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September 2014 Archives

September 17, 2014 11:20 AM Watching the NFL Twisting in the Wind

The remarkably inept response of the NFL and three of its teams to players in trouble for various kinds of violent behavior has triggered an important but somewhat confused debate....

By Michael O'Hare

September 17, 2014 11:15 AM Krautmas Only Comes Once a Year...

But here are two belated presents – take your choice as to which one you put beneath your poisonwood tree. George Scialabba tries to see (as George always does), the...

By Henry Farrell

September 17, 2014 11:04 AM What to Keep in Mind About Thomas Frank

I'm a bit late to the pile-on over Thomas Frank's recent attack on political scientists and data-oriented journalism. I won't attempt to improve on what folks like Ed Kilgore, Jonathan...

By Seth Masket

September 16, 2014 3:33 PM The Genetics Profession Confronts its Troublesome Inheritance

On August 8, a remarkable letter appeared in the New York Times Sunday Book Review. Written by a group of five leading evolutionary geneticists and signed by another 135, it...

By Aaron Panofsky

September 16, 2014 9:39 AM Hillary's New Message Should Scare Republicans

Over the weekend, Hillary Clinton went to Iowa for the first time since she lost the caucuses there in 2008. If her remarks there are any indication, she's planning to...

By Ramesh Ponnuru

September 15, 2014 11:26 AM In Defense of Football

I don’t write to defend domestic violence, drug abuse, denigration of women, or the many other ways in which professional football players misbehave. I don’t write to defend what I...

By Don Taylor

September 15, 2014 11:20 AM The Less-Union Jack

Inquiring minds want to know, what will the British flag look like if the Scots scoot? Well, it will look like this: The reason involves one of the most famous...

By Michael O'Hare

September 15, 2014 10:36 AM Democrats Swallow Clinton Fried Steak

I have seen the future of the Democratic Party and its name is Hillary Clinton. I believe that's a true statement even if it lacks the electricity associated with a...

By Francis Wilkinson

September 14, 2014 4:46 PM Five Undercovered Midterm Stories

It’s terrific that we have six polling aggregators and forecasting models, each giving us rapidly updated odds for every Senate seat. It's nice to have the chances of a Republican...

By Jonathan Bernstein

September 12, 2014 11:04 AM Weekend Film Recommendation: The Crooked Way

Amnesia is one of the most overused and hokey plot devices in film. Yet if the rest of the elements of a good movie are wrapped around it, viewers...

By Keith Humphreys

September 11, 2014 1:09 PM Observations on the Plan for Iraq and Syria

This afternoon I spent an hour and fifteen minutes on a conference call with three "senior administration officials" who gave me a preview of Obama's speech and strategy. I spent...

By Martin Longman

September 11, 2014 11:01 AM Monetary Policy Isn't Class Warfare

What the poor need now, according to some pundits, is more inflation. The latest to make the argument is Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, writing at The Week. Others argue further that central...

By Ramesh Ponnuru

September 10, 2014 4:16 PM Catch of the Day: Eric Cantor's Companions in Defeat

A Catch to Aaron Blake at the Fix for his quick write-up of the four House incumbents who managed to lose primaries this year. As Blake points out, yesterday’s defeat...

By Jonathan Bernstein

September 10, 2014 9:40 AM A Conversation with Rick Perlstein: The Bootleg Tapes

Defeat in Vietnam, the OPEC oil embargo, Watergate, rising crime rates, and the first signs of the collapsing blue-collar economy marked the mid-1970s as among the toughest periods in American...

By Harold Pollack

September 09, 2014 1:23 PM Hillary Clinton Doesn't Need You

Hillary Clinton doesn't do chits. Clinton will be traveling this weekend to Iowa -- a state far more special than yours -- to attend Democratic Senator Tom Harkin's fish fry....

By Francis Wilkinson

September 09, 2014 10:55 AM Bureaucrats Who Can't Be Trusted Around Children

There’s a legend about the first day of school of Carl Friedrich Gauss, that shows how it should be done. The kids are aged seven or eight, and are supposed...

By Michael O'Hare

September 08, 2014 1:11 PM Why Democrats Can't Blame Gerrymandering

The Upshot's Nate Cohn has a nice item explaining why gerrymandering isn't responsible for Republican majorities in the House (for more on this argument, see an old John Sides post)....

By Jonathan Bernstein

September 08, 2014 9:32 AM Another Enormous Mental Health Benefit of the Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act was a sweeping piece of legislation with multiple, well-known goals, most notably to dramatically expand insurance coverage. Many of us who worked on the Act’s provisions...

By Keith Humphreys

September 07, 2014 9:16 AM "Abhorrent to Our Tradition": the Air Force and the Test Oath

A serving airman was refused re-enlistment because he crossed out the words “So help me God” in the oath he was told to take. (This is based on reporting by...

By Mark Kleiman

September 05, 2014 11:33 PM Bargaining - and Threatening - for Justice

Of course I’m always delighted to see Republican politicians nailed for corruption: how else are we going to recruit conservatives to the cause of criminal justice reform? And there seems...

By Mark Kleiman

September 05, 2014 5:18 PM Annals of Commerce: Seatbacks and Clueless Executives

I think we are now up to three flights diverted because of tiffs between passengers over reclining seats.  Discussion, in the air and in print, has mostly been in assertive...

By Michael O'Hare

September 05, 2014 11:36 AM Weekend Film Recommendation: Rounders

The stakes are high, the chips exchange hands, and dreams crash as quickly as the cards are revealed: it’s got to be Texas Hold ‘Em. This week’s movie recommendation is...

By Johann Koehler

September 04, 2014 9:53 PM How Political-Science Bloggers Triumphed

Is political science needed now more than ever? Ezra Klein noted earlier this week that my discipline, at least in the subfields that study U.S. politics, has moved into the...

By Jonathan Bernstein

September 04, 2014 2:34 PM The Golden Gate Suicide Barrier Makes Economic as Well as Moral Sense

Because September is Suicide Prevention Month, I have written a piece for Washington Post’s Wonkblog describing the evidence supporting the likely benefits of the $76 million suicide prevention nets that...

By Keith Humphreys

September 04, 2014 7:48 AM Michael Barone Dislikes Political Science, Search Engines

Michael Barone doesn't like what he's heard about the most recent American Political Science Association conference, held over this past weekend in Washington, DC. Apparently, political science is avoiding the...

By Seth Masket

September 04, 2014 12:42 AM Sen. Pat Roberts Should Not Be Favored

I think Nate Silver is brilliant and very, very good at predicting elections, but he's only as good as the data he has to work with, and he is capable...

By Martin Longman

September 03, 2014 9:13 AM Ezra Klein Gives Political Scientists Some of Their Own Medicine

This is not ironic. But Alanis was never a stickler for definitions. In recent years, political scientist have gained more influence over how journalists cover national politics. One of the...

By Jonathan Ladd

September 02, 2014 4:01 PM When Ted Cruz Cries 'Wolf' on Shutdown

I largely agree with T. Becket Adams, who argues today that if Republicans were planning to shut down the government, we would know about it. As I’ve said, government shutdowns...

By Jonathan Bernstein

September 02, 2014 3:57 PM Another 1998 Disaster for Republicans?

With elections looming in November, Republicans are counting on President Barack Obama's unpopularity to deliver them control of the Senate. They're not running on an agenda, refusing even in broad...

By Ramesh Ponnuru

September 02, 2014 3:10 PM What If Corporations Really Were Persons...The View Back from 2021

Corporations are people. In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010), Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote, “If the First Amendment has any force, it prohibits Congress from fining or jailing...

By Barry Mitnick

September 02, 2014 8:57 AM Mining the Ocean

Codfish from the waters off New England was once the cheapest protein in the world; salted, it went everywhere in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, where poor people figured out how...

By Michael O'Hare

September 02, 2014 8:40 AM Another Day, Another Misinformed Article on Obama's Addiction Treatment Record

Writing about President Obama’s record on drug addiction treatment without mentioning the passage of the Affordable Care Act and the development of the regulations for the Mental Health Parity and...

By Keith Humphreys

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