Category Archives: Debt-Limit Negotiations Break Down

Doom Required

Out here in Hollywood, when a major studio is on a losing streak and losing big money, those who green-light projects get antsy. They need to come up with a cash cow, quickly, and anything original is not what they … Continue reading

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Moderation Revisited

It wasn’t supposed to be this way – a prolonged cold snap in Los Angeles, with overnight lows near freezing and cold winds from the north all day, even if the sun is still shining as ridiculously as ever. Yeah, … Continue reading

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No Side of Rice

In all sports it’s considered bad form to run up the score. In college football for example, if you’re a top-ranked team playing some nowhere team from a school no one has ever heard of, one that was put on … Continue reading

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Convergence

Friends say Anne Applebaum is cool – but of course she’s in another world, that of the international public intellectual. There are few of those, and in her case her 2003 book Gulag: A History won the Pulitzer Prize for … Continue reading

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Nothing Happened

The problem with any detailed discussion of the myriad implications of what just happened – some startling, some alarming, some reassuring – is that any such discussion depends on something happening. And this weekend – with the ongoing negotiations on … Continue reading

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Late Broken News

In the news business they’re known as the Friday Night Follies – say you’re a politician who has something that needs to be made public, but it will cause no end of trouble, so you announce it after five in … Continue reading

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