From Wonkblog, police chases kill more people each year than floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and lightning — combined. Inae Oh on how more police are killed in states with higher levels of gun ownership. James Lartey on how 2015 may be one of the safest years for law enforcement in a quarter century. Policing and the “Ferguson Effect”: Researchers and law enforcement officials say cops are afraid to do their jobs due to their portrayal on social media — recent events suggest otherwise. In the end, 2015 saw no “war on cops” and no “national crime wave”. No, protests against police brutality are not increasing crime. Why do American cops kill so many compared to European cops? Put more women on patrol to decrease police brutality, says Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Are we training cops to be hyper-aggressive “warriors”? Thanks in part to the Black Lives Matter movement, police training is coming under fresh scrutiny. Creating guardians, calming warriors: A new style of training for police recruits emphasizes techniques to better de-escalate conflict situations.

Ta-Nehisi Coates on the paranoid style of American policing: When officers take the lives of those they are sworn to protect and serve, they undermine their own legitimacy. Policing under review: Discord among Americans on the nature of policing has law enforcement officials, community leaders and lawmakers searching for solutions. Vann R. Newkirk on what we are getting wrong about police reform. The next fight for racial justice is police union reform: Deep in the weeds of union contract agreements lie provisions that protect cops from oversight. Kimberly Kindy and Julie Tate on how police withhold videos despite vows of transparency — but officers investigated in fatal shootings are routinely given access to body camera footage. Caren Morrison on how the justice system fails us after police shootings. The Tamir Rice case shows how prosecutors twist grand juries to protect police. Kate Levine (NYU): Police Suspects; and Who Shouldn’t Prosecute the Police. The Counted: The Guardian is tracking people killed by police in the United States (and more).


Greg Moorlock (Birmingham): Directed Altruistic Living Donation: What is Wrong with the Beauty Contest? Trump defended Clinton during Lewinsky scandal against “moralist” hypocrites in Congress: Trump also said in the late ’90s that Bill Clinton would be considered a hero if he cheated on Hillary with a supermodel. Why don’t rich people realize they’re rich? Jeff Spross wants to know. Obamacare supporters don't like talking about it, but the individual mandate is working. From Selina Meyer to Francis J. Underwood, who is best equipped for the White House? Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib on America’s most electable fictional presidents. A fantasy of whiteness: With the final season of Downton Abbey premiering next week, historian Mo Moulton considers the uses and misuses of British history in the United States.


From Political Science and Politics, a special issue on How to Better Communicate Political Science’s Public Value. From The Monkey Cage, political scientists are debating a new initiative to make research more trustworthy, but transparency seems good, until it isn't; and political scientists are debating how to make research more transparent — here’s a way forward. Henry Farrell on how the rediscovery of Renaissance writer Lucretius opened the way to the modern world (and, more important, the invention of political science). Paul Krugman on the regime change problem in American politics: “So far this cycle the political scientists aren’t doing too well”. What influences policy? Ask a political scientist, not an economist — this is why Paul Krugman is wrong about the Federal Reserve. Daniel Drezner on why political science can’t — and shouldn’t — be too much like economics. Yes, Benedict Anderson was a political scientist. The Weekly Standard makes a fact-free argument about political science.

Uzbek president Islam Karimov bans teaching of political science. Matthew Flinders on dangerous minds: “Public” political science or “punk” political science? Former political science professor Jeff William Justice forced students to pierce his chest with hooks, hang him from trees.


Lauren Ashwell (Bates): Gendered Slurs. Natasha Lennard interviews Brad Evans, co-author of Disposable Futures: The Seduction of Violence in the Age of Spectacle. Are humans truly unique, and how do we know? Jennifer A. Dunne and Marcus J. Hamilton wonder. There’s a theory going around that Donald Trump might be in an even better position than you think: Could Donald Trump be the 2016 version of a reverse “Bradley effect”? Emma Roller on Donald Trump’s unstoppable virality. Donald Trump isn’t a fascist; he’s a media-savvy know-nothing. On shit: Mark Edmundson on profanity as weltanschauung. Year in review: Was 2015 as bad as it seemed? 2015 was the best year in history for the average human being: Violence dominated the headlines this year — but by many measures, humanity is in better shape than it’s ever been.


What’s fair when it comes to taxes? Progressivity and non-avoidance — Jared Bernstein on the elusive goal of tax fairness. Jeff Spross on the case for more tax brackets. Ryan Cooper on why the middle class should want to pay higher taxes. Tax the (upper) middle class, please: Taxes aren’t punishment, they're part of our shared obligation — politicians, starting with Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, should learn to speak that language. Mike Konczal and Bryce Covert on how the latest debate over taxing the rich misses one crucial fact: Progressives have forgotten that taxes do more than just raise money. Can taxing the rich reduce inequality? You bet it can. What could raising taxes on the 1% do? Surprising amounts. For the wealthiest, a private tax system that saves them billions: The very richest are able to quietly shape tax policy that will allow them to shield billions in income. Conservative media attack Democratic proposals as “free stuff”, laud Republican tax plans that are a giveaway to the rich. Martin Lobel on how the IRS is in crisis — and the tax community needs to help.

Stephen E. Shay (Harvard), J. Clifton Fleming (BYU), and Robert J. Peroni (Texas): Designing a 21st Century Corporate Tax: An Advance U.S. Minimum Tax on Foreign Income and Other Measures to Protect the Base. Kim Brooks (Dalhousie) and Richard Krever (Monash): The Troubling Role of Tax Treaties. Brooke Harrington goes inside the secretive world of tax-avoidance experts. Alfons J. Weichenrieder and Fangying Xu (Frankfurt): Are Tax Havens Good? Implications of the Crackdown on Secrecy. Inequality is the great concern of our age — so why do we tolerate rapacious, unjust tax havens? Parking the Big Money: Cass Sunstein reviews The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of Tax Havens by Gabriel Zucman (and more and more). The fall of Jersey: Oliver Bullough on how a tax haven goes bust.

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