"Hillary may regret the debate challenge she offered Sanders over ‘artful smear’"


She should have been more careful. Someone actually did find strong evidence that she changed a vote. . . . It was none other than Elizabeth Warren who raised the question in 2004 about Hillary switching positions on a bankruptcy bill that (in oversimplified terms) made it easier for credit card companies to collect debts owed to them by people who got in over their heads.


"WhatSong was started by myself back in 2008. I believed there lacked a website which truely helped users find music from movies. Since then we have grown into a comprehensive database, with over 1,200 movies, 15,000 artists and 30,000 songs. Our main mission is to make this site the most helpful and comprehensive site for discovering songs you heard in movies."

It also has some songs from TV and video games.

"Football's epidemic needs a cure"

Even though this is in the cranky-old-man-yells-get-off-my-lawn vein, I totally support it.

On the first play of the college football national championship game Monday night, a Clemson sophomore cornerback named Mackensie Alexander made a nice open-field tackle on Alabama wideout Calvin Ridley. Alexander celebrated the takedown by standing over Ridley for several seconds and yelling at him.

The first play of the game.

Just stop it.

"Video: Hillary Clinton is finally confronted with her classified data non-disclosure agreement"

Jazz Shaw:

I almost feel sorry for Stephanopoulos at this point. It’s like trying to have an argument with Rainman about buying underwear. First you tell her that she signed an agreement saying that the information is classified whether it’s marked or not. She agrees with you, saying that’s exactly how she handled things. Then, literally two sentences later, she says, “there has to be some markings, some indication...” I’ve had arguments with my niece over whether or not she already ate one of the Christmas cookies where she made a more logical defense.

"Strategists: full of bull"

A look at the question, "where is the value in these [Wall Street] strategists' forecasts?"

We laboriously put together 186 public forecasts, culled from 19 years of media coverage of their “annual market call” story.  And the data, the lengthiest ever for this purpose, is now available for your own public consumption here

Short answer: the forecasts are pretty lousy.

"The Goldberg File, 1/15/16"

Jonah absolutely nails it:

I definitely think the system is designed in a way that benefits rich people (that’s a significant theme of the book I’m working on), but that has not much to do with the preferred policies of a bunch of  mustache-twirling fat cats. Indeed, the whole notion that rich people are ideologically homogenous is little more than the grimy, greasy, stain left behind from Marxism’s departure down the toilet bowl of history. There are rich people -- and some big corporations -- that are for limited government and there are rich people -- and far too many big corporations -- that want to expand the role of government.

My very short, partial, explanation for why the system seems rigged for the benefit of rich people has to do with the fact that complexity is a subsidy. The more rules and regulations the government creates, the more it creates a society where people with resources -- good educations, good lawyers, good lobbyists, and good connections -- can rise while those without such resources are left to climb hurdles on their own.

Divvying up goods via the market has its problems, no doubt. But avoiding the market has more. At least when the market is the primary allocator, people without money to compete can try to get more money by 1) working, 2) getting help from family and friends, and 3) asking for loans or charity. Political influence is much more difficult to get.

Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz

I'm not enthusiastic about any of the current Republican candidates. But as the first voting that actually counts is now just a few hours off, I'm feeling (slightly) better about the prospects of either a Ted Cruz or a Marco Rubio presidency because of these two pieces:

"For President, Marco Rubio".

"The Real Ted Cruz".

As for the Donald, John Hawkins does a nice job summarizing the case against: "Why This Former Trump Fan Doesn’t Support Him Anymore".

"Next Up for Connecticut Is Calling the Democrats To Account for Disaster"

I'd guess there'll be a loooong wait.

The next move after General Electric’s decision to quit Connecticut for Boston is to hold Governor Malloy and the Democrats accountable. That will require maintaining a clear distinction between GE’s reasons for leaving Connecticut and its reasons for heading to Boston. The reasons are different.

UPDATE: Link fixed now. Thanks, PJ.