Monday, November 16, 2020

THE LATEST ON THE MODERNA COVID-19 VACCINE AND OTHER TRIALS UNDERWAY

More on this with writer and a columnist for the Washington Post and Bloomberg View in Washington, MEGAN MCARDLE.

MEGAN MCARDLE covers economics, business, public policy, and the occasional kitchen gadget. Prior to working for Bloomberg, she was employed at The Economist, The Atlantic, and Newsweek/The Daily Beast, and was a Bernard Schwarz fellow at the New America Foundation. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, Time, Philanthropy, and Reason, among other places. Ms. McArdle has a BA from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business.

TRUMP’S ELECTION LAWSUIT CHALLENGES

JOHN O’CONNOR is an experienced trial lawyer, practicing law in San Francisco since 1972.

WEBSITE: https://www.postgatebook.com

He is also the author of:

POSTGATE: HOW THE WASHINGTON POST BETRAYED DEEP THROAT, COVERED UP WATERGATE, AND BEGAN TODAY’S PARTISAN ADVOCACY JOURNALISM

Publisher: Post Hill Press (November 5, 2019) 

Deep Throat’s lawyer discovers the Washington Post betrayed his client—while covering up the real truth about the Watergate scandal. 

The conventional wisdom of Watergate is turned on its head by Postgate, revealing that the Post did not uncover Watergate as much as it covered it up. The Nixon Administration, itself involved in a coverup, was the victim of a journalistic smoke-screen that prevented mitigation of its criminal guilt. As a result of the paper’s successful misdirection, today’s strikingly deceptive partisan journalism can be laid at the doorstep of the Washington Post. After Deep Throat’s lawyer, author John O’Connor, discovered that the Post had betrayed his client while covering up the truth about Watergate, his indefatigable research resulted in Postgate, a profoundly shocking tale of journalistic deceit. In an era when numerous modern media outlets rail about the guilt of their political enemies for speaking untruths, Postgate proves that the media can often credibly be viewed as the party actually guilty of deception. Americans today mistrust the major media more than ever. Postgate will prove that this distrust is richly deserved.

O’CONNOR has tried cases in state and federal court throughout the country. He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Northern California, representing the United States in both criminal and civil cases. Among his interesting assignments have been representation of the government during the OPEC oil embargo of the 1970s; writing Fifth Amendment and “state of mind” briefs for the prosecution in United States v. Patricia Hearst; representing the FDIC, FSLC and RTC during the savings and loan crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s; representing California Attorney General Dan Lungren in campaign-related litigation; defending R.J. Reynolds Tobacco in significant smoking and health litigation; representing Coach Don Nelson in litigation with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban; and representing W. Mark Felt regarding the revelation of his identity as Deep Throat. His father, John C. O’Connor, was a former FBI agent, a prominent Indianapolis lawyer and Democratic politician, and senior partner in the Indianapolis law firm of Ruckelshaus, Bobbitt and O’Connor.

1620: A CRITICAL RESPONSE TO THE 1619 PROJECT, by Peter W. Wood (Author)

Publisher: Encounter Books (November 17, 2020)

When and where was America founded? Was it in Virginia in 1619, when a pirate ship landed a group of captive Africans at Jamestown? So asserted the New York Times in August 2019 when it announced its 1619 Project. The Times set out to transform history by tracing American institutions, culture, and prosperity to that pirate ship and the exploitation of African Americans that followed. A controversy erupted, with historians pushing back against what they say is a false narrative conjured out of racial grievance. This book sums up what the critics have said and argues that the proper starting point for the American story is 1620, with the signing of the Mayflower Compact aboard ship before the Pilgrims set foot in the Massachusetts wilderness. A nation as complex as ours, of course, has many starting points, most notably the Declaration of Independence in 1776. But the quintessential ideas of American self-government and ordered liberty grew from the deliberate actions of the Mayflower immigrants in 1620. Schools across the country have already adopted the Times’ radical revision of history as part of their curricula. The stakes are high. Should children be taught that our nation is a four-hundred-year-old system of racist oppression? Or should they learn that what has always made America exceptional is our pursuit of liberty and justice for all?

PETER W. WOOD is president of the National Association of Scholars. A former professor of anthropology and college provost, he is the author of several books about American culture, including Diversity: The Invention of a Concept (2003) and A Bee in the Mouth: Anger in America Now (2007). He is editor-in-chief of the journal Academic Questions and a widely published essayist. In 2019, he received the Jeane Kirkpatrick Prize for contributions to academic freedom.