Why making health care decisions is like being a CEO

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I’ve advised CEOs. I’ve stood by the bedside of loved ones and helped make health care decisions. In a lot of ways, it feels like the same thing. In both situations: The decisions are important and have long-lasting consequences. People must often make decisions when they are tired. Competing experts offer conflicting advice. It’s hard … Continued

How to write a valuable book in an awful hurry

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Neal Katyal decided to write a book on impeachment on October 5. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt published Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump less than two months later. This type of speed is very unusual for a well researched, professionally published book. I’ll talk about why it worked in this case. (This is not a post … Continued

The great thing about being a one-person company

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I’m working with about ten clients right now on various projects. And I’m dealing with a personal family issue that makes it challenging to work quickly or steadily, at least for a few days. Most of my clients are authors. A few are corporate folks, but they’re folks I’ve spoken with, folks I’ve worked with, … Continued

I like doctors. Let’s help them do what they do.

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Yeah. These doctors are good people, at least the ones I know. There are a lot of doctors in America. They’re in every available specialty. And I’ve interacted with a bunch of them lately, both for my family and personally. I’m sure there are doctors who don’t know what they’re doing or don’t give a … Continued

Not the day I was expecting

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I take a great deal of satisfaction in my streak. I write a substantive blog post every weekday, and have since I started this blog in March of 2015, almost five years ago. This is, of course, an insane thing to do. There is no rational reason for it. You might think the irrational reason … Continued

Navy Secretary’s letter spits in Trump’s eye on the way out the door

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Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer resigned this weekend in a dispute over military justice for Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher. His letter is a not-so-veiled dig at President Trump’s respect for the rule of law. Here’s what happened: Gallagher was accused of crimes including the murder of a wounded Islamic State prisoner. He was convicted of … Continued

Baby Yoda GIFs must live

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via GIPHY Did Disney insist on taking down GIFs of Baby Yoda? It looks that way. If so, it’s the stupidest move ever. Baby Yoda (or at the very least, a baby that looks just like him) is a character in The Mandalorian, the new Star Wars series on Disney+. And he’s popular, because he’s … Continued

Indiana University provost’s statement declares war on its own professor

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The Indiana University’s business school has a professor named Eric B. Rasmusen. Lauren Robel, the schools’ provost, just issued a statement that he’s a racist, sexist, homophobe but they can’t fire him. This could only happen in academia. Go ahead, read the statement: On the First Amendment This message was sent to the Kelley School … Continued