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California’s Economic Suicide

 

Last fall, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law requiring his State to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels. That ratchets the State’s already severe limits down even tighter, now requiring a reduction to levels not seen since the 1950s or earlier. Some are beginning to understand that it cannot be […]

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Abraham Lincoln, Studmuffin

 

Let’s be honest: the homeliest president was Abraham Lincoln. That lopsided face. Those ginormous ears. The perpetual bad hair. And it’s not just me. Men and women who saw Abraham Lincoln in the flesh did not pull their punches about his appearance. Five years into their marriage, Mary Todd Lincoln admitted her husband was “not […]

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They’re Not Camera Ready

 

It is ratings and vanity, plain and simple. These are two reasons why reporters and “news” organizations are apoplectic about the White House banning cameras during press briefings. Oh and why did the President decide to do this? It’s because he can, and because it’s fun. Press briefings were no longer news, but more like […]

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Mr. President, Don’t Suck Up to Industries That Hate You

 

In the past week, two news items came out of the Trump White House that should trouble supporters of the President’s populist agenda, and should send warning bells about the advice that President Trump may be receiving from his inner circle. The first was the bewildering lovefest between Trump and tech titans such as Jeff […]

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Where Modern Democrats Lost the Plot

 

The Democrats had the best marketing strategy. Consider their general approach for the half-century ending in Clintonism. Their basic pitch was a Weberian value proposition, that simply by caring, by making a commitment (however transient), by having some emotional investment in an issue, one entered a realm theretofore known as virtue. If the good, then, […]

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Can We All Get Along?

 

Nobody ever called the late Rodney King a model citizen of Los Angeles. But he gave the world what was likely the most plaintive, plangent query of our time. He wanted to know, in the aftermath of the L.A. burning, “Can we all get along?” Can we  huh  rather than wallop each other and turn […]

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The AMA Betrays Patients and Doctors… Again

 

Today, the American Medical Association sent a letter to the leaders of the U.S. Senate announcing its opposition to the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA). The AMA’s ostensible reason for doing so was stated thus: “Medicine has long operated under the precept of Primum non nocere, or ‘first, do no harm.’ The draft […]

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‘The End of…’ Scenario

 

While the extremes of contemporary partisanship have grown, there is a curious area of political overlap in the age of Trump: Left and Right have embraced “the end of …” theme. Clearly there is justification for an outpouring of pessimism. President Trump has put enormous pressure on political allies to enhance their financial contribution to […]

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Standing the Heat

 

Sunday. Wow. It is hot. I swam for a little while. Then off to lunch at the Beverly Hills Hotel with my makeup artist, writing colleague, and dear friend, Renae. We talked about how and when being a parent in the U.S. middle class became torment. A parent is a chauffeur, body guard, tutor, mentor, […]

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Birth of a New Persian Empire

 

The United States is gradually being drawn into the war in Syria. That war began as a conflict in which we had no national security interest. That changed because two of our principal adversaries, Russia and Iran, took over that war, making the conflict much larger than just a civil war against the terrorist regime […]

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