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The Fidi this weekend.

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Posted by    Saturday, September 10, 2011 at 2:13pm

As I have mentioned before, I wind up in New York most weekends and this one is no exception. I’m staying in the Financial District, as I usually do, where there has been a particularly eerie spell cast over the streets. Cops are patrolling the area, one should have an ID...

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The Non-News of the Day

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Posted by    Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 3:15pm

The OECD reports that it “expects 0.3% growth in the UK in the last three months of the year, but said the economy could contract by as much as 1% amid high uncertainty over its projections. … [The] reason for the uncertainty surrounding its latest estimates was because the full impact...

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The Nanny State Doesn’t Like Competition

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Posted by    Wednesday, September 7, 2011 at 2:40pm

From babysitters, that is.

From the WSJ:

[A proposed bill in California] would require parents to pay caregivers over the age of 18 minimum wage plus overtime, allow a 10-minute rest every four hours and a half-hour meal break after five hours, reports ABC News.

The bill was written with the intention of extending labor...

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Jet propelled back home

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Posted by    Tuesday, September 6, 2011 at 2:04pm

from overseas to the U.S.A.

Good afternoon, all! I’m back from my summer at The Wall Street Journal Europe where I interned as a Bartley Fellow. I’m now in my senior year at Cornell & I will try to post here as much as I can as I search for a full-time job...

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My Summer hiatus.

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 3:15pm
Kathleen

Today is the last day I will post here until school starts again in the fall. I have a full plate between my Bartley Fellowship in London, resuscitating The Politicizer, and studying for the GMAT.

Anyway, I owe much thanks to the readership and Prof. Jacobson for allowing me to...
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The German nuclear “solution”

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Posted by    Monday, May 30, 2011 at 1:33pm
Kathleen

Despite the fact that it is nowhere near a tsunami-prone area, the German government announced that it will phase out nuclear power over the next decade. Currently, Germany receives roughly a quarter of their energy from nuclear sources and no alternatives were cited in the announcement.

Angela Merkel, whose CDU party...
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Update on Bloomberg’s View

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Posted by    Sunday, May 29, 2011 at 1:01pm
Kathleen

I posted a few weeks ago about how I was happy to see Bloomberg’s new “view,” an editorial page. Alas, even the (primarily lefty) Slate Magazine has given it the thumbs-down.

Virginia Postrel, however, has been her usual astute self with a really entertaining article on Oprah’s influence:
“Rather, she...
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Public office quotas

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Posted by    Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 2:30pm
Kathleen

Since I have one month left in the states before I head over to London, I’ve been keeping track of the news in the British Isles. As I knew from living in Berlin in the latter-half of 2009, Europe is always a reliable deviation to the left from American politics. We...
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Michael Strong

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Posted by    Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 10:38am
Kathleen

Should you only watch one TED video on public policy, innovation, education, and human potential, please let it be this one:


Michael Strong never disappoints me.

…. neither does his wife.

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Good read for the long weekend

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Posted by    Friday, May 27, 2011 at 2:47pm
Kathleen

Victor Davis Hanson, writing in City Journal, details the necessity of studying conflict, despite a near-ubiquitous hesitation to do so in our modern era. (More details...
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I beg your pardon?

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Posted by    Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 11:07am
Kathleen

No, actually, I may need to beg for a pardon:
The White House has named Jesse Lee to a new position within its communications department titled Director of Progressive Media & Online Response. According to The Huffington Post, Lee will essentially be responsible for building up Obama’s online presence as he...
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Commencement Season

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 1:23pm
Kathleen

Commencement season is upon us, which means that insipid celebrities of all flavors will bestow their opinions upon a new generation of bright-eyed college grads. Notable was former President Bill Clinton. His prose at the NYU graduation read like so:today’s business schools are teaching the students to always put profits...
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Food for thought

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Posted by    Monday, May 23, 2011 at 2:13pm
Kathleen

My friend Zach Caceres, a recent NYU grad, has a guest post over at the fantastic ‘Let a Thousand Nations Bloom’ blog.
Political scientists have shown the costs of status quo bias in simple acts of political reform. Even mutually beneficial reforms like free-trade, which also has broad support by...
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David Friedman nails it

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Posted by    Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 1:01pm
Kathleen

David Friedman, the controversial son of Noble Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman, had an excellent post on his (vastly underrated) blog yesterday, relaying his observations from a commencement speech made by a former judge:
He took for granted, and obviously approved of, one of the major changes in America over the...
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New Jersey continues to hemorrhage money

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Posted by    Saturday, May 21, 2011 at 2:43pm
Kathleen

From the WSJ Metropolis blog:

The Christie administration has recalculated the amount it says New Jersey public school districts spend per pupil, increasing the state average rate by several thousand dollars to more than $17,800…. In 2009, under the previous administration’s calculation, the state average was $13,200 per student…. The new...

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The sickest district in the US

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Posted by    Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 2:33pm
Kathleen

It doesn’t come as any surprise to me that Nancy Pelosi would rob her constituents of the glories of Obamacare. After all, wouldn’t the definition of a cold-hearted politician be someone who withholds the most monumental legislation of their Congress from their own electorate? I hope someone calls Nancy Pelosi...
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Can Newt be next?

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Posted by    Monday, May 16, 2011 at 1:53pm
Kathleen

The Donald won’t be running for president after teasing (threatening?) the American people for a few weeks. I’m glad that the less serious candidates are start...
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