Deflation Nation

“This is just the distraction I needed!” CONT.

Brian McFadden, The Strip, New York Times

Brian McFadden (NYT)

Brian McFadden (NYT)

De Blasio, Obama and a Flawed Vision of Liberalism

… In the aftermath of Mr. de Blasio’s landslide victory in 2013, it was tempting to believe that he had pioneered a new style of progressive politics, one that built on President Obama’s coalition of African-Americans, Latinos and liberals. Whereas Mr. Obama twice lost white voters by double digits, Mr. de Blasio won them by a remarkable 11 points.

But instead of transcending the Obama coalition, Mr. de Blasio has become its prisoner. CONT.

Noam Scheiber, New York Times

Economic Freedom Does Not Necessarily Lead to Greater Tolerance

Differences in race, religion and sexual orientation have erupted in violence around the world recently, making it all too clear that tolerance is an ideal that our societies haven’t fully achieved.

What isn’t well known is that economists have been studying tolerance and its preconditions for many years, discovering some fascinating yet also unsettling truths. CONT.

Tyler Cowen (George Mason), New York Times

Is the Defendant White or Not?

As jury selection continues in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the defendant in the Boston Marathon bombings, so does debate about what would constitute a fair and impartial jury. …

Within hours of the F.B.I.’s release of the suspects’ photographs, we collected responses from 426 white Americans to a broad questionnaire assessing a range of their demographic information as well as aspects of their ideological orientations. Eight days later, we offered these same participants the opportunity to respond to a second questionnaire. Here, we presented them with the original F.B.I. photos, and asked them to tell us how white they thought the suspects looked. CONT.

Nour Kteily (Northwestern) & Sarah Cotterill (Harvard), New York Times

Why putting a Bush or Clinton back in the White House could be harder than you think

The 2016 presidential campaign, now in full swing in the media and the political class, starts with a fundamental question: How can American voters, who are so dissatisfied with Washington politics and the state of the nation, name the wife of one former president, and the son and brother of two others as top candidates for the White House? CONT.

Andrew Kohut, Washington Post

Recent polls: 2016 presidential race

Partisanship Has Swallowed Up The Debate Over Climate Change

… While a clear majority of Americans believe global warming is happening, a slimmer majority agree with the scientific consensus that humans are responsible. Democrats are more likely than Republicans to support that view. …

This week’s posturing hints that Democrats plan to exploit the climate change issue in the next election. Polling suggests that may be a promising strategy. CONT.

Christie Aschwanden, FiveThirtyEight

Americans’ Views On The U.S. Role In Global Health

With a new Congressional session beginning, policymakers preparing for budget discussions, and the ongoing Ebola crisis bringing attention to international health issues, it is an important time to understand Americans’ views on global health and the role of the U.S. government in addressing global health issues. …

A large majority of the public overestimates the amount of the federal budget that is spent on foreign aid. Similar to past Kaiser polls, just 1 in 20 correctly state that 1 percent or less of the federal budget is spent on foreign aid. About half say it is more than 10 percent of the budget, and, on average, Americans say that spending on foreign aid makes up roughly a quarter of the federal budget. CONT.

Kaiser Family Foundation


Americans’ Views on 10 Key State of the Union Proposals

Gallup data reveal how Americans’ views line up with 10 key issues raised by President Barack Obama in his 2015 State of the Union address Tuesday night. CONT.

Frank Newport, Jeffrey M. Jones & Lydia Saad, Gallup

The GOP After Obama

While the 2016 presidential contest is starting to consume the attention of the political world, another immediate concern for the Republican Party ought to be what the party will stand for in the coming post-Obama era. CONT.

Charlie Cook

Changing Coalitions: Will GOP Have to Toss Its Medicare Plan?

More gray. Less green.

Continuing the reversal of historic political alignments, House Republicans in the new Congress represent most districts with the highest share of seniors–as well as a narrow majority of seats where the median income lags below the national average, a Next America analysis has found.

This counterintuitive alignment underscores the extent to which each party’s congressional map increasingly tracks its performance at the presidential level. And it challenges common assumptions on each side about the nature of its coalition. CONT.

Ronald Brownstein, National Journal