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Ben Stein’s Diary

It’s raining here in LA. Not cool. I liked it much better when it never rained. LA is not too much fun in the rain. The sky is gray and it’s cool. I’ll go swimming anyway. Okay, get ready to…

Sunday The weather here in LA is perfect. Low humidity. No wind. No clouds. Seventy-two degrees. I lay in bed for hours, then went swimming and I thought, as I endlessly do, how grateful I am. I am a Jew….

Sunday Here I am in Miami Beach with my friend and assistant, Bob Noah. He’s a super smart guy and I could barely travel without him. We maneuvered our way through the massive airport, got into our car, and headed…

In June of 1970, I graduated from Yale Law School. Not by grades but by the election of my peers, I was selected to be valedictorian. I gave a high sounding speech about law and social justice and kindness and…

The question of questions: Why did we have so much volatility in the financial markets in the Fall and early Winter? This was extreme volatility by any measure. The fact that it happened while the U.S. was in an extreme…

Saturday Wow. What a day I had yesterday. Just awful stomach ache. Could it have been from corned beef? Could it have been from watching Maxine Waters on TV? Ms. Waters and I go back to the school busing struggle…

One day in early 1974 I was a speechwriter for President Richard M. Nixon. I needed data about the economy for my work. I walked up 3 flights of stairs to my father’s office. He was Chairman of the President’s…

“Mueller? Mueller?” “Anyone? Anyone?” Okay, now that’s out of the way, let’s try this. We are facing a grave Constitutional challenge. It has to do with Special Prosecutor Mueller seeking to question President Donald Trump under oath on anything he…

Of course we don’t want Rosanne Barr calling Valerie Jarrett an ape. That’s as clear as can be. It was a horrible comment. But maybe we should listen for just a moment to what Ms. Barr says in her defense:…

Friday A great day. I used to go to Mr Chow constantly, but then I stopped because it was too loud. I didn’t go for years. Then I happened to be slouching by on Thursday and went into the bar…

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