John Sexton

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Asian-American/Tea Party Coalition Could Change California Politics

Last month, a collection of Asian-Americans groups, which one University of California professor compares to the Tea Party, helped defeat a bill designed to revive affirmative action in California's college admissions. Now the Republican Party is hoping to capitalize on this unexpected break with Democrats. Apr 9, 2014 11:53 AM PT

Paul Krugman's Asymmetric Stupidity

Paul Krugman published a blog post yesterday titled "Asymmetric Stupidity" which argues that it's primarily conservatives who suffer from epistemic closure. Here's the core of Krugman's thin argument: Apr 8, 2014 4:49 PM PT

Central California is Sinking as Groundwater is Depleted

Parts of California's central valley are sinking, the Sacramento Bee reports, as farmers faced with drought and water sources cut off to protect the Delta smelt are pumping out deep groundwater to save their crops. The situation is serious enough that even some farmers are calling for new regulations on groundwater usage. Apr 8, 2014 5:43 AM PT

Globovision Anchor Quits on Air, Cites Censorship

News anchor Reimy Chavez quit his job at Venezuela's Globovision TV on air last week. In an interview published today, Chavez says he quit because he feared he was becoming an "accomplice to censorship." Apr 7, 2014 4:55 PM PT

The Danger of the Left's Collective View of Rights

Is the First Amendment a protection of the individual's right to free speech or merely a recognition of the social utility of free speech? That's the question which underlies the divide between the Supreme Courts conservative and liberal wings. Apr 4, 2014 3:54 PM PT

60 Minutes Adds Exhaust Sounds to Tesla Model S

60 Minutes ran a segment on Elon Musk Sunday night which, after a brief intro, opened with some sweeping shots of the Tesla Model S cruising down the highway. But someone at 60 Minutes spiced up the audio with what sounds like a small V6 gas engine racing at about 5,000 rpm. You can hear the sound in this clip. Apr 1, 2014 11:37 AM PT

Harry Reid Worried About 'Modern Kochtopia'

In what could be a leaked plot for a future Avengers movie, Senate Majority Leader wants us to know that the Koch brothers are in league with Paul Ryan to create a "modern Kochtopia." (This is not to be confused with ancient Kochtopia which sunk beneath the sea millennia ago.) Apr 1, 2014 10:04 AM PT

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