Golden Apple

August 4, 2017

Is it Friday yet? Check. The first week of August is traditionally a quiet time in Washington, but nothing about this year has been traditional, so why start now? This is, however, the last Golden Apple until September 8. You’ve been warned. Senate Finance looks at...

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July 28, 2017

The searches all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay If they'd put fifteen more miles behind her . . . Could the Senate have passed health care if they’d put another fifteen miles behind them? That seemed to be Speaker Ryan’s implication today, when House Republicans met...

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July 21, 2017

Where are all the IPOs? — The decline in entrepreneurship generally and in initial public offerings specifically was the subject of two hearings before the House of Representatives this week. Broadmark Capital CEO Joe Schocken told the Small Business Committee on Wednesday that a Commission...

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July 14, 2017

They don’t actually call it “Bastille Day” in France. It’s just the national day, or the feast of July 14th. So vive la France, and vive la République, and any excuse for a glass of Champagne is just fine with us. CFPB bans arbitration clauses; OCC...

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June 23, 2017

We took a break from real-life politics on Monday to host a book party for Joseph Finder, who consulted Doyle, Travis and some of our friends on Capitol Hill as sources for his new thriller, THE SWITCH. Of course, real life these days can be...

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June 16, 2017

The original plan for this week’s opening paragraph was to pay tribute to Adam West, TV’s Batman, who died Sunday at the age of 88. But then a crazy man shot up the Congressional Republicans’ baseball practice on Wednesday morning, and we saw the real...

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June 9, 2017

Going somewhere this weekend? Before you do, you might want a look at this New York Times article about the apocalyptic ordeal of eight straight days of air travel. Amtrak’s nice this time of year, but we’ve long believed that the ability to withstand miserable...

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May 26, 2017

A vodka martini, please — We did not realize until reading this week’s obituaries that Sir Roger Moore was actually three years older than Sean Connery, whom he replaced as James Bond. No matter. Sir Roger Moore was the man who made it look like fun...

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May 19, 2017

Getting better all the time — No, really, things are. Or at least that’s what this afternoon’s Federal Reserve report tells us: Americans’ overall financial wellbeing improved last year. Not a lot, and less educated Americans didn’t do quite as well as those with more education,...

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May 12, 2017

Waters are churning inside the Beltway this week, but at this writing, we have not yet seen any great white sharks in the Potomac. We’ll remain vigilant. Senate hearing discusses GSEs’ path out of conservatorship — “The status quo is not a viable option,” said Senate Banking...

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