February 9, 2016 at 9:19 am
Our sister site SmarterTimes.com has coverage of a problematic New York Times column. The Times column claims "chances are slim that anyone connected to Wall Street has a prayer of securing a top post" in the next presidential administration.
February 8, 2016 at 9:38 pm
CNN does quote a few more skeptical voices toward the end of the article.
February 8, 2016 at 4:37 pm
Michael Bloomberg has an interview with the Financial Times about his consideration of a presidential run. He doesn't show much leg, but he keeps the story alive. If the electorate were FT readers, Mr. Bloomberg would probably win in a landslide. Says the former mayor of New York: "I find the level of discourse and discussion distressingly banal and an outrage and an insult to the voters."
February 8, 2016 at 4:31 pm
The debate in the presidential campaign over whether to privatize health care for veterans is a fine example of the ideological differences between Republicans and Democrats, I write in my column this week:
February 4, 2016 at 3:30 pm
Michael Bloomberg's pollster, Douglas Schoen, who also worked for President Clinton, has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal laying out the reasoning for a Bloomberg presidential campaign:
February 4, 2016 at 10:45 am
Steve Forbes talked about time and money in an interview about his recent book Reviving America: How Repealing Obamacare, Replacing the Tax Code and Reforming The Fed will Restore Hope and Prosperity:
February 2, 2016 at 10:45 pm
"Sadistic" is the word that Barrington Parker, a judge who rides the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals, used to describe the position by federal prosecutors in New York that money manager Doug Whitman should remain confined even as the Supreme Court hears a case that could clarify insider trading law in a way that overturns his conviction. Bloomberg (here) and Reuters (here) have the details.
The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, has gotten a lot of favorable press in New York City and nationally. But sadism is not a quality that is particularly attractive in an officer of the court, especially when the law being enforced is unclear enough to be the subject of a circuit split.
February 2, 2016 at 11:02 am
Ted Cruz's victory in the Iowa Republican caucus proves you can win that state while opposing ethanol subsidies. That's pretty good news. I'm not the first or only person to observe this, but it's a point worth mentioning, anyway.
February 2, 2016 at 9:35 am
February 1, 2016 at 9:29 pm
Item one: two New York Times editorials — "Monopolizing Beer," October 7, 2014, and "How Mergers Damage the Economy," October 31, 2015, contending that the government should use antitrust law to block anticompetitive consolidation in the beer industry that would hurt consumers.
Item two: a Super Bowl preview article on the front of the Times sports section headlined, "For Beer, Color of Competition: Red and White," about how "wine sales have been steadily growing faster than beer sales, especially around Super Bowl time, a reflection of the changing preferences of younger fans and an increase in women who watch the country's biggest sporting event."
February 1, 2016 at 1:52 pm
January 29, 2016 at 2:33 pm
In his New York Times column, Paul Krugman acknowledges a problem with the claim of many on the left that American politics are somehow dictated by the super-rich. "The 1 percent has no problems with immigration that brings in cheap labor; it doesn't want a confrontation over Planned Parenthood; but the base isn't taking guidance the way it used to," he writes.
Or, as Charles Koch put it a few weeks ago, "You'd think we could have more influence."
January 29, 2016 at 9:23 am
This reader is noticing more and more dangling modifiers. It's not clear whether they are the result of poor education, cutbacks in editorial staffing, or something else. Here are three examples:
From a section-front Wall Street Journal article headlined, "The Power of Daily Writing in a Journal": "His collective writings consume about 15 feet of shelf space in a storage unit in Manhattan, Kan., where he lived before moving last year." Never mind the writings, tell us about how the guy lived in a storage locker.
From a front-page New York Times article headlined, "Donald Trump Takes To Solo Stage Instead of G.O.P. Debate": "Flying into Des Moines in his gold and leather-lined 757, he held his own one-sided debate, before an adoring crowd of 700, and mused about how his lesser opponents across town were coping with his absence." Never mind the gold and leather, tell us about how Mr. Trump managed to fit 700 people on a Boeing 757.
January 28, 2016 at 3:20 pm
January 28, 2016 at 3:13 pm
The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is hiring. From the job listing: "These are part time positions with a varying work schedule not to exceed 20 hours per work week, to include weekend scheduling. These positions are not eligible for benefits."
I'm not sure whether to blame RomneyCare or ObamaCare, but one wonders whether during Senator Kennedy's long battle to expand healthcare coverage via federal law, he really meant to essentially incentivize institutions like the one named after him to create part-time jobs without benefits, thereby shifting the burden of coverage onto individual workers and, through subsidies, other taxpayers.
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