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.
January 27, 2016 at 12:23 pm
In the midst of a really terrific Conrad Black column about Donald Trump and what Black calls a "conservative highbrow attack" on him, comes this:
And at the end of a front-page New York Times article about establishment Republican panic at the prospect of Trump or Cruz winning the nomination comes this:
January 26, 2016 at 10:12 am
National Review's attack on Donald Trump is the topic of my column this week. Please check it out at the New York Sun (here) and Newsmax (here). I've gotten more reaction to this column, both positive and negative, than to anything else I have written in quite a while.
Also on the Trump front, this analysis from Rush Limbaugh is interesting:
January 22, 2016 at 1:19 pm
The governor of Massachusetts, Charlie Baker, a Republican, delivered his state of the commonwealth speech last night taking stock of his first year in office and looking ahead. The text is here and worth a look. I was watching on television here in Boston, and one striking thing is that, unlike President Obama's state of the union address, where Democrats stood and cheered while Republicans sat stonefaced in silence, Mr. Baker's speech had both Republicans and Democrats — including even Democratic U.S. Senators Markey and Warren — standing and clapping at the applause lines. One highlight:
January 21, 2016 at 1:53 pm
Ted Cruz's John F. Kennedy imitation and claim that Kennedy would be a Republican if he were alive today is "a regular part of his repertoire on the campaign trail in New England" and is drawing an objection from JFK's grandson, Boston.com reports, without mentioning that there is a book all about this.
January 21, 2016 at 1:38 pm
The Wall Street Journal reports:
January 20, 2016 at 9:47 am
Bloomberg's Matt Levine — whose bio says "He has worked as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and a mergers and acquisitions lawyer at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz...spent a year clerking for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and taught high school Latin... has a bachelor's degree in classics from Harvard University and a law degree from Yale Law School" — has written a couple of mostly smart and interesting pieces lately about insider trading enforcement and law.
The most recent one, about the Supreme Court's decision to take up the issue, is here:
January 20, 2016 at 9:18 am
The Wall Street Journal has an interview with John Skipper, who is the president of ESPN, a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Co. From the interview:
January 19, 2016 at 10:49 am
Instapundit Glenn Reynolds writes his USA Today column about Texas Governor Greg Abbott's proposal for a Constitutional Convention to amend the Constitution:
January 19, 2016 at 10:34 am
Bloomberg News reports:
That's exactly it — by the time courts and Congress take a decade to reshape labor law, the companies will have moved on to the next thing.
January 19, 2016 at 10:19 am
The Supreme Court will hear Salman v. United States. Bloomberg News reports:
January 18, 2016 at 9:05 pm
From a New York Times profile of Heidi Cruz, wife of presidential candidate Ted:
What a wonderful thought.
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