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Pardon My Skepticism

In his prime tweeting time, bright and early last Monday, President Trump proclaimed: “Numerous legal scholars?” I harrumphed to myself: “come on.” Given that no president has ever been crazy enough to try it, the self-pardon is a novel question of constitutional law. When I …

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Appreciating Charles Krauthammer

I was crushed by Charles Krauthammer’s moving announcement here.   When I was just out of college–many years ago now–I worked briefly as his research assistant.  He was as kind and generous in person as he is sharp and incisive in print.  What a blow …

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Public Schooling Battles: May Dispatch

Some people want schools to have lighthearted, warm environments. Some want them to delve into social commentary, even if it is uncomfortable. Some students just want to wear what they want to wear. And some people either don’t want any of those things, or disagree …

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Negative DC Voucher Results Still Don’t Mean Choice Has Failed

It’s not a good thing when a random-assignment study—the research “gold standard” because it controls even for unobservable variables like motivation—finds that using a voucher tends to result in lower standardized test scores. All things equal, we’d like scores to go up. But in the …

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Coming Soon to a Los Angeles Times Corrections Box Near You

Correction: The article “Trump’s New Insurance Rules Are Panned by Nearly Every Healthcare Group that Submitted Formal Comments” claimed the Trump administration proposes allowing short-term health insurance plans “to turn away sick people.” In fact, federal law already allows short-term plans to turn away sick …

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A Right To Try — But for How Many? And For How Long?

President Trump has signed legislation restoring the right of some terminally ill patients to determine the course of their medical treatment. This “right to try” law builds on legislation enacted by dozens of states. The federal right-to-try law is an important victory for patients and individual liberty. …

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Show Me the (Education) Money, Finale!

Long-Term, National: Money and Employees Have Poured In Now that we’ve looked at scads of data—on spending, staffing, salaries—what can we conclude about the state of resources in public schools? First, we need to recognize that the period since the Great Recession has been an …

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Richard Pipes on Property as an Institution

Richard Pipes, the great Harvard historian, has died at 94. Best known for his clear-eyed work on Russia and its Bolshevik Revolution, a topic on which so many thinkers over the past century have fallen short, Pipes also wrote a terrific 1999 book on private property …

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The Sugar Swamp Remains Undrained

Efforts to reform the U.S. sugar program fell short last week when an amendment to the farm bill offered by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-North Carolina) was voted down by the lopsided margin of 137-278. Foxx couldn’t even persuade a majority of her fellow Republicans to support the …

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Show Me the (Education) Money, Part IV!

We’ve looked at the K-12 spending trends both nationally and in restive states, broken down per-pupil expenditures into smaller bits, and added North Carolina. I had planned to finish this spending series with this post, but there are a lot of data to examine so …

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