Ilan Berman: Why Russia is claiming victory In Syria

Ilan Berman: Why Russia is claiming victory In Syria

By Ilan Berman Call it Vladimir Putin’s “mission accomplished” speech. The Russian president recently caused an international furor when he abruptly announced that his government was commencing a military withdrawal from Syria. Russia had “radically changed the situation” on the ground through its involvement, and its strategic objectives had been “generally accomplished,” Putin said in […]

Bill Tatro: Playing a short squeeze

Bill Tatro: Playing a short squeeze

By Bill Tatro Sometimes you can anticipate what is going to happen and benefit greatly. However the Livermore rules must always be adhered to. Why? Because the reward of playing the short squeeze can be great but so can the risk! Let’s examine the recent action in Peabody Energy Corporation, the largest private sector coal […]

Jane Boyer: In the beginning

Jane Boyer: In the beginning

By Jane Boyer In the beginning, billions and billions of years ago as Carl Sagan once said, there was Volvox, a single-celled organism living in a pond. All by itself, Volvex invented sex. And from this simple creature all life evolved on this planet earth. Let’s think about this in view of climate change. Let’s […]

Ben Crystal: The Republicans’ supreme chance

Ben Crystal: The Republicans’ supreme chance

By Ben Crystal As if the current presidential race wasn’t already muddied enough, lame duck President Barack Obama decided to stir the toilet this week with the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to fill the seat of the late and eternally-lamented Justice Antonin Scalia. Republican leaders immediately promised to sweep Garland’s nomination into the dustbin. […]

Thomas Sowell: Black and white, left and right

Thomas Sowell: Black and white, left and right

By Thomas Sowell Much is made of the fact that liberals and conservatives see racial issues differently, which they do. But these differences have too often been seen as simply those on the right being racist and those on the left not. You can cherry-pick the evidence to reach that conclusion. But you can also […]

Michael Barone: Donald Trump has 37 percent; Hard to get to 270 electoral votes

Michael Barone: Donald Trump has 37 percent; Hard to get to 270 electoral votes

By Michael Barone Many Donald Trump supporters think he is a slam dunk to beat Hillary Clinton in the general election. The candidate himself certainly takes this view. But Trump’s analysis of current public polls is preposterous. In the RealClearPolitics.com average of recent polls, Trump trails Clinton by 6 points, 47 to 41 percent. Ted […]

Phil Richardson: The argument over Climate Change

Phil Richardson: The argument over Climate Change

By Phil Richardson I read recently that more than 30,000 sea lions were stranded on South California beaches last year. An ongoing fish famine is preventing sea lion mothers from producing milk, resulting in fewer, less hardy pups. But what about we humans? Despite the fact that warmer temperatures all around the globe is causing […]

Michael Barone: Only Ted Cruz can stop Donald Trump

Michael Barone: Only Ted Cruz can stop Donald Trump

By Michael Barone Can Donald Trump be stopped from winning the Republican nomination? The answer is yes. Despite his big win over Marco Rubio in Florida and his narrow wins over Ted Cruz in Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina, he has not won a majority of delegates yet awarded — 661 at this writing, with […]

Avik Roy: The most important thing about Donald Trump’s health reform plan is that Trump didn’t write it

Avik Roy: The most important thing about Donald Trump’s health reform plan is that Trump didn’t write it

By Avik Roy At the Houston GOP presidential debate, Marco Rubio hammered Donald Trump on his ignorance of health care policy. “What is your plan, Mr. Trump?” asked Rubio. “The lines around the states,” Trump feebly responded. When Trump was asked if his plan had any other provisions, Trump said “no, there’s nothing to add.” […]

Bill Tatro: Playing a short squeeze

Bill Tatro: Playing a short squeeze

By Bill Tatro Sometimes you can anticipate what is going to happen and benefit greatly. However the Livermore rules must always be adhered to. Why? Because the reward of playing the short squeeze can be great but so can the risk! Let’s examine the recent action in Peabody Energy Corporation, the largest private sector coal […]

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