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Tweets, stocks and Trump

President Donald Trump’s tweets often set off big gyrations in stock prices. Anyone who knows of the tweets in advance could make a fortune, though not legally. Who knows of the tweets in advance? Trump knows, and there’s growing speculation that he might be showing tweets in the making ...

The language of women

Earlier today, I was talking to a friend I’ve known for more than two decades when, twice, she prefaced her opinion with, “I feel.” The third time she shared an opinion, she began with, “I think.” “Why do you do that?” I said. “I asked for your thoughts. I know it’s you ...

A real dead end

The most bracing pieces are sometimes the least defensible. So it is with Sohrab Ahmari’s fusillade in the religious journal First Things against my National Review colleague David French that has occasioned a cataract of conservative commentary. Ahmari’s piece is part of the ...

Solving a social problem

WASHINGTON – The earnest improvers at the College Board, which administers the SAT, should ponder Abraham Maslow’s law of the instrument. In 1966, Maslow, a psychologist, said essentially this: If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. The College Board wants ...

A farewell to my readers

In 1987, I wrote my first weekly column, carried at the time by only two newspapers. Today, I write my last, having appeared in scores of publications over the years. It has been a great ride. I’ve written about presidents from Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump, weighed in on topics from genocide ...

Out of the shadows

Joi and her husband wanted a baby. “We wanted to be pregnant in the worst way,” she says. For more than a decade, they tried. So many tests, and then more tests. Blood draws and injections. In 2002, it happened. They were expecting a daughter. They would call her Jordan. Joi was ...

Protectionism is iatrogenic government

WASHINGTON -- The cascading effects of U.S. protectionism on U.S. producers and consumers constitute an ongoing tutorial about what Daniel Patrick Moynihan called “iatrogenic government.” In medicine, an iatrogenic ailment is one inadvertently caused by a physician or medicine. Iatrogenic ...

Could we survive as they did?

Lost for 17 days in a Hawaiian jungle, all alone in only a tank top and capri yoga pants, I’m not sure what I would do. Would I work past my fractured leg, blistered wounds and terror to survive? Would I eat mystery fruit and moths and sleep in the mud or a wild boar’s den? Would I do the ...

Levin takes on the press

Best-selling author and talk radio star Mark Levin has another terrific new book that debuted at No. 1 on the charts. The media habitually ignore Levin’s books – no New York Times reviews, no TV interviews, nothing – and it must drive them insane that he still sells millions of copies. ...

Trump sanctions are working

WASHINGTON – President Trump’s Iran policy appears to be careening between diplomacy and belligerence. One day Trump tweets, “I’m sure that Iran will want to talk soon.” The next he warns that “if Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran.” Confused? Well, there ...

The what ifs of the debate

WASHINGTON – When author Mark Childress penned “Crazy in Alabama,” he wasn’t just whistling Dixie. “I haven’t been quoted this much since Roy Moore,” Childress recently told me, referring to last week’s coverage of Alabama’s passage of a law banning abortion in nearly all ...

Think

So democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders wants to give all prisoners the right to vote. He said so during a recent campaign speech, much to the surprise of many. I was among them. Sanders believes that “the right to vote is inherent to our democracy” and even “terrible ...

Higher Education in America

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Economics at Ohio University Richard Vedder’s new book, “Restoring the Promise,” published by the Independent Institute based in Oakland, California, is about the crisis in higher education. He summarizes the three major problems faced by America’s ...

Back to the past with Biden

Joe Biden, the leading Democrat in the overcrowded presidential sweepstakes (there are more of them running than horses in the recent Kentucky Derby), appears to want to take America back to the days of the Obama administration, which he was a part of for eight years. What would that look ...

There are no mysteries

The surprise about the big New York Times story on Donald Trump’s tax returns is that there are no real surprises. Trump’s taxes have been an obsession of the left since he, in violation of a long-standing norm, reneged on his promise to release his returns during the 2016 campaign. ...

Dabbling on protectionism

WASHINGTON – A man who worked in a boxer’s corner in a 1962 match against Cassius Clay, as he still was known, explained why the referee stopped the fight in the fourth round: “Things just went sour gradually all at once.” It can be like that when government dabbles in ...

Remembering the pioneers

In a country preoccupied with presidential candidates preaching extreme liberalism and even unabashed socialism comes America’s greatest living historian, David McCullough, with a new and needed book. It’s called “The Pioneers” and the subtitle is its theme: “The heroic story of the ...

The empathy factor in 2020

WASHINGTON -- In 2008, when Sarah Palin entered the stage to debate her fellow vice presidential candidate, Joe Biden, she asked him first thing: “Hey, can I call you Joe?” It was a charming moment. In Palin’s aw-shucks manner, she not only neutralized Biden as a formidable foe but ...

Congress can’t let Trump win

On Sunday, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), threatened to subpoena Attorney General William Barr if he refuses to testify this week about the Mueller report. But a subpoena is unlikely to elicit Barr’s cooperation. “We’re fighting all the ...

It would only help him

WASHINGTON -- President Trump has called the Mueller investigation a “witch hunt” nearly two hundred times on social media alone. Well, the special counsel concluded he was not a witch. After carefully scrutinizing any links between the Russian government and the Trump campaign, Robert ...