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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleased to see a high-ranking government official actually moving closer to facing the same type of prosecution most Americans would face for allegedly divulging sensitive information and then lying about it. Jim also hilariously shreds CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin for acting like […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for utterly rejecting the suggestion from NBC’s Savannah Guthrie that Russian meddling may have tipped the 2016 election to President Trump – and explaining what really did happen. They also welcome the U.S. Supreme Court siding with […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see Republicans hold on to a pair of North Carolina congressional seats, including one that Democrats were hoping would be a harbinger of 2020. They also shudder as Iranian President Hassan Rouhani cheers the exit of National Security Adviser John Bolton […]

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The Ability of Markets

 

This past week, New York Times reporter Ben Casselman wrote a powerful story with the provocative title “In a Tight Labor Market, a Disability May Not Be a Barrier.” The article praised the diversity and inclusion initiatives that are now deeply embedded in modern corporate culture. Casselman told the moving story of Kate Cosway, who obtained her master’s degree in chemistry and chemical engineering in 2014. Cosway is on the autism spectrum. Her difficulty with interviews meant her job quest had little traction until this past summer when she was taken on as an intern at Dell Technologies in the company’s audit department. She did well and earned a permanent paying position in the fall. After lauding Cosway’s rise, Casselman asks: How long will the present-day hiring party last if an economic downturn is brought about by President Donald Trump’s on-again-off-again trade war with China?

Cosway is no anomaly in today’s hot job market. Thousands of workers who were once thought marginalized and unemployable are now being pursued by employers with tempting offers: good benefits, flexible hours, and training on the job. Ex-cons, college students, retirees, and members of minority groups are all being lured into the labor market by employers faced with serious labor shortages.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see billionaire impeachment activist Tom Steyer lock in a spot in the October Democratic presidential debate – both to watch him push impeachment when the party wants none of it and to see better debates. They also react to President Trump […]

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What’s the Limit of Leftist Lawlessness?

 

An interesting thing happened last week. During a trollish straight-pride parade in Boston, some Antifa folks got violent and assaulted some people and police. The prosecution decided to drop the charges, but the judge refused the dismissal and insisted on a prosecution. From the left-leaning USA Today:

A decision to drop charges against left-wing protesters arrested at Saturday’s Straight Pride Parade has turned into a courtroom fight, pitting a newly elected district attorney who ran on reform-minded platform against a Boston judge.

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It’s a big day on the Three Martini Lunch! Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America start by welcoming the news that Leif Olson has been re-hired at the Labor Department just one day after he was falsely accused of anti-Semitism by Bloomberg Law. Then they are encouraged that Secretary of […]

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Slate Peddles Conspiracy Theory to Explain Conservative Courts

 

Mark Joseph Stern is a silly person. He’s also a lawyer and writer, employed by Slate to cover the courts with that straight-down-the-middle reportage we’ve come to expect from his colleague Dahlia Lithwick.

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Quote of the Day: Never Their Fault

 

60% of illegal firearms recovered in Chicago come from outside IL—mostly from states dominated by coward Republicans like you who refuse to enact commonsense gun legislation. Keep our name out of your mouth.” – Lori Lightfoot, Chicago Mayor and national disgrace

This was said in response to Ted Cruz describing the failure of gun control in Chicago. This ignores the continuous and persistent refusal of the local prosecutors to attach serious penalties to gun crime, in some case not even requiring bail. This ignores the inability of the CPD to stop illegal guns from being smuggled into the city. It ignores the massive disparity in gun crime between the other states and Chicago

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome the news that Hong Kong – at the direction of Communist China – has withdrawn the extradition bill that sparked massive protests, but they’re still not sure this story will have a happy ending. They also pummel Bloomberg News and reporter Ben Penn […]

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Trump’s Trade Travesty

 

On Friday, August 30, Trump confidently tweeted that anyone who thinks that his aggressive trade war with China could lead to a recession is sadly misinformed. He offered his own two-part explanation for a possible economic downturn. First, unnamed but “badly run and weak companies” are being undone by their own incompetence. Second, their present plight has not been caused by the trade war, but rather by the Federal Reserve’s failure to rapidly cut interest rates.

Chairman Jerome Powell has become a frequent target of the President’s ire. To be sure, the Fed did trim rates by a quarter of a point, from 2.25% to 2.00%, in July 2019. But Trump wanted the Fed to cut rates, already low by historical standards, by a full point. Even more, he wanted the Fed to further jolt the economy through another round of bond repurchases. In an attempt to prod Powell into action, Trump accused Powell of having a “horrendous lack of vision.” When Powell did not blink, Trump doubled down. “As usual, the Fed did NOTHING! It is incredible that they can ‘speak’ without knowing or asking what I am doing,” he tweeted. “My only question is, who is our bigger enemy, Jay Powell or Chairman Xi?” So much for the traditional independence of the Fed. Trump then lashed out at the private sector by ordering corporations to find alternatives to China. So much for limited presidential powers.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America have mixed reactions to the news that West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin is not going to run for governor of his state in 2020 and will remain in the Senate until 2024. They also shudder at the obvious warning signs surrounding the latest mass […]

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Not. One. Single. Indictment.

 

I started this discussion with a question such as: does this impress anyone else as beyond bizarre considering we have witnessed over the last few years; an actual attempt by an administration to use the full powers of the government to overthrow their political opponents? Then I thought better of it, as I read here on Ricochet and elsewhere, and I have also written here on Ricochet on this as well, expressions of similar concerns by many of our colleagues and, of course, in the wider center-right media as well.

Briefly stated: I arrive at this pathetic state of affairs as someone who has practiced law as a trial lawyer for more decades than I care to recount here, and have come to regard as sacred to the establishment upon which our beloved Nation is built the Rule of Law and its central tenet, Equal Justice Under Law, words which are inscribed over the Main Entrance of the United States Supreme Court.

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Shot Fired Across the Bow

 

Actually, I think into the bow.

I have commented several times that the book License to Lie by Sidney Powell is a good description of the thuggish tactics used by some (boy, I sure hope it is only some) prosecutors in the Justice Department. A month or so ago when General Flynn fired his existing lawyers and hired Sidney, I thought that was a very good sign

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer Fox News host Neil Cavuto for rebutting President Trump’s claim that “Fox News is no longer working for us” and for reminding politicians and media outlets what the job of the press should be. They also cringe as new Pew poll numbers show […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand exit the 2020 Democratic presidential race, both because she had no chance and because she may have been the most obvious at pandering in the entire field – which is saying something since she was […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome former Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis making an urgent plea to end political tribalism because a unified America is a stronger America. They’re also sad to learn that health problems are forcing the retirement of Georgia GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson and they’re also […]

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What Is the Purpose of a Corporation?

 

In a memorial service honoring Milton Friedman held at the Hoover Institution shortly after his death in 2007, Hoover Senior Fellow Edward Lazear hit the nail on the head when he said, only half in jest, “It is amazing how many people can best Milton in an argument when he is not in the room.”

His remark has added relevance today because last week the Business Roundtable (BR), a non-profit comprised of CEOs of major U.S. organizations, did battle with an empty chair with its short announcement entitled, “Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation.” The statement rejects the received wisdom—boldly pronounced in Friedman’s famous 1970 New York Times Magazine article, “The Social Responsibility Of Business Is to Increase Its Profits”—that corporate directors and officers should maximize shareholder value rather than some nebulous concept of social responsibility.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome a decision from the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that strongly boosts the freedom of conscience in a culture that often wants to crush any departure from liberal groupthink. They also take a wait and see approach as media outlets fret about […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America close the week with three crazy martinis and a champagne toast. They sigh as President Trump tweets that he is ordering U.S. companies to scale back in China in response to the very real practice of China ripping us off. They also evaluate former […]

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