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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.

How The Rich Get Away With It

This is a depressing story about Paul Bilzerian, convicted securities fraudster: But 25 years after Mr. Bilzerian became a Wall Street felon, the Securities and Exchange Commission is quitting the fight, winding down its quest to collect a $62 million civil judgment against him for securities fraud. The tally from a court-appointed SEC receiver: about [...]

It is one of the biggest threats to public health in the developed world: Antibiotic-resistant infections are already linked to 23,000 deaths and 2 million illnesses in the United States each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Estimates of the economic impact vary, but have put the price tag as high [...]

The first chart above shows approval of Medicaid expansion when the question mentions the Affordable Care Act.  The second one, when you don’t.  Democratic approval is consistent but Republican approval shifts dramatically when the ACA is not mentioned.  (courtesy of Jonathan Cohn) Now read this:GOP Senate Candidate BUSTED After Plagiarizing Healthcare Plan (Sep 20, 2014) [...]

The White Male Party

David Wasserman has a great post up about how the Democratic caucus in the House looks like America and the Republican one, well . . . Today, 89 percent of House Republicans are white men, compared to just 47 percent of House Democrats. For some context, according to 2013 Census estimates just 31 percent of [...]

According to a new study by United States Geological Survey: From 1992 to 2001, 17 percent of agricultural streams and 5 percent of other streams contained at least one pesticide whose average annual concentration was above the maximum contaminant level for drinking water. But in the second decade, from 2002 to 2011, the survey found dangerous [...]

A new estimate from U.S. scientists strikes me as the most realistic one yet. The deadly Ebola outbreak sweeping across three countries in West Africa is likely to last 12 to 18 months more, much longer than anticipated, and could infect hundreds of thousands of people before it is brought under control, say scientists mapping [...]

Donald Sterling was right about one thing, he wasn’t the only owner that said things that would embarrass the NBA.  Atlanta Hawks  owner Bruce Levenson is next: In a statement, Levenson announced his intent to sell his controlling stake in the team and apologized for a 2012 e-mail regarding the Hawks’ attendance problems and inability [...]

The Vice-President was a key figure in the passage of the Violence Against Women Act in 1994.  So it should surprise no one that he had one of the more eloquent responses to the Ray Rice scandal: It’s never, never, never the woman’s fault. No man has a right to raise a hand to a [...]

The decision earlier this week from a federal appeals court striking down gay marriage bans is more important for who issued it than for what it said. Judge Richard Posner, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, wrote a powerful opinion ordering Indiana and Wisconsin to recognize same-sex marriages. In the process, [...]

It’s Not Just The Redskins

The use of Native American names for sports franchises extends far beyond the professional level.  Hayley Munguia figured out how far. I searched the database and found 2,129 sports teams that reference Braves, Chiefs, Indians, Orangemen, Raiders, Redmen, Reds, Redskins, Savages, Squaws, Tribe and Warriors, as well as tribe names such as Apaches, Arapahoe, Aztecs, [...]

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