Author Archives: Nate Birkhead

On (the lack of) Gun Control Laws: How Much is the NRA to Blame?

This is a reblog of one of Nate’s posts from January of 2011 in response to the Gabby Giffords shooting.  I think it’s germane to the present conversation.  And for the record, this is not an endorsement of the NRA by any means, just an attempt … Continue reading

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What Next: Gabrielle Giffords’ Resignation

With Gabrielle Giffords’ resignation today, it looks like Arizona’s 8th Congressional District is up for grabs.  Though Governor Jan Brewer has 3 days to announce a special election, the primary looks like it will be in April, with the general election in … Continue reading

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On (the lack of) Gun Control Laws: How Much is the NRA to Blame?

Following the horrific events in Tucson last Saturday, it is little surprise that Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY) and several other members of Congress are moving to re-instate several gun control measures.  Meanwhile,  gun sales went up dramatically this past week, in … Continue reading

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Politics and Football II: The Sequel

As you’ve probably heard, the country singer and prospective Senatorial candidate (TN) Hank Williams, Jr. made some pretty absurd comments comparing President Obama to Hitler on Monday.  His song that has been the intro to Monday Night Football for twenty … Continue reading

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Things Institutionalists Know that You Should: Plott’s Equation

Inspired by Hans Noel’s “10 Things Political Scientists Know that You Don’t,” Josh, Jordan, Will and I are rolling out a semi-regular series that borrows the idea  and applies lessons from the new institutionalism to politics.  While Noel’s piece generally … Continue reading

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Quick Hit: Congress Playing Chicken

One of my favorite podcasts is NPR’s Planet Money.  They are generally very smart and pretty entertaining.  Though it’s a little old now, they posted an episode last week (link here) applying some simple lessons from game theory to Congress … Continue reading

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Blog Round-Up

We can add one more case to the list of government shutdowns.  Politico has an interesting article about the implications that the government shutdown has on Tim Pawlenty’s presidential bid, suggesting that the current state of the budget could come … Continue reading

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