Domestic Affairs Archive

InfoMullet: Aiming at Toes

TLDR Upfront: With Cabinet nominations now solely a spectator sport after the elimination of the cabinet filibuster, and the ACA repeal via reconciliation largely baked in because it was *passed* with reconciliation - one may feel there is little legislative leverage points to apply to the administration. Oh ye of little faith.

InfoMullet: 50 Shades of Restraint

TLDR Up Front: For months the Dakota protest camp was on Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) land and USACE signaled it would not require them to leave. However on Sunday a smaller group set up a new camp on a private ranch impeding access on public highway - leading to a confrontation when police cleared

HistoricalMullet: Are we at the precipice of formless war?

A few months ago I posted the defensive side of the policy questions - how do, or can, we proportionally respond to foreign cyber attacks?

HistoricalMullet: Of Wolves & Willows – Trophic Model for Market Ecosystems Of Wolves & Willows

TLDRUpFront: The trophic model of interactions between levels in an ecosystem is a useful analogy for understanding market function and dysfunction. And how removing the apex predator, which is risk in free markets, can lead to trophic collapse. 

HistoricalMullet: Update on “Independent” Commission

The Independent Commission on 9/11 is approved - though it hardly seems independent.

HistoricalMullet: Lou Dobbs goes Hip (and fails)

When reporting the news story of the police raids on Marion “Suge” Knights record label not only did good ol’ Lou mispronounce “Suge” as “Sew-gee” he then went on to say the record producer had formerly represented slain rapper “Tupac Shaker”. (1) Stick to the financial markets Lou. (1) http://www.cnn.com/2002/LAW/11/14/rap.murder.warrants/index.html

HistoricalMullet: A good idea of Bush’s

A proposal to curtail the power of the 'blue slip' indefinite delays, without even a filibuster, of judicial nominees.

HistoricalMullet: Hard Questions for Bush

Thirteen months after 9/11 it become clearer what President Bush was willing, and not willing, to do in the Global War on Terror.