For that reason, no posts today: We've been called away from our campus on a mission of national import.
For that reason, there will be no posts today. We expect to finish our award-winning series, First Accuser In, tomorrow. Next week: Age in the cinema!
For today, we'll redirect you to an anthropological mystery, with the hope that you can explain it.
Everyone is shocked, shocked and upset, upset that the GOP tax plan might "explode the deficit" by $1 trillion over ten years, even allowing for possible economic growth. Big news orgs and big major pundits are truly deeply upset.
When Candidate Trump released his original tax proposal in the fall of 2015, it would have expanded deficit spending, over ten years, by roughly $10 trillion! It was the craziest such proposal in all of human history.
But how odd! Even after the formal proposal was fully scored, the press corps barely reported this fact. The press corps was no longer doing policy. Where Atlas once shrugged, the press yawned.
Also this, with Selection Sunday approaching: This is how the Power 5 conferences performed this year in games against other Power 5 teams, plus Notre Dame:
Big 10: 7-6In fairness to the ACC, they were 8-9 excluding their games with Notre Dame, with whom they share an arrangement.
Big 12: 4-6
The conferences don't play a huge number of games with each other. But you might keep those numbers in mind when sports pundits insist on telling you which is the mightiest, most dominant conference.
As usual, the Big 12 has ten member schools; the Big 10 has 14. This puzzlement has nothing to do with Donald J. Trump. The situation predates his tenure.
Also, the whole conundrum disappears under dynamic scoring.