James P. Pinkerton

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Pat Buchanan, Richard Nixon, and the Search for the Lost Republican Presidential Coalition

When the definitive history of Republican presidential dominance in the late 20th century is written, Richard Nixon will be seen as the architect. Indeed, a half-century later, in the early 21st century, when Republican presidential fortunes are once again on the wane, GOP partisans might usefully study the Nixon era to gain some how-to pointers. Jul 14, 2014 7:02 PM PT

The Bergdahl Dozen: Thirteen Reasons Why the Story Has Legs

It’s been a week, and the Bowe Bergdahl beat goes on. The story has been dominant in the news, even on shows that typically shy away from heavy news—as well as from news that reflects poorly on the Obama administration. Jun 9, 2014 6:40 AM PT

Lessons of D-Day, 70 Years Later: The Arsenal of Democracy, Then and Now

It takes nothing away from the courage and valor of the American troops who landed at Normandy on D-Day to say that their ultimate victory was a forgone conclusion. Yes, US GI’s still had to fight it out, all the way from the English Channel to the Elbe River, and they fought bravely. Yet their triumph had already been guaranteed, thanks to the vast war-production resources of the United States. Indeed, if we learn all the lessons of D-Day, including the value of an “Arsenal of Democracy” on the homefront, we will gain greater understanding of what it takes to win our wars in the future. Jun 6, 2014 7:20 AM PT

A Cure Strategy for Chicago: Fighting Cancer Is Good for Wealth, as Well as Health

Chicago, Il. -- From the moment you arrive at O’Hare International Airport, you realize that the annual convention of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is an economic windfall for the Windy City. ORD, which is 20 miles from the McCormick Place convention center, is alive with signs, banners, and booths, all advertising some aspect of cancer treatment. Jun 3, 2014 8:35 AM PT

Eric Shinseki and the Crisis at the Department of Veterans Affairs: Is it a Scandal? Or a Prototype? And Is Cancer Treatment Next…to Get the Treatment?

Chicago, IL -- Are the problems of the Department of Veterans Affairs an unfortunate scandal? Or are they a matter of deliberate Obama administration policy? The latest news from Washington, including Friday’s resignation of Veterans Secretary Eric Shinseki, is reverberating loudly here in Chicago, where the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is having its 50th annual meeting. Jun 1, 2014 9:07 AM PT

The New Digital Order: Five Megatrends

Mary Meeker, long a mainstay at Morgan Stanley, now a partner at the venture-capital firm of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, is one of the most important Internet analysts in America today. Which is to say, she’s one of the most important social analysts, because not much is happening these days that doesn’t have a digital component. May 29, 2014 2:18 PM PT

China as #1, U.S. as #2: What We Might Learn from an Earlier Power Shift

Let’s ask ourselves: Does it really surprise us that this has happened? Did we really think that our current course was commensurate with superpower status? That we could fritter away resources in low-yield foreign wars, run huge fiscal deficits—all the while ignoring the fundamental rules of economic growth, in terms of appropriate taxation, regulation, litigation, and energy production? Of course not. May 2, 2014 12:57 AM PT

Is the Pope on the left? Or on the right? Yes

It’s so predictable: When Pope Francis reminds the world that he is pro-life, the right cheers and the left sulks. But when the Pope reminds people that he is on the economic left, the left cheers and the right sulks. Apr 29, 2014 11:10 AM PT

Deep Nuke Sea: Nuclear Power Plants Online & over the Horizon

Here’s an interesting idea: floating nuclear power plants, out in the ocean. You want your nuke plant far away from people? Out of sight, even? Check. You want the plant to be safe from earthquakes? Check. Even tsunamis are much less of an issue further away from shore, because it’s the shallower water near land that makes the wave action more violent. So “check” on that safety concern, too. Apr 18, 2014 4:09 PM PT

Of Hollywood and Hobbits: The Reactionary Politics of 'Transcendence'

Only Hollywood would make a movie in which the end of the Internet—indeed, the end of electricity itself—is treated as a happy outcome. Oh, sorry, was that a spoiler of sorts? Well, not really, because that happy ending is shown in the very first scene of the movie; everything we are about to see in the film is a flashback. Apr 18, 2014 12:48 AM PT

"Death With Dignity": Coming to a Golden State near You

According to KQED, the PBS station in San Francisco, the “death with dignity” folks are going to be making another big lobbying push in California. The spearhead is a Denver-based advocacy group called Compassion & Choices. “The time is now,” Barbara Coombs Lee, the group’s president, told KQED. “We all together have made a commitment to see aid in dying accessible, transparent, available to Californians within five years.” Apr 13, 2014 6:20 AM PT

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