Can Democrats replace Ginsburg?

September 25, 2014
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, in an Elle magazine interview, announced she would not retire because, “[Obama] could not successfully appoint anyone I would like to see on… Read More

Congress out of session does not mean Congress isn’t working

September 22, 2014
The Fix blog at the Washington Post has an article arguing that since 1978, Congress has only worked a full week 14% of the time. This is a common—and extraordinarily… Read More

Recess is Over: Congress (will be) back in Session.

September 4, 2014
Congress returns from recess next week after an unexpectedly successful final week in July. Congress passed a significant Veterans health bill and temporarily extended the Highway Trust Fund. While there… Read More

Selection Bias and Voluntary Drug Testing Part II

August 12, 2014
In August of 2011, a post of mine addressed the policy of drug testing welfare recipients. At that time, much was made of the fact that Florida’s mandatory drug testing policy produced… Read More

No, the Senate did not block the House Border Bills – Yet

August 5, 2014
The Washington Examiner reported today, “in a matter of minutes, Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a pair of House bills that would have provided nearly $700 million to deal with… Read More

Who’s the Worst President? Evaluating the Quinnipiac Poll

July 7, 2014
Quinnipiac University’s “worst president” poll got a lot of press. Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, Fox, and virtually every other news outlet have carried the headline, “Obama is the… Read More

Nickelback, Herpes, and Obama’s Vote Share in 2012

April 21, 2014
Spurious relationships are a serious problem in social scientific research.  But… they’re also fun!  For example, did you know that ice cream causes crime?  Also, global temperature is inversely related… Read More

Liberal Bias in the Classroom: College of Charleston Edition

April 17, 2014
You’ve heard about it.  College professors, who are disproportionately liberal, skew the views of their impressionable young students by assigning leftist books and poking fun at conservatives in the… Read More

Boehner’s Overthrow and the “Then What?” Problem

April 11, 2014
Boehner’s time as Speaker may be limited. Yesterday Tim Alberta reported on substantial conversations to replace Boehner. This morning Brian Buetler verified that these talks are not… Read More

This Quiet House

March 31, 2014
This past week the House passed by voice vote the SGR patch, or “doc fix,” setting Medicare physician reimbursement rates. This means we don’t know how individual House members voted. Read More