Nomination Problems for “Today’s” Justice Ginsburg

During a recent interview, Justice Ginsburg was asked the question that always seems to be bandied around: How about resigning when a Democratic President can nominate a replacement? Here was Justice Ginsburg’s response:

Who do you think President Obama could appoint at this very day, given the boundaries that we have? If I resign any time this year, he could not successfully appoint anyone I would like to see in the court. . . . So anybody who thinks that if I step down, Obama could appoint someone like me, they’re misguided.

Enter Ezra Klein at Vox and Harry Enten at FiveThirtyEight (Nate Silver doesn’t write all those articles himself?) to explain that the Justice is way off base. Of course she could be confirmed today, they explain. But I’m not so sure. Continue reading


Here We Go Again: Jeffrey Toobin Wades into Halbig’s Waters

Over at The New Yorker the other day, Jeffrey Toobin wrote a short piece on Halbig entitled “Will Textualism Kill Obamacare?” It’s not very good.

I’m not going to do a full critique of the essay, but there are a couple mistakes and misdirections that are worth mentioning. Continue reading

A Sports-Related Post: Modeling Optimal Auction Pricing and Bid Strategies

Yes, this is a sports-related post. Sorry. But it’s got some econ and math and a request for some analysis at the end. So that’s pretty fun, right?

Well, anyway, it’s fantasy football season, so fans (and non-fans) everywhere have just finished drafting their players, who will now go on to collect stats that count toward the fantasy team’s weekly points. This year, however, I did something a little different with a team-based league rather than a player-based league, and I’m trying to figure out if there’s a “right” valuation strategy. If you’re familiar with football drafts (snake and auction varieties) feel free to skip to the “But What About This?” section. If you want a little background, well…  Continue reading