1. Irish-American dude living in Slovakia thinks free markets can’t work because governments have insider information on what’s going on in the world, or, at the very least, can better act on information available to markets than markets themselves.

2. The decline of the Near East.

3. Another map of Europe showing exactly what you’d expect (outliers: Portugal, Finland).

4. Where did glucose come from?

5. This will have unintended consequences.

6. Obama administration placed children with human smugglers.

7. More Dems watch Republican debate than visa versa.

8. The Economic Confidence of States