Top Research Institutions and Long-Run Regional Prosperity
September 24, 2012
In 1906, James McKeen Cattell of Columbia University assembled a list of the 1000 most eminent American scientists of his day and published an analysis of their geographic distribution in the journal Science, including the 40 cities with at least five top scientists. Those cities correspond to 30 metropolitan areas today. Those metropolitan areas were home to 26 percent of 1900 U.S. population but 78 percent of the nation’s top scientists. Today, these metropolitan areas account for 24 percent of the U.S. population and 42 percent of U.S.
Romney Claims No Tax Advantage in Caymans
September 21, 2012
Why would anyone put his money in the Cayman Islands if there were, as Romney claims, no tax advantages?
Romney's Turnout Strategy Puts The Ball In Obama's Court
September 20, 2012
Obama has the votes he needs to win. If Romney can't persuade them to switch sides, then he just has to hope they don't vote.
A Journey to the End of Football
September 14, 2012
The cradle of quarterbacks in the age of concussions.
The Bounce Has Arrived
September 09, 2012
The tracking polls suggest that Obama has opened a potentially meaningful lead over Romney.
Romney's Electoral Map Is Tough Without Wisconsin
September 07, 2012
If Romney concedes Wisconsin, Obama's within striking distance of the magic number: 270.
How Romney's Mormon Problem Became His Greatest Asset
August 27, 2012
The Romney campaign has decided, with good reason, that Mormonism is no longer the candidate's problem, it's his solution.
The Campaign’s Biggest Buckrakers
August 24, 2012
AFTER THE SUPREME COURT issued its Citizens United decision in 2010, money poured into the U.S. electoral system like never before. Ten billion dollars will likely be spent on the 2012 race, up from $7 billion in 2008—making electioneering one of the few U.S. growth industries in an ailing economy. Campaigns and super PACs have already spent $332 million on TV advertising in the presidential race alone (three-quarters of that sum on negative ads). This avalanche of cash has caused a lot of angst about the future of democracy.