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At Huffington Post, Jennifer Bendery laments the Senate’s confirmation of Leonard Steven Grasz to a federal appeals court. Among Grasz’s alleged sins is that ”in a 1999 article [he] argued that lower courts should be able to overrule...Show More Summary

'Do Anything'

As the old saying goes, the middle of the road is where you get run over. But what the heck, I have a take on the “Do Anything” controversy. The mainstream media and the Democrats overwhelmingly believe that Donald Trump was trafficking in a cheap sexual innuendo when he tweeted that Senator Gillibrand would “do anything” for a donation. Show More Summary

The DNC Finally Offers Paid Internships. The GOP Has Paid Interns for 20 Years.

Starting in January 2018, the Democratic National Committee will begin paying some interns, in the form of stipends valued at up to $3,000. A spokesman for the DNC told the Huffington Post that chair Tom Perez’s mission for the intern...Show More Summary

What Happens If Alabama Voters Decide in Favor of Roy Moore?

If Roy Moore wins tonight, will he get expelled? Probably not: 1. Republican senators, even ones hostile to Moore, have said for weeks now that it’s up to the voters of Alabama to decide. If Moore wins, he will immediately turn thisShow More Summary

Corporate Tax Rates at 21 Percent?

The House and Senate versions of the tax bills lower the corporate tax rate from 35 to 20 percent. Two weeks ago, most Senate Republicans opposed an amendment to change the rate to 20.94 percent in order to provide payroll-tax relief to parents. Show More Summary

‘More Debonair’

Years ago, I interviewed Leon Fleisher, the great American pianist, and I asked him about George Szell: the legendary, and sometimes oppressive, Hungarian-born conductor. Once, they were recording Beethoven’s Piano Concerto in B flat. Show More Summary

‘Too Anti-Trump to Check’

I wrote about the media’s Russia mistakes today: It’s a wonder that President Donald Trump devotes so much time to discrediting the press, when the press does so much to discredit itself.  The media’s errors over the past week haven’t...Show More Summary

No, Apple Isn’t Getting a ‘$47 Billion Windfall’ from the Tax Bill

Over at Vox, Matt Yglesias has an article that is supposed to outrage all of those who already believe that the Senate and House tax-reform plans are just a big handout to the rich and American corporations. He makes the claim that the...Show More Summary

The Officer Shouting Instructions at Daniel Shaver Was Not the Officer Who Killed Him

I agree with David French: What happened to Daniel Shaver was nauseating. The police employed horrendous tactics and gave confusing instructions that made it difficult for Shaver to comply — and needlessly required him to make a series...Show More Summary

The Loopholes and Glitches of the Tax Bills

Some tax scholars have put together an important report detailing loopholes in the current tax bills that Congress should close, as well as numerous other issues. In general these problems will tend to cost the government more revenue...Show More Summary

The Fruit of Chain Migration

Sen. Tom Cotton asked on the floor of the Senate last week, “Shouldn’t we have an immigration system that focuses on the needs of America’s workers and economy, not one that gives out green cards by random chance?” Yesterday’s bombing in New York highlights the importance of this question. Show More Summary

Did Monday Mark a Turning Point for #MeToo?

Happy Hannukah to all who celebrate the Festival of Lights, and happy Alabama-Ragnarok to everyone following today’s Senate election. Today’s Morning Jolt looks at the problems for pollsters in that special election, an odd, newly-revealed...Show More Summary

The MS Word Theory of Free-Market Social Services

A few days back, Kevin wrote a very helpful explanation of the factors that make health-insurance reform so difficult, and proposed some ways that market forces could be combined with widespread coverage. His ideas are unassailable, as usual, but I do have a couple of tangential comments: 1. Show More Summary

A Trio of Trump's Accusers Meet the Press, Ask for a Congressional Investigation

Three women who accused President Trump of past sexual misconduct — Samantha Holvey, Jessica Leeds and Rachel Crooks – repeated their accounts at a press conference Monday morning and urged Congress to hold hearings on the allegations. Rachel...Show More Summary

Fetal Body Parts Seller Forced to Donate Instead

Two companies that sold fetal body parts for profit have been put out of business. From the LA Times story: Two bioscience companies that once operated in Costa Mesa have reached a $7.785-million settlement with the Orange County district...Show More Summary

Tax Reform: “Unintended Consequences”

There’s a lot that’s wrong with the GOP’s tax overhaul, and much of it can be put down to the speed at which it has been flung together, speed that, given the breadth of the proposed changes and the complexity of the tax system, is quite astonishingly reckless. Show More Summary

Treasury Assumes the Tax Cuts Will Work Fantastically Well

The Treasury Department asserts that a combination of tax cuts and other Trump-administration policies will raise annual economic growth by an average of 0.7 percent over the next decade, so that it runs at 2.9 rather than 2.2 percent. Show More Summary

‘Mr. Trump grew uncomfortable after two or three days of peace’

There is lots to chew on in the big New York Times piece from over the weekend on Trump in the White House. The contention in the article that Trump watches four to eight hours of TV a day has gotten a lot of attention, including from...Show More Summary

It Shouldn’t Be this Uncertain in Alabama

And yet it is. Roy Moore might hold a lead in the polling average, but honest observers are taking that with a grain of salt. The turnout for special elections is famously irregular, and the Moore scandal only makes the outcome harder to predict. Show More Summary

Study Shows Hormonal Contraception Increases Breast-Cancer Risk

Last week, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study finding that hormonal contraceptives increase the risk of breast cancer. It is among the first studies to specifically analyze the effect of newer, low-dosage methods of contraception. Show More Summary

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