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I Have an Afghanistan Solution

If you were wondering when I would apply my vast lack of knowledge to the Afghanistan situation, today is the day. Let's agree that we have a war that can't be won as long as Pakistan is supporting the Taliban, and that situation shows no sign of changing. Show More Summary

The War in Afghanistan Is Over

In simpler times, our wars had clearly defined endings. WWII ended with a bang—two, really, in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. There were obvious winners and losers, too. The winners redrew world maps, while the losers tried to find creative uses for rubble. Show More Summary

How to Tax the Rich

If a well-dressed stranger walks up to you at the mall and asks for a dollar, with no reason given, you're unlikely to hand it over. But if the same person asks for a dollar and gives a specific reason, such as "...because my wallet was stolen and I need gas to get home," you're far more likely to hand over your money. Show More Summary

Founding Fathers Version 2.0

I've been thinking about the practicality of a new American revolution, and wondering if there's any way to do it without shooting people. The American government has proven itself unable to govern, as evidenced by the fact that there's no plan for closing the budget deficit. Show More Summary

What Do We Do With Barack Obama?

Who likes the president? Rich Democrats aren’t coughing up anymore, the Times reports. The Goldman Sachs crowd has dropped him cold. His inside circle can’t seem to get out of the White House fast enough. Approval ratings suck. Other...Show More Summary

Wireless Voice Calls are Obsolete

Is it just me, or have cellphones become useless for voice conversations? To be fair, cellphones do work in limited situations, such as: "I WILL BE THERE IN TEN MINUTES! TEN MINUTES! I SAID I WILL BE THERE IN TEN MINUTES! HELLO? CANShow More Summary

Politicians Are Babies

In the UK, there are the Miliband brothers, David and Ed. Both brothers—who, by all reports, have been particularly close—held senior positions in the last Labour government. After the defeat of Gordon Brown, and his resignation as party leader, each Miliband brother decided he ought to be leader. Show More Summary

Ultimate Food and Exercise App

Imagine you’re sitting down to eat, but before you take a bite, you whip out your smartphone, fire up a special app, and take a picture of your food. The app identifies the food types by appearance, then calculates the size of your portions, and estimates your intake of calories, carbs, protein, vitamin, mineral, sugar, salt, and so on. Show More Summary

Even I Can’t Change CNN

I am waiting for Ken Jautz to take me to lunch. Jautz is the new head of CNN. I helped get him his job. I wrote a column in the August issue of Vanity Fair asking why his predecessor, Jon Klein, who had seen CNN’s ratings fall, still had his. Show More Summary

Leadership Is a Form of Mental Illness

Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I will now present my case that leadership is a form of mental illness. To begin, let's divide the leaders of the world into two groups: friends and enemies. Please forgive me for taking a U.S.A.-centric...Show More Summary

Warren Beatty’s Daughter: The Media Is Kind and Gentle—Or Carefully Controlled

I missed the story about Warren Beatty’s 18-year-old daughter planning to have a sex-change operation. Beatty’s wife, Annette Bening, apparently canceled many of her appearances related to the movie The Kids Are All Right when it opened this summer because of her own family issues. Show More Summary

Could Carl Paladino Really Win?

The biggest fight in politics is between the norm and something else. There’s official, socialized, dress-for-success, acceptable manners, know-all-the-right-people stuff, and then there’s the other—the uncouth. There’s Andrew Cuomo and then there’s Carl Paladino. The latter is a rude, nasty, semi-literate seeming buffoon. Show More Summary

There Is Only One Competent Person at Comcast

And her name is Maribel. Some three weeks ago, I made an appointment with Comcast to have a broken DVR replaced. I took off from work and came home to sit during my assigned 3-hour “service window." During the window I called to see if they were running late, as they have so often. Show More Summary

The Opinions of Attractive People

Here's your next billion-dollar Internet startup idea. If it sounds like the dumbest idea in the world, remember that you didn't think of Twitter. That will keep you humble enough to get through this post. Imagine a web site that allows any adult to post a ten-second video that is nothing but a statement of opinion, showing only the speaker's face. Show More Summary

Hacking Scandal: Murdoch to Blair—Help!

A British banker once described for me what happened when Rupert Murdoch decided to make then-31-year-old son James the CEO of BSkyB, the UK satellite television company managed by News Corp. but in which it holds only a minority stake. Show More Summary

Murdoch’s Hacking Scandal: It’s the Story that Keeps Giving

Luck, power, sheer fortitude, and a brilliant network of partisans and flunkies are the elements that protect the rich and powerful from being brought down by the large and small crimes that have made them rich and powerful, or by the...Show More Summary

Can Anybody Be President?

The conventional wisdom of this year’s politics has been that the wealthy, rather en masse, were going to buy their place in Congress and in state houses around the country. This is the Michael Bloomberg effect. But the poor and shiftless are doing very well, too. Show More Summary

Was Last Night Good for Sarah Palin?

“Every leading Delaware Republican knows that Christine O'Donnell is way out of the mainstream,” is how her Democratic opponent, Chris Coons, happily analyzed the Senate primary victory of the Tea Party-supported, and anti-masturbation,...Show More Summary

Rupertgate: The Loyalists Bark Back

I’m sorry, as you might have noticed, I just can’t get enough of the U.K.-Murdoch phone hacking story. For one thing, Rupert Murdoch is as up against it as he ever has been, save for the moment in the early 1990s when he almost went broke. Show More Summary

Can the Brits Get Rupert?

Even just a few weeks ago, who would have doubted the outcome of a competition between Rupert Murdoch and the New York Times? The Times' many-months investigation of illegal phone hacking by Murdoch reporters in Britain is a reminder...Show More Summary

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