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Spin in the Open Society, Or the Old Rope a Dope

A few years back, in 2009, I told George Soros that he shouldn’t believe his own spin. “Au contraire,” he replied with that twinkle in his eye. “It’s the secret of my success.” It was lunchtime banter. We hadn’t seen each other in years. And …

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Chuck Todd’s Daily TDS

On Wednesday, May 23, 2018, Chuck Todd began the opening monologue of his daily political show on MSNBC, MTP Daily, by announcing that “President Trump is now claiming that a spy was somehow planted in his campaign by the criminal Deep State for political purposes …

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Moses Farrow Depicts Mia Farrow, Not Woody Allen, as Abuser

Moses Farrow, adopted son of Mia Farrow and Woody Allen, portrays the former as the abuser in their household in a lengthy blog post. He paints his adoptive father as an innocent smeared as a result of embarking on a distasteful relationship with his lover’s …

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Iceberg Ahead

Ten-year U.S. Treasury yields achieved their highest rate since 2011 last week. Though high by recent standards, 3.1 percent falls well below the postwar average. This present state—relatively low rates that nevertheless rise—affirms Shakespeare’s advice, “neither a borrower nor a lender be.” For individuals looking …

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Who Needs Congress Anyway?

What if I were to suggest turning all of New York into a national monument? OK, maybe we would exclude the gigantic city, but the rest of that beautiful state could be our newest national monument. You might instinctively see a couple major problems with …

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My Discovery of Philip Roth

Philip Roth dead! Hard to believe. He ever seemed like the spirit of youth itself even as he grew old and frail. I first learned of him when I was a student at Yale Law School. If memory serves, my ultra-genius classmate and friend, Duncan …

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Minimum Wage Gimmicks Are Costing Governments Big Time

Local governments should beware that when they pass exorbitant minimum wage laws, they might be giving up a lot in tax revenue. Minimum wage laws have driven up costs for hotels and motels and thus driven away customers from those businesses to sharing economy outlets, …

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Another Ship Bound for China Turns Around Halfway, Then Turns Around Again

Business leaders truly really can’t stand uncertainty. Again and again, they say that their top concern with running their business is uncertainty, be it economic or geopolitical. And it makes sense—businesses survive by planning for the future. The ones that don’t aren’t around to see …

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U.S. and European Taxpayers Are Funding Palestinian Violence

After the latest violence in Gaza, it is clear that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency’s continuous support of Palestinian terrorism is a major cause of instability in the Middle East and should be defunded. According to newly released footage inside Gaza, Palestinian children in …

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Going Amish? Not Just Yet!

I think I’m on the verge of developing what might be called “Amish syndrome.” Now, don’t jump to conclusions. I’m not about to trade in my beloved Lexus for a horse-and-buggy rig. After all, horses would be much higher maintenance than my reliable old sedan, …

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