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Trump’s new trade appointee Peter Navarro wrote four long Reader cover stories

Navarro gave inside details on everyone: O’Connor, Hedgecock, Filner, Golding

Peter Navarro with Lynn Schenk (D-CA, 1993-95) from cover story he wrote for the Reader on political life.
Peter Navarro with Lynn Schenk (D-CA, 1993-95) from cover story he wrote for the Reader on political life.

Part 1: San Diego Confidential

It’s clear that I came on far too strong and too early with Bilbray on this primary election night. It was still eight months before the general election, and I didn’t just tip my hand, I showed him the whole deck of cards. It would have been better on that night to have played a little possum, done the “aw shucks, it’s great to be here” Jimmy Stewart routine. But instead I had to be Humphrey Bogart.

AprIL 23, 1998 | Read full article

Mike McKinnon, the owner of KUSI, gave some of the best advice I’ve ever gotten. He told me to stick with doing the KUSI commentaries.

Part 2: Triumph of Hope over Experience

Clairemont’s best days were in the 1950s when San Diego’s first true suburb was built. In those days of Ike and Elvis, the typical head of a Clairemont household was a young redneck with a blue collar drawing a nice paycheck from the nearby, booming General Dynamics defense plant. The beer was cold, the weather was warm, and life was good. However, when the Berlin Wall came crashing down, so, too, did General Dynamics.

April 30, 1998 | Read full article

Irwin Jacobs. The entrepreneurial Jacobs has a reputation for coming in at the eleventh hour and buying things up at bargain prices, and this is what I think he might have done with the Gore visit.

Part 3: Al Gore's Love Handles and Other Tales From the Political Crypt

When Filner heard about the event, he threatened to storm to the Democratic caucus and publicly accuse the D-Triple-C of playing favorites with challengers over sitting members of Congress. It took all of about 15 seconds for Frost and Angle to cave in to Hemorrhoid Bob. This would have cost the Democratic Party over a hundred thousand dollars in good, clean, Buddhist Temple-free donations. It would have prevented me from raising another hundred thousand dollars myself.

May 7, 1998 | Read full article

Clinton and Navarro. In the few minutes that Hillary and I spent together we talked about our races. She asked me candidly how “we” — meaning she and Bill — were doing.

Part 4: Zen and the Art of Running for Congress

So who else is likely to run for the seat? There’s Barbara Warden, whose major asset is that she comes from a community with the highest voter turnout, the senior citizen-rich Rancho Bernardo. Also, Warden’s a woman, and the last two mayors have been women. But beyond her gender and constituency-base assets, Barbara is the Big Zero, the Hole in the Donut, one divided by infinity. Like Gertrude Stein’s Oakland, there’s no “there” there.

May 14, 1998 | Read full article

Peter Navarro. “We were approached by Peter Navarro to support his film, which we felt was important work and needed to be done.”

Peter Navarro and UCAN

When Navarro wanted to do a documentary based on Death by China, he turned to Nucor. “We were approached by Peter Navarro to support his film, which we felt was important work and needed to be done,” says McFadden. But then came the mystifying twists and turns. Navarro wanted the deal done through Utility Consumers’ Action Network (UCAN), the San Diego nonprofit that fights utilities. Navarro has done extensive work for the organization on telecom issues.

Aug. 24, 2011 | Read full article

Trump Picks San Diego’s Big-Money Garbage Brain

“I can assure you it will be the toughest, smartest SOB on trade that Mr. Trump can find. That’s the job description,” Navarro told Politico this Wednesday regarding Trump's prospective pick. "That could mean former Nucor CEO Dan DiMicco, who also advises Trump," speculates Politico. Adds Politico: "Both Navarro and DiMicco view the deal to allow China in the [World Trade Organization] as one of the biggest mistakes in trade history."

Aug. 5, 2016 | Read full article

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Peter Navarro with Lynn Schenk (D-CA, 1993-95) from cover story he wrote for the Reader on political life.
Peter Navarro with Lynn Schenk (D-CA, 1993-95) from cover story he wrote for the Reader on political life.

Part 1: San Diego Confidential

It’s clear that I came on far too strong and too early with Bilbray on this primary election night. It was still eight months before the general election, and I didn’t just tip my hand, I showed him the whole deck of cards. It would have been better on that night to have played a little possum, done the “aw shucks, it’s great to be here” Jimmy Stewart routine. But instead I had to be Humphrey Bogart.

AprIL 23, 1998 | Read full article

Mike McKinnon, the owner of KUSI, gave some of the best advice I’ve ever gotten. He told me to stick with doing the KUSI commentaries.

Part 2: Triumph of Hope over Experience

Clairemont’s best days were in the 1950s when San Diego’s first true suburb was built. In those days of Ike and Elvis, the typical head of a Clairemont household was a young redneck with a blue collar drawing a nice paycheck from the nearby, booming General Dynamics defense plant. The beer was cold, the weather was warm, and life was good. However, when the Berlin Wall came crashing down, so, too, did General Dynamics.

April 30, 1998 | Read full article

Irwin Jacobs. The entrepreneurial Jacobs has a reputation for coming in at the eleventh hour and buying things up at bargain prices, and this is what I think he might have done with the Gore visit.

Part 3: Al Gore's Love Handles and Other Tales From the Political Crypt

When Filner heard about the event, he threatened to storm to the Democratic caucus and publicly accuse the D-Triple-C of playing favorites with challengers over sitting members of Congress. It took all of about 15 seconds for Frost and Angle to cave in to Hemorrhoid Bob. This would have cost the Democratic Party over a hundred thousand dollars in good, clean, Buddhist Temple-free donations. It would have prevented me from raising another hundred thousand dollars myself.

May 7, 1998 | Read full article

Clinton and Navarro. In the few minutes that Hillary and I spent together we talked about our races. She asked me candidly how “we” — meaning she and Bill — were doing.

Part 4: Zen and the Art of Running for Congress

So who else is likely to run for the seat? There’s Barbara Warden, whose major asset is that she comes from a community with the highest voter turnout, the senior citizen-rich Rancho Bernardo. Also, Warden’s a woman, and the last two mayors have been women. But beyond her gender and constituency-base assets, Barbara is the Big Zero, the Hole in the Donut, one divided by infinity. Like Gertrude Stein’s Oakland, there’s no “there” there.

May 14, 1998 | Read full article

Peter Navarro. “We were approached by Peter Navarro to support his film, which we felt was important work and needed to be done.”

Peter Navarro and UCAN

When Navarro wanted to do a documentary based on Death by China, he turned to Nucor. “We were approached by Peter Navarro to support his film, which we felt was important work and needed to be done,” says McFadden. But then came the mystifying twists and turns. Navarro wanted the deal done through Utility Consumers’ Action Network (UCAN), the San Diego nonprofit that fights utilities. Navarro has done extensive work for the organization on telecom issues.

Aug. 24, 2011 | Read full article

Trump Picks San Diego’s Big-Money Garbage Brain

“I can assure you it will be the toughest, smartest SOB on trade that Mr. Trump can find. That’s the job description,” Navarro told Politico this Wednesday regarding Trump's prospective pick. "That could mean former Nucor CEO Dan DiMicco, who also advises Trump," speculates Politico. Adds Politico: "Both Navarro and DiMicco view the deal to allow China in the [World Trade Organization] as one of the biggest mistakes in trade history."

Aug. 5, 2016 | Read full article

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