I’m Sure that in Yale Law School Classes, They Discussed what a Subpoena Is . . .

But maybe the putative next president of the United States was absent that day: House Republicans on Wednesday released the subpoena they issued in early March for emails from Hillary Clinton's private server, a day after Clinton said she had not been subpoenaed for the documents. Clinton said on CNN Tuesday that "I've never had a subpoena." …

The Democratic Party’s Failure on Trade Policy

As anyone who follows the news is aware, Barack Obama's biggest legislative goal for his second term is to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. He may well get fast-track authority in order to push for passage of the agreement, and the agreement may yet pass. I hope that he does get fast-track authority, and …

Paul Krugman Is Fundamentally Dishonest (A Continuing Series)

Any just and intellectually defensible analysis of the New York Times's decision to hire Paul Krugman as a columnist has to conclude that in making the hire, the Times severely harmed its own credibility. Krugman simply cannot be trusted to present facts and make honest arguments. Behold the latest example of Krugman's thoroughgoing mendacity. Comes …

In Case You Have Forgotten, Harry Reid Was the Worst Senate Majority Leader in History

Behold yet more proof, as though additional proof were actually needed. As Ashe Schow accurately notes, "in Reid's world, it is perfectly acceptable to make a defamatory charge against an opponent to damage his campaign." Chris Cillizza: Where to begin? How about with the fact that this all-means-justify-the-ends logic — assuming the end is your desired …

Don’t Know Much about History (Paul Krugman Edition)

Look I understand that Paul Krugman is loath to give Ronald Reagan credit for anything good. But when he goes and makes things up about Reagan's economic record, someone should really call him on it. Preferably someone at the New York Times who is actually in charge of editing and fact-checking. Or doesn't the Times employ …

Attention: The Scott Walker Non-Scandal Is Even Less of a Non-Scandal

Scott Walker's political foes rejoiced recently in reports that the Wisconsin governor (and possible Republican presidential candidate) might be the target of a criminal investigation. Eric Lach faithfully recites the claim, and there are others, of course who repeated the story that Walker was/is in some kind of political trouble. Oops! Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) …

Hillary Clinton’s Bad Week Continues

Oh dear, this just is not very good at all: Hillary Rodham Clinton tersely defended her initial opposition to gay marriage, denying in a radio interview that political reasons were behind her shift last year to supporting same-sex marriage. She accused the host of the show of ‘‘playing with my words.’’ ‘‘I did not grow …

Still More on the Piketty Wars

Responding to Piketty's response (linked here) to the charges raised by the Financial Times, Chris Giles notes that there remain concerns with Piketty's presentation: There are a few things on which we agree. First, the source data on wealth inequality is poor. I have written that it is “sketchy” and Prof Piketty says it is “much …

Understanding Paul Krugman on Thomas Piketty

Gentle readers, whenever Paul Krugman issues a defense of Thomas Piketty regarding the charges against the latter, by all means, be sure to read that defense. Be sure to consider its merits seriously. Be sure to closely and carefully examine the data Krugman might present in defense of his point and if Krugman actually makes a …

The Tragedy of Thomas Piketty

The latest Pikettian response to Giles's and Giugliano's assertions regarding the quality of Piketty's data and research is to accuse Giles and Giugliano of being "dishonest." (Hat tip in comments here.) I suppose this means that Piketty's is employing a classic I-am-rubber-and-you-are-glue-whatever-you-say-bounces-off-me-and-sticks-back-to-you defense, but there is little substance to the accusation; at best, Piketty can assert (without …