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Stuart is a professor and the Director of the Public Policy program at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. He teaches economics and cost-benefit analysis and studies regulation in the United States at both the federal and state levels. Prior to coming to Rutgers, Stuart worked for five years at the Office of Management and Budget in Washington under Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush.

Ban Flights From West Africa? Will Do Nothing

Numerous Republicans have called for President Obama to respond to the Ebola crisis by banning flights to the United States from West Africa.  Nate Silver looked at flight data and found that such a ban would be meaningless. There are no regularly scheduled direct flights to the U.S. from Liberia, Guinea or Sierra Leone — [...]

The new Chair of the Federal Reserve gave the kind of speech that few of her predecessors would have offered. On Friday, Janet Yellen presented a thorough speech outlining the inherent problems income inequality presents to the American ideology, proving once again she is committed to using her role as Federal Reserve chair to tackle [...]

I’m always posting bad news about our warming planet so here is some small bit of encouraging news from Indonesia and the Nature Conservancy’s Peter Ellis. Ellis and his colleagues are doing something unusual—fighting against climate change by helping to improve logging operations. This idea remains controversial in the conservation community, but the Arlington, Va.-based [...]

The Supreme Court blocking the Wisconsin Voter ID Law temporarily this week got the headlines. But more important may have been a dissent in the 7th Circuit by Reagan appointee, Richard Posner: Posner is, by far, the most widely cited legal scholar of the 20th century, according to The Journal of Legal Studies. His opinions [...]

Nate Silver has a unique way of presenting data as well as making predictions.  In the graphic above he shows how control of the Senate largely comes down to the “Maroon 6,” six states that lean Republican but are still undecided, Alaska, Louisiana, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, and Iowa.  If the GOP wins all 6, the [...]

The Republican Party has taken a number of steps to avoid a repeat of the drawn out primary season of 2012 when attention was drawn to the (ahem) loonier section of their party.  But all signs point to a rerun: interviews with more than a dozen party strategists, elected officials and potential candidates a month [...]

The North Carolina Senate race is a tight one and voter turnout is likely to be crucial. Enter Americans for Prosperity, the Koch brother funded organization: The North Carolina State Board of Elections announced this week that it is investigating a controversial mailer the conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFPF) sent to thousands of state [...]

Another Victory For EPA

EPA has been quite successful in the courts this year.  This week they won another victory: On Tuesday, a federal District Court judge upheld the EPA’s revocation of the West Virginia surface mine’s Clean Water Act (CWA) permit, calling it “reasonable, supported by the record, and based on considerations within EPA’s purview.” At issue was the [...]

It’s not the amendment that constitutionalists spend much time trumpeting but it is just as important as the others.  Martin Garbus reminds us why: The 8th Amendment bans cruel and unusual punishment. Yet it happens every day in prisons across the country. Putting aside capital punishment, which I would argue is cruel and unusual on [...]

The Obama Administration finalized its requirement for federal contractors today: The Obama administration on Tuesday issued regulations requiring companies that do business with the federal government to pay their workers at least $10.10 an hour. . . The 338-page rule will take effect on Jan. 1, and would apply to roughly 24,000 businesses with federal contracts, employing [...]

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