I very much enjoyed Josh Barro’s analysis of SOTU 2012. Josh is an advocate of large-scale mortgage modification and NGDP targeting as instruments for accelerating the economic recovery. Though I was once enthusiastic about the former, I’m now much less so, in part because of the administrative challenges and the potential implications for vulnerable financial institutions. (No, I don’t care about vulnerable financial institutions as such. Rather, I think timing is important.) And though I’ve been favorably inclined towards the arguments for NGDP targeting, Ashwin Parameswaran has given us reason to be skeptical. I’d much rather Josh were right about mortgage modification and NGDP targeting, as they’re both levers we can imagine a Democratic or Republican president pulling under the right circumstance, but I’m just not sure they’ll work as intended.
Minneapolis is a nice city no longer.
Democratic impeachment managers have a duty to explain how Officer Sicknick died.
Never mind how he voted.
Surprising briefs emerge in a First Amendment case before the Supreme Court.
How likely is it that this dangerous ideological agenda is about to get worse?
The policy was first instated by President Reagan to ensure that taxpayers would not be required to indirectly fund abortions in other countries.
Monday was a bad day in court for universities and other serial violators of the First Amendment.
There’s no consistent, much less scientific, measure of racism. That’s the problem. Nobody can keep track of the rules.
The comments come after Senator Joe Manchin indicated that he would be open to limited reform of filibuster rules.
At her confirmation hearing tomorrow, Vanita Gupta should be asked about her abuse of the Vacancies Act while working for Obama.
Former education secretary Betsy DeVos put a new system into place mandating due process rights for individuals accused of harassment or assault.
Democrats seek to bend the power of the federal government toward crushing political opposition.