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The Senator’s Dilemma: Game Theory, Gorsuch, and the Nuclear Option

Updated: April 8, 2017, at 4:15 p.m. In May 2016, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell published his memoir The Long Game, a personal reflection on his three decades in the upper house of Congress. Just months earlier, McConnell set into motion another long game, which finally ended today, and whose resolution will have an impact on […]

Slander by Association: the Problem with Endorsements

The endorsement of Keith Ellison, a black congressman from Minnesota, by white supremacist David Duke has broader implications for American politics.

Linguist-In-Chief: Trump and the Meaning of Fake News

To understand President Trump’s use of the term “fake news,” one must into presidential history and modern marketing strategy.

Re-Capturing the American Dream: How to Restore Middle Class America

For most middle class Americans, the dream of a stable, well-paying job is a fiction of a past long-departed. With the arrival of the modern system of flexible labor, working class America has waved goodbye to the economic prosperity championed by its forefathers—and begrudgingly welcomed an economy marked by stagnant income levels, dismal prospects of […]

We Need a New Way of Thinking About Inequality

When Paul Douglas and Charles Cobb developed their famous production function, they had the right instinct: keep it simple. Output, according to Cobb and Douglas, could be modeled by capital and labor inputs multiplied by an adjustment variable—the “total factor of productivity”—which accounted mainly for changes in technology. For simplicity’s sake (recall that there were […]

Republicans: See Something? Say Something.

The Department of Homeland Security has a motto: “If you see something, say something.” Well, we’ve seen quite a bit over the last month and Republicans in Congress have said next to nothing. The Russian government has interfered with our election. There is evidence that President Trump’s campaign team had unsavory discussions with Russian officials […]