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Semi-Peon Ball Under Attack

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On May 22, 2019
Good. Nineteen-year-old pitcher Carter Stewart is in agreement with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League on a six-year contract worth more than $7 million, a groundbreaking deal that could have long-term ramifications for Major League Baseball’s amateur and professional sides, sources told ESPN. Stewart, who was chosen by the Atlanta Braves with […]
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This documentary and report into Leonard Leo and the money behind him and their (highly successful) efforts to remake the federal courts is essential viewing: At a time when Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are rapidly reshaping federal courts by installing conservative judges and Supreme Court justices, few people outside government have more […]
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Apparently a lot of people think the answer to this question is “no.” What I haven’t seen is any coherent defense of this, to me, obviously absurd proposition. When a tenured Harvard Law School professor takes on side legal work, he’s doing something that’s completely voluntary, in that it has nothing to do with his […]

The False Economy

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On May 21, 2019

Yes, unemployment rates are low. There are jobs for most people who want them. But this has not really budged the national worry over income inequality and the widespread belief that the economy does

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Political Segregation

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On May 21, 2019
When I first looked at this data set about political segregation in cities from 538, I rolled my eyes. When you note that Jackson and Birmingham and Memphis are among the most politically segregated cities–where Democrats live next to Democrats and Republicans live next to Republicans, even in the same city–all you are saying is […]
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