James Pethokoukis is a columnist and blogger at the American Enterprise Institute. Previously, he was the Washington columnist for Reuters Breakingviews, the opinion and commentary wing of Thomson Reuters.
Pethokoukis was the business editor and economics columnist for U.S. News & World Report from 1997 to 2008. He has written for many publications, including The New York Times, The Weekly Standard, Commentary, National Review, The Washington Examiner, USA Today and Investor's Business Daily.
Pethokoukis is an official CNBC contributor. In addition, he has appeared numerous times on MSNBC, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, The McLaughlin Group, CNN and Nightly Business Report on PBS. A graduate of Northwestern University and the Medill School of Journalism, Pethokoukis is a 2002 Jeopardy! Champion.
America has lots of problems, but too many billionaires isn't one of them. And most Americans agree. A Politico poll this week found that only 1 percent picked inequality as the economic issue that most concerns them.
Dewitt Wallace Fellow and Editor of AEIdeas James Pethokoukis speaks to CNBC about Uber deciding to hire David Plouffe, former campaign manager and White House adviser to President Obama, as their new lobbyist and why this might have been necessary for the company.
"It ain't right," says President Barack Obama. American companies who dodge the taxman by merging with overseas rivals are "renouncing their U.S. citizenship" and should be branded "corporate deserters," he says.