The Abridged History of the Federal Negative and Judicial Review

Today, the Supreme Court holds the ability to declare any law—state or federal—unconstitutional through its power of judicial review. The framers of the Constitution had other ideas, however: James Madison famously proposed the federal negative, which would allow Congress to nullify state laws. Perhaps Madison was on to »

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A Quantitative Measure of Partisan Periphery

How does one go about creating a quantitative measure of legislative partisan periphery? This is a challenge I face in the DroneScout project, as we try to determine the determinants of Congressional oversight on drones—and whether partisan periphery is one of them. For a concept as elusive and subjective »

The Unstatement: Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz's latest deleted tweets. Ted Cruz, the junior U.S. Senator from Texas, has a clean political track record—but not a clean Twitter account. »

The Unstatement: Alex Jones

Alex Jones' deleted tweets. Alex Jones, the infamous far-right radio personality and conspiracy theorist, has a long and troubled history with the truth. Fortunately, I've been monitoring his Twitter. »

Digital Payments Are Not More Private Than Credit Cards

Digital payments have taken the world by storm. Nowadays, nearly every major smartphone supports some sort of contactless payment system, and there are no shortages of services—most notably Android Pay, Apple Pay, Venmo, PayPal, and Bitcoin—which make use of the technology. Digital payments have been heralded as more »