Monday, May 2, 2016

2:00PM Water Cooler 5/2/2016

Today’s Water Cooler: TTIP, Trump and the red button, Clinton Foundation, manufacturing (ugh), the 420, feral cats, the Soviet Internet

Andrew Ross Sorkin Helps Obama Airbrush His “Economic Legacy” with Obsequious Exclusive Interview in the New York Times

Obama’s “economic legacy” contextualized.

Links 5/2/16

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Economics of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Distributional impact

The gains and losses from TPP will be asymmetrically distributed but the gains should permit ample support for individuals adversely affected

Greenpeace Leak Exposes Big EU-US Rifts, US Thuggishness, in TTIP “Trade” Negotiations

A leak of a major set of TTIP documents may throw a spanner in the works of a deal that is already contested in the US and EU.

Randy Wray: Progressives Don’t Let Friends Vote Neocon

If you take a hard look at Clinton’s neocon policies, it’s far from obvious that she’s a less dangerous Presidential pick than Trump.

Credentialism and Corruption: Neoliberalism in The “News” Room

Corruption at the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the New York Times.

Links 5/1/16

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A Simple “Trade” Solution to Boost Workers Across the Planet

There’s a progressive way to approach global trade that can help workers abroad and at home at the same time.

Open Thread: Debacle for US Iraq Policy as Protesters Seize Parliament in Green Zone

Discussion of the Sadrist occupation of the Iraqi parliament building, and the implications thereof.

Links 4/30/16

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The Unfairness of Housing Purchases Through Time

Housing has clearly become less affordable over time. What to do about it?

Will Clinton Attempt to Bring Sanders Supporters into the Democratic Fold?

“Sanders will be ignored and shunned.” Will be? This has been the game from the outset.

2:00PM Water Cooler 4/29/2016

Today’s Water Cooler: CFR on trade, Trump reality sinking in, Clinton/Sanders rapprochement narrative, from greed towards fear, David Brooks

Trade Costs of Border Controls in the Schengen Area

Granular analysis of the cost of imposing border controls along refugee routes versus ending the Schengen system, as well as who has the most to lose.