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CDC Errs On Policy As Well As Handling Dangerous Pathogens

by Henry I. Millervia
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The agency’s reactive approach to Legionnaires’ disease causes thousands of preventable infections every year.

Classroom students
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We’ll Miss You, Michael Gove

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via National Review Online
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Recent revelations suggest that David Cameron’s unexpected move to replace reform-minded education minister Michael Gove (who’s been popular with British conservatives) with Ms. Nicky Morgan might have been triggered by more than crass pre-election maneuvering to placate teachers and women.

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Obama's LGBT Blunder

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 21, 2014
The President’s recent executive order represents a dangerous expansion of government power.
Other Media

The Right's Strange New Hero: Gavin Newsom

quoting Bill Whalenvia Huffington Post
Monday, July 21, 2014

You may remember that straight San Francisco mayor with the perfect hair and square jaw who stood athwart history yelling, “Yes!” to gay marriage.

Other Media

Chris Blattman on Cash, Poverty, and Development

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, July 21, 2014

Chris Blattman of Columbia University talks to EconTalk host Russ Roberts about a radical approach to fighting poverty in desperately poor countries: giving cash to aid recipients and allowing them to spend it as they please. Blattman shares his research and cautious optimism about giving cash and discusses how infusions of cash affect growth, educational outcomes, and political behavior (including violence). The conversation concludes with a discussion of the limits of aid and the some of the moral issues facing aid activists and researchers.

Interest Rates

McArdle on 15-Year Mortgages

by David R. Hendersonvia EconLog
Monday, July 21, 2014

Megan McArdle has a good post on why it can make sense to switch from a 30-year to a 15-year mortgage. I agree with most of her reasoning. Her point that I think is most important for most people, based on my observations of lots of people over many years, is that a 15-year mortgage, compared to a 30-year mortgage, is a way to make yourself save. For her and her husband, as for my wife and me, this doesn't apply because we have greater than usual discipline in saving.

Economic Crisis
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John Taylor's Reply to Alan Blinder

by John B. Taylorvia Wall Street Journal
Monday, July 21, 2014

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed on July 18 called "An Unnecessary Fix for the Fed," economist Alan Blinder takes aim at legislation now under consideration in the House of Representatives to amend the Federal Reserve Act. Mr. Blinder focuses on what he calls the "meat-and-potatoes" of H.R. 5018: Section 2, Requirements for Policy Rules for the Federal Open Market Committee, which would require the Fed to submit to the Congress and the American people its rule or strategy for monetary policy.

US Political Parties

Bill Whalen on the Kudlow Show (96:51)

interview with Bill Whalenvia Larry Kudlow Show
Sunday, July 20, 2014

Research Fellow Bill Whalen discussed current events on the nationally syndicated Larry Kudlow Show.

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Exporting Guns and Gangs to Central America, and Importing Victims

by Markos Kounalakisvia Sacramento Bee
Sunday, July 20, 2014

The balance of trade in misery is hard to measure. The United States is importing inordinate suffering with the increasing numbers of victims fleeing Central American violence. More than 52,000 unaccompanied minors have recently entered the U.S. and sparked the latest immigration crisis.

Poverty in the US

Henry Miller on the John Batchelor Show (19:39)

interview with Henry I. Millervia John Batchelor Show
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Research Fellow Henry Miller discussed his piece, “Wealthy Activist Vandana Shiva Is A Poor Advocate For The Poor,” on John Batchelor Show.