Is the news media “the enemy of the American people”?

Featured image No, I don’t think it is. To me, this is another instance of President Trump overstating his case, and rather recklessly. But Trump’s claim can’t be dismissed simply by jeering at it. Nor can it be countered, as Dana Milbank tries to do, by citing the sympathetic backgrounds of various Washington Post writers. Trump never said that everyone who works in the news media is an enemy of the people. »

With Seth Leibsohn

Featured imageI enjoyed being on Seth Leibsohn’s radio program (the Seth and Chris show) yesterday. We discussed the subject of federal legislation to promote free speech on college campuses, a vital subject for anyone who believes in the First Amendment. You can listen to us by going here. »

CNN hosts home team

Featured imageYou may have missed CNN’s forum last night hosting the gang of eight candidates to lead the Democratic National Committee. The election will take place in Atlanta this Saturday. The members of the DNC will pick their chairman on Saturday and then they will rest. The race has been of interest to us because of the candidacy of Minnesota Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison. Ellison has the support of Bernie »

No, Trump did not revoke a “LGBT” policy

Featured imageThe lead headline in today’s Washington Post (paper edition) declares: “Trump revokes LGBT policy.” The Post is referring to the revocation of federal guidelines insisting that transgender students have the right to use public school restrooms that match their identity. But the policy in question, as the Post’s description of it makes clear, is a “T” policy. It does not affect the lives of members of the other three categories »

Trump’s three generals

Featured imageThe New York Times notes one thing that the generals President Trump has appointed to top administration positions have in common. Gen. Jim Mattis, Gen, John Kelly, and Gen. H.R. McMaster each, at one point or another, “strode the sands of Iraq, fighting on the unforgiving battlefield of America’s costliest war since Vietnam.” Now “all three will sit around the table in the White House Situation Room, steering a new »

Common Sense Reigns: Feds Stop Dictating Bathroom and Shower Use [Updated] [with comment by Paul]

Featured imageToday the Trump administration undid one of the Obama administration’s craziest flights of fancy, a “guidance” that claimed Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 somehow dictates that all bathrooms and showers in schools must be open to students based on the “gender identity” they choose on a particular day. There was a time, many years ago, when I would have thought that the government not just permitting »

Immigration Law Enforcement Begins

Featured imageJohn Kelly, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, has issued two memoranda, directed to the relevant federal agencies, that implement the executive orders on immigration that President Trump signed in the first days of his administration. The orders are reproduced below, so you can study them for yourself. The main thrust of the memoranda is to tell ICE and the other agencies that the nation’s immigration laws are now »

Trump’s immigration guidance: the return of sensible law enforcement

Featured imageThe Trump administration, via the Department of Homeland Security, has published a memorandum detailing new guidance on immigration enforcement. Andy McCarthy offers an analysis of the guidance upon which I cannot improve. Here is Andy’s short version: “Henceforth, the United States shall be governed by the laws of the United States.” The guidance eschews the idea of trying to round-up and deport all illegal immigrants. As a candidate, Trump himself »

Media alert

Featured imageI will be on Seth Leibsohn’s radio show on 960 The Patriot in Phoenix, Arizona. We will discuss free speech on college campuses and legislation to promote it. I’ll be on at 4:00 p.m. Mountain Time. Seth is a great host and I look forward to talking with him. »

American attitudes to Jews

Featured imageIt is somehow reported as big news that President Trump denounced anti-Semitism yesterday. Was his attitude seriously in doubt? He is a proud supporter of Israel and vocal friend of Benjamin Netanyahu. His appointed ambassador to the United Nations is Nikki Haley, who is trying to right wrongs against Israel committed by the United Nations and, ahem, the Obama administration. His daughter converted to Judaism. He has Jewish grandchildren. In »

The Obamacare Mess: It’s All the GOP’s

Featured imageDonald Trump said in a recent press conference that he had inherited a mess when he became president. This prompted the usual howls of outrage from the liberal press, but I think it is fair to say that every president inherits a mess. It goes with the job. In at least one respect, however, Trump inherited not just a mess, but a steaming pile of dung. In other words, Obamacare. »

CNN Says: Oh-Oh

Featured imageJames O’Keefe and Project Veritas are about to strike again. O’Keefe told Sean Hannity that he has “hundreds of hours of tape” that he intends to release tomorrow. The footage apparently comes from the newsroom of a Democratic Party news organization, and was given to O’Keefe by “someone on the inside.” Who is the target? There has been much speculation that it is CNN. O’Keefe appeared to confirm that speculation »

NY Times Notices Disturbance in the Force

Featured imageIn my new book, which you may possibly have heard about, I include the deliberate provocation that Strauss-inspired political scientists are the most formidable and serious people in the academy today. Although I can defend this proposition, I plopped this out as an assertion, imagining the howls of indignation that might ensue among anyone who caught this sentence. This is preface to noting that twice in the last few weeks »

Man Bites Dog at Stanford

Featured imageI’ve mentioned before that I wonder whether job placement ads for college presidents and senior administrators include the proviso, “spinal removal required.” Because college administrators and administration are a larger part of the problem in higher education today that leftist faculty: administrators crumple before every demand of identity-politics pressure groups. Hence it is remarkable to see the Stanford News article “The Threat from Within” yesterday from its former provost, John »

Why the Acosta nomination is very bad news for conservatives

Featured imageWhen the left sinks a Trump appointee, or the appointee sinks himself, the left doesn’t necessarily win. The left wins only if the replacement is more appealing to it than the original guy. Unfortunately, Alex Acosta, the replacement for Andrew Puzder at the Department of Labor, is vastly more appealing to the left than Puzder was. The Acosta selection represents a win for the left and a defeat for conservatives. »

Remembering the indispensable man

Featured imageToday is the anniversary of the birth of George Washington. Of all the great men of the revolutionary era to whom we owe our freedom, Washington’s greatness was the rarest and the most needed. At this remove in time, it is also the hardest to comprehend. Take, for example, Washington’s contribution to the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Washington’s mere presence lent the undertaking and its handiwork the legitimacy that resulted »

How Congress can promote freedom of speech on college campuses

Featured imageWe’ve discussed Stanley Kurtz’s effort, in conjunction with the Goldwater Institute, to promote free speech on college campuses through the enactment of state legislation mandating it. Now, Stanley has a proposal that, if enacted, would do even more for campus free speech. Stanley wants federal legislation to make the protection of First Amendment rights a prerequisite of federal financial assistance to America’s colleges and universities. He presents his proposal and »