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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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The Middle Class Needs More Income. Faith Will Follow.

Atrios has decided to force me to read Robert Samuelson's column this morning. Thanks, dude. Here's the start: What is curious about the present understandable preoccupation with the middle class is the assumption — both explicit and implicit — that the system is “rigged” (to use Sen. Show More Summary

And Now For Some Dour Predictions For the New Year

Tyler Cowen offers some economic guesses for the coming year. In a nutshell, he thinks Russia is doomed; American wage growth will remain stagnant; a resource crash will throw Canada and Australia into a downturn; Abenomics will fail...Show More Summary

Millennials and Comic Books: Chill Out, Haters

Saul DeGrew surveys the various complaint people have about the Millennial generation. Here's one: Another part of the Millennial complaint brigade is complaining about how they are still into videogames, comic books, and other activities...Show More Summary

Cuomo and Christie Veto Port Authority Reform Bill. But Is It Permanent?

I'm as distant from the politics of New York and New Jersey as it's possible to get, but I'm puzzled about today's news that the governors of both states have vetoed legislation that would have reformed the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Show More Summary

How About If All Get Back to Protecting and Serving?

My neighboring city of Costa Mesa may be thousands of miles from New York and much, much smaller, but they have something in common: police unions that don't seem to know when to quit. Check this out: An Orange County Superior CourtShow More Summary

Quote of the Day: Hooray For Nerdy Details!

From Ben Goldacre, author of I Think You'll Find it's a Bit More Complicated Than That, a physician and author who debunks health fads and can be thought of as sort of an anti-Dr. Oz: I think the public want nerdy details more than many...Show More Summary

Boxing Day Cat Blogging - 26 December 2014

Traditionally, Boxing Day is when the upper classes present the help with Christmas boxes full of money or gifts. As you might guess, this tradition has been corrupted a bit on its way to California. Here, it's the day that the help presents the upper classes with a box. Show More Summary

Does America Need More Startups? Fine. How Do We Get Them?

Over at Foreign Affairs, Robert Litan has a piece lamenting the decline in entrepreneurship in America. I'm not entirely persuaded that this is a major problem—a fair amount of it is just the result of big national retailers replacing...Show More Summary

In Police-Civilian Encounters, Your Eyes May Be Your Worst Enemy

Dan Kahan flags a recent bit of research about motivated reasoning as a "run-away winner" in the contest for coolest study of the year. That might be a stretch, but it is pretty interesting. Basically, it's about whether police bodycams will help resolve disputes about what really happened in encounters between cops and civilians. Show More Summary

Jeb Bush Has an Obamacare Problem

From Politico: Jeb Bush is stepping down from the board of a health care company that has reportedly profited from Obamacare, a move that comes as the Republican explores a run for the presidency. According to various media reports, Tenet backed President Barack Obama’s health reform act and has seen its revenues rise from it. Show More Summary

The NSA Is Surprisingly Open-Minded About Analysts Spying on Their Spouses

Via Bloomberg, we learn that the NSA chose Christmas Eve to release its latest set of reports on violations of surveillance rules by its analysts. Nice work, NSA! For the most part, the reports don't appear to contain anything especially...Show More Summary

Chart of the Day: War on Christmas Continues to Take a Drubbing

With the Christmas season now officially closed, I figured everyone would appreciate a final update on how our troops performed this year in the War on Christmas™. And since my Wikipedia entry insists that this blog is known for "original...Show More Summary

Merry Christmas!

We all still miss the late, much beloved Inkblot, but I figured this year it's time to celebrate the new cats in our family. So we have an all-new Christmas ornament. I did my best to retain all the charm of the old ornament, but this one features the new, much beloved Hopper. Merry Christmas, all.

The Hotel Industry Is Apparently Hellbent on Screwing Its Guests

The sheer venality and barefaced contempt for its customers that's so often displayed by corporate America never ceases to amaze me. I had no idea this was going on: Microsoft and Google don’t agree on much, but they’ve presented a united...Show More Summary

Christmas Movies Are Now Just As Horrible As Everything Else Related to Christmas

Well, this answers a question for me. Dan Drezner describes the standard Jewish ritual for Christmas day: Chinese food and a movie. Perfectly pleasant rituals, made special by the fact that the Gentiles are all at home or at church.... No...Show More Summary

How Much Would You Pay For $4,905 In Pension Benefits?

Adam Ozimek points us to some recent research suggesting that people don't actually value pensions very highly: The study utilizes a change in policy in Illinois that allowed teachers to purchase more pension benefits in exchange for a one-time fee. Show More Summary

The Wonkosphere's Top Evergreen Stories, Explained

The news business has always had evergreen stories. When Time magazine asks "Why Did Jesus Have To Die?" on its cover, it's following in its own footsteps along with hundreds of others. If it's Easter, we have stories about Jesus. The wonky blog world has its own odd set of evergreens. Show More Summary

Hollywood Backstabbing Over "The Interview" Now in Full Swing

We all heard yesterday that Sony Pictures made a last-minute decision to release The Interview on Christmas after all, thanks to pleas from a couple hundred independent theaters that agreed at the last minute to defy Kim Jong-un and show it. Show More Summary

Quote of the Day: "That Could Have Been Any One of Us"

From Michelle Conlin of Reuters, who interviewed 25 active-duty and retired black NYPD police officers, nearly all of whom said they themselves had been treated harshly by fellow cops when they were out of uniform: At an ale house in...Show More Summary

Smile! You're on Cop Cam!

Seattle police have made the decision to adopt body cameras, but this means they need to find an automated way to blur out things like faces and license plate numbers before the footage becomes public. Dara Lind comments: But as police...Show More Summary

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