Editor-in-chief, Vox.com. Policy analyst at MSNBC. Eater of food. Hater of filibuster. Lover of charts.

The best case for Obama’s trade deal has nothing to do with America

vox.com — Economist Tyler Cowen makes the simplest, and perhaps most persuasive, case for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal that I've seen. His argument? Vietnam. The country is very poor, very big, and, according to simulations run by the Peterson Institute for International Trade, likely to be the biggest beneficiary of the TPP.

Obama’s secret is he’s always angry

vox.com — The White House Correspondents Dinner has become a strange event. It is, ostensibly, an evening where the president and the press can come together to share a few lighthearted laughs. But it's evolved into a recital of brutal truths - albeit one neither side ever really admits happened.

American politics isn’t about who you love. It’s about who you fear.

vox.com — Politics isn't about who you love. It's about who you fear. That's the upshot of a draft paper (not yet available online, unfortunately) by political scientists Alan Abramowitz and Steven Webster that attempts to untangle a mystery about modern American politics: how can there be record levels of party loyalty and straight-ticket voting at the same time that fewer Americans than ever before are identifying as Republicans and Democrats?

Why raising the Social Security retirement age really does hurt the poor the most

vox.com — On Wednesday, I wrote about why raising the Social Security retirement age is a particularly cruel policy to people who hate their jobs and die young - a group that tends to be poor. On Twitter, the very smart Marc Goldwein, who works for the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, took issue with the piece.

How Obamacare (almost) convinced a tea partier to vote for Clinton

vox.com — There's an old line that a conservative is a liberal who got mugged. But maybe a liberal is just a conservative who signed up for Obamacare. A video from YouTube user Hot Lead retired has gone a bit viral in recent weeks.

Raising Social Security's retirement age is a disaster for the poor

vox.com — There are few policies as popular with politicians, but unpopular with voters, as raising Social Security's retirement age. It's a perennial feature of bipartisan budget negotiations - the Simpson-Bowles report proposed it, for instance - and both Jeb Bush and Chris Christie have endorsed it.

Five Best Ideas of the Day

How child support laws trap poor men in a vicious spiral of debt and imprisonment

vox.com — The answer to "Why was Walter Scott shot in the back while running away?" is simple: he was shot because a police officer chose to shoot him. (For more on the circumstances of Scott's killing, see German Lopez's excellent overview of the case.) But the answer to "Why was Walter Scott running away?"

The 3 laws of social science

vox.com — Economist Arnold Kling passes along his father Merle King's "three iron laws of social science": 1. Sometimes it's this way, and sometimes it's that way. 2. The data are insufficient. 3. The methodology is flawed. That sounds about right.

Corporations now spend more lobbying Congress than taxpayers spend funding Congress

vox.com — Well, this isn't good: Corporations now spend about $2.6 billion a year on reported lobbying expenditures - more than the $2 billion we spend to fund the House ($1.16 billion) and Senate ($820 million). Those numbers come from political scientist Lee Drutman, author of the book The Business of America is Lobbying, who notes, over email, that they've fallen slightly out of date.
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Apr 28, 2015

RT @germanrlopez: In Freddie Gray's Baltimore neighborhood, nearly one-third of buildings are vacant: vox.com/e/8271534?utm_… pic.twitter.com/RpnMQgVaVx

Apr 28, 2015

Incredible visualization/video on the stunning spread of marriage equality, by @joeposner: youtube.com/watch?v=9zVJTw…

Apr 28, 2015

A list of 181 Clinton Foundation donors who also lobbied Hillary's State Department: bit.ly/1PRpPLA

Apr 28, 2015

In Freddie Gray's Baltimore neighborhood, half of the residents don't have jobs: bit.ly/1DH0JYa

Apr 28, 2015

Via @JonAllenDC, a list of 181 Clinton Foundation donors who also lobbied Hillary's State Department: bit.ly/1PRpPLA

Apr 27, 2015

The pictures out of Baltimore are absolutely nightmarish: vox.com/2015/4/27/8505…

Apr 27, 2015

Read David Simon's powerful plea for peace in Baltimore: vox.com/2015/4/27/8505…

Apr 27, 2015

RT @dylanmatt: As someone who eats ~ 60% of his meals at Chipotle, this makes me very sad vox.com/2015/4/27/8505…

Apr 27, 2015

"To be clear, there are absolutely no good health-related reasons for Chipotle to have done this" bit.ly/1DQOLdM

Apr 27, 2015

"An all out war between kids and police” is not what you want to hear about protests in Baltimore: bit.ly/1DQCru2

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