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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.

Thank You Ted Cruz

The Democratic controlled Senate is going out in style with a record number of confirmations for President Obama.  And they had some unlikely (if unintended) help: Thanks to some help from Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada — and arguably Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who delayed the Senate over a procedural fight — 132 executive nominations were approved […]

Obama’s Great Month

If President Obama is focused on building his legacy, this month has been quite a success in that department: On November 26, the Obama administration put forward new anti-smog regulations that should prevent thousands of premature deaths and heart attacks every year. About two weeks later, Obama’s appointees at the Federal Reserve implemented new rules curbing reckless […]

Not worried about climate change, ebola, or ISIS.  Well I’ve got something for you: The true cost of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) will be 300 million premature deaths and up to $100 trillion (£64 trillion) lost to the global economy by 2050. This scenario is set out in a new report which looks to a future […]

Representatives of nearly 200 nations reached an accord on curbing carbon emissions this past weekend in Lima Peru.  Robert Stavins gives the bottom line. Although it is true that the Lima decision text was watered down in the last 30 hours (as a result of very effective opposition by developing countries), the fact remains that […]

OK, that’s a picture of a cronut, not a cromnibus, but there is no question about which one is tastier.  My latest column talks about why we had better get used to the type of horse-trading represented in the cromnibus though. The debate over the cromnibus will be replayed on a larger scale from October […]

The above memo is from Donald Rumsfeld’s archive and it is pretty revealing. Now read this:Human Rights Group Files War Crime Charges Against BushCo (Dec 20, 2014) America Is Building A Sunni Army (Dec 13, 2014) CIA’s Brennan Under Fire For Bogus Intelligence Leading To Iraq War (Dec 11, 2014) U.S. Spending $24.1 Million Arming […]

Earlier this week, the Federal Housing Finance Agency lowered the required down payment for borrowers from Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to 3% of the price of a house.  Dean Baker explains the problem: A study by the Center for Responsible Lending found that the default rate for loans with down payments of between 3 […]

Cass Sunstein describes a new study by Troy Campbell and Aaron Kay that shows that belief in climate change for Republicans is affected by worries about how much fixing it will cost: In the most important of several experiments, they presented a large number of participants, both Republicans and Democrats, with this description of the […]

McCain At His Best

He did give us Sarah Palin but when it comes to torture, few politicians are more eloquent: The truth is sometimes a hard pill to swallow. It sometimes causes us difficulties at home and abroad. It is sometimes used by our enemies in attempts to hurt us. But the American people are entitled to it, […]

Pardon Bush And Cheney?

It seems counter-intuitive in the wake of the release of the torture report, but no less than the executive director of the ACLU suggests it. I have come to think that President Obama should issue pardons, after all — because it may be the only way to establish, once and for all, that torture is […]

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