Trump's China Tariffs

September 13, 2019 at 8:36 am

Trade with China is the topic of my column this week. Please check out the full column at the New York Sun (here) and Newsmax (here).

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Carl Icahn To Florida

September 13, 2019 at 7:57 am

"Billionaire Carl Icahn is planning to move his home and business to Florida to avoid New York's higher taxes, according to people familiar with the matter," Bloomberg News reports.

FutureOfCapitalism earlier covered Paul Tudor Jones to Florida (2017, from Connecticut), Leon Cooperman's move to Florida (reported in 2016, from N.J. or N.Y.), and David Tepper's move to Florida (reported in 2016, from New Jersey). And a 2017 post was headlined "Florida Financial Boom."

As I concluded the dispatch about Tepper's move:

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The Greg Craig Acquittal

September 4, 2019 at 9:56 pm

Back in April I wrote about the federal criminal charges facing President Obama's White House counsel, Greg Craig, and concluded:

The more you get into it...the more it looks like a story about overly zealous prosecutors and FBI agents, and laws drafted in ways that allow such prosecutors and FBI agents enormous discretion to depict routine, non-criminal activities as somehow sinister. It's the sort of thing that Mr. Trump, in other contexts, has described as a witch hunt or a perjury trap.

Sure enough, Craig was acquitted today by a federal jury on the one count remaining after a federal judge threw out the other count.

Josh Gerstein reports for Politico:

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Judge Steven Menashi

September 4, 2019 at 9:36 pm

The responsible press coverage so far of President Trump's nomination of Steven Menashi to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has focused, understandably, on debunking the absurd, outrageous, and false claims that he is somehow a racist by virtue of having defended Israel in a 2010 law review article. For some fine examples, see the August 16 National Review article "Rachel Maddow's Racial Smear of Second Circuit Nominee Steven Menashi," the August 25 Wall Street Journal editorial "Smearing Steven Menashi," and the September 4 New York Times column by Ross Douthat, "Four Things That Are Not White Nationalism."

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The Socialist Scenario

September 3, 2019 at 9:40 pm

The risk that Senator Warren and Senator Sanders could somehow team up to defeat Vice President Biden and put a socialist agenda in the Oval Office is the topic of my column this week. Please check out the full column at Reason (here), Newsmax (here), and the New York Sun (here).

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Biden in Erskine Bowles' Backyard

August 29, 2019 at 7:59 am

Vice President Biden was in Charlotte, N.C. on Wednesday night and attended a fundraising event at the home of Erskine and Crandall Bowles, according to a pool report distributed by the Biden campaign.

Erskine Bowles, who did a stint as Bill Clinton's chief of staff, was co-chairman of the Simpson-Bowles bipartisan deficit reduction commission that in 2010 issued a report with a lot of interesting ideas, including a fundamental tax reform that would have replaced the current income tax rates with just three — at 8%, 14%, and 23%.

"Biden spoke to a poolside crowd of roughly 140 people from 8:50 p.m. to 9:17 p.m.," according to the report, which is called a pool report because one reporter represents the entire pool of press, not because the fundraiser's backyard featured a swimming pool.

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August 27, 2019 at 12:13 pm

In his trade negotiations with China, President Trump increasingly seems to be taking the approach advised by Natan Sharansky and Ron Dermer, I write in my column this week. Please check out the full column at the New York Sun (here) and Newsmax (here).

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Antigua and Barbuda Courts Amtrak Audience

August 26, 2019 at 6:04 am

Amtrak now has a reasonably nice glossy print magazine called The National. The current issue features a half-page color advertisement from the Citizenship by Investment Unit of the government of Antigua and Barbuda, promoting a program established in 2013 that offers citizenship in that Caribbean island nation in exchange for a contribution of $100,000 to the country's National Development Fund. Benefits, according to the ad, include "visa-free access to more than 150 countries, including the United Kingdom and Schengen area" as well as "no tax on worldwide income, inheritance, capital gains or investment returns."

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How Old Is Joe Biden?

August 19, 2019 at 9:21 pm

Biden's blunders, and the way they raise questions about his age, are the topic of my column this week. Please check the full column out at the New York Sun (here), Reason (here), and Newsmax (here).

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Warren 2015 Offers Clues About Warren 2020

August 14, 2019 at 5:38 am

Senator Elizabeth Warren and her presidential campaign are the topic of my column this week. Please check it out at the New York Sun (here), Reason (here), and Newsmax (here). The column was also mentioned in the Washington Times.

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Reagan's 'Racism'

August 6, 2019 at 6:05 am

What the Atlantic calls "Reagan's racism" is the topic of my column this week. Please check it out at the New Boston Post (here) and the New York Sun (here).

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Democrats Run Against Vultures, Vampires

July 29, 2019 at 7:44 pm

Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Bernie Sanders, and their campaigning against "vultures" and "vampires," as they call the financial industry, are the topics of my column this week. Please read the whole column at the New York Sun (here), Newsmax (here), the New Boston Post (here) and Reason (here).

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Holman Jenkins on the Press and Trump

July 23, 2019 at 9:07 pm

Holman Jenkins writes in the Wall Street Journal:

some humility is also in order from a press that has displayed a more than usual amount of gullibility, conformism and poor judgment on just about every matter that has come before them in the past few years. If the media's not-so-secret agenda is to defeat Mr. Trump, they might consider the possibility that they are (again) going about it in exactly the wrong way.

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Robert Morgenthau

July 23, 2019 at 6:19 am

The longtime district attorney of New York County, Robert Morgenthau, who died Sunday at age 99, is the subject of my column this week. Please check out the full column at Newsmax here and at the New York Sun here.

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What The Democrats Don't Get About Big Tech

July 21, 2019 at 7:04 am

A recent visit to an Apple store was the topic of my column last week. Please check the column out in full at Newsmax (here) and Reason (here).

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