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August 20, 2015
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Hillary and The Otter Defense

Logical fallacies are great fun. Ok, they’re not very instructive in learning how to think critically. Like driving down a street filled with potholes, it’s a […]
July 24, 2015
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Stanislavski on Politicians (Sort of)

There is an art to living well and to leading well. And whether in politics, in business, or in acting on a stage, the same ethics […]
June 11, 2015
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Interview with Laura Codruta Kovesi, Romania’s Top Prosecutor

(The following interview appeared in the May issue of Elle magazine.  It is an abbreviated version of a longer conversation and Mrs.  Kovesi’s answers have been […]
May 29, 2015
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How I Know I’m Not in New York (Part 11)

“A Tall Blonde” It’s been a very busy spring, but after an urgent phone call from my Romanian friend Remus, we had a chance to catch […]
November 12, 2014
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Political Corruption in Romania: The DNA Database

“Criticism by politicians and politically motivated media attacks on individual judges, prosecutors and members of their families, and on judicial and prosecutorial institutions, have been a […]
November 11, 2014

How I Know I’m Not in New York (Part 10)

“The Remus Vote” It’s been quite a while, but my Romanian friend, Remus, and I finally found time to sit down for a beer to talk […]
October 27, 2014

Another Election. What Better Time for a Joke?

My father loved to tell an awful old joke. Given the fact that both Romania and the US are about to hold elections worthy of an […]
December 18, 2013

Running Off the Rails: The Sale of CFR Marfa

(Originally published in the Autumn 2013 issue of Esquire magazine.) [Update: Oct. 14 –  The deal to sell CFR Marfa collapses after time runs out and […]