PETHOKOUKIS: Climate report highlights need for innovation in climate crisis

By James Pethokoukis Norman Borlaug and William Vogt are the two leads in Charles C. Mann’s 2018 book, The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Groundbreaking Scientists and Their Conflicting Visions of the Future of Our Planet. Nobel laureate Borlaug was the

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America’s missing $11 trillion

BY JAMES PETHOKOUKIS Increasing worker productivity is critical to raising living standards over the long run. But what does that mean, exactly? Consider this: If the American economy had been able to maintain the rapid productivity growth experienced in the


PETHOKOUKIS: That Senate parliamentarian did Democrats a favor

BY JAMES PETHOKOUKIS More trouble ahead for President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief/stimulus bill? Last week, the Senate parliamentarian told lawmakers that the plan’s proposed increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour violated Senate budget rules. Then


Time to reset the Doomsday Clock of ‘late capitalism’

BY JAMES PETHOKOUKIS The famous Doomsday Clock — it’s a key visual motif in the Watchmen graphic novel and television miniseries — was created by Manhattan Project scientists as a metaphor to suggest how close mankind might be to global catastrophe, originally atomic war.