On Press, Pence Has a Point

July 24, 2016 at 7:22 am

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Of all the many, many words about Hillary Clinton uttered at the Republican National Convention, the truest may have been these, from the party's vice presidential nominee, the governor of Indiana, Mike Pence: "She'll have the press doing half her work for her."

So begins my column for Sunday's Las Vegas Review-Journal. Please read the whole thing here.

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Michelle Obama "Plagiarized" Her Speech, Too

July 20, 2016 at 3:08 pm

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If Melania Trump "plagiarized" her convention speech from Michelle Obama, then who did Michelle Obama plagiarize her speech from? Answer: Bill Clinton and Bob Dole. The details are in my latest article for Heat Street. Please check it out here.

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Scott and Booker Are a Senate Duo To Watch

July 18, 2016 at 8:48 pm

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Sick of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton? Have a look at Senator Tim Scott and Senator Cory Booker, who have teamed up across partisan lines to introduce two pieces of legislation aimed at increasing upward mobility and fighting poverty. That's the subject of my column this week. Please check the column out at Reason (here), the New York Sun (here), or Newsmax (here).

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How Washington Gets Rich off the Turkish Coup

July 18, 2016 at 8:43 pm

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"How The Clintons and the Rest of Washington Are Getting Rich From the Turkey Coup" is the headline over my latest piece for Heat Street, which reports on, among other things, Richard Gephardt's $1.7 million (for 11 months work) foreign agent contract for the government of Turkey. Please check the article out here.

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Terrible Trump? Clintons Are Just as Bad

July 17, 2016 at 4:55 pm

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"Terrible Trump? Clintons are just as bad" is the headline over my column in Sunday's Las Vegas Review-Journal. Please check the column out by clicking the link here.

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Senator Scott's Police Speech

July 13, 2016 at 7:53 pm

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Senator Tim Scott, a Republican who is black and represents South Carolina, speaks here on the Senate floor with some personal anecdotes about his experiences with law enforcement. Some pretty amazing stuff.

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Trump's Veep

July 13, 2016 at 9:40 am

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Donald Trump's list of vice presidential candidates apparently includes Governor Christie, Newt Gingrich, Senator Sessions, and Governor Pence. I'm usually not in the business of offering political advice, and I'm even less in the business of suggesting that jobs be allocated on the basis of race or gender rather than other qualifications. I like Mr. Pence, and I can even see the attraction of Mr. Gingrich, though I think picking Mr. Gingrich would be a mistake. But if I were Trump, or a Trump adviser, I'd be trying really hard to find a qualified woman, black, or Hispanic running mate. Trump's view may be that what he called "the dishonest media" might portray him as racist and sexist even if he chose Thurgood Marshall, Cesar Chavez, or Susan B. Anthony as his running mate. That may be correct. But in view of last week's shootings, a presidential ticket consisting of two white men may be a little too retro for 2016 America.

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Tax Cuts for the Rich

July 11, 2016 at 10:36 pm

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In my latest piece for Heat Street, I dissect a New York Times so-called news article that appeared under the headline, "What Trump and the G.O.P. Can Agree On: Tax Cuts for the Rich." Please check out the full piece by clicking here.

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What the Stock Market Is Saying About the Election

July 11, 2016 at 10:31 pm

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The soaring stock market and what it is telling us about the Trump-Clinton presidential election is the topic of my column this week. Please check it out at the New York Sun (here), Reason (here), and Newsmax (here).

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What Wiesel and Kissinger Had in Common

July 10, 2016 at 2:19 pm

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Elie Wiesel and Henry Kissinger are the topic of my column in the Sunday Las Vegas Review-Journal. Please check it out here.

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Five Ideas for Growth

July 5, 2016 at 10:21 am

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Economic growth and how to generate more of it is the topic of my column this week. Please check the full column out at Newsmax here, at the New Boston Post here, and at the New York Sun here.

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Is Donald Trump the Samuel Adams of Our Time?

July 3, 2016 at 1:02 pm

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My column in the Las Vegas Review-Journal attempts to answer that question, with special attention to a little-noticed phrase from the Declaration of Independence, "manly firmness." Please check out the full column here.

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Will Obama Work on Wall Street After White House?

June 28, 2016 at 4:39 pm

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Barack Obama's post-presidential career plans are the topic of my column this week, which also gets into how Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are talking about Wall Street on the campaign trail. Please check out the full column at the New York Sun (here), Reason (here), and Newsmax (here).

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Obama Slams Socialism (In India)

June 26, 2016 at 9:29 am

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President Obama's interview with Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg News is the topic of my column this week in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. "One of the infuriating things about Barack Obama is the way he can be both totally right and totally wrong at the same time, even in the course of a single interview." Please check the column out here.

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Thoughts on the Brexit

June 24, 2016 at 12:12 am

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The vote on Britain's exit from the European Union was one where there are reasonable arguments on both sides.

On the "remain" side, if one generally favors, as I do, the free flow of people and goods across borders, an exit raises risks of new barriers. And Britain was probably a force pulling Europe toward generally less socialist policies.

On the "exit" side, I can definitely sympathize with British desire not to be ruled by a bunch of far-away bureaucrats, who, if they were elected at all, were elected largely by people from other countries.

But with the results looking like a win for "exit," here are a few election-night thoughts to provide context.

1. This is a classic example of "exit" within the Albert Hirchman "exit, voice, and loyalty" framework that I've written about here in the past.

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