Liveblogging 7

Palin still doing decently well; I don’t expect to hear any more calls for replacing her. But this isn’t a game-changer, and Biden is absolutely at the top of his game. Palin gives a fluffy “I love Israel” speech; Biden gives an expert dissection of the Bush policy. Palin denounces “huge mistakes” but accuses Obama of “looking backwards” and “pointing fingers.” More about putting politics aside. Biden: How is McCain’s policy going to be different from George Bush’s?

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: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com