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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.

ATF May Care More About The NRA Than You And Me

Last week the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) announced that it was indefinitely delaying a proposal to ban armor piercing bullets.  They cited an outpouring of public opposition to the proposal.  In my latest column, I argue that it’s not the public that ATF is worried about: …the comments were likely not a […]

GOP Keeping Holder In Job

It’s not surprising that those of us on the left are happy to see Eric Holder stay on the job as long as possible but who would have thought the Senate GOP would be help us out. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his team have subjected Lynch to the longest delay of any […]

I think that Hillary made an error in judgment in emailing from her personal account.  But part of her story is quite plausible.  She said that she thought emails to other State Department officials would automatically be saved.  It turns out she was wrong: the State Department disclosed on Friday that until last month it had no […]

It’s satire but it rings of truth: We are in great admiration of Sen. Cruz. In our republic, he would be an Ayatollah Uzma. We appreciate his signature on your letter and his steadfastness in correcting your president. Many of us were dismayed to learn that Sen. Cruz was criticized in your country for withholding […]

A new study evaluates the impact of one of the key moves by the Obama Administration to spur the current recovery: While the authors are skeptical of some contemporary estimates that put potential job losses as high as 2.5 million to 3.3 million, they estimate at least 500,000 to 1 million jobs would have been […]

There have been plenty of reasons to criticize McDonalds over the years.  But to give credit where credit is due, they are taking a step that could have major public health benefits. McDonald’s Corp’s U.S. restaurants will gradually stop buying chicken raised with antibiotics vital to fighting human infections, the most aggressive step by a […]

The Supreme Court hears the latest challenge to Obamacare this week.  The consequences of a decision (which won’t come until June) are stark: As a result, the elimination of the subsidies would destabilize the individual insurance markets in states not running their own marketplaces. Under the ACA, insurers would still be required to guarantee access […]

Couple of excellent pieces on the state of bias from this past weekend.  First Nicholas Kristof on how our unconscious biases show themselves. Researchers at North Carolina State conducted an experiment in which they asked students to rate teachers of an online course (the students never saw the teachers). To some of the students, a […]

Rudy Giuliani has rightly gotten heaps of scorn for his idiotic comments last week at the dinner for Governor Walker.  But this managed to overshadow some of Walker’s own comments: Noteworthy, Walker argued that when Reagan fired the PATCO air-traffic controllers over their illegal strike, he was sending a message of toughness to Democrats and […]

Ranking The Presidents

President’s Day prompted several analysts to engage in the always popular practice of ranking the Presidents.  Harry Enten discussed who should really be on Mount Rushmore (and found that they did a pretty good job): But Franklin D. Roosevelt has since joined the four Rushmore presidents in historical greatness; he’s consistently rated among the top […]

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