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Rule of Law!

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On April 30, 2010
Shorter Duncan Hunter:  I believe that the 14th Amendment should be ignored while we’re on the process of trying to “overrule” it by statute. I wonder which Republican member of Congress will be the first one to call for a constitutional amendment reinstating Dred Scott as the law of the land? Share
If I understand the theory advanced by anti-SSM wingers in the Washington state petition case, it’s the same one put forward by that great constitutional scholar Sarah Palin: i.e. that the First Amendment should be understood as insulating speakers from all criticism and all consequences. Fortunately, it looks as if the Supreme Court (with the […]
Were that this was true: Add Mike Huckabee to the list of Republicans criticizing the Arizona law. As I keep saying, Huckabee is dangerous; he’s very conservative and not very well educated, but he’s smart and sane and has a conscience. Unlike Sarah Palin, he could wind up as President. Certainly, if we were playing […]
One place where you’re particularly likely to see “but would he/she be fun to have a beer with?” standards applied is Supreme Court nomination hearings and the surrounding discourse. You may remember, for example, that Sam Alito’s baseball-watching and nice family were not only supposed to be relevant for reasons that remain unclear, but were […]

Ooh, Data!

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On April 28, 2010

One of my colleagues at Patterson threw this together for a presentation to his Economic Statecraft class: GDP per capita, PPP (constant 2005 international $) 1990 2008 Percent change, 1990-2008 Avg.

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