January 12, 2017 at 10:51 am
Maureen Dowd's long interview with technology investor and Trump supporter Peter Thiel may or may not be worth your time, but I did find one thought in it from Mr. Thiel that I thought was wise: "I always have very low expectations, so I'm rarely disappointed."
The way I have formulated it in conversations with friends about the presidential transition is that President Obama came in and everyone thought he was the messiah, so disappointment was inevitable. With Trump, everyone thinks he's the devil, so at least there's a potential for a surprise on the positive side.
By "everyone," in the preceding paragraph, I mean the coastal academic and media urban elites, which I do realize (even more acutely than I did before the election) is not actually everyone.
Mr. Thiel's idea is an interesting twist on George W. Bush's campaign, in education, against "the soft bigotry of low expectations." Leave it to the contrarian Mr. Thiel to remind us that even low expectations can have their advantages.
January 10, 2017 at 9:46 am
The political furor over the fact that President-elect Trump, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, and some incoming members of his administration have assets is the topic of my column this week. Please check it out at the New York Sun (here), Reason (here), and Newsmax (here).
January 9, 2017 at 10:29 am
At Bloomberg View, Matt Levine has an intelligent take on prosecutors and Steven Cohen:
January 8, 2017 at 10:10 pm
My Sunday column for the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Please read the whole thing here.
January 3, 2017 at 10:54 am
Senator Cotton, Republican of Arkansas, is publicly calling for "a large reduction in legal immigration" on the theory that a reduction in the labor supply will drive up American wages. My latest column is an attempt to respond to his argument. Please check the column out at the New York Sun (here), Reason (here), and Newsmax (here).
January 1, 2017 at 8:57 pm
This year's installment of my annual William Safire-style column of predictions for the year ahead appears in Sunday's Las Vegas Review-Journal. Please check it out by clicking here.
December 28, 2016 at 11:35 am
It's a bit far afield from the usual topics here (though squarely related to the Constitution, which is right in our strike zone), but I nonetheless highly recommend my column this week, which is probably the best thing I've written all year. It's about the U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israel's settlements and floats the idea of responding to it with a formal U.S.-Israel treaty. You can check it out at the New York Sun (here) and Newsmax (here).
December 25, 2016 at 8:23 am
The precedents for presidents whose political party controls the House and Senate — the position Donald Trump will be in — are the topic of my column in Sunday's Las Vegas Review-Journal. Please check out the full column by clicking the link here.
December 22, 2016 at 9:10 am
The CEO of JPMorgan Chase, Jamie Dimon, has an interview with Bloomberg BusinessWeek in which he makes some interesting points about infrastructure spending and the tone coming from Washington:
December 20, 2016 at 2:38 pm
Hedge fund manager Ray Dalio of Bridgewater Associates has some reflections on President-elect Trump:
December 20, 2016 at 1:44 pm
The website Zocalo Public Square asked me for a post-election piece about political families and has published it. The link is here.
December 20, 2016 at 1:32 pm
The coming clash between Trump and the permanent government workers known as "we bes" — "We be here before you're here. We be here after you're here" — is the topic of my column this week. Please check it out at Newsmax (here) and Reason (here).
December 20, 2016 at 1:19 pm
A Jewish Agency for Israel program that has put young Israelis on 71 college campuses in North America was the topic of my Sunday column for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Please check the column out here.
December 14, 2016 at 9:52 am
The retirement fund of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority — which pays the pensions of unionized bus and subway train drivers — has lost the entire $25 million it invested in a hedge fund operated by Alphonse "Buddy" Fletcher Jr., the Boston Globe reports. The Globe doesn't mention Mr. Fletcher's $4.5 million gift to Harvard to endow the university professor chair held by Henry Louis Gates Jr., but the case of Harvard hanging on to its $4.5 million from Mr. Fletcher while the retirees (or the taxpayers who backstop them) settle for a zero is grist for a Harvard Business School case study, or a philosophy course in moral reasoning, or, at the very least, an Alex Beam column, or something.
December 13, 2016 at 8:54 am
Harvard professor and New Yorker contributor Atul Gawande worries that pregnancy will be unaffordable if ObamaCare is repealed. I respond in my column this week. Please check out the column at the New York Sun (here), Reason (here), and Newsmax (here).
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