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Sanctuary Cities should Call Trump’s Bluff and Welcome Migrants

The White House has now proposed—or threatened—to send migrants apprehended at the border to “sanctuary cities.” “Those Illegal Immigrants who can no longer be legally held … will be… given to Sanctuary Cities and States!” Trump tweeted.  Sanctuary jurisdictions should call Trump’s bluff and welcome these migrants.  To be a “sanctuary” means not only to … Continue reading »

Why Mueller had to punt on obstruction

The following is an excerpt from a Politico article about the surprises in the Mueller report. I think that one of the most surprising parts of the report was its discussion of why it could not reach definite conclusions on obstruction of justice. Barr concluded on the facts and the law that DOJ could not … Continue reading »

The passing of a giant in the exploration of psychedelics and consciousness

Psychedelic medicines have become, over the last several years, an increasingly prominent topic of discussion. Scientific publications, essays, books, and stories in the news media describe human clinical studies investigating the efficacy of psilocybin, MDMA, LSD, ketamine, and other substances to treat anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and addiction. Controlled studies have demonstrated the capacity … Continue reading »

Lessons from Behavioral Economics

I returned from Morocco, where I was asked at a conference, “Does behavioral economics make optimization models obsolete?” The message of some publications may be that behavioral economics is a substitute for ‘traditional’ economics and that it more accurately resembles humans rather than ‘econs’ that are the subject of traditional theory. Some may infer that … Continue reading »

To solve the climate crisis, we must solve the housing crisis

Co-authored with Scott Wiener, chair of California’s Senate Housing Committee. California has long been seen as a leader on climate change. The state’s history of aggressive action to reduce air pollution, accelerate the use of renewable energy and speed the transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy has inspired governments around the world to set more … Continue reading »