The “Russian Collusion” Investigation Takes an Unexpected Bounce

If John LeCarre’s later novels seem to have taken a more polemic tone than his byzantine earlier tales of espionage and treachery, maybe it’s because writers of spy thrillers, like practitioners of political parody and satire, find themselves ever more unable to stay ahead of reality. The subject of Russian interference in the 2016 American…

Debate Prep for the Voter

Presidential primaries and party nominating conventions are behind us. Even in this most unusual and tumultuous election, the next event remains, as it has for 40 years, the Presidential Debates. The first debate occurs in a week on Monday, September 26 at 9 PM. The announced debate format shows some promise of delivering a real…

Irony in Philadelphia

On the first day of the 2016 Democratic National Convention ironies abound. The Wikileaks release of email and other documents hacked from the Democratic National Committee has caused great embarrassment to Hillary Clinton supporters at the DNC. Many of the Democrats, now outraged by the hacking, supported Edward Snowden, employee of a National Security Agency…

Hillary skates again

            July 6, 2016. Not many Americans will see more than brief news clips of the statement yesterday by FBI Director James Comey. They should read it all.             The FBI was investigating whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server for State Department business violated the Espionage statutes and…

Trump, Clinton and the Veterans

May 31, 2016. Donald Trump released a list of veterans charities to which he directed $5.6 million in donations from a fundraiser he held in January as cover for his refusal to attend a debate among Republican presidential candidates. This was accompanied by a larger than usual portion of vitriol aimed at assembled reporters. It…

Hillary should refuse to debate Donald

[Note: A shorter modified version of this post appeared as a Letter to the Editor, Boston Globe,May 14, 2016] The road to 270 electoral votes on the map shows an advantage to a generic Democrat over a generic Republican, mainly because Democrats have the edge in former swing states where the minority population is growing fast. Of…

After South Carolina and Nevada

February 21, 2016 Following the South Carolina primary, Jeb Bush, the once prohibitive favorite, is gone from the Republican Presidential contest. He is a decent, capable man. (One must struggle to avoid referring to him in the past tense, as if he were dead.) What went wrong with a conservative and very successful two-term governor…

The Clinton Plan to Distort Market Signals

WSJ Letters, August 30, 2015 The result of increasing taxes on investments held for a short period of time will not be to encourage wise, long-term decision-making by investors and managers. Rather, complicating record keeping and increasing taxes will, at the margin, keep investors out of the market. Brian R. Merrick West Barnstable, Mass.