• The Clinton Foundation Decides to Keep Donations from Harvey Weinstein

    ◆ Clinton Foundation decides to keep Harvey’s money (Washington Times)

    It’s all about helping women, don’t ya know.

    Comment: The Clinton Foundation consulted its moral conscience, found it missing in action, and went with the money.

    Who’s gonna administer it?

    According to a flurry of texts, the frontrunner is Anthony Weiner.

    To call this move “tone deaf” is an understatement

  • Not this year: The Clintons cancel their annual gala for world leaders

     For more than a decade, Bill Clinton’s Clinton Global Initiative—his annual meeting/gala/fundraiser–has been staged to coincide with the UN General Assembly meeting in New York.

    Not this year.

    CGI has other events listed on its website, but not the main event that attracted the biggest names in the world–prime ministers, presidents, secretaries of state, CEOs movie stars, etc.

    That was the genius of staging CGI during the UN meeting. People of huge international stature were gathered in New York. The top contributors were, by custom, summoned to the stage for a hug from Bill. Hillary was almost always there, and, of course, Chelsea.


    Quietly Ditched, at least for 2017

    It occurred to me a couple of days ago that I haven’t heard any of the usual promotion and media buzz about CGI 2017. It might have been scrapped on purpose because of the sense of certainty in the Clinton camp, in the media, and almost everywhere else, that Hillary would win.

    If she were POTUS and Bill were First Gentleman, then it would, by any standard, seem inappropriate. We should probably expect that it’ll reappear during the UN General Assembly meeting in September 2018.

    Here’s the CGI meetings link for 2016 which suddenly feels so out of date (link here)


    Will the CGI Gala Resume in 2018?

     I, for one, hope it does, because, as usual with the Clintons, the suspicions and allegations of impropriety overtake the fact that CGI does much good work.



    Carol Felsenthal is much-published author. She has written extensively about CGI in her book on Bill: Clinton in Exile: a President Out of the White House

    Besides a long list of magazine credits, she has written a number of acclaimed biographies:

    • Citizen Newhouse: Portrait of a Media Merchant,
    • Power, Privilege, and the Post: The Katharine Graham Story,
    • Princess Alice: The Life and Times of Alice Roosevelt Longworth, and

    She is also a contributing writer for Chicago Magazine and the political blogger for their website, Chicagomag.com.

    She has taught biographical writing at the University of Chicago and written profiles of everyone from Ann Landers to Michelle Obama.

  • ZipDialog Roundup for Monday, June 12

    Articles chosen with care. Comments welcomed. Linked articles in bold purple

     Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) wants the Senate Judiciary Committee to investigate when Obama’s Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, provided cover for the Hillary Clinton campaign, telling FBI director Comey to say, falsely, that their criminal investigation of Hillary’s email server was merely a “matter,” not an investigation.

    It was a direct order to him, Comey testified. (Politico)

    Feinstein made her statement on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

    Comment: Lynch’s conduct looks questionable and does deserve investigation.

    Meet with Bill on the tarmac and get covered in tar yourself.

     Democratic Party: Split between establishment liberal leadership and activist-left base  (New York Times)

    Democrats are facing a widening breach in their party, as liberal activists dream of transforming the health care system and impeaching President Trump, while candidates in hard-fought elections ask wary voters merely for a fresh chance at governing.

    The growing tension between the party’s ascendant militant wing and Democrats competing in conservative-leaning terrain, was on vivid, split-screen display over the weekend. In Chicago, Senator Bernie Sanders led a revival-style meeting of his progressive devotees, while in Atlanta, Democrats made a final push to seize a traditionally Republican congressional district. –New York Times

    Comment: The Republicans have faced the same internal split, in their case between establishment leaders who want to govern and Tea Party/Freedom Caucus activists who want to roll back big government.

    To me, these internal splits represent the electorate’s deep distrust of insiders and their self-dealing and an erosion of the party system itself.

     Pakistani terrorism court sentences man to to death for allegedly “insulting” Mohammed on Facebook  (Fox News)

    The man, Taimoor Raza, is from the minority Shiite sect and was initially charged with a lesser offense.

    Raza’s verdict comes at a time when officials are increasingly pounding down on blasphemy claims across the country. At least 15 Pakistanis are said to have been arrested by the counterterrorism department under the umbrella of blasphemy, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. Four other people were sentenced to death for the crime in 2016 alone. . . .

    Scores of others in Pakistan remain on death row for alleged blasphemy, including Asia Bibi, a Christian woman who remains in solitary confinement after being convicted in 2010 following a debate with two Muslim women in a Punjab village.–Fox News

    Comment: The obvious point is that Pakistan is a deeply illiberal state. The less obvious point is that Europe, especially England, has admitted a lot of people from that country who have retained those beliefs, posing serious challenges to UK’s tradition of religious tolerance.

     Puerto Rico votes in favor of statehood (Associated Press)

    Some boycotted the vote, which had a very low turnout.

    Comment: Good luck with that, he said sardonically. The Republican Congress is not going to greenlight it.

     The University of Dallas: An impressive reading list if you want to catch up on truly great books.

    The school is proudly Catholic but its reading list is largely non-sectarian. The section on theology naturally emphasizes Catholic documents, but also includes Luther. Neither he nor the Council of Trent would be pleased. And Calvin would not be happy, either.

    The link to the readings is here; click on “A Selection of the Great Books.” The choices are excellent, and the initial suggestions are not an overly long list.

    Comment: The University’s impressive curriculum, plus its commitment to seminar discussion, should allow students to explore serious subjects and gain a deep understanding of Western civilization and its values.

    There is nothing wrong with critiquing that civilization, of course. Nothing at all. Lively criticism–and response–is an essential part of higher education.

    But my sense is that far too many university students begin (and often end) their critique of everything that is wrong with America, Canada, and Europe without actually knowing anything about the traditions they have inherited, including the precious right to engage in this kind of free and open cultural self-criticism.

    That right was hard won and, as we saw too often in the 20th century, easily lost, even in the heart of Europe.

     A liberal establishment power-lawyer in DC signed up to represent Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. Her friends now think she’s pond scum (Washington Post story on Jamie Gorelick)

    Some attack her publicly; others hide behind anonymity, proving the know what zip code they live in.

    In a quintessentially D.C. move, some longtime friends of Gorelick contacted for this article offered complimentary comments about her on the record, and then, after asking if they could make other remarks without attribution, bashed their colleague to smithereens. –Washington Post

    Comment: The issue here is not Jared and Ivanka. It is Gorelick’s Washington “friends,” who say one thing in public and another behind her back, under the cloak of anonymity, which the newspapers print freely.

    Their behavior is capture in a quote attributed to Harry Truman: “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog.”

    The attribution is probably incorrect.

    But the sentiment is 100% correct.

    The only discordant bark here is from my dog Lola, who says, for the record, “Do not bring me into this mess.”


    zd-hat-tip-facing-inward-100px-w-margin♥ Hat Tip for helpful suggestions:
    Rod Dreher’s column, “Adult Seeks Classical Education”
     and to one of its commenters (Janine) for the University of Dallas story


  • ZipDialog Roundup for Tuesday, April 18

    Topics and articles chosen with care. Linked articles in bold purple

     The big news continues to be tension in Korea, where Vice President Pence is visiting and told the North Koreans not to mistake the president’s resolve

    Comment: This is a crisis of choice, in a sense. Trump, like Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, could have kicked it down the road. All those presidents tried and failed to resolve the issue.

    Delay is not always a bad solution, but it’s not always a good one, either. You have to figure out whether time is on your side or your adversary’s.

    The problem here is that North Korea is making steady progress on two deadly fronts, and it is no longer willing to delay them for small bribes, like those paid by previous administrations.

    North Korea is getting better at building nuclear bombs. It is trying hard to make them smaller, so they can fit on a missile, and it is trying to build a hydrogen bomb. Second, it is making steady progress building medium-range missiles and is seeking to build an ICBM. The combination of small nukes and long-range missiles would put the US within range of nuclear attack by a hyper-dangerous regime whose leader does not appear to be calm, steady, and rational.

    The US has long said a North Korean nuclear threat to the US was unacceptable. Saying it, as several presidents have, is a far cry from making it an effective policy. That is what none have been able to do, and not for lack of trying. Trump seems to be doing something. We don’t know exactly what and we don’t know how effective he and his team will be. We do know it is risky to try; the Trump team has calculated that it is far more dangerous in the long run to sit and wait.

    Over the longer horizon, then, it is Pyongyang’s policies and erratic, bellicose pronouncements that created the crisis.

    Over the short term, though, the crisis was initiated by the US.

    My interpretation: Trump, Mattis, Tillerson, and McMaster (and probably Coats and Pompeo) looked that North Korea’s military program and asked themselves a fundamental question: Is time on our side or theirs? If it is on ours, then delay. If it is on their’s, then force the issue. We can see first-hand what their strategic assessment is.

    The hard part now is to force the issue with threats and not the actual use of force, which could lead to vast casualties. 

    In using threats, Trump has a huge advantage over Obama. Trump’s threats to use force are credible. The Chinese and North Koreans–and America’s friends in the region–have to take that seriously for the first time in years.

     “Calexit” supporters drop their secession bid . . . for now (Washington Post)

    Comment: Ken Burns is particularly disappointed.  His proposed PBS series began with a letter,

    My dearest Tiffany–
    If we should lose tomorrow’s battle, if I should die far from the gnarly waves of Newport Beach, I want you to know . . . .

     New York Times runs op-ed by “a leader and parliamentarian.”  That’s what the NYT calls him–and that’s all they say.

    The paper overlooked his day job: he’s a convicted terrorist who murdered five Israelis.

    Comment: You really can’t blame the Times if a writer omits a detail from their résumé.  

    Of course, the writer is the most prominent Palestinian terrorist in jail. The NYT deliberately hid the crucial information about his murders from readers.

    To compound this nasty piece of work, the Times ran it to gin up American public support for a hunger strike by jailed Palestinians.

    The Daily Caller excoriates the paper, rightly.

    And Elliott Abrams, writing for the Council on Foreign Relations blog, rips the Times a new one. Well worth reading. His conclusion nails a crucial point: the readers deserve the information.

     Shocking News: The US economy keeps growing but electricity use is flat. That’s what Bloomberg says. Per capita, it has fallen for six straight years.

     Lawsuit of the Day:

    • Professor comes into Wal-Mart to get fishing license
    • Get license but finds his employment listed as “toilet cleaner”
    • Humorless fisherman files suit

    The AP story is here.

    Comment: According to the lawsuit, the professor feared mockery every time he yelled “I caught another big one.”

     A serious story on the sexual-harrassment allegations against Bill O’Reilly  (Washington Post)

    A key part of the story is the allegation by a Los Angeles author and radio personality, Wendy Walsh, who is not seeking money, which then led to an independent investigation by the prominent NYC law firm. It was the law firm’s negative findings on Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes that led to his departure.

    As the Washington Post puts it:

    A similar fate [to Ailes] could await O’Reilly; a negative finding by the law firm could force the hands of Fox News Chairman Rupert Murdoch and his sons, James and Lachlan, who run Fox’s parent company.–Washington Post

     Here is tomorrow’s Washington Post opinion page. Notice a pattern?

    The list continues beyond this screenshot. It is, as the mathematicians say, “finite but large.”


    zd-hat-tip-facing-inward-100px-w-margin♥ Hat Tip for helpful suggestions:
    ◆ Robert Lieber and Ed Lasky
    for different reports on the New York Times‘ hiding the background of a Palestinian terrorist.


  • ZipDialog’s Roundup of News Beyond the Front Page . . Thursday, February 16

    Hand-picked and farm-fresh–
    Linked articles in bold purple

     Trump’s Budget Chief finally Approved; Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) has been a Tea Party favorite  (Washington Post)

    Comment: His position is a hot seat and will be difficult for him to manage politically. The difficulty, fundamentally, is that Trump’s spending and tax-cutting plans and his refusal to tackle entitlements are very different from the Tea Party’s and the House Freedom Caucus. Mulvaney will not only have to reconcile those vast differences, he will have to convince some of his former colleagues in the House–or be read out of their church.

     Alexander Acosta, nominated as Labor Sec. He is an experienced lawyer, who served in several positions in GW Bush administration, including National Labor Relations Board, and is chairman of a Hispanic community bank in Florida (Fox)

    Comment: Presumably better vetted than Andrew Puzder, who withdrew his nomination, and should be a straightforward approval. That won’t stop Chuck Schumer and Senate Democrats from slow-walking it. Vetting is fine. Slow walking is just gamesmanship.

     US Sec. of State Rex Tillerson meets his Russian counterpart. So far, no real news about what has become an increasingly conflictual relationship (New York Times)

     US Sec. of Defense reassures NATO that it will not cozy up to Russia No closer military ties between US-Russia, Mattis says  (New York Times)

     Senate to grill Trump’s nominee for US Ambassador to Israel  (CNN)

    Comment: David Friedman has supported settlements so he is reviled by the left. The Democrats will focus on Trump’s “abandonment of the two-state solution.” But that’s misleading. What Trump really did was say, correctly, the parties themselves have to strike a mutually-acceptable deal. We (the US) won’t constrain that. Smart, as a negotiating tactic.

    Of course, there will be no agreement because

    • The Palestinians do not have stable governance
    • One of their territories is rules by corrupt terrorists, the other by dead-ender terrorists, part of a larger Muslim Brotherhood movement, bent on overthrowing regimes across the Arab-Muslim world; and
    • The Palestinian people have not even begun to discuss the nature of the compromises that would be essential in a peace treaty. The Israelis did discuss those issues and were ready for compromise during the Clinton Administration.

    They have now given up on that possibility and are reluctantly moving forward to preserve their security without much cooperation from the Palestinians.




  • ZipDialog’s Roundup of News Beyond the Front Page . . Thursday, January 19

    Hand-picked and farm-fresh–
    Linked articles in bold purple

     Clinton Global Initiative closing down, all world’s pressing problems solved  The story is here. (National Review)

    Two Comments First, when you rake in money by selling proximity to power, then you go broke when you don’t have anything to sell. It was all about access to the Secretary of State and the future President. Once she’s out of office with no prospect of returning, why would a hard-nosed sheik or kleptocrat give money to Clinton? If Trump had kept his faux-foundation open, they would have given it to him.

    Second, look who did not bother to cover the story.

     Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue picked as Agriculture Secretary The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    And Trump went down to the wire with the Perdue pick, making him his last Cabinet selection before he is sworn into office Friday. The choice was mired in political wrangling, with some factions pushing Trump to opt for someone from the Midwest or to diversify his Cabinet by naming a Hispanic official.

    If confirmed, Perdue would become the new head of the $140 billion agency, which dictates the nation’s farm policy and also oversees the food stamp program. He would be the first agriculture secretary from a Southern state since Mike Espy of Mississippi headed the department in the early 1990s. …

    A native of Perry, Ga., Perdue helped craft the state’s agriculture policy in the 1990s as a Democratic state senator from Houston County before switching to the GOP in 1998. –Atlanta Journal Constitution

     Headline of the Day: “The French Version of SNL’s “More Cowbell” Sketch is an Insult to Our National Honor

    I have watched the French version so you do not have to. It is an insult to the great Will Ferrell-Christopher Walken version.

    Comment: I put my pants on just like the rest of you, one leg at a time. Then I make gold records.

     Schumer finally picks his target: The hit will be on Dr. Tom Price, nominee for HHS.  Schumer could not figure out which nomination to kill (until now, he had 8 possibilities), but now he has settled on Price, who will shape health care reform. Schumer has found an issue, too, if it proves out. He is raising questions about some trades Price made in health care stocks. Now the Senate Minority leader says “there is a very good chance Price won’t be confirmed,” according to The Hill.

    CNN reported on Monday that Price invested in a medical device company shortly before introducing legislation that benefited the company.

    President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team has dismissed the CNN report, noting that a broker made the investment and Price wasn’t aware of it until after he introduced the legislation.

    But Schumer floated Tuesday that Price may have broken the law if he knew about the investment.

    “That cries out for an investigation,” Schumer told CNN. “If he knew about it, it could very well be a violation of the law.”

    Three Comments: (1) At the very least, Schumer will call for a lengthy investigation to slow-walk the confirmation. Predictably, Senators Franken, Warren, and Baldwin were shocked, shocked and called for delay on any hearings.

    If Price really violated the law, then the delay is justified and will sink the nomination. If not, not. Schumer has to convince some Republicans to join him; he can’t do that without real evidence.

    (2) The damaging report came from CNN, which was the first mainstream media outlet to report an unverified Buzzfeed story on possible Trump blackmail by Russia over a honeytrap sex sting. The story has not been confirmed since then and major news organizations have tried mightily and failed. If CNN stepped in it a second time, heads should roll and the channel’s remaining viewers should flee.

    (3) Price is a crucial appointment for the new Trump cabinet. None is more important.

     Obama’s Labor Department Sues Oracle for job discrimination  Says it pays white men more and–stop the presses–favors Asian people for “technical roles.” Oracle denies everything and says the lawsuit is political payback. The story is here. (Engadget)


    zd-hat-tip-facing-inward-100px-w-margin♥ Hat Tip for helpful suggestions:
    ◆ Randi Belisomo
     for the Clinton Global Initiative story. The comments are my own, of course. (Charles L.)


  • ZipDialog’s Roundup of News Beyond the Front Page . . Monday, Dec. 19

    Hand-picked and farm-fresh–
    Linked articles in bold purple

    ◆ Home construction has lagged the rest of the US recovery. (Wall Street Journal)

    ◆ Before the Kardashians, there was Zsa Zsa Gabor. The same idea: bling, glamor, strange voice, no talent except for publicity. Now Zsa Zsa is dead dead.  She was 99. (LA Times)

    ◆ It is with great personal pleasure I announce the following: my spellcheck does not recognize the word “Kardashian.”

    ◆ Most reports about Trump’s nominee to be US ambassador to Israel have been critical, emphasizing his conservative views and lack of foreign policy experience. Elliott Abrams has a far more positive view of the nominee, David Friedman. (Abrams’ blog at the Council on Foreign Relations)

    ◆ Well, that was a bad idea, Attorney General Loretta Lynch says of her meeting with Bill Clinton. Jake Tapper of CNN does a fine job bringing out her views. (CNN)

    ◆ For years, Middle East Studies departments in US universities have been cesspools of hatred for Israel and for anyone (Jewish, Evangelical, or other) who supports Israel. They have received no pushback from university administrators or faculty. The federal government has funded them for language training, even though the departments’ hatred of the US government is strong and deep. Now, Middle East Studies Departments across the country are lashing out at the prospect of a Trump presidency, using the language of victimization they have taught students for years, writes Cinnamon Stillwell and Michael Lumish at Campus Watch.

    ◆ GQ has an article entitled “Mitch McConnell is the Real Evil One.” The subtitle is equally subtle, “Where Do You Think Trump Learned to Gaslight America?”

    I am not being hyperbolic when I say that Mitch McConnell is evil. The coming Trump Presidency is already an assembly line of shitty, apocalyptic consequences getting cranked out 24/7, and the fact that McConnell now holds near-total power over Congress is perhaps the most unbearable side effect of them all. –Drew Magary in GQ

    Comment: When I need political analysis, I go to GQ for fashion advice.



  • ZipDialog’s Roundup of News Beyond the Front Page . . Wed., Nov. 16

    Hand-picked and farm-fresh–
    Linked articles in bold purple

    ◆ The latest in Campus Crazies comes from the University of Virginia. Some students–and, incredibly, some faculty–criticize the university’s president for quoting Thomas Jefferson, who actually founded the university. They say, accurately, that he owned slaves. They omit that he also played a vital role in creating religious liberty and forging a constitutional order based on the idea that “all men are created equal,” an idea that ultimately helped abolish slavery.  The story is here at Reason.

    ⇒ I have posted the story and a comment separately at ZipDialog: Quoting Jefferson at His Own University Can Create a “Hostile Environment”

    giuliani-labeled-300px-no-margins◆ To read something truly rich, try this New York Times article: Rudolph Giuliani’s Business Ties Viewed as Red Flag for Secretary of State Job. The Times says that Giuliani made speeches for as much as $200,000 each and made “extravagant demands,” such as private planes of a certain size.  They are shocked, shocked.

    Comment: Shame of the Times: You will search in vain for the NYT’s anguish over one presidential candidate’s higher speaking fees, more extravagant demands, and huge fees for family members doing international business work while the candidate was in office as Sec. of State. If you think those fees to Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea were not “option purchases” on their future favors, just ask yourself: What is Bill Clinton’s speaking fee today, now that they are out of office forever? My guess is that “he’s got some dates available” and the prices are a tad lower than the $750,000 he earned for some previous speeches. Nor will he be receiving $16+ million for being an “honorary chancellor” of a for-profit university, either. The point here is simple: the NYT is not an equal-opportunity crusader against corruption. The Times’ discovery is reminiscent of Xi Jinping’s crusade against corruption: it always seems to be his enemies, and never his friends, who are accused of it.

    ◆ CNN reports terror attacks in the developing world were up 650% last year.

    pelosi-labeled-250px-no-margins◆ Until this week, everyone expected the Democrats to reelect Nancy Pelosi as House Minority Leader. But she had to postpone the vote, suggesting the peasants are restless. The Hill’s story is here.

    ◆ Bloomberg has a short, snappy piece with graphs showing the steady rise of global interconnections, despite the rising pushback.

    ◆ How will China’s economy fare after Trump’s victory? CNBC reports.


    zd-hat-tip-facing-inward-100px-w-margin♥ Hat Tip for helpful suggestions:
    ◆ Dan Miller
     for the Thomas Jefferson story

  • Can the Democrats Talk Honestly About What Went Wrong?

    hillary-clinton-labeled-red-300px-no-margins◆ Comment on the Democratic Party’s troubles: How long before Democrats recognize that it wasn’t just Hillary Clinton’s atrocious campaign that left the Democratic Party in deep difficulty? It was also the enormous damage done to the party by the Obama Presidency.

    The damage was done by the President’s policies, widely seen as ineffective and too centralized, and by the coalition he forged, not by the President’s personality.

    The President himself is well liked. He and his family are very appealing. The President is recognized as one of the great campaigners of the modern era, someone who connects with crowds and loves being on the stump . The polls show him at very high levels of personal popularity late in his presidency, when most presidents are roundly disliked.

    What voters are unhappy about is not the Obama personality but the Obama policies. The rejection of those policies showed up with stark clarity in off-year elections.

    • Barack Obama at Oval phone call April 28, 2009. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

      Barack Obama at Oval phone call April 28, 2009. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

      It was under Obama that the Democrats lost the Senate and House. Politicians associated with the Affordable Care Act still cannot escape the damage.

    • It was under Obama that Republicans won most governorships.
    • It was under Obama that the Democratic Party completed its shift to a party of the coastal elites, urban minorities, and public-sector unions. The party’s traditional working-class base, which Bill Clinton struggled to retain, is now gone.

    In the non-Presidential election years, 2010 and 2012, the next generation of rising Democrats was wiped out at the polls.

    Who was left? People like Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, aging leaders, Washington lifers, the detritus of a bloated central government. The voters didn’t like them any more than they like their Republican counterparts at the US Chamber of Commerce.

    Why can’t the Democrats talk honestly about these problems?

    pelosi-labeled-250px-no-marginsFirst, the party leaders are part of the problem–and naturally they cannot say so. The party is still run by the old guard, leaders like Nancy Pelosi. She raises too much money (all of it from coastal elites) to be pushed aside.

    Second, they cannot criticize the Obama years without alienating African-Americans, who are essential to the Democratic coalition and are understandably very proud of the first African-American president. Any Democrat who is seen tarnishing his legacy would be committing professional suicide. Politicians don’t do that. Neither do liberal columnists, who are also part of the coalition.

    The Democrats soul-searching cannot be about personalities, then; nor should it be. It must be about policies. Democrats have to ask why their hold on the House, the Senate, the Governorships, and State Legislatures has slipped so profoundly. They cannot blame all that on Hillary’s wooden style and lack of authenticity.

    The party’s most likely answer will be “we were too centrist.”

    That will certainly be Bernie Sanders’ and Elizabeth Warren’s answer. (The Republican right gave the same answer to why McCain and Romney lost.)

    That answer spells electoral doom.

    A Democratic Party that moves hard left and pushes for more high-tax, high-regulation, statist solutions will win Oberlin, but it won’t win Ohio.

    They will Occupy Wall Street. But they won’t occupy the White House. (Charles Lipson comment)

  • ZipDialog’s Roundup of News Beyond the Front Page . . Friday, Nov 11

    Hand-picked and farm-fresh–
    Linked articles in bold purple

    ◆ November 11: Veterans Dayveterans-day-300px-no-margins


    A serious analysis of why the polls got it wrong. 

    zd-polling-201px-w-marginsThe author, Milt Rosenberg, is known by millions for hosting one of the country’s most interesting talk shows. But his “day job” was always as a professor of social pyschology, with special expertise on polling bias. His analysis emphasizes “evaluation apprehension,” in which respondents fail to report their views accurately to pollsters for fear they will be judged negatively. (American Spectator)

    ◆ ‘Not my president’: Thousands protest Trump in rallies across the US (Washington Post)

     NY Daily News, which hates Trump, runs this headline: President-elect Donald Trump complains about ‘unfair’ protesters

    clinton-foundation-300px-no-margins◆ IRS sued for Clinton Foundation Documents (Fox)

    Comment on the Foundation: The Clinton Foundation is extremely vulnerable to a thorough, honest investigation by a neutral DOJ. But it is vital that a Trump Administration act with probity. If this investigation looks like vengeance or retribution, it will be as bad as the Obama DOJ.

    Comment on the Clintons’ Personal Enrichment: For anyone who thought it was not influence buying to hire Bill and Hillary for speaking fees of $400k-$750k, or hiring Bill as an “honorary chancellor” of a private university for $16 million, ask yourself this:

    Is anybody willing to pay the Clintons those astronomical rates now? Why not? Because the Clintons are out of power for good. Not temporarily. They are never coming back.

    No investor buys an option that will expire worthless. And people paying them those fees were “investing” in the Clintons. (Charles Lipson comment)

    energy-composite-solar-coal-nat-gas-oil-fracking-labeled-300-no-margins◆ What will a Trump Presidency Mean for Energy? Good News for Oil and Gas. Bad News for Solar  (Buffalo News, republished in GovTech) Growth was already slowing in the solar industry, but Trump’s recognition that low BTU prices mean economic growth translates into pro-oil and gas policies, not subsidies for higher cost renewables.

    ◆ Thanks to so many of you for reading my op-ed at Real Clear Politics: What Happens After the Electoral Earthquake?