Tim Groseclose tells me

Research by UCLA political scientists into the "facial competence" of candidates puts the Republican VP hopeful in the top 5%.
Their paper (http://renos.bol.ucla.edu/AtkinsonEnosHill.pdf ) shows that facial competence explains a significant portion of the vote — about 4% of independent voters in a congressional election.
Elsewhere concerning news events of the day, Megan McArdle covers money market funds here and here.


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