Very slow news day. The Golden Globes seem to have taken over the world! –lambert
Fed official says strong jobs data rule out fiscal boost FT. Seems odd. Isn’t fiscal policy under the purview of elected officials?
Why Apple’s Critics Are Right This Time WSJ. We’ll look back at the elimination of the MagSafe connector as the inflection point where the rot really became visible.
Erdogan’s erratic tactics bring chaos in Turkey Unbalanced Evolution of Homo Sapiens
Something fishy is going on with the corruption-related arrests in Malaysia Asian Correspondent
Brexit as identity politics Stumbling and Mumbling
New Cold War
White House Red Scare MoDo, NYT
Legal team for NC man guilty of hacking say CIA director left ‘door wide open’ McClatchy. Brennan used AOL. Wowsers.
Russia’s RT: The Network Implicated in U.S. Election Meddling NYT. Check the circulation figures at the end. An elephant stamping and trumpeting at the sight of a mouse. Great powers, and confident elites, just don’t act this way.
Russia’s revolutionary centenary Lowy Institute
Our Famously Free Press
How the Times Failed You Current Affairs. Just as badly as you remember.
Moral panic over fake news hides the real enemy – the digital giants Evgeny Morozov, Guardian
Story of Santa Claus with dying child can’t be verified Knoxville News-Sentinel
AIPAC Wins One— With The Help Of Most Democratic Freshmen Down with Tyranny
Israeli diplomat who plotted against MPs also set up political groups Guardian. Election meddling ZOMG!!!!!!!!
Trump acknowledges Russia role in U.S. election hacking: aide Reuters. Rather, Priebus, speaking for Trump.
Priebus affirms: No meddling with entitlements under Trump Washington Examiner
US tax reform is vital but Donald Trump’s plan is flawed Larry Summers, FT. (Cf. Jared Bernstein and Martin Feldstein.)
Who Will Donald Trump Turn Out To Be? Brad DeLong
2016 Post Mortem
Not Acting Is a Decision: The Obama Legacy’s Empty Spaces William Rivers Pitt, Truthout. When you’ve lost William Rivers Pitt…. Cf. Stoller’s The Source of Barack Obama’s Power to Trick Us Comes from Our Willingness to Be Tricked.
Trump election: US presidency is not a family business, says Obama BBC. Except for the Clintons, the Bushes, the Kennedys….
State Election Systems to Get More Federal Aid for Security ABC (GF). “Critical infrastructure.” Of course, with hand-marked paper ballots, hand-counted in public, we wouldn’t even have to worry about those devilish Russkis.
How White Liberals Used Civil Rights to Create More Prisons The Nation. Article more nuanced than the headline: “[T]he first modern anti-carry law was passed by California Governor Ronald Reagan in 1967. Nor would they want to mention that Reagan passed the law to disarm the twentieth century’s greatest gun-rights militia: the Black Panther Party.”
Monopsony Takes Center Stage Marshall Steinbaum, Promarket
The impact of immigration on the French labor market: Why so different? Labour Economics (2014). Uses Borjas methodology.
Taking the long view The Economist
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