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The War Against Airbnb

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 20, 2014

The company does a real service to visitors of New York City but regulators resent its entrepreneurial spirit. 

Youth Internet Safety: Risks, Responses, and Research Recommendations

by John Villasenor, Adina Farrukh, Rebecca Sadwickvia Brookings Institution
Monday, October 20, 2014

As Internet use by children and teenagers increases, so do concerns about their online safety. Providing a safe environment requires an in-depth understanding of the types and prevalence of online risks young Internet users face, as well as of the solutions most effective in mitigating these risks.

What California’s Top-Two Primary Predicts for November (Senate)

by Carson Bruno
Monday, October 20, 2014

California’s top-two election system is still new and that means analysis of it is seriously lacking in comprehensive data, but that doesn’t mean we can’t start digging into possible trends.


For Republicans: Michigan Senate Blues

by Bill Whalenvia A Day At The Races
Monday, October 20, 2014

Two story lines emerging from the Wolverine State this fall:

Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen.
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Janet Yellen Shills for the Democrats

by Bruce Thorntonvia FrontPage
Monday, October 20, 2014

At a conference last week, Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen recycled a shopworn Democrat talking point about the supposed crisis of income inequality and stalled economic mobility.

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Luigi Zingales on Incentives and the Potential Capture of Economists by Special Interests

by Russell Robertsvia EconTalk
Monday, October 20, 2014

Luigi Zingales of the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about Zingales's essay, "Preventing Economists' Capture." Zingales argues that just as regulators become swayed by the implicit incentives of dealing with industry executives, so too with economists who study business: supporting business interests can be financially and professionally rewarding. Zingales outlines the different ways that economists benefit from supporting business interests and ways that economists might work to prevent that influence or at lease be aware of it.

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Republican Populism—or Republican Destruction

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, October 19, 2014

Nothing much the Republicans have done explains why they are on the verge of taking back the Senate and making gains in the House.

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Obama Could Reaffirm a Bush-Era Reading of a Treaty on Torture

quoting Abraham D. Sofaervia New York Times
Saturday, October 18, 2014

WASHINGTON — When the Bush administration revealed in 2005 that it was secretly interpreting a treaty ban on “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment” as not applying to C.I.A. and military prisons overseas, Barack Obama, then a newly elected Democratic senator from Illinois, joined in a bipartisan protest.


Bill Whalen on the Larry Kudlow Show (68:04)

interview with Bill Whalenvia Larry Kudlow Show
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Research Fellow Bill Whalen discusses the upcoming elections on the Larry Kudlow Show.


A Friday Buffet: Cash, Contagion And D.C. Upside Down

by Bill Whalenvia A Day At The Races
Friday, October 17, 2014

Last Friday, this establishment offered its loyal readers a happy-hour political cocktail sampler.

This week: it’s smorgasbord.