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John McCain’s campaign headquarters occupies what used to be the thirteenth floor of an office building. He insisted on making it “The M Floor.”

Speaking of courage and grown-up-ness, do we really need a President so superstitious &#8212 that’s the term his campaign spokeswoman used &#8212 that when he discovered his campaign HQ was on the thirteenth floor, he insisted that every label, even the buttons in the elevators, be changed to make it “The M Floor“?

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: