The Supreme Court's Cake Ruling Was Neither Partisan Nor Bombshell

The Supreme Court's Cake Ruling Was Neither Partisan Nor Bombshell

think it was ABC World News Tonight that, last night (June 4) called the Supreme Court's cake-maker decision a "bombshell" ruling. That is false, it is not.

CNN claims--I roll my eyes--that the ruling somehow "fuels the debate on gay rights." Please. 

In a hyperpartsian era full of 5-4, "partisan line" Supreme Court decisions, it's incredibly important to recognize how different this was. It was not partisan, it was not narrow, it was not a "bombshell," and it doesn't fuel anything.

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Sneaky Hidden Trouble in Bipartisan Bills (FOSTA/SESTA)

Sneaky Hidden Trouble in Bipartisan Bills (FOSTA/SESTA)

Imagine with me a happy, hand-shakey, bipartisan Congress. We're working across party lines, we're passin' bills, and everything's good.

Right now we're so far from that vision that I am almost afraid to malign it, but malign it I shall. 

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What are Trump's Options for North Korea?

What are Trump's Options for North Korea?

2017 was full of hype about the risk of thermonuclear war or (somehow) World War III as the war of words between Trump and Kim of North Korea reached a boiling point. For all the criticism Trump received for tough talk and saber-rattling, he seems to be getting just as much flak for deciding to sit down and talk to Kim. Nonwithstanding, of course, the pretty typical flip-flopping: Obama offers to talk to North Korea without preconditions, conservatives freak out. Now Trump does it, liberals freak out (along with some conservatives, such as Ben Shapiro or the American Spectator). So let's take a minute and cut through the sports-team politics and get into the meat.

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Some Helpful Facts for Your Next Debate on Illegal Immigration

Some Helpful Facts for Your Next Debate on Illegal Immigration

The bipartisan effort to keep DREAMers in the US collapsed, kicking the debate over illegal immigration back into the public sphere.

I've seen a lot of arguments come across my desk about different ways of dealing with illegal immigration in the US, many of which have been backed by simply bad information. In today's post we'll debunk a few myths so you can have your facts straight at your next illegal immigration debate.

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Why Lower Corporate Tax Rates?

Why Lower Corporate Tax Rates?

We've had a few readers ask why Congress wanted to lower corporate tax rates in the US. In particular, US corporations already have record-setting profits--why do they need more money? Should we, instead, be raising taxes on corporations? Indeed, plenty of articles make the case that the corporate tax cuts won't create jobs at all. 

The problem with these articles is that their counter-arguments are all arguing against the wrong argument. The logic behind a corporate tax cut is not in fact, "more corporate profits will mean more jobs." 

If that's not the argument, what is?

 

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What's Behind the Growing Pay-Productivity Gap? Pt 2, Measurement Problems

What's Behind the Growing Pay-Productivity Gap? Pt 2, Measurement Problems

In the last post, we explored some different common hypotheses behind the observed phenomenon of a growing gap between worker productivity and worker pay. 

Today we'll look at how tough it is to explain this gap based on how hard it is to measure different parts of the graph--and, luckily, find a few places that seem a little more pinned down.

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What's Behind the Growing Pay-Productivity Gap? Pt 1, Hypotheses

What's Behind the Growing Pay-Productivity Gap? Pt 1, Hypotheses

What's behind the growing gap between US worker productivity and their pay? In this first half of the analysis, we look at some of the common knee-jerk answers and some of their complications.

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Misrepresenting Policy: The GOP "Private Jet Owner Tax Cut"

Misrepresenting Policy: The GOP "Private Jet Owner Tax Cut"

The Senate tax reform bill that just passed has many changes, but one that took some flak was an apparent tax cut for private jet owners. As is often the case, the story is more complicated than it seems at first blush. All another reminder to be critical about what you read, no matter how you lean politically.

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What's in the GOP Senators' Tax Bill?

What's in the GOP Senators' Tax Bill?

The Senate is working on their own version of a tax bill that would need to be reconciled with, or replace, the House is working on. We're going to look at what's in the Senate bill. We've seen a lot of oversimplification of this that seems to intentionally cherry-pick certain parts of it without looking at the whole picture. 

So let's dive in and figure out what's going on.

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After Las Vegas: Moving Towards Solutions

After Las Vegas: Moving Towards Solutions

After the Las Vegas tragedy, we might just scream at each other, as we do every time there is a mass shooting.

Or, we could do something more productive. If you're part of the latter camp, read on.

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