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:
September 22, 2015 at 9:59 am
Jeb Bush today rolled out a detailed plan to roll back — or at least reduce the growth of — government regulations. It's worth a look. One of my favorite passages was this:
Another was this:
September 21, 2015 at 9:24 pm
Amid a New York Times article about a drug company raising the price of a non-patented drug came this passage:
September 21, 2015 at 9:13 pm
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is the subject of my column this week. It begins:
September 17, 2015 at 10:20 am
It's hard to know exactly whose responsibility it is — CNN or the candidates themselves — but listening to the Republican presidential candidates last night for five hours, one might come away thinking that the biggest problem facing America today is that too many people want to come here. The number two threat is an organization called Planned Parenthood. And the number three threat, according to Donald Trump, is that vaccines cause autism. (On the autism issue, on which, in my view, neither doctors Ben Carson or Rand Paul adequately rebutted Mr. Trump, please see the official response from the advocacy group Autism Speaks.)
September 17, 2015 at 12:31 am
On an overall level, the second Republican debate, sponsored by CNN, suffered from some of the same problems as the first one, sponsored by Fox News — lots of talk from the candidates about keeping immigrants out and defunding Planned Parenthood, not much talk about igniting economic growth or lowering the burden of government regulations. Here are my impressions, candidate by candidate, after watching the whole thing. What a crew!:
Donald Trump: He said some weird things that if he were a normal candidate might hurt him. For example, he said vaccines cause autism. That has been thoroughly studied and debunked (see Seth Mnookin's book The Panic Virus). He promised to "get along" with Vladimir Putin. And he described Carly Fiorina by saying, "I think she's got a beautiful face and I think she's a beautiful woman." So far, saying these sorts of things haven't hurt him in the polls, so it's not clear that these comments will hurt him.
September 16, 2015 at 12:23 pm
As the world and America debates what to do about the Syrian refugees and the conflict in Syria, Apple was introducing its latest series of new products. What does one have to do with the other? As I've pointed out here earlier, the biological father of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was none other than one Abdulfattah Jandali, a Syrian professor of political science who came to America and gave Jobs up for adoption.
I understand the concern that some Syrian refugees might be terrorists. But some of those Syrian migrants might also be the father of the next Steve Jobs.
September 16, 2015 at 12:10 pm
If Bernie Sanders follows through with his plan to amend the Constitution to reverse the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, he may wind up gagging his own supporters. My column this week is about constitutionally protected corporate political speech that sides with Sanders against free trade, for gay marriage, and for a $15 an hour minimum wage. Please check out the column at the New York Sun (here), Reason (here), and Newsmax (here).
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