Wednesday, March 22, 2017

2:00PM Water Cooler 3/22/2017

Today’s Water Cooler: Russki meddling, Manafort, AHCA votes, science march, home sales bummer, Teamsters and the supply chain, Trump hangover

Taking on Trump’s Agenda: Nine Tough Questions for SEC Chair Nominee Jay Clayton on the Eve of His Confirmation Hearings

Risk your rice bowls! My riposte to pearl-clutching white shoe lawyers calling on Trump SEC nominee to denounce Trump visa ban.

Links 3/22/17

Even Before Brexit Triggered, EU Again Signals It Is Not Budging on “Shape of the Table” Issue

The EU is not giving ground as the Brexit trigger date approaches.

Who Benefits From the Mayo Clinic Explicitly Putting Commercially Insured Patients Ahead of Some Government Insured Patients?

The Mayo Clinic takes a big step backwards in patient care.

Will New Required Reporting of $3 Trillion of Debt Crimp Big Cos, Private Equity?

A geeky accounting change in liability reporting may have real world consequences.

Calling All Windy City Residents! Be Sure to Stop by Our Chicago Meetup This Friday March 24

A reminder about our Chicago meetup later this week!

2:00PM Water Cooler 3/21/2017

Today’s Water Cooler: Korean trade deal, Comey, conspiracies, ObamaCare replacement, #TheResistance, chemical activity, weddings gone bad

The Mechanical Turn in Economics and Its Consequences

A historical discussion of the fondness of economics to envision economies as machines.

Links 3/21/17

The Global Industrial Working Class

Why industrial workers are better positioned than most observers think…just not in the US and many other Northern Hemisphere countries.

Is Trump Going to Punt on H-1B Visa Reform?

The lack of updates from the Trump Administration about H-1B reform suggests it will miss a key window of opportunity.

The Battle for Healthcare in the US

Some of the major consequences of the proposed Republican changes to healthcare, um, health insurance.

2:00PM Water Cooler 3/20/2017

Today’s Water Cooler: Trump/Russia hearing, flipping Trump voters, Gorsuch, national activity, Starbucks, happiness in the US, primes, guilta

Some Easy Straw Men: Zack Beauchamp, Sanders, Economics, and Identity Politics

What Zack Beauchamp gets wrong about Bernie Sanders and “populism”