Book Party Review–“Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump”

My tremendous jet-setting ways landed me at a book party this evening for Rick Reilly, the celebrated ESPN talent whose new book, Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump, has garnered significant amounts of attention and favorable reviews. I of course have not yet had time to read the book—having just purchased it this evening, …

Democrats Should Hold the Gorsuch Nomination Hostage

Judge Neil Gorsuch is a genuinely outstanding jurist, who would be a superb addition to the United States Supreme Court. All Americans can and should be deeply proud that his intellect, his devotion to scholarship, and his fidelity to original public meaning jurisprudence has brought him to this extraordinary moment in his career and his …

Inequality in Iran

This is what happens when a government is not only massively totalitarian, but also corrupt beyond belief: The nouveaux riches in Tehran drive Porsches, Ferraris and Maseratis and live in multimillion-dollar luxury apartments replete with walk-in closets, Bosch appliances and computerized shower systems. I was stunned when I caught a glimpse of what Iran’s megarich can afford …

Iran Is Not a Theocracy. It Is a Theocratic Mafiocracy.

To wit: The 82-year-old Iranian woman keeps the documents that upended her life in an old suitcase near her bed. She removes them carefully and peers at the tiny Persian script. There's the court order authorizing the takeover of her children's three Tehran apartments in a multi-story building the family had owned for years. There's …

Boeing Has a Friend in High Places

And that friend may want to go to higher places still: On a trip to Moscow early in her tenure as secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton played the role of international saleswoman, pressing Russian government officials to sign a multibillion-dollar deal to buy dozens of aircraft from Boeing. A month later, Clinton was in China, …

The Next Time Harry Reid Attacks the Koch Brothers . . .

Someone should slip him a copy of this article and ask him whether he really is in any position whatsoever to throw stones at anybody. Of particular interest are the parts of the article that detail the degree to which members of the Reid family have profited off of their political connections, and the fact that …

Blackouts in Venezuela

If you are a Venezuelan citizen, you might be forgiven for thinking that it's not even close to being 2014 for your country: Large parts of Venezuela, including the capital city, were plunged into darkness Monday night after a power outage, government officials said, in what appeared to be the latest failure of the nation's …

“This Is Legalized Looting”

When the Venezuelan regime gets in a hole, it keeps digging: The Venezuelan government has expanded the scope of a crackdown on soaring inflation after sending troops into appliance stores over the weekend to slash prices. Large, sometimes unruly crowds massed outside such chain stores, hoping to take advantage of huge markdowns mandated by the …

The Venezuelan Government Believes that Shooting Yourself In One Foot Is Not Enough

Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro--who is Hugo Chávez without the charisma, and with an even more diminished intellect--believes (or would have Venezuelans believe) that the key to economic growth in Venezuela is to have the government occupy stores in the country with military forces, and then compel the stores to sell their products at below-the-center-of-the-earth prices. Apparently, he doesn't …