September 11, 2016 at 8:05 pm
The Washington Examiner has a video on the Obama Legacy featuring Tim Carney, Philip Klein, and Reuel Marc Gerecht, all three of whom are pretty sharp. They aren't big fans of Obama, to put it mildly, and say some of what he has done will be hard to undo.
September 11, 2016 at 1:24 pm
The 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks is the topic of my column in the Sunday Las Vegas Review-Journal, which runs under the headline, "Is this what winning looks like?" Please check the column out by clicking here.
September 9, 2016 at 3:38 pm
From Hillary Clinton's official statement on North Korea's latest nuclear test: "we must strengthen defense cooperation with our allies in the region; South Korea and Japan are critical to our missile defense system, which will protect us against a North Korean missile."
North Korean missiles are a bit far afield from our usual subject matter here, but what was striking to me, as someone who has been following the missile defense political debate since the 1980s, is that the Democratic candidate now acknowledges that a "missile defense system" will work well enough to "protect us" against a nuclear attack by North Korea.
Now, I know what the response will be — that left-wing skepticism of "Star Wars" in the Reagan era pertained not to land- or sea-based missile defense systems but to space-based systems, or that stopping one or two missiles from North Korea is a whole different thing from trying to stop thousands of them launched all at once from the Soviet Union or its submarines.
September 9, 2016 at 8:20 am
The Robert Rubin dance – featuring the ability to walk through a pouring rainstorm and not get wet — is being danced by Warren Buffett in connection with his investment in Wells Fargo, with a big assist from the mainstream media.
Consider that Wells Fargo agreed to pay a $185 million fine and said it had terminated "roughly 5,300 employees" in connection with opening about 2 million accounts that customers never asked for. Consider, too, that Warren Buffett's personal 2 million share stake of Wells Fargo and Berkshire Hathaway's 9.45% stake together, as recently as this summer, amounted to more than a 10% stake in the bank, making the Buffett/Berkshire combo by far the largest investor.
September 8, 2016 at 8:56 am
The Times of Israel has a somewhat Israel-centric interview with Norman Podhoretz in which he lays out his view of the presidential race: "I describe myself as anti-anti Trump. While I have no great admiration for him, to put it mildly, I think she's worse. Between the two, he's the lesser evil." Worth a look for anyone interested in sorting out the twists and turns of the neoconservative anti-Trump or #NeverTrump intrafamily disputes.
September 6, 2016 at 8:37 am
McDonald's is testing "self-ordering touchscreens" at about 250 U.S. locations, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. A similar move by McDonald's in Europe, where labor costs and regulations are already high, was the subject of an earlier post here a few years back.
September 6, 2016 at 8:21 am
The new book by Lawrence Kudlow and Brian Domitrovic, JFK and the Reagan Revolution: A Secret History of American Prosperity, is the topic of my column this week. Please check the column out at the New York Sun (here), Reason (here), and Newsmax (here).
September 4, 2016 at 9:22 pm
Two books coming out this month – Jonathan Tepperman's The Fix: How Nations Survive And Thrive In A World in Decline and Edward Conard's The Upside of Inequality: How Good Intentions Undermine The Middle Class — get mentions in my Las Vegas Review Journal column this week, which is a reaction to Donald Trump's immigration speech. Please read the whole column by clicking here.
August 29, 2016 at 8:44 pm
The controversy over pricing of EpiPens, and, relatedly, the $2 million a year that Mylan spends on Washington lobbying, is the topic of my column this week. Please check it out at the New York Post (here), New York Sun (here), Reason (here), and Newsmax (here).
August 28, 2016 at 6:23 am
"The Immigration Speech Trump Should Give," is the headline over my column in Sunday's Las Vegas Review-Journal, which offers a draft text. Please check out the column by clicking here.
August 26, 2016 at 3:57 pm
Todd Newman, who successfully pursued an appeal that overturned his criminal securities fraud prosecution brought by Preet Bharara under a novel theory of "insider trading," is the subject of a long interview/account in the September 1 issue of Fortune. It is very much worth a look for anyone concerned, as I am and as were the judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals who overturned this conviction, about the overreach by the U.S. attorney by the Southern District of New York on this front.
August 23, 2016 at 10:40 am
A professor at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Paul E. Peterson, has an article in the September-October issue of Harvard Magazine with some astute observations about education:
August 23, 2016 at 10:09 am
Peace and prosperity — whether we have it or don't, and who should get the credit or blame — are the topics of my column this week. Please check it out at the New Boston Post (here), New York Sun (here), Reason (here), and Newsmax (here).
August 21, 2016 at 10:40 pm
Plans by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to spend hundreds of billions of dollars on "infrastructure" such as roads and bridges are the topic of my column in Sunday's Las Vegas Review-Journal. Please check the column out here.
August 17, 2016 at 2:01 pm
My former New York Sun colleague Liz Peek is out with a new column under the how-can-you-not-click headline "Five Reasons a Sane Person Might Still Vote For Trump." The comments are open here if you have your own reasons to add, if you disagree, or if you think the premise of the headline is mistaken. If the comments are as intelligent as they usually are here, I will try to publish some of the best of them as a post on the site.
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