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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.

The 2014 Election Will Have Big Effect On Regulation

My latest column from The Hill argues that if Republicans carry the Senate next week, President Obama will find it harder to issue regulations to protect the environment and public health. While we can expect that few pieces of legislation will make it through Congress and be signed by the president, one exception is the [...]

Yes, this is one of those academic studies that confirms what we all believe to be true.  But since some have made the argument that mass shootings are no more frequent than ever, it is always good to have data. new research from the Harvard School of Public Health demonstrates that mass shootings in public [...]

The chances of an increase in the federal minimum wage drop with each poll favorable to the Republicans.  So Department of Labor Secretary, Tom Perez called it like it is: The U.S. federal wage floor ranks third-lowest — as a percentage of median wage — among the 34 member countries of the Organization for Economic [...]

As the news from the race for Congress becomes more and more depressing, Democrats can at least cheer the fact that they will almost certainly control several more statehouses in 2015 than they did in 2014. The most remarkable feature of this chart is the widespread weakness in the Republican field. In five states—Alaska, Pennsylvania, [...]

Now that we have hopefully quelled the number of Ebola cases in the U.S. at a whopping 3, there has been a noted dropoff in media coverage.  I hate to rain on everyone’s parade but there are still a lot of people dying in Africa: Every couple of days, the World Health Organization (WHO) issues [...]

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 [...]

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