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The Filibuster, Nuclear Option, and Judicial Nominations to the D.C. Circuit Court

QMSS Director, Gregory Wawro discusses filibuster, the nuclear option and issues surrounding judicial nominations to the D.C. circuit court with John Hockenberry on PRI's The Takeaway. Original interview available here. Hours later US Senate voted to eliminate use of the filibuster against most prsidential nominees, a move that is seen as one of the most fundamental shifts in the way the Senate functions in more than a generation.  Download or stream the follow-up interview at : http://www.thetakeaway.org/story/rejection-judicial-nominations-drives-push-filibuster-reform/


Where Have All the Gold Bulls Gone?

Bloomberg senior market correspondent Julie Hyman and Bloomberg Analytics advanced specialist Justin Jeng [QMSS Alum] discuss the gold market as they put futures in focus in "On The Markets." They speak on Bloomberg Television's "In The Loop." 


A Transparent Filibuster Reform

It is time for the Senate to end this form of governing by brinkmanship and consider real, if unorthodox, reforms. We propose a solution that essentially institutionalizes the informal agreements on which senators have repeatedly relied when conflicts over nominations have reached crisis points.  This reform can break the gridlock in the Senate without laying waste to the upper chamber’s long-standing protections for minorities. It respects both the minority’s right to be heard and the majority’s right to rule. Read more here.

Alessandra Casella is a Straus fellow at NYU Law School and a professor of economics at Columbia University, where Sebastien Turban is a Ph.D. candidate in economics and Gregory Wawro [QMSS director] a professor of political science.


The Senate that Senators Want

This most recent fight over the nuclear option ought to encourage senators to consider specific reforms to balance majority rule and minority rights.  Such a path would make it less likely that a future majority party will be sufficiently frustrated to go nuclear and, as a result, push the Senate further along the path towards pure and simple majority rule.  

This is a guest post from political scientists Eric Schickler and Greg Wawro (QMSS Director).  They are the authors of Filibuster: Obstruction and Lawmaking in the U.S. Senate.  For full article, click here.


Data Scientists Led by NASA Star Most Sought for Century: Jobs

Douglas Puett (QMSS 2012 alum) runs pattern analyses for Pulse, a news aggregator that was acquired by Mountain View, California-based LinkedIn Corp. (LNKD) in April. Every day, the 25-year-old peers into the mobile application’s logs to track figures, including which news outlets are keeping readers most engaged.

Armed with those numbers, Puett helps Pulse’s product team make decisions such as how to tweak the algorithms that suggest news stories. He also helps design, run and analyze experiments to make sure product changes lead to positive results.

He didn’t even know a job like this existed until he was halfway into his master’s program at Columbia University in New York in applied statistics (QMSS), a degree which he completed in 2012. Today, data analysts are among the most commonly advertised positions in the technology sector, according to an analysis of online job postings from May this year by San Francisco-based Bright, a website that matches employers with workers.  Read More >>>