John Sexton

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The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik Gets It Wrong

As I write this more than 131k people have shared Adam Gopnik's story directly blaming the Santa Barbara murders on the NRA. Gopnik gives himself leeway to cast blame in this direct way because the father of one of the victims did so. May 27, 2014 10:36 AM PT

Thomas Piketty: Critique of His Work Is 'Just Ridiculous'

In his statement to Bloomberg Sunday he appeared more combative saying there was "no mistake or error" in his work. He did finally respond to one of the serious charges--that he had misused data on wealth in the UK--saying the data the Financial Times relied on in its criticism was "very low quality." May 26, 2014 6:52 PM PT

Post Editorial Board: Government Bureaucracy Doesn't Work

In a piece published today, the Washington Post editorial board says the problem at the VA is the same problem experienced within other parts of the government: a stagnant bureaucracy protected by political favoritism. May 26, 2014 6:14 PM PT

Senate Passes Bill to Grant More Water to California Farmers

Senator Dianne Feinstein won Senate approval of a 16-page drought bill late Thursday night, despite objections from some environmentalist groups. The quick passage, without debate, was the result of weeks of negotiations with Senate leaders. May 24, 2014 7:58 AM PT

Piketty's Pickle: Undercut His Thesis or Defend Use of Inappropriate Data

The Financial Times takedown of Thomas Piketty's inequality data demonstrates a range of errors from the trivial all the way up to errors which seem inexplicable apart from their importance in bolstering his thesis. As Business Insider pointed out late Friday, FT isn't just saying Piketty made mistakes, they are also suggesting he may have "exaggerated" his results. May 23, 2014 9:15 PM PT

California's Potential Oil and Gas Boom Just Hit a Big Setback

Prior to this week, estimates suggested there were over 13 billion barrels of recoverable oil in California's Monterey formation. Now a new report, being seized on by environmentalists hoping to see a fracking moratorium in the state, suggests the true amount is substantially smaller than previously believed. May 23, 2014 12:45 PM PT

The VA is a Vision of the Future Under Obamacare

Death panels, it turns out, gave the government far too much credit. That phrase evokes the image of gathered experts making educated if potentially callous decisions about someone's medical care. At the Phoenix VA, people were cut off and left to die by bureaucratic malfeasance and systemic indifference which makes death panels seem dignified by comparison. May 21, 2014 10:12 AM PT

Condoleeza Rice Calls Snowden a Traitor, Defends NSA

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice defended the NSA at a conference held Wednesday in Silicon Valley. She also called Edward Snowden a "traitor" and said it was "suspicious" he ended up in Russia. May 16, 2014 2:07 PM PT

NY Times Failed to Take Its Own Advice on Gender Pay Gap

The NY Times could have taken advice from its own editorial board on how to handle an embarrassing gender pay gap issue. Instead they tried to downplay the issue, exactly as they had criticized the White House for doing a month earlier. May 16, 2014 11:52 AM PT

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