Cass Sunstein

"Metadata Material Shouldn’t be Held by the Government"
Interview: A key NSA reform panelist explains their recommendations
December 22, 2013

Interview: A key member of the panel advising Obama about NSA surveillance reform says Uncle Sam needs to get out of the metadata-storage business

Why Do So Many Intellectuals Get Appointed as U.N. Ambassador?
June 06, 2013

There’s a classic Simpsons where the children are participating in that bizarre elementary-school pageant known as Model United Nations.

Slippery Slope Arguments: Not Just for Conservatives Anymore
May 02, 2013

Are "slippery slope" arguments an example of the rhetoric of reaction? Maybe. But they're not especially conservative.

Obama’s Cost-Benefit Revolution
January 22, 2011

Tuesday, the president issued a new executive order on cost-benefit analysis and regulation. Already, the right has denounced it as a paean to collectivism and the left has declared that Obama has sold out to business groups. In fact, both sides are incorrect. The surprising reality is that cost-benefit analysis, as it will likely be practiced under the Obama administration, is not nearly as threatening as its detractors suggest. Then again, neither is it as revolutionary as its supporters like to imagine. Long ago, cost-benefit analysis was a rallying cry for conservatives.

I Am Appalled That TNR Has Published Why Some Nobody Doesn’t Want Elena Kagan Nominated To The Supreme Court
May 08, 2010

This nobody who is suddenly somebody is Paul Campos. He is a professor of law at the University of Colorado. Other than being an unremarkable law professor, he is known largely for trivial interests: obesity, the personality of judges, the origins of the chicken sandwich, the Notre Dame football team. He has also shown some knack for interdisciplinary work. For example, he wrote a piece, “Fat Judges Need Not Apply,” for the Daily Beast, which, as you know, is a very serious journal. But don’t underestimate Campos.

Blank Slate
May 08, 2010

Imagine a candidate for the U.S. Senate who has never taken a public stand on almost any policy issue. Imagine that her campaign consists of asking people for their support because, according to friends and colleagues, the candidate is smart, fair, and good to others. When her friends are asked what her views are on various political matters, they reply that they don't know—but that they're confident she'd make an excellent senator. This bizarre hypothetical closely resembles the actual campaign to put Elena Kagan on the Supreme Court.

Everyone’s Dean
April 19, 2010

Some years ago, I told my colleague Jack Goldsmith, when his role in revoking the notorious Yoo-Bybee torture memos became public, that the only thing worse than being demonized by the left is being lionized by the left. It works both ways, though. The media like to pin a one-word--or if they are more nuanced, one-phrase--epithet on public figures, as Homer would on his gods and heroes (grey-eyed Athena, wily Odysseus). They have decided to attach the term "conservative" (or for the more subtle: "relatively conservative") to solicitor general and former Harvard Law School Dean Elena Kagan.

No, Peter Orszag Is Not Declaring War On Green Regulations
March 24, 2010

Earlier this week, several environmental groups fired off a letter to the Obama administration condemning the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Their complaint? The green groups believed that OMB was incorrectly devaluing the cost savings that would come from a new EPA rule on vehicle fuel efficiency. Many greens were outraged.

TNR on Baseball
October 12, 2009

Playoff season is here! Today, TNR celebrates America’s pastime with a selection of our best baseball pieces from the archives. "Who's on first?" by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein, September 1, 2003. How statistics geeks revolutionized baseball. "Yankee, Stay Home," by David Greenberg, October 30, 1995. Saving urban baseball from George Steinbrenner. "Field of Kitsch," by Nicholas Dawidoff, August 17, 1993. Is nostalgia wrecking baseball? "Another Good Season," by Eugene McCarthy, April 22, 1978. The 1968 presidential candidate's ode to the sport. "Baseball on Trial," by Hugh S.

May 06, 2009

Barack Obama's new theory of the state.