October 13, 2015 at 11:43 am
Jeb Bush released his health care plan (short, long) today (though not a Medicare plan, which will come later). Also today, the New York Times ran this article by a doctor at New York's Bellevue Hospital, suggesting that ObamaCare hasn't yet succeeded in fixing the incentives of physicians:
October 13, 2015 at 10:51 am
The British government sold off its remaining 13% stake in the Royal Mail, the U.K.'s version of our postal service, overnight, "raising the equivalent of $907 million," the New York Times reports.
It's puzzling to me, in the midst of a presidential campaign and given the size of the national debt, that no one here in America seems to be talking about doing this here, at least in any way that is getting much attention. Between the real estate assets — all those post offices located on choice central sites — and the underlying delivery business that could be worth something to companies such as FedEx, UPS, Amazon, or Walmart, you'd think that there would be some interest.
October 13, 2015 at 10:30 am
The new book Jack Kemp: The Bleeding Heart Conservative Who Changed America, by Morton Kondracke and Fred Barnes, is the topic of my column this week:
October 8, 2015 at 9:45 pm
Wolfeboro, N.H. — Call it the tragedy of Marco Rubio.
The senator from Florida seeking the Republican nomination for president has an inspiring personal story, and has, at age 44, generational appeal. Even Jeb Bush says Mr. Rubio is "probably the most articulate conservative elected official on the scene today."
At his best, Mr. Rubio speaks movingly about his own personal story. His fresh young face and last name offers a contrast that he stresses against Jeb Bush (62), Joseph Biden (72), Hillary Clinton (67), and Bernie Sanders (74). "We keep sending the same people, we keep getting the same result," Mr. Rubio says on the campaign trail. "This election is a generational choice," he says. "My country and my party must turn the page on yesterday."
October 7, 2015 at 5:25 pm
At WNYC, my former New York Sun colleague Julie Satow has a report about what she describes as a dilemma for Mayor De Blasio:
October 5, 2015 at 10:45 pm
October 5, 2015 at 10:37 pm
The Supreme Court declined the request of the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, to hear an appeal of the Second Circuit opinion overturning the convictions of Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson. Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal have coverage.
October 4, 2015 at 9:58 pm
Mets baseball player turned broadcaster Keith Hernandez grants the New York Times an interview from his house at Sag Harbor, N.Y.:
October 1, 2015 at 2:32 pm
Bedford, N.H. — Jeb Bush had a town-hall-meeting style campaign event here last night. I was there and have some observations:
Don't write him off yet. After Scott Walker dropped out, and following Governor Bush's poor debate performances and declines in the polls, some have suggested that Mr. Bush should be the next Republican presidential candidate to end his campaign. The politician I saw last night didn't look like he was running on fumes, or about to quit. He looked relaxed, confident, and poised. He was solid on substance and strong in his presentation. If he could only be as good in the televised debates as he is in that town hall format, he'd be doing better in the polls. Asked about those polls by someone at the town hall, he replied that a majority of New Hampshire voters make up their minds only in the last week before the primary. "This is a long haul race," he said.
September 30, 2015 at 11:47 pm
The Edward Kennedy Institute has just released a batch of oral history interviews about Senator Kennedy. I'm working my way through them slowly, but one that caught my eye was with Stephen Breyer, who was later nominated to the Supreme Court (where he still sits) by President Clinton. Justice Breyer tells about a dinner that he had with Kennedy in 1975 where the two discussed airline deregulation:
September 30, 2015 at 10:59 pm
NPR's "Planet Money" show has an interview with a founder of the Price Club, which merged into Costco, Robert Price. He explains why at Costco, there are no signs telling customers what is in each aisle. From the transcript:
September 28, 2015 at 11:18 pm
The Tax Foundation has a useful interactive page that compares the tax reform proposals of the 2016 presidential contenders. Donald Trump's release of his plan this week — on his web site and with a Wall Street Journal op-ed — allows the following comparison to be made:
And this one:
And this one:
September 28, 2015 at 10:26 pm
The big crowds being drawn by Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Pope Francis are the topic of my column this week, which begins by remarking that I miss the voice of Fouad Ajami. Please check the column out at the New York Sun (here), Reason (here), and Newsmax (here).
September 25, 2015 at 1:52 pm
Senator Marco Rubio today rolled out a plan to provide "a 25% non-refundable tax credit for businesses that voluntarily offer at least four weeks of paid family leave, limited to twelve weeks of leave and $4,000 per employee each year."
From Mr. Rubio's prepared remarks:
September 22, 2015 at 10:56 am
A New York Times op-ed warns about a shortage of geriatricians and blames the problem on low reimbursement rates by Medicare and Medicaid:
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