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Watch New Health Picks

So far most of Trump’s appointments have been ordinary conservative hardliners or ethically-compromised rich people. But there’s a chance that some of his health care picks could be really interesting. I’m not talking about Health and Human Services nominee Tom … Continue reading

Trump And The Batman Effect

Today on Trump Twitter: "@DanScavino: Ford to scrap Mexico plant, invest in Michigan due to Trump policies"https://t.co/137nUo03Gl — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2017 Here’s my concern. When US companies do something that sounds good in the next few … Continue reading

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Highlights From The Comment Thread On School Choice

Several people including Yehoshua K and Freddie deBoer point out that “nonprofit” and “for-profit” are potentially meaningless terms in situations like these. IrishDude adds some context to the for-profit hospital scene by noting that companies are not allowed to open … Continue reading

Contra Robinson On Schooling

I. Nathan Robinson argues against school vouchers: Why Is The Decimation Of Public Schools A Bad Thing? (note that despite the inflammatory title, he’s arguing that the decimation of public schools is, indeed, a bad thing) He starts with a … Continue reading

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You Are Still Crying Wolf

[Content warning: hate crimes, Trump, racism. I have turned off comments to keep out bad people who might be attracted by this sort of thing. Avoid sharing in places where this will attract the wrong kind of attention, as per … Continue reading

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Tuesday Shouldn’t Change The Narrative

538 predicts Hillary has a 65% chance of winning the election to Trump’s 35%. New York Times says it’s more like 84% Hillary and 16% Trump. Both sites agree both candidates will get somewhere between 40% and 50% of the … Continue reading

More Hardball Debate Questions

[See also Hardball Questions For The Next Debate. The Gary Johnson question is not original to me.] Jill Stein: You’re a former doctor and researcher who first got involved in politics because of your interest in public health. One of … Continue reading

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He Kept Us Out Of War?

I. Some of the best pushback I got on my election post yesterday was from people who thought Trump was a safer choice than Clinton because of the former’s isolationism and the latter’s interventionism. Since I glossed over that point … Continue reading

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SSC Endorses Clinton, Johnson, Or Stein

I. If you are American, SSC endorses voting in this presidential election. Andrew Gelman, Nate Silver, and Aaron Edlin calculate the chance that a single vote will determine the election (ie break a tie in a state that breaks an … Continue reading

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Post-Partisanship Is Hyper-Partisanship

I. A few years ago, I wrote: I want to avoid a very easy trap, which is saying that ingroups vs. outgroups are about how different you are, or how hostile you are. I don’t think that’s quite right. Compare … Continue reading

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