Conor Clarke

Conor Clarke is the editor, with Michael Kinsley, of Creative Capitalism. He was previously a fellow at The Atlantic and an editor at The Guardian. More

Conor Clarke is the editor, with Michael Kinsley, of Creative Capitalism, an economics blog that was recently published in book form by Simon and Schuster. He was previously a fellow at The Atlantic and an editor at The Guardian. He is also on Twitter.
  • The war on charity and prosperity, part II

    Gaah. In the face of criticism, the Obama administration is considering scrapping its plan to cap itemized deductions for charitable contributions…

  • Are there taxes that make you poorer as you get richer?

    There has been some good back and forth in the comments over the ABC News article and the follow-up. It's made me think a lot more about taxes and,…

  • ABC News is still embarrassing itself

    Yesterday ABC News published a story suggesting that some taxpayers are intentionally reducing their incomes to avoid a higher tax bracket and thus…

  • Team players

    Justin Fox and Kevin Gallagher have both done breakdowns of the global stimulus effort by nation. The most striking thing, as Justin notes, is the…

  • The worst article of the week

    Jon Chait and Kevin Drum have already piled on, but this report from ABC News seems worthy of special opprobrium. The article documents actual,…

  • Today in history

    According to recovery.gov stimulus timeline, March 3 is the day federal agencies are supposed to begin reporting on their use of the stimulus funds.…

  • CBO on stimulus multipliers

    Earlier today I wrote a post about the long-run macroeconomic implications of the stimulus, and now the CBO has gone and issued a new macroeconomic…

  • Nice work, if you can get it

    The publishing industry has suffered a lot in this recession, but it has enough life to extend a six-figure book contract Rod Blagojevich. The deal…

  • Nice work, if you can get it

    The publishing industry has suffered a lot in this recession, but it has enough life to extend a six-figure book contract Rod Blagojevich. The deal…

  • Are rich people better than the government?

    The non-profit groups criticizing the administration's plan to cap charitable tax deductions seem to think so. Under the current law you can obtain…

  • Fiscal stimulus as "spreading the wealth"

    E.J. Dionne has a column that gives me a chance to sound off on something I've been wondering about:The central issue in American politics now is…

  • So is it the end of agricultural subsidies?

    Not really. But at least Obama wants to start. Here's the relevant portion from his budget summary:As part of an effort to transition large farms…

  • Did the 2008 tax rebate work?

    I thought it did, based on the evidence here. Now Matthew Shapiro and Joel Slemrod have a new paper that says it didn't. From the NBER digest…

  • Joe the Betrayer?

    I see Joe the Plumber has some harsh words for his one-time sponsor, John McCain:"He doesn't care about what's best for America," Wurzelbacher said.…

  • The OMB starts a blog

    Director Peter Orszag's first post is here, RSS feed is here. I must say that it's not quite as elegant and simple as the CBO's blog, but it's nice…

  • Paying for financial stability is like paying for a war

    Here (or after the jump) is the part of the administration's budget summary relevant to financial stabilization, which fleshes out the AP story that…

  • Budget ironies for Tim Geithner

    From the administration's summary (pdf):The scope, complexity, and sheer magnitude of the international financial system pose significant enforcement…

  • Budget ironies for Tim Geithner

    From the administration's summary (pdf):The scope, complexity, and sheer magnitude of the international financial system pose significant enforcement…

  • A stimulus question

    Barack Obama has repeatedly promised to hold accountable the local officials in charge of spending stimulus dollars. And I see that Joe Biden has now…

  • America invented everything

    Two of Obama's claims from the SOTU:We invented solar technology, but we've fallen behind countries like Germany and Japan in producing it.and.I…

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Where the Wild Things Go

A government facility outside of Denver houses more than a million products of the illegal wildlife trade, from tigers and bears to bald eagles.

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Adults Need Playtime Too

When was the last time you played your favorite childhood game?

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Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

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The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

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