Jonathan Gruber’s Disastrous Congressional Testimony

It was awful beyond imagining. Behold a snippet: This little political skirmish was Jonathan Gruber's Little Bighorn moment in which he didn't play the role of Sitting Bull. Gowdy owned the debate--and Gruber--not only because he is a much more skilled and adept verbal interlocutor than is Gruber (who desperately grasps for the saving power …

When People Tell You that Problems with Obamacare Have Been Solved, Don’t Believe Them

Facts are stubborn things, and facts will not allow anyone to truthfully claim that all is well in the land of Obamacare: “If you’re one of the more than 250 million Americans who already have health insurance, you will keep your health insurance — this law will only make it more secure and more affordable,” President …

Your Non-Shocking News of the Day

Free market competition can lower prices and help consumers: In major cities throughout the United States, taxi medallion prices are tumbling as taxis face competition from car-service apps like Uber and Lyft. The average price of an individual New York City taxi medallion fell to $872,000 in October, down 17 percent from a peak reached …

No Virginia, China Is NOT the Biggest Economy In the World

Behold: Call it another false alarm in the China-overtaking-the-U.S. saga. Notwithstanding the latest estimates from the International Monetary Fund, the U.S., the world’s largest economy is still, well, numero uno. China’s gross domestic product will climb to $17.6 trillion this year, while the U.S. grows to $17.4 trillion, IMF projections showed yesterday. One major caveat: the comparison …

I Am with Daniel Drezner

Please, please, please let's not have politics in the next Star Wars movie. Nothing about trade negotiations. Nothing about how the Sith are supposedly like Republicans. Nothing--please, God Almighty, nothing--about democracy dying to thunderous applause. We've all had quite enough of this nonsense, thank you very much. Let's explore a fantastic tale, with witty dialogue …

We Have a Defense Secretary. But Will He Be Allowed to Lead?

I applaud the nomination of Ashton Carter to be secretary of defense. He is hyper-smart, passionate about defense and national security policy, knows the Pentagon like the back of his hand, is tough and assertive, and he will be a forceful participant in debates about foreign, defense and national security policy. He is, in short, …

The Murder of Eric Garner and the Failure of Justice

As others have noted, while there may have been some reason not to indict Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, there is absolutely no reason whatsoever to have refrained from indicting Daniel Pantaleo for the murder--yes, the murder--of Eric Garner. And why was Garner murdered? For selling "loose" or untaxed cigarettes. "Appalling" does …

Russia’s War Against Fracking in Europe

Covered here and here. It should surprise no one that Russia would do this, as realist theory predicts this behavior. Gazprom's profits need to be protected, after all, and those profits would not be protected if Europeans were allowed to engage in hydraulic fracking. But just because the allegations against Russia are not surprising does not mean that …

Quote of the Day

The grand view of American politics is that Republicans have a lock on Congress, while Democrats have an inbuilt White House advantage. November’s Republican victory shored up that theory. Conservatives reliably turned out for the midterms, while liberals hibernated. Come the glamour of 2016, Hispanic, millennial, single female and African American voters will be back in force. …