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August 2013 Archives

August 30, 2013 11:15 AM Is Obamacare Disappearing Already?

Talking Points Memo today has a nice collection of ads for the various health care exchanges. Except the word "exchanges" isn't mentioned in the ones that I looked at. Nor...

By Jonathan Bernstein

August 30, 2013 11:11 AM How the Department of Justice Is Going to Deal with Pot

The Justice Department has issued formal guidance to federal prosecutors on dealing with state-licensed cannabis businesses. [The link is to a .pdf. Full text below.] Instead of the formal contractual...

By Mark Kleiman

August 30, 2013 8:02 AM Why Are Wingnuts Cheering an Iranian Diplomatic Victory?

I have absolutely no clue about what the U.S. should, or shouldn’t, do about Syria. Since I’ve seen no coherent story about how an intervention will make things better, I’m...

By Mark Kleiman

August 30, 2013 12:33 AM Where We Stand on Climate Policy

In his June climate speech, President Obama promised to tackle one of the biggest items on environmental groups' wish lists: regulating new and existing power plants. Here’s a look...

By Devin Castles

August 29, 2013 11:05 AM How Today's GOP Celebrated MLK's Speech

Where was the party of Lincoln at the commemoration of the March on Washington and MLK's great speech?Former President George H.W. Bush: too poorly to attend (he's 89)Former President George...

By James Wimberley

August 29, 2013 11:01 AM Are Doctors the Source of Obamacare Misinformation?

I never know how to take self-reports about information sources...it's probably not a very good idea to take them at face value. But for whatever it's worth, I'm a bit...

By Jonathan Bernstein

August 29, 2013 10:55 AM Summers Pick Fits Obama’s Preference for Beaten Path

At this point, Larry Summers isn’t just the favorite for Federal Reserve chairman. He’s the overwhelming favorite. Unless something truly unexpected shows up in the vetting process (a paid toast...

By Ezra Klein

August 28, 2013 1:00 PM People Don’t Fear Climate Change Enough

With respect to the science of climate change, many experts regard the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as the world’s authoritative institution. A draft summary of its forthcoming report was...

By Cass Sunstein

August 28, 2013 11:30 AM Ron Fournier, Omniscient Gentleman

Ron Fournier announced this week that Millennials, those scamps, hate politics and will not be getting involved in it. This may come as a surprise to Millennials, especially those of...

By Ben Florsheim

August 28, 2013 8:28 AM Martin Luther King vs. Today's Conservatives

Yes, I know you hate the fact that the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom is being (1) being treated as a civic, rather than...

By Mark Kleiman

August 28, 2013 8:24 AM Why a Missile Strike on Syria Could Make Things Worse

So what exactly is the most telegraphed missile strike in history meant to achieve? Such a strike -- now in the works at the White House -- clearly isn't meant...

By Jeffrey Goldberg

August 28, 2013 7:33 AM Is Primary Reform Enabling Immigration Reform? Probably Not.

Laura Meckler in the Wall Street Journal suggests that immigration reform may have an improved chance in the U.S. House thanks to the moderating effect of California's top-two election system,...

By Seth Masket

August 27, 2013 10:40 AM What Obama’s Drug Policy Gets Right

After initially accusing President Obama’s outgoing drug policy director Gil Kerlikowske of opposing public health measures in drug policy, Eric Sterling had the class to publically acknowledge Kerlikowske’s health-oriented reforms:...

By Keith Humphreys

August 27, 2013 10:35 AM Why Are We More Outraged by Chemical Weapons Killings?

The victims of the chemical weapons’ attacks in Syria have suffered immeasurably. Yet, many more have been killed and maimed by conventional weapons. Why are we so much more outraged...

By Erik Voeten

August 27, 2013 8:51 AM The Very Slow Legalization of Marijuana

When I saw Dylan Scott’s story reporting that some Colorado officials were claiming “tacit approval” from the Justice Department for going ahead with the taxed and regulated cannabis market approved...

By Mark Kleiman

August 26, 2013 11:05 AM Black Women’s Rate of Imprisonment Has Fallen Sharply

Rates of imprisonment have been declining among African-Americans for over a decade. This trend began long before the recent decline in the overall size of the prison population. The change...

By Keith Humphreys

August 26, 2013 10:40 AM Everyone Thinks There's a Media Bias, Against His Own Position

Responding to the post about Max Boot and the Groseclose studies of “liberal media bias,” commenter Dilan Esper writes In my experience, everyone thinks the media is biased against their...

By Mark Kleiman

August 26, 2013 9:45 AM House Republican Leaders Are Always Squishes

There's a lot of good talk about the GOP House leadership's current maybe-plan to trade in the possibility of shutting down the government over Obamacare for the threat of defaulting...

By Jonathan Bernstein

August 26, 2013 9:00 AM Why Can No One Pronounce the Names of New Drugs?

One of the challenging aspects of a career in medicine is that every week you have to learn new nonsense words that have been invented to describe the latest products....

By Keith Humphreys

August 23, 2013 11:21 AM Richard Nixon, Bowling Cheat

Megan McArdle related a funny Richard Nixon story last week, concerning his creation of a White House Place Guard. The palace guard episode is silly at any level and also...

By Keith Humphreys

August 23, 2013 10:00 AM When Government Says ‘No’ to Rising Costs

Health care and education pose the same basic threat to the economy: How do you keep costs down for a product that consumers must purchase? Saying “no,” after all, is...

By Ezra Klein

August 23, 2013 7:25 AM Elmore Leonard's Tips for Writers

Elmore Leonard, the great novelist, died on Tuesday at 87. Too often pigeon-holed as a crime genre specialist, Leonard was a brilliant stylist and a peerless entertainer. The critic Janet...

By Jamie Malanowski

August 22, 2013 4:54 PM Dan Malloy’s Connecticut Experiment

Dan Malloy, on the campaign trail In this era of activist state governance, the term “laboratories of democracy” has been used to describe the rapid policy changes occurring as statehouses...

By Ben Florsheim

August 22, 2013 1:24 PM Tesla’s True Accomplishment: Building a Great Car

The internet was abuzz this week with the news that the Tesla Model S electric car was rated the safest production automobile ever tested by the government, performing off...

By Ben Florsheim

August 22, 2013 12:33 PM Why We're Better at Detecting Political Corruption than Punishing it

The comment thread of a recent piece I wrote about the federal prison system contained a lively discussion about why federal-level law enforcement exists and what sorts of crimes it...

By Keith Humphreys

August 22, 2013 8:01 AM Why the Democratic Party Needs 'Very Serious People'

Ashok Rao writes: Paul Krugman’s pet insult – “Very Serious Person” – is more important to understanding America’s policy failures than most people realize, and goes well beyond economic illiteracy....

By Andrew Gelman

August 21, 2013 8:52 AM Confessions of an Obamabot

Since Atrios’s post about “emo-progs v. Obamabots,” and Kevin Drum’s comment on it, are attracting some attention, and since if you look up “Obamabot” in the Pictionary my headshot shows...

By Mark Kleiman

August 21, 2013 8:45 AM Can Public Broadcasting Make Us Smarter Citizens?

There are no end of lamentations about what voters do—and often do not—know about politics and current events.    Could the solution be waiting in the welcoming arms of Big...

By John Sides

August 21, 2013 8:18 AM Stop Worrying About Amnesty for Undocumented Immigrants: Amnesty Has a Long Tradition in the U.S.

When Congress reconvenes after Labor Day, House Republicans will find themselves once again staring down the barrel of immigration reform - a predicament that promises to pit party leaders...

By Ben Gharagozli and Christopher Moraff

August 21, 2013 7:40 AM Yes, Madisonian Democracy Protects Minorities

Matt Yglesias argues that the filibuster protects the status quo (true!) and that it doesn't protect minorities (false!): Most people aren't Jehovah's Witnesses, and Jehovah's Witnesses are mildly annoying when...

By Jonathan Bernstein

August 20, 2013 11:54 AM Why Chris Christie Didn’t Run in 2012

In the Los Angeles Times, Washington bureau chief David Lauter reviews Lynn Vavreck’s and my book on the election, The Gamble (coming soon!), and Dan Balz’s just-released Collision 2012.  Part...

By John Sides

August 20, 2013 11:48 AM Can a Presidential Candidate Skip Iowa? Not Really.

Yes, it's time to roll this one out already: The first question Team Christie will have to confront will be whether they play in Iowa at all.  (Christie adviser Mike...

By Jonathan Bernstein

August 20, 2013 9:14 AM The NYC Primary and the 2012 Republican Race

The Democratic primary race for New York City mayor has begun increasingly resembling, of all things, the 2012 Republican presidential primaries, featuring an unsettled and unenthusiastic electorate, a bevy of...

By Raymond A. Smith

August 19, 2013 12:51 PM Can Tweeting Really Predict Election Results?

I have a TAP column out today in which I'm not very kind to the sociologists who got a ton of publicity last week from a claim that "tweet share"...

By Jonathan Bernstein

August 19, 2013 11:10 AM The Real Immorality of Inequality

Last month, John Goodman excoriated a Wonkblog piece I wrote, which had criticized Greg Mankiw’s defense of the 1%. I argued that Mankiw fails to appreciate what we all owe...

By Harold Pollack

August 19, 2013 10:01 AM Senator Ted Cruz (R, CN)

It turns out that hard-right Republican Senator and Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is a Canadian citizen as well as an American one. TPM: The birth certificate [released by Cruz] confirmed...

By James Wimberley

August 19, 2013 8:47 AM Young, Healthy and Rich Need Obamacare, Too

Health insurance isn’t like other forms of insurance. It’s not protection against the unlikely; it’s insulation against the inevitable. Most people never use their fire insurance. Almost everyone uses their...

By Ezra Klein

August 19, 2013 7:00 AM Richard Nixon's Palace Guard

It’s a Monday in the middle of August, and we could all use a break. So let’s go back in time to January 1970, when President Richard Nixon was...

By Megan McArdle

August 18, 2013 1:05 PM What the Hell Are 'Puritan Progressive' Parents?

Mark Oppenheimer’s critique of hygiene-obsessed parents who are scared of immunization, processed food, non-organic anything and the alleged over-sugarization of children kicked off a long, engaging set of comments on...

By Keith Humphreys

August 16, 2013 12:25 PM What Obama Misunderstands About Egypt

Yesterday morning, President Barack Obama condemned the Egyptian military's slaughter of Muslim Brotherhood members and sympathizers, and canceled joint military exercises scheduled for next month. He said that the violence...

By Jeffrey Goldberg

August 16, 2013 11:00 AM There Is No Such Thing as the Senior Vote

Charlie Cook and Erica Seifert‘s analyses of senior citizens’ voting intentions have drawn a significant amount of attention (See Kevin Drum’s take here, Ed Kilgore’s here). While not uninformative, such...

By Keith Humphreys

August 15, 2013 10:37 AM Does Peacekeeping Reduce Violence Against Civilians?

Most of the recent news regarding UN peacekeepers has been bad, ranging from their responsibility for a cholera epidemic in Haiti to their failures to reduce violence against civilians in The...

By Erik Voeten

August 15, 2013 8:41 AM Vietnam and Historical Forgetting

Tyler Cowen blogs about Nick Turse’s recent book on the US-Vietnam war, Kill Anything That Moves. I’ve been reading it too over the last couple of weeks during infrequent breaks,...

By Henry Farrell

August 15, 2013 8:36 AM Sympathy for the Trolls

I once spent some time in Florida during Major League Baseball’s spring training. It’s a time when many young players from the top of the minor leagues (“Triple A ball”)...

By Keith Humphreys

August 15, 2013 8:31 AM Why Sit-Ins Succeed - Or Fail

In view of yesterday’s events in Egypt, I wanted to encourage writers to see Erica Chenoweth’s article at Foreign Affairs with the same title as this blog post from earlier...

By Joshua Tucker

August 14, 2013 12:32 PM The Fun of Nixon/Obama Comparisons

George Will trots out the lame argument today that Barack Obama is a far more serious crook than Richard Nixon ever was. Jonathan Chait does a takedown, and it's fine,...

By Jonathan Bernstein

August 14, 2013 11:50 AM Ken Cuccinelli’s Sex Problem

When I worked at Playboy a few years ago, some of the fellows were fond of a saying: “Don’t mess with another man’s blow job.” Crude, blunt, and yet eloquent,...

By Jamie Malanowski

August 14, 2013 11:44 AM Federal Prisons Are a Pretty Small Part of the U.S. Prison System

I praised Attorney General Holder’s proposed changes to mandatory minimum sentencing procedures in federal drug cases. That said, the way some media outlets touted them in the subsequent news cycle...

By Keith Humphreys

August 14, 2013 11:23 AM 'Stop and Frisk' Statistics

Reposted because it’s newsworthy.And our graphs (based on data from the late 1990s): [Cross-posted at The Monkey Cage]...

By Andrew Gelman

August 14, 2013 11:13 AM How Much Does the 'Health' of a Political Party Matter?

This may be a little unfair, but I'm going to react in advance to a three-part series by Sean Trende about party makeovers. Despite that he's only published part one....

By Jonathan Bernstein

August 14, 2013 7:27 AM People 'Concerned' With the Poor Have Political Power. But the Actual Poor Are Pretty Powerless.

Ezra Klein wants you to know that the “conventional wisdom on Washington,” that “corporations win every fight and everyone else—particularly the poor—gets shafted,” is “wrong, or at least incomplete.” The...

By Larry Bartels

August 14, 2013 6:40 AM How a Straight White Man Can Win the NYC Race

Aside from solid progressive credentials, the secret is a remarkable family.

By Ben Florsheim

August 13, 2013 11:49 AM Why Did Liberals Used to Support Mandatory Minimums?

The Obama Administration, in the person of Attorney General Holder, has proposed reforms that are intended to make mandatory minimum sentences less common for low-level drug offenders in selected federal...

By Keith Humphreys

August 13, 2013 11:26 AM With So Many Job Openings, Why So Little Hiring?

An odd puzzle is taking shape in the labor market: Over the past three years, the number of job openings has risen almost 50 percent, but actual hiring has gone...

By Peter Orszag

August 13, 2013 8:41 AM Eric Holder Does the Right Thing on Drug Sentencing

The federal government keeps about 100,000 people under lock and key at any given time for drug law violations. That’s more than half of all federal incarceration, though it’s a...

By Mark Kleiman

August 13, 2013 2:27 AM Israel Faces Deepening Isolation, Kerry Warns

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's peace mission to the Middle East is semi-quixotic, if not wholly quixotic. I doubt he'll reach his goal of negotiating a final-status agreement between...

By Jeffrey Goldberg

August 12, 2013 12:30 PM What Larry Summers Should Say

This weekend, I read the fascinating New York Times story by Louise Story and Annie Lowrey regarding Larry Summers’ baroque financial ties to prominent banks and Wall Street firms. I...

By Harold Pollack

August 12, 2013 12:23 PM Policy Blogging Can't Move Mass Opinion, but Is Still Worth Doing

Bill Gardner cites research showing that even people with big megaphones (e.g., U.S. Senators) have not apparently influenced public opinions regarding the Affordable Care Act. He reasons therefore that health...

By Keith Humphreys

August 12, 2013 12:10 PM Age Bands and Obamacare, Ctd.

"It’s not the age bands," writes Harold. He’s right. It isn’t. I have no disagreement with what Harold wrote. However, I may be more open to additional modifications to community...

By Austin Frakt

August 12, 2013 12:02 PM It's Not the Age Bands, It's the Medical Underwriting

Austin dissents from my critique of the health reform proposal offered by health policy experts at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) last week. It seems useful to clarify what we...

By Harold Pollack

August 12, 2013 11:47 AM How to Get Real Tax Fairness

Leaders from both parties and both chambers of Congress have vowed to wipe the tax code clean and scrutinize every deduction, credit, and expenditure. They claim to be on the...

By Reid Cramer

August 09, 2013 12:54 PM The (Former) Redskins: The Question Is Etiquette, Not 'Racism'

Slate yesterday said it wouldn't use "Redskins" any more for the Washington football team. Good choice! Which is as good an excuse as any to make my argument again that...

By Jonathan Bernstein

August 09, 2013 12:15 PM Remember When the Surveillance State Obsessed Over Civil Rights Leaders?

John Lewis during the 1960s Recently, Georgia Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis compared Edward Snowden, the NSA leaker, to figures like Henry David Thoreau and Gandhi for exposing...

By Katelyn Fossett

August 09, 2013 12:00 PM When Information Could Make the Nerd a King

The sale of the Washington Post to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has set off an avalanche of comment about the relative virtues and vices of new media versus old, about...

By Stephen L. Carter

August 09, 2013 11:53 AM This is the Place

Why is conservative Utah so upwardly mobile? The answer may surprise you.

By Ben Florsheim

August 09, 2013 10:36 AM How Dumb Is the Immigration Debate? This Dumb.

Everything you know about immigration, particularly unauthorized immigration, is wrong. So says Princeton University’s Doug Massey, anyway. Massey is one of the nation’s preeminent immigration scholars. And he thinks we’ve...

By Ezra Klein

August 09, 2013 8:04 AM Rick Santorum, Still Not Going Away

Byron York had an column on Rick Santorum earlier in the week, featuring an interview, and asserting that "Santorum will again be underestimated" as a presidential candidate in 2016. Now,...

By Jonathan Bernstein

August 08, 2013 4:08 PM Public Lands Aren't Just for Oil and Gas

The extraordinary oil and gas boom the U.S. has experienced in the last few years has led to growing concerns over how the government should protect and manage its...

By Devin Castles

August 08, 2013 11:54 AM Misleading Public Opinion Polls

There are many ways, either through error or chicanery, that a poll can misrepresent public opinion on some issue. For example, the chosen sample can be unrepresentative, the questions can...

By Keith Humphreys

August 08, 2013 11:32 AM What Larry Summers Doesn't Get About Climate Change

Lots of debate in Blogistan and elsewhere about President Obama’s apparent desire to appoint Larry Summers as Fed Chair. We know (or at least we think we know) that he...

By Jonathan Zasloff

August 08, 2013 11:00 AM Obama Cancels that Summit with Putin

Yesterday the White House announced that President Obama would cancel his planned September summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Here are some thoughts on this decision from my colleagues at...

By Joshua Tucker

August 08, 2013 8:08 AM How Interest Groups Really Gain Influence

What makes an interest group influential? In a new article in Interest Groups and Advocacy (currently ungated), Michael Heaney and Geoffrey Lorenz argue that a group becomes influential not because of...

By Seth Masket

August 07, 2013 12:19 PM Want to Win an Election? Raise Money Outside Your District.

Fascinating findings by Kristen Coopie Allen today. She looked at money in state legislative contests (lots of cases!) and, among other things, found one thing that I find particularly interesting:...

By Jonathan Bernstein

August 07, 2013 12:13 PM Why Medicare Fixes Will Lead to More Hospital Mergers

Improving the U.S. health-care system requires encouraging low-value doctors and hospitals to practice as well as high-value ones do. The gap between the two is wide, but that only shows...

By Peter Orszag

August 07, 2013 12:00 PM South Dakota to Make Big Changes to its Prison System

South Dakota has passed an extensive package of legislation that will forestall the planned building of new prisons and invest in community-based supervision and health services. Sentences for violent offenders...

By Keith Humphreys

August 07, 2013 8:53 AM Abortion: Sucked Into the Polarization Vortex

A new poll has shown the historically polarizing issue of abortion is perhaps becoming even more polarizing. Importantly, it seems that the divide has become primarily drawn around regional...

By Katelyn Fossett

August 07, 2013 8:28 AM There Really Is Partisan Bias in Media Coverage of Scandals

We study the coverage of U.S. political scandals by U.S. newspapers during the past decade. Using automatic keyword-based searches we collected data on 32 scandals and approximately 200 newspapers. We...

By John Sides

August 07, 2013 6:15 AM The Senator from Hypetown

The NYT whiffs in its New Jersey Senate endorsement.

By Ben Florsheim

August 06, 2013 12:40 PM Why Shouldn't Obama's Campaign Guru Help the Tories?

Lots of leftists are beating up on Jim Messina, a wizard of President Obama’s presidential campaigns, for taking a job advising the UK Tories of David Cameron. To some observers...

By Keith Humphreys

August 06, 2013 12:35 PM It’s Not Just Obamacare. There’s a lot About Health Insurance Americans Don’t Understand

True, Americans don’t understand some fundamentally important details of Obamacare very well. But it’s not just Obamacare. They don’t understand lots of fundamentally important details of today’s health insurance products.Consider...

By Austin Frakt

August 06, 2013 12:29 PM Beyond the Horse Race to Lead the Fed

Maybe I spend too much time in the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Catalog.  But this is a nice one.  In an undated photograph taken before 1945, we...

By Sarah Binder

August 06, 2013 8:45 AM Does the GOP Have a Lock on the House?

My Salon column over the weekend said to ignore the conventional wisdom that Democrats have a lock on the White House -- and Republicans have a lock, at least through...

By Jonathan Bernstein

August 05, 2013 3:47 PM Paul Ryan's War on the War on Poverty

How helping the poor becomes top-down class warfare.

By Devin Castles

August 05, 2013 12:53 PM The Death Penalty is Not a National Problem

Janell Ross rounds up evidence that the use of the death penalty may be in retreat in the U.S.. Being strongly against capital punishment, I am pleased at developments. But...

By Keith Humphreys

August 05, 2013 12:31 PM Why Is the Country So Deeply Divide Over Obamacare Implementation?

The US has split over whether to implement the Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act. The dark blue states are expanding Medicaid. Let’s imagine they were a country —...

By Bill Gardner

August 05, 2013 12:13 PM Monopoly Profits and Broken Promises

This Timothy Noah piece, from January 1984, examines the Washington Post at its period of greatest strength. Every now and then those of us who enthusiastically endorse the virtues of...

By Washington Monthly

August 05, 2013 12:03 PM Warning to Americans: Be Afraid, Very Afraid

It seems as if al-Qaeda, or its Arabian Peninsula branch, has succeeded in terrorizing the United States of America again, but this time without - as of this writing -...

By Jeffrey Goldberg

August 05, 2013 9:16 AM Why Governors Don't Make Better Presidents

Brad DeLong is absolutely correct about this: [T]he failure in 2009 to nominate Fed governors who would give Bernanke a left wing on the FMOC to balance out the bank...

By Jonathan Bernstein

August 05, 2013 8:47 AM My City Was Gone.

Superstar political scientist Robert Putnam (who was a wonderful employer and informal mentor to me, too many years ago) is now writing a book about the economic and social decline...

By Harold Pollack

August 02, 2013 4:52 PM The Problems With the Publishing Industry

In one tiny sentence, everything that is absurd, backwards, self-deluded, and contemptible about the dying publishing industry: [Amazon has] devalued the concept of what a book is, and turned...

By Ben Florsheim

August 02, 2013 11:05 AM Ayatollah Takes to Twitter, Paranoia Ensues

Finally, a reason to believe that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's energetic intervention in the Israeli-Arab dispute might work: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran (I...

By Jeffrey Goldberg

August 02, 2013 10:45 AM Talking About Obamacare: Does Policy Debate Matter?

American politicians have debated the Affordable Care Act since it was introduced to Congress in 2009. Have these debates affected what citizens think about the ACA? Daniel Hopkins can’t...

By Bill Gardner

August 02, 2013 9:01 AM The Expanding Homeland

On Wednesday at a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting California Senator Diane Feinstein, who chairs the committee, was defending the National Security Agency's infamous top secret spying program. As Philip Bump...

By Daniel Luzer

August 01, 2013 4:28 PM Against the “Golden Fleece” Award

Pushing back on Bill Proxmire's anti-science legacy.

By Ben Florsheim

August 01, 2013 2:55 PM The Four Most Infuriating Cases of Too-Big-to-Jail

Last year was a record year in corporate settlements, and for those harboring any faith in our criminal justice system, it was also a record year in disillusionment. In 2012,...

By Katelyn Fossett

August 01, 2013 1:35 PM Does a Presidential Candidate Really Need to Be an Average Joe?

Chris Cillizza, on why Chris Christie is a strong candidate: As Mitt Romney, John Kerry and Al Gore can attest — and not in a good way — being, or...

By Jonathan Bernstein

August 01, 2013 1:30 PM Was There a Good Reason for the Iraq War?

The Duck of Minerva is hosting an interesting debate about explanations for the Iraq war based on two recently published articles in International Organization and International Security that the publishers...

By Erik Voeten

August 01, 2013 1:23 PM Non-Violent Offenders Have Been a Declining Part of Prison Populations for 20 Years

Prison is the subject of many myths in the public policy world. For example, many people believe that the size of the prison population has continued to rise under President...

By Keith Humphreys

August 01, 2013 1:18 PM The Burden of Mental Illness in the United States

From today’s New England Journal of Medicine, a report from Christopher Murray and colleagues summarizing the disability and loss of life attributable to diseases across the world.Murray and colleagues have...

By Bill Gardner

August 01, 2013 1:03 PM The House of Representatives’ Money Problem

There's a lot of excellent commentary out there about the latest House Republican fiasco -- they had to pull an appropriations bill from the floor at the last minute yesterday...

By Jonathan Bernstein

August 01, 2013 12:46 PM Six of Janet Yellen or Half-Dozen of Larry Summers?

The strangest part of the increasingly bitter shadow campaign for chairman of the Federal Reserve is that the contest is not really about monetary policy. It’s about financial regulation. The...

By Ezra Klein

August 01, 2013 8:29 AM Pot Clinics Really Aren't a Cause of Crime

Scary story from today's Denver Post: Nearly one-third of the crimes committed in Denver occur within 1,000 feet of a medical marijuana dispensary, according to new statistics provided by the...

By Seth Masket

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