played some role in the Supreme Court’s decision to sidetrack it for the time being.  The Benisek case has yet to go to a trial, reaching the court … Continue reading ?

Canada Imports Precious Bodily Fluids

In 2004 Canada prohibited paying Canadian sperm donors, leading to a tremendous shortage as I had predicted in 2003 (see also my post, The Great Canadian Sperm Shortage). Canadian Peter Jaworski has an update (oddly enough published in USA Today): Canada used to have a sufficient supply of domestic sperm donors. Show More Summary

“Facebook still doesn’t know the extent of Russian ad buys in election”

CNN: How extensive was Russia’s use of Facebook to meddle with the presidential election? Even Facebook doesn’t know. One week after it told the country that it had sold $100,000 worth of ads to a Russian troll farm during the … Continue reading ?

Lessig Begins New Effort to Challenge State Winner-Take-All Electoral College Rules in Court

Post: Today, the non-profit that I founded, EqualCitizens.US, announced it would crowdfund support for two lawsuits to challenge the way votes are allocated in the Electoral College. All but two states allocate their vote according to a winner-take-all system, in which … Continue reading ?

Does School Choice Have to Wear Shades?

Few people probably remember the post-punk band Timbuk 3, but maybe they can recall that wonder’s one hit: “The Future’s So Bright,” about a kid who was doing so well his future required him to “wear shades.” If a new survey of Millennials...Show More Summary

9/14 Changed Everything

Over the last decade and a half, we’ve heard over and over again that “September 11th changed everything”—but maybe September 14 was the pivotal date. Sixteen years ago today, Congress passed the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). Show More Summary

Today’s Must-Read from Charles Stewart: “Who Should Vote? Secretary Dunlap Hits the Nail on the Head”

Charles: One of the big stories to come out of Tuesday’s hearing of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity (PACEI) is about the divisions that have begun to show among commissioners over how alarmed we should be about stories … Continue reading ?

Thursday assorted links

1. The evolution of Afghan war rugs. 2. Russ Roberts offers a pessimistic take but also how to fix it. 3. Architect without a license sentenced to two to seven years in prison.  And should Harvard admit a convicted murderess for graduate study? (NYT) 4. Show More Summary

Trump DOJ Argues that Remedy to Cure Any Voting Rights Violation in U.S. Territories is to Strip Voting Rights from More People

Pacific Daily News: The Trump administration is arguing in federal court that, if one U.S. territory doesn’t have the same rights as the others, then all of them should be stripped of those rights, according to a group pursuing lawsuits … Continue reading ?

“Trump FEC Pick’s Twitter Goes Dark After Users Spot Anti-Protestant Links”

TPM: The Twitter account for President Trump’s new pick for the Federal Election Commission was reportedly made private Tuesday evening after other Twitter users began noticing some of the nominee’s past sharing of anti-Protestant posts. The White House announced late Tuesday … Continue reading ?

Senator Hatch Thinks It's High Time to Fix Barriers to Medical Marijuana Research; It Is

On Wednesday, Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah came out in support of medical marijuana and, in particular, removing federal barriers to medical marijuana research. This is a welcome development. Hatch, the longest serving senator in U.S....Show More Summary

A striking positive shift in Sunni opinion in Iraq is underway. Here’s what it means.

Iraqi security forces have made great progress toward defeating the Islamic State in Iraq. Whether this military success will translate into enduring stability will depend in large part upon the attitudes of Iraqi Sunnis toward the postwar state. Since 2003, Iraqi Sunnis have viewed the political system as unfair and marginalizing their role in the […]

Is single-payer health care a feasible evolutionary option?

I say no, in my latest Bloomberg column.  For some of the arguments here, I am indebted to earlier work by Megan McArdle. The post Is single-payer health care a feasible evolutionary option? appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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