Archive for August, 2011

On iconic lunch spots that smell like public bathrooms

August 30, 2011

The institutions of Capitol Hill are falling fast. First they ended the page program. Now comes word that the Hawk n’ Dove is closing in October. Don’t be fooled, either: even though the Hawk will remain a bar location, it’s getting a 100% remodeling by it’s new owners. Honestly, I don’t love the Hawk....
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Deficit Disorder

August 19, 2011

Once again, we seem to be caught in a short-term/long-term problem. I written about this here and here, although that was more in the purely political/democratic sense of the problem. The problem now is more purely economic (although political/democratic issues still pervade). The short term problem is that we may be sliding back into...
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On candidates holding odd jobs

August 16, 2011

You could fill the hayloft right now, as they say, with all the talk about Representative Michelle Bachmann’s (R-MN) candidacy for the Republican nomination for president. And yet I haven’t seen a single discussion of what, from a political science perspective, is perhaps the most unusual aspect of Ms. Bachmann’s campaign: She is a...
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End of an Era

August 8, 2011

Holy cow: the joint leadership of the House of Representatives just ended the Page Program. It’s been around since the 1820′s. Full text of the Boehner/Pelosi letter after the jump.
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Poelittlekul EKonnome

August 8, 2011

I’m one of the few people standing on Capitol Hill who has not — at least as of yet — been blamed for the S&P ratings downgrade of U.S. Treasuries and related bonds. And I may be the only person on Capitol Hill who isn’t confident that they somehow know what caused the downgrade...
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