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Informal Constitutionalism

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On June 24, 2004
Another interesting post by Cass Sunstein, guest-blogging at Volokh. I think his insight is correct and very useful. It becomes particularly clear if you look at a constitutional system like Britain, where there are unwritten norms with clear constitutional force, such as the non-confidence vote. The Basic Laws of Israel are another good example of what […]

Muck Fickey

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On June 23, 2004

A new low from Zell Miller “Democrat” Mickey Kaus. The good news is that Count Hackula expressed a progressive political sentiment for the first time since the Nixon Administration.

Junk Science

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On June 23, 2004
The Hardball Times evaluates the “Productive Outs” stat now being used by ESPN–expect to get the hard sell from your local broadcaster soon. Anyway, a team’s tendency to make “productive outs” has a strong negative correlation with both scoring runs and winning. Apparently, getting on base and hitting for power are more effective ways of scoring […]

Why 2004 Matters

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On June 22, 2004

Jack Balkin, in a must-read post, provides another reason to be skeptical about Jon Chait’s claim that the 2004 election won’t be important. Balkin notes the potentially disastrous consequ

Death is Not an Option

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On June 21, 2004
The Poor Man watched David Brooks’s appearance on Dennis Miller. I’m glad it wasn’t me. My problem is occasionally that I watch The Daily Show without a remote handy, while forgetting the abject terror awaiting at 11:30. So here’s a question, what’s worse: the new Dennis Miller thing, orTough Crowd with Rupert Pupkin? It’s a tough […]
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