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Froma Harrop: Tweets, stock prices and Donald Trump

Posted 6/13/2019 in National Columns

President Donald Trump's tweets often set off big gyrations in stock prices. Anyone who knows of the tweets in advance could make a fortune, though not legally.

 

Froma Harrop: Finding people to fill empty spaces

Posted 6/11/2019 in National Columns

A tiny French mountain village with a long name, L'Hospitalet-pres-l'Andorre, has lost half its population over three decades. Its name in English would be "The Hospital Near Andorra." (Andorra is a small principality shoehorned between France and Spain.)

 

Froma Harrop: Finding people to fill empty spaces

Posted 6/11/2019 in National Columns

A tiny French mountain village with a long name, L'Hospitalet-pres-l'Andorre, has lost half its population over three decades. Its name in English would be "The Hospital Near Andorra." (Andorra is a small principality shoehorned between France and Spain.)

 

Froma Harrop: Trigger warnings for Donald Trump

Posted 6/4/2019 in National Columns

That was a pretty stunning story about the White House asking some Navy officials to move the warship USS John McCain "out of sight" during President Donald Trump's recent visit to Japan.

 

Froma Harrop: A declining population need not cause angst

Posted 5/29/2019 in National Columns

Total births in the United States fell last year to about 3.79 million, the smallest number in 32 years. The fertility rate hit a record low of 59 childbirths per 1,000 women. Americans are not having enough children to replace themselves.

 

Froma Harrop: Trump immigration policy: mean but phony

Posted 5/24/2019 in National Columns

You'd think from all the bombast and military shows at the border that Donald Trump is truly dedicated to ending illegal immigration.

 

Froma Harrop: A cap on interest rates charged consumers? Yes

Posted 5/22/2019 in National Columns

The Loan Shark Protection Act would limit the interest charged on credit cards to 15 percent. A 15 percent cap would be too low -- naively too low.

 

Froma Harrop: Engineered babies and not-so-good intentions

Posted 5/16/2019 in National Columns

Froma Harrop: Trump's economy is strong. Obama's was better

Posted 5/9/2019 in National Columns

"We're doing trade deals that are going to get you so much business you're not even going to believe it," President Trump told an American Farm Bureau Federation meeting in January. The attendees cheered.

 

Froma Harrop: Everyone agrees. Robocalls are a scourge

Posted 5/7/2019 in National Columns

I oversee the care of an ailing man who's pushing 90. When I'm with him, the sound of his phone ringing sends a minor shock to my system. And his phone is ringing all the time.

 

Froma Harrop: Would climate engineering be playing God?

Posted 5/4/2019 in National Columns

As climate technology advances, the incredible is becoming creditable. Someday, a guy sitting in a bunker may be able to alter the planet's temperature by fiddling with a cosmic thermostat. But we're getting ahead of ourselves.

 

Froma Harrop: The very strange case of Stephen Moore

Posted 4/30/2019 in National Columns

What can you say about Stephen Moore?

 

Froma Harrop: Change is coming to health care. Vote wisely

Posted 4/17/2019 in National Columns

It's a solid bet that our health care future won't look quite like the present. Whether the outcome would be good or bad for the average working stiff will depend a great deal on who is president after the 2020 election.

 

Froma Harrop: Bernhardt would be another disaster at Interior

Posted 4/9/2019 in National Columns

Back in 2016, candidate Donald Trump said he opposed a Republican bill designed to grease the wholesale transfer of America's public lands to states.

 

Froma Harrop: The war against warming: why we must fight

Posted 4/6/2019 in National Columns

Even after Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia and Poland, a strong pacifist movement in Britain opposed a military buildup to confront Nazi Germany. It vilified Winston Churchill as a warmonger for pushing one.

 

Froma Harrop: Mueller report is what democrats needed

Posted 3/28/2019 in National Columns

Many Democrats don't get this, but the Mueller report has done them a great service.

 

Froma Harrop: Mayor Pete will be president one of these years

Posted 3/26/2019 in National Columns

What corner of political heaven did Pete Buttigieg fly down from? The 37-year-old Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has mightily impressed mainstream Democrats with his refreshing common-sense intelligence. And that's won him admiring glances from many Republicans, as well.

 

Froma Harrop: Are the racists on viral videos mentally ill?

Posted 3/21/2019 in National Columns

Most everyone who spends time on social media has come across videos in which a white person is screaming racial insults, usually at a Latino or African-American.

 

Froma Harrop: Democrats look forward by looking inland

Posted 3/20/2019 in National Columns

In Texas, most politicians used to worry only about the primaries. Once they won their party's endorsement, candidates would coast to victory in November. Journalists still refer to Texas as "ruby red," meaning Republicans rule the roost.

 

Froma Harrop: Taping mouths at Harvard

Posted 3/8/2019 in National Columns

It was inevitable that the #MeToo movement, started with valid anger at sexual harassment, would open the door to bizarre accusations.

 

 

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