No one knows what exactly happened to the deceased Freddie Gray, except that it should not have happened. Between what is outlined in the indictments and what will be proven in court is an unknown abyss. But the more dramatic the short-term exuberance over the sweeping indictments, the more likely the long-term fury when the charges are likely to be substantially reduced or unproven in court.
When will people start coming forward and self identifying as actually wanting to exercise their liberty to work for less than the minimum wage? Even the long term unemployed don't seem to do this. Quite an extraordinary amount of ink is spilled defending a freedom that so few really seem to want to exercise. To this I have six answers.
This country-defining general election is also the most European one Britain has ever seen. With a pivotal role played by smaller parties, and diverging politics in different regions or nations within the state, the outcome will almost certainly be a coalition or minority government: all frightfully un-British and typically continental.
It’ll be a busy week in presidential politics, what with three Republican hopefuls making their candidacies official in the next few days. One of the blessings (or curses) of this country is it doesn’t take much to run for the presidency. All a man or woman of proper age has to do is fill out a one-page document called the FEC Form 2 — that, and an FEC Form 1 if you plan to accept more than $5,000 in campaign contributions.
Already, students statewide are taking the Smarter Balanced test, a next-generation exam aligned to the new, tougher standards. This marks a critical milestone not just for the Common Core but, more important, for the decades-long journey to improve America's schools.
Survival was the topic of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s summit last week with President Barack Obama. It was not stated as such, but talks were about long-term economic and military survival for a Japan operating in a world of growing threats and rising powers.
My criticism is of the language Timothy and the IMF use to talk about net international investment positions. Both the IMF and Tim claim that if foreigners own more U.S. assets than Americans own of foreign assets, then the United States is a net debtor. That's wrong.
Most, and probably all, of the speakers, whatever their view on policy, will fail to make a clear distinction between equity and equality. Why do I say that? Here's what I wrote in "Economic Inequality: Facts, Theory, and Significance:" I would love my prediction to be wrong.
Michael O'Hare of the University of California, Berkeley talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the management of art museums. O'Hare suggests a number of changes that would allow museums to be more effective and to justify their non-profit status--lower admission prices, selling part of their substantial unseen inventory to other museums, and broadening the activities of the museum to include educational exhibits on the creation of art and the commercial side of art.
Then-Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke introduced experimental quantitative easing in the United States in 2008, at the height of the Great Recession. Five years later, Stanford University economics professor John B. Taylor said, quantitative easing “has become counterproductive, even for countries such as the United States.”
Sure, college education is expensive, but at least government tax credits make sure that needy students get a chance to go, right? Actually, no, says a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research. The study by George B. Bulmin and Caroline M. Hoxby finds that, in fact, federal tax credits have no appreciable effects.
Daniel DiSalvo doesn't like public sector unions. That is the main takeaway from Government Against Itself (Oxford University Press) DiSalvo's new book on public sector unions. He also doesn't like Social Security and Medicare. He even manages to get in a drive-by directed at Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Michael Mcfaul, director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, introduced Araud and described the bilateral relationship between the United States and France as “central to everything that we do.” McFaul pointed out that Araud played a key role in the writing of the economic sanctions that eventually brought Iran to the nuclear negotiations table.
Even if Fiorina’s presidential run ends as a way to the vice-presidency, campaign-watchers say her six years at HP will shape voter perceptions: “And not to her advantage,” said Melinda Jackson, a politics professor at San Jose state university. “It was a rocky tenure. I think it will haunt her.”
“If they act against Ahmadinejad not only are there more documents he might reveal, as he’s often threatened to do, but eventually people will start to ask, 'Who was behind him?'” said Abbas Milani, director of the Iranian Studies program at Stanford University. “And we all know the answer to that question - it's Ayatollah Khamenei and the IRGC’s top command,"