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This #Braves-#Phillies game is awesome. Back-and-forth offensive battle with the biggest bats (Acuna, Freeman, Harper, Hoskins) shining. NL East is the most exciting division in baseball this year.

New poll from Data for Progress and Vox finds that basically everyone — Democrat, Republican, young, old, white, black, brown — would feel safer with *more* police patrols in their neighborhoods. https://www.filesforprogress.org/datasets/2021/4/dfp-vox-police-reform.pdf

RBG: “Bad idea when [FDR] tried to pack the court… If anything would make the court appear partisan it'd be...one side saying, ‘When we’re in power we’re going to enlarge the number of judges so we'll have more ppl who will vote the way we want them to.’"

1983: Sen. @JoeBiden calls FDR's attempt to pack the Supreme Court a "bonehead idea."

"It was a terrible, terrible mistake to make, and it put in question there for an entire decade the independence of THE most significant body... in this country."

Some states with stricter rules are now seeing surges in COVID-19 cases, while many others that rushed to reopen are experiencing sizable drops. The numbers have experts scratching their heads. @SamBrockNBC has the details.

“64% of Americans — including a majority of @MLB fans, @Delta Air Lines customers, and
@CocaCola consumers — told the researchers they are less likely to support companies and organizations that insert themselves into political issues and debates.” - SurveyMonkey/DW poll ...

Good Clubhouse w/ @nickgillespie @asymmetricinfo @Chris_arnade+@KlingBlog on The Debt. The issue can get overdramatized. Big deficits may not➡️hyperinflation, but crowding out & future tax increases⬇️growth, which compounds. If -1/2% growth rates, we're all 10% poorer in 20 yrs.

NEW: State level estimate of eligibility for financial help for uninsured people. In several states, half of uninsured people are eligible for significant ACA subsidies to get covered. https://www.kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/distribution-of-eligibility-for-aca-coverage-among-the-remaining-uninsured/?currentTimeframe=0&sortModel=%7B%22colId%22:%22Location%22,%22sort%22:%22asc%22%7D

Told him he wasn’t swinging fast enough. https://twitter.com/JustusCleveland/status/1379177475171844103

Twitter feed video.Told him he wasn’t swinging fast enough. https://t.co/ooBGWrHULI
Justus Cleveland@JustusCleveland

We are all Vijay Singh watching Bryson DeChambeau on the practice range.

Look at a map of where Covid-19 has hit hardest over the past year and (with some exceptions) the state lines don't really stand out https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-04-07/california-and-florida-different-covid-rules-similar-results

Georgia: Voter ID, 17 days of early voting.
Colorado: Voter ID, 15 days of early voting.

Atlanta is 51% Black.
Denver is 9.2% Black.

The @MLB is moving the #MLBAllStarGame out of ATL which has more day-of voting rights than CO?

The Wokes are at it again, folks.

Connecticut's margins haven't changed much but it's had quite an internal shift. Obama's old strength in the rural east reflected the traditional D coalition, but this has been mostly traded for suburban/wealthy white strength. It's not really visible but urbans moved right too.

College football & men’s and women’s college basketball all played full seasons without a single player or coach having a serious covid health condition. The coronabros all told you this was impossible. Well done, college sports.

Sad for #Gonzaga, which is a great school+a great team. In another year, w/o such a great opponent, they are perfect. But #Baylor was fantastic+fun, with an all-time backcourt. *W/out their COVID layoff, they may be undefeated*. Great season. Sad it's over. #NationalChampionship

It should not have been a surprise to Mark Few that #Baylor was gonna crash the offensive boards & play aggressive on defense! Can't win when you're -11 in o.rebounds+TOs! Still, #Gonzaga is the only team that could come back from 10 against this team. #NationalChampionship

More good news. Pfizer has the six month update. *Zero* hospitalizations among the vaccinated vs. 32 among the placebo group (n=46,307). Also real life data from South Africa, where B.1.351 is dominant: zero cases of COVID among the vaccinated vs. nine in the placebo (n=800).

Can’t even describe what a great game that was. One of the best EVER. We are lucky fans. Congrats to #Gonzaga and #UCLA for near-perfect performances. Can’t wait until Monday night. #MarchMadness

According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), federal investments deliver only half the economic returns as private sector investments.

Moreover, a dollar of federal spending results in only $0.67 worth of actual investment.

Today we remember the wonderful Paul Henreid, who passed away on this day in 1992. We recommend following his daughter @MEHenreid to learn more about his life and legacy. Here he is as Victor Laszlo in the famous Marseillaise scene from Casablanca.

Repealing the SALT deduction cap would almost exclusively provide tax relief to the top 20 percent of taxpayers, the largest tax cut going to the top 1 percent: analysis https://taxfoundation.org/salt-deduction-salt-cap-repeal @GS_Watson

I calculated each state's ratio of [confirmed COVID death count : CDC excess death projection].

Turns out that Florida is exactly in the middle.

There is no proof of a conspiracy to hide deaths.

SOURCES:
Deaths: https://www.statista.com/statistics/1109011/coronavirus-covid19-death-rates-us-by-state/
Excess Deaths: https://public.tableau.com/profile/dataviz8737#!/vizhome/COVID_excess_mort_withcauses_03172021/NumberOfExcessDeaths

Pretty funny that #Houston is a highly legit #FinalFour team with an offense based primarilyyy on offensive rebounding—and they’re only an average height team to boot! via @kenpomeroy

NEW: The post-Trump GOP cares most about issues in 7 key categories — with most prioritizing economic issues like job creation and limited government, a new survey by Trump's 2020 pollster finds. https://www.axios.com/republican-issues-trump-2022-midterm-3004aecf-d8fe-4452-b976-7c18e40b3b23.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=editorial&utm_content=politics-gopissuegroups

Support for doubling the minimum wage to $15/hour also falls apart when voters are presented with the arguments.

All 3 opposition messages prevailed. Giving states more flexibility and highlighting job losses worked best. A Covid recovery message narrowly won.

The Grumpy Economist: Defining inequality so it can't be fixed. Gramm and Early in WSJ https://johnhcochrane.blogspot.com/2021/03/defining-inequality-so-it-cant-be-fixed.html?spref=tw

I have a bone to pick with CBS/Turner. Their broadcasters have used my data (or something *very* similar) dozens of times in their tourney coverage so far. That's awesome! But they never credit the source of their data. ESPN is pretty good about this so it's not hard to do. (1/4)

New CBO report on the economic impact of enacting big tax increases to pay for big spending: https://www.cbo.gov/publication/57021?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzEmail&utm_content=812526&utm_campaign=Express_2021-03-22_14:30:00&utm_medium=FeedBlitzEmail&utm_content=812526&utm_campaign=Express_2021-03-22_14:30:00

Down goes, Illinois! The magic is back for Sister Jean, Porter Moser, and Cam Krutwig. Loyola so well coached & great D. HORRIBLE job by the selection cmte making an AP top 20 team & @kenpomeroy top 10 team an 8 seed. Turnovers have been this Illinois team’s Achilles all year.

Down goes, Illinois! The magic is back for Sister Jean, Porter Moser, and Cam Krutwig. Loyola so well coached & great D. HORRIBLE job by the selection cmte making an AP top 20 team & @kenpomeroy top 10 team an 8 seed. Turnovers have been this Illinois team’s Achilles all year.
Barstool Sports@barstoolsports

Sister Jean dropping a scouting report during the teams prayer today is phenomenal stuff.

I understand he’s made the #FinalFour but I can’t believe Shaka Smart is a good coach when his hyper-talented #Longhorns have more turnovers than field goals against a 14-seed and had failed to protect the ball and defensive rebound most of the season. Not good!

In the current moment of recognizing anti-Asian racism, here’s a thought:

Let’s have an open conversation about openly anti-Asian college admissions policies.

It’s the most rampant form of anti-Asian racism today. Why the silence?

Let’s dance, baby! Stoked for the best sports day of the year. #MarchMadness

Sticking with two of my pre-season #FinalFour picks, incl. my nat’l champ pick, and adding #Illinois and #FSU.

#Gonzaga beats the Illini to cut down the nets for the first time.

Bolstering parental employment is key for long-lasting poverty reduction. https://ifstudies.org/blog/sorry-mr-president-paychecks-not-handouts-are-key-to-poverty-reduction

Excellent brief distillation of why Europe is failing so badly on vaccines.

I know I repeat myself, but Europeans should be so, so much angrier about this than they are. https://twitter.com/johanknorberg/status/1371778021892497408

Excellent brief distillation of why Europe is failing so badly on vaccines.

I know I repeat myself, but Europeans should be so, so much angrier about this than they are. https://t.co/SqOiqVJrxk
Johan Norberg@johanknorberg

Why have I not been vaccinated yet? A short Q&A.

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