Archive for January, 2012

Why I’m a libertarian and not a liberal, part one: consenting adults

January 31, 2012

A few weeks ago, in response to this blog post, Jamelle Bouie asked me a question: why do I consider myself a libertarian, rather than a straightforward liberal? That’s a great question! And I’m spending this week answering it. Previous entries in the series: Part Zero: Building a deck in Fairfax county, VA (1/30/2012)...
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Why I’m a libertarian and not a liberal, part zero: ground-level decks

January 30, 2012

A few weeks ago, in response to this blog post, Jamelle Bouie asked me a question: why do I consider myself a libertarian, rather than a straightforward liberal? That’s a great question! And I’m going to spend the rest of the week trying to answer it. For today, however, we’ll keep it short. I’m...
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Friday Procedure Blogging: Adjournment vs. Recess

January 27, 2012

There’s been quite a lot of debate lately about the Constitutional definition of a “recess.” This has brought on even more confusion over a already often-confusion question of Senate procedure, because a “recess” is also a legislative term under Senate rules. While the Constitutional “recess” is contemplating a break in Senate session generally, a...
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Man on the Moon

January 26, 2012
Man on the Moon

Newt Gingrich, yesterday, made some news while speaking near Kennedy Space Center in Florida: “By the end of my second term,” Gingrich promised if elected, “we will have the first permanent base on the moon and it will be American.” Of course, this is not just primary season retail politics for Gingrich; he’s been...
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Resigned but Not Forgotten

January 25, 2012

With a tear-filled goodbye, Representative Giffords resigned from the House this morning. Which raises the question, how do you resign from the House? Under modern House practice and precedent, you write a letter to the executive of your State indicating your intention to resign, and you submit to the House, also by letter, notification...
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Why the #SOTU Matters

January 24, 2012

As many very smart people will undoubtedly tell you today, the State of the Union address doesn’t really matter much. Brendan Nyhan reminded us last year that the instant polling is worthless, that that President doesn’t actually often get an approval bounce, and that unlike a debate there’s no chance of an unscripted moment....
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Like this and like that and like this and uh

January 23, 2012

Four things I wanted to write about in-depth today, but didn’t have the time. 1. I continue to believe that the Gingrich rise is a mirage. As I suggested on Twitter Saturday, buying up Romney on Intrade right now at 70% to win is not a sound investment. It’s a freakin’ gold mine, a...
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Day One?

January 20, 2012

Presidential candidates like to talk about what they will do on their first day in office. Here’s Newt Gingrich, from last night’s debate: John, I just think if you’re going to raise immigration, I want to make the point that on the very first day that I’m inaugurated, I will issue an executive order...
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Cocktails, Candidates, and Confederates

January 19, 2012

Poor South Carolina. Too small to be a nation, and too large to be an insane asylum. -varously attributed (often to James Petigru or Andrew Jackson) My wife is going out with some friends tonight, and assuming (god willing) that the girls go to sleep fine, at home it’s just going to be me,...
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Exit Strategy

January 19, 2012

So Rick Perry is officially out. We hardly knew ya (venn diagram aside). The conventional wisdom outside of Capitol South metro station, where I learned of the news, was that this is bad for Romney. I don’t buy it. Mostly because I’m 99.44% confident the race is already over regardless of what happens in...
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Dawn of a New Era

January 18, 2012

In protest of SOPA and other pending legislation seen (quite rightly) as detrimental to Internet freedom, a number of prominent websites — including Wikipedia, Tumblr, WordPress, and Craigslist — are going dark today (the wikipedia pages on SOPA and the politics of it are one exception; they remain available today). On the merits of...
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Capitol South, Station Domination, and Lobbying Effectiveness

January 17, 2012
Capitol South, Station Domination, and Lobbying Effectiveness

When you get off the DC subway at the Capitol South metro stop and head up the escalator, you never really know what you are going to encounter at the top. Some days, it’s the pro-life protesters. Other days it’s the Lyndon Larouche crowd. Sometimes it’s religious proselytizers. Or a worker’s union. Or a...
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Libertarian thoughts on MLK Jr. day

January 16, 2012

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. day to all! Like many people, I believe the true greatness of America can be found in its ability to wring moral justness, albeit slowly, from a system of government that, ex ante, preferences neither the good nor the right, but...
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A Night in the Linkin’ Bedroom

January 14, 2012

Some things I enjoyed reading this week: All about what would happen if you fell onto a  lava pool (hint: you wouldn’t sink). Follow-up here. Pizza and subway fares in New York rise in price together. Kevin Drum on file-sharing and theft, with good follow-up by Megan McCardle. I liked this Jon Bernstein post...
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The Great Recess-ion

January 13, 2012

I’ve been thinking a lot about the recess appointments since the OLC opinion was released yesterday. (Not that I wasn’t thinking about it a lot before; for past posts of mine on the topic, see here, and here, and here, and here). I’ve been reading a lot on the internet. I’ve talked to a bunch...
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You down with OLC?

January 12, 2012

The Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department has released the recess appointment opinion that it produced for President Obama. First off, good for them. Those opinions aren’t inherently public, but in a matter such as this, it’s definitely to everyone’s benefit for the President’s cards to be laid on the table. As...
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Sincerely Yours, Politics

January 11, 2012

Last week, Nate Silver ran a nice piece on Rick Perry not dropping out of the GOP nomination race, examining whether Perry’s decision was personal/emotional or strategic, and discussing the consequences of each possibility. Jonathan Bernstein distilled and augmented the argument, helpfully framing Perry’s motivation as either personal, strategic but wrong (i.e. thinks he...
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Small Sample

January 10, 2012
Small Sample

Mock the results from Dixville Notch at your own peril. Statistics never lie:   When Huntsman shocks the world tonight with 30% of the vote, don’t say you weren’t warned.
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Recess appointments: watch what you cite…

January 9, 2012

The continuing public debate over the constitutionality and propriety of President Obama’s recess appointments last week is something that I think is quite healthy for a democracy. One of the few things we can say for certain about the issue is that the Constitution is vague on the matter, and therefore open to a...
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Recess Redux

January 6, 2012

So there’s been a huge amount of writing about the recess appointments since I took it up from the Whig perspective on Wednesday. There appear to be four different playing fields on which this is being discussed/argued. To wit: 1) The Constitutional Question. Is the recess appointment of Cordray legal under Article II of...
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