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John Thorpe

Benzinga Staff Writer

About

I'm a political writer and analyst who has been involved in politics since I was nine years old. It is my passion. I'm a believer that the capitalism that works best is the one in which the amassing of power is limited (and not amplified) by government. I'm a Leo and, despite the seriousness of things I usually write about, have a bit of a sense of humor. I can take a punch, and typically do. I am not always right, and love to hear from readers about what they'd do differently. Probably the best part of my job is the interaction I get to have with people I've never met, all of whom are glad to share their two cents on why I am a genius/jerk/scumbag/hero. With that in mind, please feel free to comment on any of my stories (I read them all) or, if the matter is more personal, to contact me directly at john@benzinga.com
07/12/2012 - 2:40pm
WMT
Editor's Note: This is an opinion-based contributor piece. The views expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect Benzinga. If America ever descends to hell in a handbasket, it will be Wal-Mart...
12/15/2011 - 6:38pm
He has millions of volunteers, tens of millions of dollars, and one consistent message. After tonight's 9 p.m EST debate, only one question will remain for Ron Paul: Is he a plausible presidential nom...
12/15/2011 - 4:16pm
GG, GLD, SPY
It might be a classic case of a negative result emerging from a positive event. Today marked the official end to the Iraq War — a nine year odyssey that cost trillions of dollars and ruined hundreds...
12/15/2011 - 2:30pm
CAT, F, KFT, NSANY, PFE
Once again, the sagging housing market strikes a blow on the American economy's recovery.
12/15/2011 - 1:28pm
AAPL, BUD, CBS, GE, KMB, SH, VZ
If you enjoy lazy football Sundays as much as I do, your outlook for the next decade just got a lot brighter.
12/14/2011 - 4:33pm
OIL, SPY, WMT
Today's report that China has added additional tariffs to US automaker SUVs and midsize and large cars suggests that they certainly are. The new tariffs, which add up to nearly 22 percent of the impo...
12/14/2011 - 2:03pm
BA, DPS, HNZ, KO, LMT, MCD, PEP
Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO) announced today that it has reached an agreement to buy half of Saudi Arabia's Aujan Industries' drinks business. If you're a Benzinga Pro subscriber, you probably heard about thi...
12/13/2011 - 2:02pm
Facebook launched a new program Tuesday, aiming to connect suicidal users with crisis hotlines and immediate, online crisis counselors.
12/13/2011 - 1:09pm
Halfway around the globe, rumors are flying that Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is preparing to buy Israeli flash storage technology maker Anobit for as much as $500 million.
12/13/2011 - 12:39pm
BA, BNI, LUV, NSC, UNP
I guess I never really thought about how many airplanes an airline would need. Surely, they'd be a major purchase that would get bought in batches, a few a time, right?
12/13/2011 - 10:10am
If the economy is going to turn around in 2012, resolving three items will lead the way: housing, oil prices, and debt — particularly European sovereign debt.
12/12/2011 - 4:40pm
Thank God. Or rather, thank Barack Obama, who finally, mercifully, years-later-than-necessary pulled the plug on the pointless war in Iraq.
12/12/2011 - 3:20pm
AAPL, AEO, AMZN, ANF, AOL, BBY, BIG, COST, DELL, F, GM, GOOG, HPQ, JCP, KSS, M, MCD, PCS, SBUX, TGT, TM, VZ, WMT, YHOO
It really depends on how on-the-ball the corporate IT departments are of the companies you invest in.
12/12/2011 - 11:50am
Maybe the next time Newt Gingrich goes on one of his Blingrich diamond-shopping sprees, he can do so aboard a space shuttle.

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