Middle Eastern tycoons impress at Wall Street’s ‘Shark Tank’

You probably know the TV show “Shark Tank,” where people with sometimes interesting, sometimes bizarre business ideas seek money from a panel of famous investors. A new Wall Street firm called Bervann Capital last week held its version of that mating of entrepreneurs with people who have lots of money to spend. The difference was that Bervann’s “Global Investment Convention” […]

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Why ‘No Hate Here’ signs are actually pretty hateful

My walks with my dog take me to a quiet off-street, with middle-class houses made expensive because they’re inside the Beltway. Their owners are mostly youngish attorneys who work as assistant-deputy-director-somethings in some government department or other. Two of the homes feature “No Hate Here” signs. What’s up with that, you might wonder. This is a peaceful, upscale, decidedly un-diverse […]

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Europe is ‘saving’ the Iran deal by ignoring the violations

Iran on Saturday launched a ballistic missile that can deliver nukes — and the near-complete silence of the media aside, it’s a big deal. The latest test revealed, once more, the flaws in the Iranian nuclear deal and the confusion of our European allies, who are alarmed by the mullahs’ behavior but fear losing the deal that enables it. “The […]

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the left’s Trump and other commentary

Political scribe: Ocasio-Cortez is the left’s Trump Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the “most interesting” politician since President Trump — which is no coincidence, suggests The Week’s Matthew Walther, since she is “a distinctly Trumpian figure.” By which he means that both of them struggle with the facts and their appeal “is a matter of rhetoric and personality, not of policy acumen […]

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Extent of corruption detailed in de Blasio donor’s trial is stunning

Stories about two of Mayor de Blasio’s donors bribing top cops have been streaming out for years, but testimony so far at the trial stemming from that corruption has been stunning all the same. Based on the evidence, there seemed no limit to what donor Jeremy Reichberg, his pal Jona Rechnitz, former Deputy Inspector James Grant and other top cops […]

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How wealthy Westchester can fix its credit woes

Who’d expect a wealthy county with the nation’s highest average property taxes to have trouble paying its bills? Yet that’s precisely Westchester’s dilemma — and all three of the big credit agencies have now dropped its credit ratings in response. Tuesday, Fitch and S&P both trimmed the county’s AAA grade to a AA+; Moody’s had already lowered it and this […]

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Threatening to get tough (eventually) on schools that don’t teach

Years into the investigation into whether some yeshivas fail to provide the basic education required by state law, the State Education Department is threatening to get tough. SED last week issued new guidelines on how it will enforce requiring non-public schools to offer “substantial equivalency of instruction” — that is, whether they teach basics in secular subjects like English, history, […]

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Firing Mark Peters doesn’t make the abuses he uncovered go away

Now-former city Investigations Commissioner Mark Peters seems to be something of a jerk. This doesn’t make him wrong about Mayor Bill de Blasio. Peters has been chewing on Kaiser Wilhelm’s leg for years now, and it is totally understandable that the mayor would want him gone. And gone is what he is, effective Wednesday. “This is an individual who did […]

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Underwood’s Exxon probe is doomed to fail

In October, with less than three months to go before stepping down, New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood launched a desperate bid to salvage her predecessor’s failed three-year fishing expedition by filing suit against ExxonMobil in Manhattan Supreme Court. Talk about a stretch: It’s hard to understand even what wrongdoing Underwood is alleging, never mind how she can prove it. […]

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