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Filed Under:Politics / US Politics
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Archived Since:February 16, 2011

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Friday Cat Blogging - 10 October 2014

Catblogging has become harder recently. There's no shortage of cuteness, obviously, but getting good pictures of the cuteness is tricky. The problem is simple: 55-year-old human reflexes combined with cheap-camera shutter lag are simply no match for 10-month-old kitten reflexes. Show More Summary

Americans Hold Wide Range of Opinions on Various Subjects

Ashley Parker apparently drew the short straw at the New York Times and got assigned to write that hoariest of old chestnuts: a trip through the heartland of American to check the pulse of the public. So how's the public feeling these...Show More Summary

Was Obama Naive?

Paul Krugman has finally come around to a fair assessment of Barack Obama's term in office: not perfect, by any means, and he probably could have accomplished more with better tactics and a better understanding of his opponents. Still and all, he accomplished a lot. Show More Summary

Germany Continues to Demand a European "Austerity Suicide Pact"

Matt O'Brien is gobsmacked that Germany continues to promote the virtues of austerity even as Europe edges ever closer to a triple-dip recession: Germany should stop obsessing about its short-term deficit, and start spending more on roads and bridges and schools instead. Show More Summary

We Have a Saudi Arabia Problem, Not an Islam Problem

Fareed Zakaria steps into the brawl touched off by Bill Maher and Sam Harris last week about whether Islam is inherently violent and reactionary: Places such as Indonesia and India have hundreds of millions of Muslims who don’t fit these caricatures. Show More Summary

Here's Why Kobani Probably Isn't Going to Be Saved

Writing about Kobani and ISIS this morning, I casually mentioned that "If you want quick results against ISIS, then speak up and tell us you want to send in 100,000 troops." I got a bit of pushback on this from people suggesting that...Show More Summary

Obama Plans to Close Guantanamo Whether Congress Likes It Or Not

From the Wall Street Journal: The White House is drafting options that would allow President Barack Obama to close the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by overriding a congressional ban on bringing detainees to the U.S., senior...Show More Summary

Chart of the Day: Kansas Successfully Reduces Voting Rate of Blacks, Young People

Hey, guess what? If you pass a photo ID law, you reduce voter turnout. The nonpartisan GAO studied the effect of photo ID laws and, after applying all the usual demographic controls, came up with this chart for Kansas and Tennessee compared to similar states without photo ID laws: Voter turnout was reduced by 2-3 percentage points in both states. Show More Summary

There Are No Magic Wands in Iraq

The Syrian border town of Kobani is the latest shiny toy for the press to latch onto in the war against ISIS: As warplanes from the U.S. and the United Arab Emirates pounded Islamic State fighters near the Syrian city of Kobani for a third day, the U.S.-led military campaign began running up against the limits of what air power can accomplish. Show More Summary

If You Pay Them, They Will Come

Here's something you don't see every day: a news article about employers who desperately want to hire more people but just can't find workers with the right skills. Oh wait. You do see that every day. What you don't see are articlesShow More Summary

Jon Stewart Would Have Been a Terrible Host of "Meet the Press"

Gabriel Sherman says that Chuck Todd wasn't NBC's first choice to replace David Gregory as host of Meet the Press: Before choosing Todd, NBC News president Deborah Turness held negotiations with Jon Stewart about hosting Meet the Press, according to three senior television sources with knowledge of the talks. Show More Summary

The Great Wage Slowdown of the 21st Century Is About a Lot More Than Just Wages

David Leonhardt writes about why the economy looks so bad even though unemployment has fallen below 6 percent: American workers have been receiving meager pay increases for so long now that it’s reasonable to talk in sweeping terms about the trend. Show More Summary

Immigration, ISIS, and Ebola: A Perfect Right-Wing Storm

Here is Republican congressman Tom Cotton, currently running for a Senate seat in Arkansas: Groups like the Islamic State collaborate with drug cartels in Mexico who have clearly shown they’re willing to expand outside the drug trade...Show More Summary

You Should Avoid Doctors and Judges in the Late Morning

We already know that judges become considerably more severe in their sentencing as the morning wears on and they get tired and hungry. Today, Susannah Locke passes along a new tidbit of research showing that doctors prescribe more antibiotics as the morning wears on. Show More Summary

Is Another Housing Bubble Sneaking Up On Us?

Nick Timiraos points to an interesting IMF chart today. It breaks the world into two sorts of countries. The first, which includes the US, UK, Spain, and others, saw a big housing bubble during the aughts and a big housing bust during the Great Recession. Show More Summary

Any Way You Slice It, Amazon Should Pay Its Workers For Time Spent In Security Lines

Here's the newest front in the war to pay low-wage workers even less: The latest battle, which goes before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, was launched by former warehouse workers for, who argue they should have beenShow More Summary

Chart of the Day: Overweight Teenagers Earn Less as Adults

Here's a stunning chart for you. It comes from a paper by a team of Swedish researchers, and it shows the relationship between earnings and weight among men. As you can see, adult earnings reach a peak around a BMI of 23—smack in the middle of the normal range—and then steadily decline as you get more overweight. Show More Summary

Spending During a Recession Is an Even Better Idea Than We Thought

Matt O'Brien points today to a new paper that tries to estimate the value of the fiscal multiplier during recessions. The multiplier is a number that tells us how effective government spending is. For example, if the government spends...Show More Summary

BREAKING: Wall Street Is a Sinkhole of Corruption and Fraud

The New York Times reports on the latest in Wall Street malfeasance: With evidence mounting that a number of foreign and American banks colluded to alter the price of foreign currencies, the largest and least regulated financial market,...Show More Summary

Your Lesson for the Day: If You Decline to Use Military Force, You've "Kind of Lost Your Way"

Today the Washington Post summarizes a new book by Leon Panetta, former CIA director and secretary of defense in the Obama administration, as well as an interview Panetta gave to Susan Page of USA Today: By not pressing the Iraqi government to leave more U.S. Show More Summary

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