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Quick Hit: Congress Playing Chicken

September 21, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
One of my favorite podcasts is NPR’s Planet Money.  They are generally very smart and pretty entertaining.  Though it’s a little old now, they posted an episode last week (link… Read More

Debating the President’s Jobs Plan

September 20, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Among other things, the president’s new jobs plan has renewed interest in the perennial question: under what conditions does the president pass successfully his preferred policies in Congress? National media… Read More

Reasons to be Optimistic about the Super Committee

September 8, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction—a.k.a. the “super committee”—will hold its first official meeting today (September 8th) at 10:30am.  Today’s meeting of the committee is an organizational one, with… Read More

There Were Fourteen Thirteen Original Colonies

August 30, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
courtesy of the Sun Valley Elementary School in Nevada…… Read More

TBO Fail: Selection Bias and Voluntary Drug Testing

August 28, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
The Florida state legislature, at Governor Rick Scott’s urging, passed strict legislation earlier this year requiring welfare recipients to take mandatory drug tests–and pass–as a requirement for receiving their state benefits.  Tampa Bay Online ran… Read More

FDR v. Obama’s Leadership

August 8, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
David Westen wrote an article in the NYT comparing Obama’s leadership to FDR. This is a pretty vogue comparison because it compares two Democratic presidents in the myst of an economic… Read More

And it happened…

August 6, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
This is what happens when you play chicken with an economic freight train. If you’re interested in academic takes on the credit downgrade, I recommend the following links:… Read More

A Long History of Super Committees: The Connecticut Compromise

August 4, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus from the blog the past few weeks.  I had to make some editorial revisions to my dissertation, pack everything, move, unpack and prepare my syllabi… Read More

Debt Ceiling Non-Compromise and the “Super” Committee

August 2, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
I missed this a few days ago but recently found a piece Sean Theriault, associate professor at Texas, wrote at CNN on the debt crisis and compromise. It’s a… Read More

The Debt Ceiling and the Decline of American Democracy

August 1, 2011  ·  LegBranch Team
Jacob Hacker and Oona Hathaway, both professors at Yale University, have a very good op-ed in today’s New York Times. I definitely recommend it. To sum up their argument,… Read More