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April 30, 2013 12:20 PM An Economics Paper for Joe Biden, Literally (or Not)

Just published, by Mialon, Hugo M., and Sue H. Mialon. 2013. “Go Figure: The Strategy of Nonliteral Speech.”American Economic Journal: Microeconomics, 5(2): 186-212: We develop a model of figurative or indirect speech, which may convey a meaning that differs from...

By Austin Frakt

February 14, 2013 10:00 AM Dept. of Not Ready for Prime Time

Okay, the water thing was fun but rapidly hit overkill; the fact that Sen. Marco Rubio was just repeating standard GOP rhetoric was true but unsurprising; and I figured there was no reason to get into the whole business because...

By Jonathan Bernstein

January 07, 2013 11:19 AM Did Somebody Change the Definition of “Revenue Neutral”?

The New York Times reports: Mr. McConnell did say he would favor reform if it was “revenue neutral,” meaning that any new tax revenue would be matched by spending cuts. I can think of two ways to define “revenue neutral”,...

By Joshua Tucker

December 19, 2012 11:37 AM President Obama: Just Let Me Be Clear

It's very frustrating to be a politician. President Barack Obama is quite eager to ensure that his words are not misinterpreted. Four words, it turns out, appear over and over in his speeches: (Video via Time.) This is probably a...

By Daniel Luzer

November 06, 2012 11:35 AM Fantasy and Reality

It’s hard to sum up the mendacity and the obscurantism of today’s GOP in a single column. But the real pros are up for the hard tasks.Peggy Noonan, who taught Ronald Reagan the fine art of political lying, has her...

By Mark Kleiman