Ira Stoll



Mar 27, 2017
A statement about journalism today. The press has gotten away from its traditional job of just telling readers what the news is. Its new, self-appointed role involves advising people how they should feel about the news and how to get away from it.


Mar 20, 2017
There is a case for cutting or eliminating many programs. The question, is it theater, performance art; or is it real? , is one worth keeping in mind for all of Trump’s initiatives. Is the effort to repeal Obamacare real? It’s easy to be fooled. Conservatives insist on results.


Mar 13, 2017
What should Preet Bharara do next? Life, especially public life, is full of second acts.


Mar 6, 2017
In 2008, Preet Bharara was an aide to Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. Shumer recommended Mr. Trump retain Bharara as top federal prosecutor in Manhattan. I now hope Bharara backs down and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is cleared. Here's a chance to examine the Bharara-era fundraising of Mr. Schumer.


Feb 27, 2017
Leaks can be self defeating. In defense of the press and leakers in certain cases, the benefit to the public gained by airing certain information outweighs the costs connected with the disclosure. It might be useful to come up with clear criteria for those cases and write them into the law.


Feb 21, 2017
The government and press make the mundane look incriminating. The latest in a troubling pattern is shown by federal prosecutors and FBI agents jailing hedge fund managers or destroying their businesses with publicized raids, only to have the charges overturned or not brought.


Feb 13, 2017
If Trump plays his cards right, a U.S.-Israel summit featuring personal warmth rather than mutual recrimination will be seen as a big improvement over the previous administration, and frankly, worth more than a Nobel Prize.


Feb 6, 2017
Two of the figures apparently affected by the unauthorized leaks, professional golfer Phil Mickelson and investor Carl Icahn, who is an adviser to President Trump on regulatory matters, are celebrities.

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