Kellyanne Conway: No Benefit of the Doubt

Earlier this week, on Hardball with Chris Matthews, Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway justified President Obama’s 2011 not-actually-a-travel-ban: “I bet it’s brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized and were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre….

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On the Need for Evidence-Based Policy

On Friday, January 27, at about 5:00 p.m. eastern time, the Trump administration announced a sudden, unilateral, and blanket moratorium on entry into the United States by any person coming from one of seven predominantly Muslim countries: Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Yemen. Chaos ensued. Travelers who were in the air when the…

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Some Links for Today

Among the charges leveled at Hillary Clinton (usually by Bernie supporters) is the claim that the Podesta email leaks prove that she was manipulating the media into positive coverage. This article from before November 8 convincingly refutes that claim. When Hillary began her campaign, she had a favorability rating of 50 percent. By the end of…

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Put Away Your Open Letters and Online Petitions

Listen, liberals: we’re not going to survive the next four years if all you’ve got to offer is Open Letters and Online Petitions. No one cares what you think if all you have to offer is shame. Your opponents have no shame. You can’t shame the shameless, and even if they did, your opponents’ supporters just…

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President Obama Can’t Force the Senate to ‘Waive’ Its Advice and Consent

Democrats are rightly furious that Senate Republicans stole a Supreme Court nominee from President Obama. With almost a year left in Obama’s administration, senators like Mitch McConnell made bogus, disingenuous arguments about how the American people deserve to select the next Supreme Court justice. Never mind that the president’s term lasts four years, and Justice Scalia’s…

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How Did This Happen?

For months, every outlet guessing the outcome of the presidential election said it was in the bag for Hillary. Five Thirty Eight, renowned for correctly calling every state but one in 2008, and correctly calling every state in 2012, had the most conservative estimate, and it gave Hillary at 71% chance of winning as of…

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Your Grandma’s Facebook: Raising the Minimum Wage Is a Bad Idea

The thought exercise proposed by this image circulating on Facebook is the following (typos in original corrected): Let’s say milk costs $1.00 and let’s say You make $1.23 a day. After taxes, you bring home $1.00 Right now you can afford one gallon [of milk] per day. So now you get a minimum wage raise…

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What Do Jill Stein’s Supporters Want?

What do Jill Stein’s supporters want, anyway? Some of the disenchanted Bernie refugees (the ones who aren’t overtly racist) appear to have latched onto Stein, and flooded the Internet with “articles” promising that Stein is a viable candidate who can defeat either Hillary, or Trump, or both. A candidate’s supporters often engage in hagiography, but Stein’s…

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The End of Glucksberg?

This post on Balkanization about the future of Glucksberg really is spot-on, and so its connection to Michael H v. Gerald D. Buried within Justice Kennedy’s opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges is what appears to be a repudiation of Washington v. Glucksberg, nominally a case about physician-assisted suicide, but known to posterity as the case telling us how…

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‘Why Are So Many Americans in Prison?’

It could be due to incarceration for nonviolent drug crimes, or to the increasing length of sentences. Professor John Pfaff of Fordham Law School doesn’t think so. TL; DR: So over the course of the ’90s and 2000s, district attorneys just got much more aggressive in how they filed charges. Defendants who they would not…

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