Dramatic declines in snowpack in the western US Climate and Atmospheric Sciences
Robert Bork’s America The American Conservative. On competition policy.
Theresa May’s road to Brexit: FT commentators on the speech FT (Clive). Clive: “The comments section is well worth a read, a lot of very well observed opinions.”
The hard truth about the border in Northern Ireland Socialist Worker (Clive).
Brexit and data protection Crooked Timber
Italy’s angry election Politico
Made in America, But Lost in Iraq Foreign Policy. “The U.S. company that repairs Iraq’s American-made M1A1 Abrams tanks has pulled many of its people from Iraq after at least nine of the armored vehicles ended up in the hands of pro-Iran militias. Now, many of Iraq’s tanks are immobilized for want of maintenance, potentially jeopardizing the country’s ongoing campaign against Islamic State militants.”
How ‘Operation Merlin’ Poisoned U.S. Intelligence on Iran Consortium News
China brings in ‘new mainstream’ to top advisory body South China Morning Post
Death in Beijing India Today. Interesting if true.
New Cold War
Hope Hicks’ secret diary: Publishers are reportedly scrambling for her tell-all Mercury News. “If you would care to verify the incident, pray do so. [Produces diary.] I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” –Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
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Why Putin Is Rattling His Superweapons Bloomberg
Behind the Scenes in Venezuela US News. “The Trump administration is intensifying its regime change efforts to potentially include torpedoing Venezuela’s presidential election.” Wait, what?
Trump confidant Chris Ruddy on the president’s ‘inner Democrat’ FT. Be sure to read to the end.
Trump’s Tariff Plan Leaves Blue-Collar Winners and Losers NYT. Touching concern….
Making Globalization Work William Dudley, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
What Do Trade Agreements Really Do?* (PDF) Dani Rodrik
As trade agreements have evolved and gone beyond import tariffs and quotas into regulatory rules and harmonization, they have become more difficult to fit into received economic theory. Nevertheless, most economists continue to regard trade agreements such as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) favorably. The default view seems to be that these arrangements get us closer to free trade by reducing transaction costs associated with regulatory differences or explicit protectionism. An alternative perspective is that trade agreements are the result of rent-seeking, self-interested behavior on the part of politically well-connected firms – international banks, pharmaceutical companies, multinational firms. They may result in freer, mutually beneficial trade, through exchange of market access. But they are as likely to produce purely redistributive outcomes under the guise of “freer trade.”
Democrats in Disarray
When DCCC Calls, Hang Up the Phone The Nation. I dunno. Hanging up is probably better for the poor schlub in the DCCC’s call center, who has to make their numbers. On the other hand, stringing them along and then not giving them anything sucks up more DCCC resources. One for the judges.
The West Virginia Teachers’ Strike Takes Aim at Coal and Gas The New Republic
“But he’s not even a Democrat!”
100 years ago West Virginia coal miners helped lead the struggle for fair wages and dignity on the job. Today, the teachers of West Virginia are carrying on that brave tradition. I stand with them in their fight for justice and dignity.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) March 3, 2018
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The dark reasons so many rich people are miserable human beings Moneyish (DL). Original. Yves points out that the study should adjust for local cost of living.
Electric wave engulfs brain at first blush of consciousness Yale Daily News
Antidote du jour (via):
See yesterday’s Links and Antidote du Jour here.