September 30, 2016 at 8:51 am
The presidential debate and the state of the campaign, including Donald Trump, were the topic of a WGBH podcast, "The Scrum," on which I was a guest. A link is here, if you have been wondering what I thought of the debate or whether I am planning to vote for Trump, or if you are curious how I sound on a podcast.
September 29, 2016 at 10:33 am
From George Will's latest column:
Mr. Will's column goes on to call America "a country that currently is indifferent to its founding." That's hard to square with the popularity of "Hamilton" on Broadway. Perhaps the whole column is too pessimistic, or perhaps Mr. Will is right that conservatives "need a talent for pessimism." He certainly displays such talent in this particular column.
September 28, 2016 at 9:37 pm
Amid a whole column full of hysterical and highly skippable Trump-bashing, Thomas Friedman actually buries a pretty good point that is worth passing along:
And, relatedly, this: "I am not enamored of Clinton's stale, liberal, centralized view of politics."
September 28, 2016 at 9:29 pm
Secretary of State Kerry does what neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton is willing to do: deliver a robust defense of free trade in general and of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in particular, framed in terms of American leadership in Asia. Check out the speech.
September 28, 2016 at 9:26 am
Students can now apply to college as members of a small group rather than as individuals, Bloomberg News reports, noting that the program is supported by Senator Elizabeth Warren and by former FDIC chairman Sheila Bair, who is now a college president: "What if the school allowed certain students to apply as part of a group?...In some cases, Bair said, the school slightly eased its traditional admissions standards for certain students' friends, to allow them both to enroll...Donors, including San Francisco-based Bank of the West, a unit of BNP Paribas SA, are covering slightly less than half the cost."
The Bloomberg story doesn't explore the question of how a bank wound up as a donor to this Warren-Bair program.
September 27, 2016 at 9:07 pm
Before blaming Clinton or Trump, look in the mirror. That's the message of my column this week, which is about the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and their message in this political season. Please check out the column at the New Boston Post (here), the New York Sun (here), and Newsmax (here).
September 27, 2016 at 9:34 am
From a Hudson Institute event in New York City last week at which Benjamin Netanyahu was honored with the Hudson Institute's Herman Kahn award:
September 25, 2016 at 4:44 pm
The first debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is the topic of my column this week for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Please check the column out by clicking here.
September 21, 2016 at 11:33 pm
The civil insider trading complaint that the Securities and Exchange Commission filed against Leon Cooperman and Omega Advisors, Inc. is interesting for several reasons. Matt Levine has a characteristically shrewd take on it over at Bloomberg (ignore the headline and read down into the column, if you are interested). Mr. Levine writes:
September 20, 2016 at 11:07 am
The prospect that Donald Trump could launch a lawsuit against the New York Times, forcing the newspaper's management to disclose its communications with the Mexican billionaire who is the newspaper's largest financial backer, is the topic of my column this week. Please check it out at the New York Sun (here) and Newsmax (here).
September 18, 2016 at 6:57 am
"When Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton and New York Times columnist David Brooks both speak out about an issue, it's worth paying attention." So begins my latest column for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Please check the full column out here.
September 16, 2016 at 11:18 am
Hillary Clinton's tax proposals are the topic of a not perfect, but nevertheless surprisingly excellent article by James B. Stewart in the New York Times. Highlights:
September 15, 2016 at 4:12 pm
Nicholas Kristof has a New York Times column about the responsibility of the press in this presidential campaign, writing, "I wonder if journalistic efforts at fairness don't risk normalizing Trump, without fully acknowledging what an abnormal candidate he is."
It's tentatively phrased, but it also dodges what in my mind are some key questions. If the press is going to stop trying to be fair, at what point in the campaign should that happen? Is an initial fairness phase required to determine objectively whether a candidate is worthy of fairness, after which, if the candidate is not deemed deserving of fair treatment, fairness (or "efforts at fairness") is then officially suspended? At what point in the game are readers let in on the news that a publication has suspended its efforts at fairness? Is a candidate able to petition to resume receiving fair treatment from journalists at any point? Or is it, once the press judges you "abnormal," no fairness, ever?
September 14, 2016 at 9:11 am
The federal government has a rule about how supermarket bacon can be packaged, Bloomberg News reports:
It's a fine little example of how deep is the federal government's reach into obscure and mundane aspects of the daily lives of Americans and the economy, and of how (as is often the case) the Nixon administration is to blame.
September 13, 2016 at 8:44 pm
The recently announced $2.45 billion federal loan to Amtrak to pay for new Acela trains is the subject of my column this week. Please check the column out at the New York Sun (here), New Boston Post (here), Newsmax (here), and Reason (here).
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