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20
Dec 10

All Politics Aren’t Local

by Patrick Appel

Andrew Gelman takes aim at a truism. Jonathan Bernstein defends it.





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20
Dec 10

All politics aren’t local

Andrew Gelman has no patience for Tip O’Neill’s old dictum:

Sure, all politics are local — if you’re Tip O’Neill and represent a ironclad Democratic seat in Congress. It’s easy to be smug about your political skills if you’re in a safe seat and have enough pull in state politics to avoid your district getting gerrymandered. Then you can sit there and sagely attribute your success to your continuing mastery of local politics rather than to whatever it took to get the seat in the first place.

It seems unlikely that the 2010 election was driven by a sudden collapse in the Democrats’ constituent-service operations. And Republicans get that: Virtually the first thing they did after winning the election was renounce earmarks, which meant they considered their party’s national reputation to be worth more than bringing money home to their districts.







Ezra Klein


19
Dec 10

Liberals Aren’t Stupid, They’re Evil

From the wingnut documentary Agenda: Grinding America Down, which came out on DVD a couple of months ago.

Joe. My. God.


17
Dec 10

‘Honest Officer, Those Drugs Hidden In My Crotch Aren’t Mine”

J O S H U A P U N D I T


13
Dec 10

Ford Field tickets turn up, but aren’t for free – Detroit Free Press


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Ford Field tickets turn up, but aren't for free
Detroit Free Press
Fans who didn't score tickets to tonight's Minnesota Vikings/New York Giants game at Ford Field this morning may be out of luck unless they open up their wallets. Dozens of free tickets to tonight's Minnesota
With extra day of rest, will Vikings Favre get start?Yahoo! Sports
Free tix sold for Giants-Vikings game in DetroitSan Francisco Chronicle
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13
Dec 10

Ford Field tickets turn up, but aren’t for free – Detroit Free Press


CBC.ca
Ford Field tickets turn up, but aren't for free
Detroit Free Press
Fans who didn't score tickets to tonight's Minnesota Vikings/New York Giants game at Ford Field this morning may be out of luck unless they open up their wallets. Dozens of free tickets to tonight's Minnesota
Jets Not to Be Outdone by Metrodome RoofNew York Times
Favre's collarbone severely swollen; teammates unaware of statusNFL News
NFL Preview – N.Y. Giants (8-4) at Minnesota (5-7)Kansas City Star
Seattle Times –FanHouse
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6
Dec 10

Why aren’t the Democrats using reconciliation to pass the tax cuts?

Lots of questions about this in my inbox lately, so here’s the answer. Actually, scratch that. Here are the two answers.

1) They already used it: You can’t call an audible and switch over to budget reconciliation in the middle of a legislative fight. Reconciliation instructions have to be written into the budget for the year in which they’re used. That means planning about a year in advance. When Democrats passed the 2010 budget, in April of 2009, they did include reconciliation instructions, but they were for health care and student-loan reform. And they passed that bill back in March. You can only use reconciliation once a year, so that’s that.

2) They passed a rule making it impossible to use reconciliation for bills that increase the deficit: When George W. Bush passed his tax cuts through budget reconciliation, Democrats were horrified. It was the first time reconciliation had been used to increase the federal budget. So when they took back power, they decided to prove their commitment to fiscal rectitude by passing a new rule: Henceforth, budget reconciliation could only be used for legislation that would reduce the deficit. This provided Democrats with precisely no protection against the charge that they loved deficits, and it’ll likely be changed back as soon as Republicans retake the Senate, but for now, a rule’s a rule.

So it’s not just that Democrats didn’t write the tax cuts into the 2010 reconciliation instructions, but that they actually couldn’t have written the tax cuts into the 2010 reconciliation instructions.

Related: A reconciliation primer. And here’s a more historical look.







Ezra Klein


2
Dec 10

U.S. Diplomats Aren’t Stupid After All

Foreign Policy


30
Nov 10

The Miami Heat Aren’t Just Bad, LeBron & Co. Aren’t Even Fun To Watch – SB Nation


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The Miami Heat Aren't Just Bad, LeBron & Co. Aren't Even Fun To Watch
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Heat Blow Out Wizards Behind Balanced AttackFanHouse
Eye-opener: Is Spoelstra or James and Wade the boss of the Heat?USA Today
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29
Nov 10

Andre Johnson, Cortland Finnegan fined $25000 each but aren’t suspended – Los Angeles Times


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Andre Johnson, Cortland Finnegan fined $ 25000 each but aren't suspended
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The Texans receiver and Titans cornerback slugged it out in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game, won by Houston. Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan (31) and Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) are separated after getting into a fight in the fourth
NFL fines Andre Johnson, Cortland Finnegan $ 25000 eachUSA Today
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12
Nov 10

Why aren’t Arab countries free? Because of Israel!

The Toronto Star had an amazing interview with Amr Moussa, secretary-general of the Arab League.

While the entire thing is the usual nonsense (he whines about how the “peace process” has taken 20 years but doesn’t mention a small thing called the “second intifada”) it gets really ridiculous at this point:

I asked Moussa about why the Arab states have failed to embrace democracies; why women still do not have equal rights; and why minorities are being mistreated in Arab lands.

“I would say that indeed we have many problems that we have to resolve. As a citizen of this region, I should not deny that there are lot things that need to change.

“At the same time, we have also seen that the U.S. and others in the West hoisted the flag of democracy and wanted the Arab countries to follow the path of democracy. But when the Palestinians called their bluff and conducted elections and Hamas won, they all forgot about democracy.

“That was a major disappointment, a major disappointment that the promoters and proponents of democracy are not really serious.

“Had they been serious, they would’ve accepted the outcome of the Palestinian election. They should not have punished the Palestinians.

“There’s no sincerity in the Western call for democracy.

“On the other hand, the only solution for Arab societies is to (adopt) a democratic system — one man, one vote. We need that, we need that.”

But it is not happening, I tell him.

“It is not happening now. It will happen in the future — the near future, I am sure, not the distant future.

“Arab societies are not the same as 10 years ago. The political scene is full of NGOs, political parties, opposition newspapers, demonstrations and protests . . . These democratic steps have already been taken.”

Does he really see all the kings just giving up power? Does he see Hosni Mubarak in Egypt giving up his autocratic power?

If we succeed in solving the Palestinian problem, things will change dramatically towards social and economic development,” Moussa said. “There’ll be less threats of terrorism, less threats of violence, less regional tensions, which will open up the movement of people, more tourism, railways, highways, etc. Once we embark on it, it will happen quickly. That’s why we need peace.”

So the reason that Mubarak and King Abdullah are autocratic is because there is no peace.

Just one problem – they are at peace with Israel.

But surely, Bahrain and Yemen and Saudi Arabia and Syria will democratize very soon. They don’t do it only because they are disappointed in the Palestinian Arab democratic experiment. Yeah, that’s the reason.

Of course, Algeria and Libya are keenly interested in freedom and reforms as well, but, after all, there’s a remarkably non-violent war going on in Palestine a couple of thousand miles away and that is holding them back.

The problem in the Arab world is that the leaders have no ability to self-criticize and take responsibility for their actions, and Amr Moussa has proven that beautifully.
(h/t Ben Dror Yemini in Ma’ariv)



Elder of Ziyon


12
Nov 10

Dept. of strategies that aren’t going to work

Carol Mosely Braun aide Mike Noonan says:

When a guy like that’s buttons are pushed, we expect to see a reaction, and that kind of reaction we believe the people of Chicago are not gonna like.

The needle-reputedly-hot-tempered-candidiate-until-he-flips strategy has been notably unsuccessful in any number of cases, most recently that of Andrew Cuomo.





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6
Nov 10

Why Annie Leibovitz Photos Aren’t That Valuable, Ctd

A reader writes:

I'm surprised you did not mention the marriage equality angle to this story. As I understand it, a significant reason for Leibovitz's financial constraint (and also, perhaps, for her freedom to refrain from playing by the rules of the art world over the last 40 years) was due to her relationship with Susan Sontag. The properties Sontag left to Leibovitz were subject to taxation which caused a cash flow crunch. Had they been able to marry, this would not have been the case.

Another writes:

Andrew, when are you going to post the Leibovitz photos she took of you?

There is just one – the 1992 Gap ad. I haven't had it scanned. I look scarily young and twinky.





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5
Nov 10

Why Annie Leibovitz Photos Aren’t That Valuable, Ctd

Alas, the Gap photo was scanned by someone, as a reader points out:

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4
Nov 10

Why Annie Leibovitz Photos Aren’t That Valuable

The long, interesting explanation is here. Damn.





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