Who Gets to Debate?

By Tommy La Voy* Until 1988, televised presidential debates were organized on an ad-hoc basis, which left it an open question as to whether there would actually be a debate during every election.[1] There was no presidential debate in 1964.[2] Nor were there debates in 1968 or 1972, as Richard Nixon refused to participate.[3] In […]

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The Future of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Or: Could We Come up with a Worse Initialism than CFPB?

By Tommy La Voy* In the beginning, there was laissez-faire. But after the Great Depression, cooler heads prevailed, and a network of financial regulations were created. Years passed; the history of the Depression became legend, and legend became myth. Financial deregulation and regulatory capture defanged the cops on the Wall Street beat. Bush was president, […]

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