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Follow-up Notes

For those of you who would like to follow-up on some points from last week: 

We talked about how sometimes the “debate” politicians are having often seems like a debate about something else. From “Do Tax Cuts Really Spur Growth? It Depends on the Details,” this serendipitous detail:

Indeed, you could argue that the liberals’ and conservatives’ differences on taxes is less a technocratic debate over optimal taxation but a proxy war for a bigger philosophical argument on the role of government.

“A lot of the debate about taxes is really a debate about spending,” said Leonard E. Burman, who studies tax policy at the Urban Institute. “What is the role of government, and what is the value of government spending? Those tend to be the real underlying question.”

“Chase Had Ads on 400,000 Sites. Then on Just 5,000. Same Results.”

“As of a few weeks ago, advertisements for JPMorgan Chase were appearing on about 400,000 websites a month. It is the sort of eye-popping number that has become the norm these days for big companies that use automated tools to reach consumers online.”

“Now, as more and more brands find their ads popping up next to toxic content like fake news sites or offensive YouTube videos, JPMorgan has limited its display ads to about 5,000 websites it has preapproved, said Kristin Lemkau, the bank’s chief marketing officer. Surprisingly, the company is seeing little change in the cost of impressions or the visibility of its ads on the internet, she said. An impression is generally counted each time an ad is shown.”

6 Reasons You May Not Graduate on Time

“Graduating from a four-year college in four years may sound like a fairly straightforward venture, but only 41 percent of students manage to do it.