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Price Competition in College Education

March 31, 2015 at 2:07 pm

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Newbury College, a private, non-profit school in Brookline, Mass., today announced a three-year, $45,000 bachelor's degree. Colleges are competing on price already with financial aid offers, but the innovations here are the pricing transparency, the predictability, and, so far as I can see, at least, that the price is available no matter how much your family income or assets are. In a sense, the more interesting question is why there hasn't been more such competition already.

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March 31, 2015 at 1:24 pm

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Buzzfeed's Tax Credits

March 31, 2015 at 12:15 pm

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Capital New York used public records law to get a copy of Buzzfeed's application for $4 million in New York State tax credits. The Buzzfeed website had threatened to move 200 employees to New Jersey if it didn't get the tax breaks. Buzzfeed wrote in its application:

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The Real One Percent

March 31, 2015 at 11:32 am

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The U.S. government rented "85 single rooms, five office suites, five sleeping suites, and one conference room for 14 nights" at the Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort for Michelle Obama's two-day visit to Cambodia, the Washington Free Beacon reports. The estimated cost to U.S. taxpayers for this adventure was $242,500, which seems like a lot of money to me, but I'm not used to traveling on a government budget.

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Diversity on Campus

March 31, 2015 at 11:27 am

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"The demographic groups most underrepresented on law faculties include white Christians and Republicans, according to research by Northwestern University School of Law professor James Lindgren," reports the National Law Journal.

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Preet's Methods

March 31, 2015 at 11:22 am

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The Wall Street Journal has a strong editorial about the David Ganek case we've been covering here ("Good for Ganek," "Preet's Fire-Ax") : Says the Journal, "The case may become a referendum on Mr. Bharara's methods and ethics in his campaign against alleged insider trading."

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The Limits of Schumerism

March 31, 2015 at 10:27 am

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Senator Charles Schumer is the topic of my column this week. Mr. Schumer has the inside track to become the Democratic leader in the Senate following Harry Reid's announcement that he will retire. Please check the column out at Reason (here) or at Newsmax (here).

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Amazon Tests Drones in Canada

March 31, 2015 at 10:03 am

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In a post here the other day ("Regulation Lags Technology") we noted the hassles Amazon was facing in getting U.S. government approval to test drones for package delivery. Now it emerges, in an article in the Guardian (link via Politico Playbook), the company has set up a test site in Canada, "barely 2000 feet from the U.S. border." From the Guardian:

The company's decision to set up camp in Canada, after frustration in its attempts to persuade US regulators to allow it to launch its drones in Washington state, takes Amazon's quarrel with the federal government to a new level. Last week a senior Amazon executive appeared before a US Senate subcommittee and warned that there would be consequences if federal regulators continued to act as a drag on its ambitions to launch a drone delivery service called Prime Air....

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Profiling Preet

March 30, 2015 at 4:09 pm

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The Washington Post has a profile of Preet Bharara:

Last year during an office banquet, he insulted federal judge Naomi Reice Buchwald after she ruled against his office on a "hearsay" issue that led to an innocent verdict. Bharara told the dinner audience that what he was about to say was "hearsay" and would "not be admissible" – and then called Buchwald "the worst federal judge" he'd ever come across.

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Cato's New CEO

March 30, 2015 at 11:09 am

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John Allison is out as CEO of the libertarian Cato Institute and Peter Goettler, a former managing director of Barclays Bank, is in, the institute announces in a press release.

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Bernanke Blogging

March 30, 2015 at 10:52 am

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More proof, as if any were needed, that blogging is not "dead": Ben Bernanke has taken up the form, over at the Brookings Institution.

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Tough Week at the New Yorker

March 27, 2015 at 1:21 pm

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The New Yorker magazine, which has been a target for criticism recently here, has had a tough week. First the magazine apologized for characterizing Senator Ted Cruz as "uppity." Then the Anti-Defamation League issued a press release critical of the magazine for publishing a "tasteless" humor article by Lena Dunham likening her Jewish boyfriend to her dog. I see it all as emblematic of a certain closed-mindedness and emptiness at the heights (or depths) of "progressive" literary intellectual culture.

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Boston's Charter School Cap

March 27, 2015 at 1:09 pm

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The new secretary of education of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, James Peyser, has an interview with WGBH in which he talks about how the City of Boston's statutory cap on the number of charter schools is hurting children:

There are 34 charter schools in the city of Boston, the maximum number allowed under the current cap. 18,000 children are on the wait lists to attend those schools, which Peyser labeled a major issue for his department.
"To deny those parents and those children the opportunity to go to a great school when unfortunately too many of the options they have otherwise are not great seems to be totally wrong from a policy point of view and maybe even from a moral one," he said.

I'm receptive to the idea of this as a moral issue,. It would be helpful to hear Mr. Peyser — or better yet, Governor Baker — elaborate a bit and articulate the moral framework that makes it wrong.

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Rognlie Challenges Piketty

March 25, 2015 at 1:33 pm

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The Economist reports on a 26-year-old MIT graduate student who has found some problem's with Thomas Piketty's book on income inequality:

Although the paper began its life as a 459-word online blog post comment, several reputable economists regard it as the most serious and substantive critique that Mr Piketty's work has yet faced...if housing wealth is the biggest source of rising wealth then a more focused approach is called for. Policy-makers should deal with the planning regulations and NIMBYism that inhibit housebuilding and which allow homeowners to capture super-normal returns on their investments.

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Walmart's Wind

March 25, 2015 at 10:07 am

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Walmart has removed the windmills from the parking lot of its Worcester, Mass. store (which may actually be in Millbury, Mass.), the Worcester Telegram and Gazette reports. Walmart's environmental efforts were the subject of a book review here a few years ago.

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