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Sympathy for the Devil

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On June 24, 2004
Atrios's instincts are right on all counts--Scalia is correct, and that is scary. To provide the background, the decision today in Blakeley is an extension of the Court's 2000 decision Apprendi v. New Jersey (also written by Scalia), in which the Court ruled that sentences given out by...

VPs and electoral narcissism

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On June 24, 2004
Well, I just had my first blogger-eaten post. Dammit. 20 minutes I'll never get back. Here's the thrust of it: Atrios is right (as usual). The obsessive handwringing about VP selections (like Yglesias and Klein on Gephardt, for example) is unnecessary and counterproductive. The VP matters...

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. The bad news is that he uses transparently fake anti-misogyny.

Junk Science

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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...

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 consequences of.

William Saletan makes a feeble attempt to defend the worthless "Kerryisms" column. I particularly like this bit of disingenuousness: Another blogger, Eugene Volokh, gets the joke and doesn't like it. "Another possibility is that 'Kerryisms' has evolved into an attempt to show simply that Kerry uses a...
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