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02/21/2017 - 5:00pm

    The tea party wave of 2010 cost the Democrats the House, and then Republicans gerrymandered congressional districts to remain in power. But drawing districts with the intention of helping your party is an act of statistical modeling, and all models have assumptions, biases and flaws. A midterm election with an unpopular Republican president will reveal...

02/21/2017 - 3:00pm

    In the fall of 2007, Steven Fabre appeared in my courtroom. He was a 29-year-old New York native there to plead guilty to a single count of possession with intent to distribute crack. Fabre was a typical, fungible street dealer who found business by approaching cars or pedestrians. He used the proceeds...

02/20/2017 - 1:00pm

    Two years ago, I suggested that the U.S. economy is riddled with strangely high costs in key sectors of the economy. Now, more and more people seem to be zeroing in on this problem. On Slate Star Codex, blogger Scott Alexander has a long, excellent rundown of high costs in five areas --- K-12 education...

02/19/2017 - 8:00pm

    For the past eight years, a presidential news conference was a chance to hear from Professor Barack Obama, the long-winded lecturer in chief who expounded on domestic politics and international relations with nuance, depth, range and, most of all, a lot of words.

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02/19/2017 - 7:00pm

    Economists are increasingly turning their attention to the problem of monopoly. This doesn't mean literal monopoly, like when one utility company provides all the power in a city. It refers to market concentration in general -- when an industry goes from having 20 players to having only 10, or when...

02/19/2017 - 4:00pm

    Everybody loves free speech, it seems -- and just about everybody also knows someone who they wish would just hush up.

    That's an old saying that I just made up. It came to mind amid some of the protests that have been busting out all over Donald...

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