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My GMU Econ colleague Bryan Caplan eloquently explains and defends the culture of GMU bloggers.

Colin Grabow reports on yet another Jones Act absurdity.

Chloe Anagnos celebrates the private-sector’s beautiful response to natural disasters.

Nick Gillespie rightly decries the partisan hackery now on display in the through-the-looking-glass episode that is now the saga of Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser.

George Will is also – and also rightly – critical of the now hyper-politicization of the U.S. Supreme Court. A slice:

This debacle du jour dramatizes how the court’s stature is hostage to the degrading confirmation process, which has become a maelstrom of insincerities. The justices who emerge from it suffer subtractions from the dignity that gives their decisions momentum for respect. For 64 years, the infusion of prestige the court received from its desegregation rulings has been remarkably durable, despite decisions — e.g., Roe v. Wade and Bush v. Gore — that were made during, and that intensified, turbulence in public sentiment. But prestige is perishable, and senatorial ludicrousness can infect all who come into contact with it.

Cass Sunstein laments the ideological uniformity of American college campuses.

Peter Suderman justifiably bemoans Republicans’ hypocrisy about fiscal prudence.

And kudos to the great people at the Institute for Justice for reining in the City of Philadelphia’s use of the banana-republic practice called civil-asset forfeiture.