Liveblogging 6

Biden says Obama has a plan to end the war, McCain doesn’t. Palin says the plan is “A white flag of surrender.” Palin hammers on cutting off funds for the troops; Biden hits back hard.

When Palin lies, Biden laughs, but without apparent rancor.

Which is more dangeroups: a nuclear Iran or an unstable Pakistan? (Too bad this went to Biden first.) Biden says: Pakistan. Pivots to whether the main terrorist threat comes from Iraq or Afghanistan. Build schools to compete with madrassas.

Palin’s anti-Iran rant conflates nuclear power and nuclear energy.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: