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Bag Man

Bag Man By Leonard Zwelling The President of the United States is being threatened with indictment or impeachment. Those around him may be guilty as well. The president has fired many of his former associates. He is being accused of obstruction of justice and the Justice Department is being put in the unenviable position of ...

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2020

2020 By Leonard Zwelling https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/13/opinion/trump-impeachment-2020-election.html https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/13/opinion/joe-biden-2020.html Let’s talk 2020. Oy, already? Yes, already. The Democrats are lining up to run for president including Elizabeth Warren, Joaquin Castro, and others. But let’s cut to the elephant in the room. That would be the GOP elephant named Donald Trump. More than anything else, the 2020 presidential election ...

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Wall

Wall By Leonard Zwelling On Tuesday evening, January 8, 2019, the President of the United States got on national television to try to convince the American people that an existential crisis exists on the southern border of the United States. That threat, he avers, warrants the construction of some sort of inert barrier between Mexico ...

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The Recurring Problem Of Financial Conflict Of Interest In Academic Medicine

The Recurring Problem Of Financial Conflict Of Interest In Academic Medicine By Leonard Zwelling https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/31/health/memorial-sloan-kettering-conflicts.html When is it great to be left out of a major article in The New York Times about American cancer centers? When the article is about conflict of interest. As has been the case for months now, the NY Times ...

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Climate Change

Climate Change By Leonard Zwelling https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/30/opinion/climate-change-weather-2018.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fopinion&action=click&contentCollection=opinion&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=6&pgtype=sectionfront It was a most unusual Meet the Press on Sunday, December 30, 2018. The host, Chuck Todd, used the hour to address one and only one issue. Climate change. He did so in an unusual way. He did not give equal time to the climate change deniers. He had ...

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Health Care Is Better In France: Because It’s A Given

Health Care Is Better In France: Because It’s A Given By Leonard Zwelling https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/02/opinion/france-united-states-universal-health-care.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage Everyone is covered. It’s that simple really. In the above linked article from The New York Times on January 3, Erica Rex describes her experience as a consumer of health care in America, Britain and France. She likes the latter best. ...

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The Chinese Dilemma

The Chinese Dilemma By Leonard Zwelling https://www.wsj.com/articles/tariffs-should-target-chinese-lawlessness-not-the-trade-deficit-11545955628 The problem that faces the United States in its on-going trade war with China is not simply the issue of a trade deficit. Yes, the U.S. imports more from China than China imports from us. But that’s not really the problem as Martin Feldstein, former chairman of the ...

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The Chaos In DC: It’s One Man’s Mess

The Chaos In DC: It’s One Man’s Mess By Leonard Zwelling https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-isnt-as-good-as-his-word-11545690232 As he sits alone in the White House over Christmas, stuck there because of the government shutdown over the refusal by Congress to give him money for the border wall that Mexico was supposed to pay for, President Trump can take solace in ...

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Bangkok: Traffic, Temples, And The Future Of Retail

Bangkok: Traffic, Temples, And The Future Of Retail By Leonard Zwelling Bladerunner. That’s all I could think about as the van inched through traffic the likes of which I had never seen. There were electric billboards everywhere in the night sky. They were mini-movies for all kinds of products and other than the displays not ...