Clinton emails contained top secret info derived from satellite spying on North Korean nukes

Featured image The latest batch of classified emails on Hillary Clinton’s private server includes information that may well be sufficient to establish that she violated 18 U.S.C. Section 793. However, as I mentioned here, we already knew that “top secret” information on her server derived from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which performs aerial surveillance, had triggered FBI concern in the first place. Even without knowing what, specifically, the information pertained to, it »

Can “Liberalism” Be Reclaimed from the Left?

Featured imageHarvey Mansfield remarked a while back that “the job of conservatism is to save liberalism from liberals.” The left may be giving us an unintended assist with this project.  One of the best things to happen to political discourse in recent years is that many leftists stopped calling themselves “liberal,” and adopted “progressive” instead. Even Hillary Clinton for a time, back around 2007, said “I’m not a liberal—I’m a progressive.” »

Black Lives Natter in St. Paul

Featured imageThe local Black Lives Matter movement took to the streets again in St. Paul yesterday. The marchers, some 40 in all, marched by the Governor’s mansion on Summit Avenue to protest Governor Mark Dayton’s disparagement of their State Fair protest this past weekend as “inappropriate.” That’s stern stuff coming from a liberal Democrat; the Black Lives Matter crowd is not used to that kind of disrespect. Indeed, that is precisely »

Can all these talking heads be right?

Featured imageThe Washington Free Beacon has worked up a video (below) documenting the collective wisdom of the punditocracy regarding Madam Hillary’s email problem. “Analysis: It’s not going away.” Can all these talking heads be right? Let’s put it this way. They aren’t going out on a limb with their prediction. »

CRB: The politics of Star Trek

Featured imageWe are winding down our preview of the new (Summer) issue of the Claremont Review of Books. Subscribe here for the heavily subsidized price of $19.95 and get online access thrown in for free. Tomorrow we will conclude the preview with a book review bonus taking up the new book by my friend Michael Paulsen. Today it is time for something completely different. I have led a sheltered life. I »

More Than Half of Immigrants on Public Assistance

Featured imageThe Center for Immigration Studies is out with a blockbuster report that finds 51 percent of immigrant households—both legal and illegal—receive some kind of public assistance, versus just 30 percent of native households. Whether immigrants contribute more to total economic activity or public revenues greater than they receive in benefits is not addressed in this report, and remains a subject of fierce controversy. From the executive summary: This study is »

Hillary’s Email Scandal? Rush Limbaugh Made Her Do It! [Updated]

Featured imageIn the current issue of the New Yorker, Steve Coll, Dean of the Columbia University School of Journalism, has a brief piece on Hillary Clinton’s private email problems. He traces the current scandal to…Rush Limbaugh! Hillary Clinton, in her memoir “Living History,” recounts her struggle to defend her privacy while residing in the White House. Some of her stories have a gothic tone. After Bill Clinton’s first inauguration, Harry and »

Is It 1968 Again? Crime Rising “Unexpectedly”

Featured imageThe Wall Street Journal’s political correspondent Gerald Seib writes today that this presidential campaign cycle resembles 1968, with Trump filling the George Wallace role and Bernie Sanders the Gene McCarthy role. Maybe, but one parallel he left out is the crime rate, which was a central issue in 1968, and which may well be by election day next year. Have you noticed that crime is “unexpectedly” rising fast after two »

Accused Texas police murderer avoided jail time for felony assault in 2012

Featured imageI wrote yesterday about the criminal history of Shannon Miles, the man accused of executing Deputy Darren Goforth in Texas last week. Miles, I noted, had been convicted within the past ten years of resisting arrest, trespassing, evading detention, and disorderly conduct with a firearm. The most recent conviction was in 2009 for resisting arrest. Local authorities have stated that Miles’ record included violent acts towards law enforcement officials. Yet »

Today’s Obligatory Trump Post (Updated)

Featured imageI’m falling down on the job, and skipped our Daily Trump Post yesterday. Well here’s Jimmy Kimmel, offering up a pretty accurate rendition of a Trump campaign spot (about 1:30 long): »

Obama’s national security fraud

Featured imageWhen the AP’s George Jahn first broke the story of the secret side deal with Iran on Parchin, the side deal was viewed as so absurd that it was attacked by the left-wing media as a forgery. In the spirit of President Obama, the forgery was imputed in some precincts to Israeli intelligence. The side deal, with its self-inspection provisions — text here — is indeed absurd but, unfortunately, it »

Did Hillary violate the law against disclosing defense information? A preliminary analysis

Featured imageLast night, I suggested that, pending a review of the just-released batch of emails from Hillary Clinton’s server, we should contemplate a section of the U.S. Code that Clinton may have violated — 18 U.S.C. Section 793(f). 24 hours after the release of these emails, we can now contemplate (but not reach firm conclusions as to) how Clinton’s conduct stacks up against Section 793(f). First, let’s again examine the statutory »

Hillary Clinton: The Ultimate Empty Pantsuit?

Featured imageI have spent some time looking through the latest State Department dump of Hillary Clinton’s home server emails. I don’t do this in hopes of finding anything explosive; these are, after all, the emails that Hillary didn’t delete. But they should convey some sense of how Hillary operated as Secretary of State; of who her close associates were, and how she managed them; of how she viewed current events generally. »

Renaming the Mountain

Featured imagePresident Obama has announced that he is renaming Mt. McKinley Mt. Denali, a change which comes as no surprise. If the Democrats are willing to pretend that their two most important leaders, Jefferson and Jackson, never existed, what hope does a long-gone Republican president have? I do agree, however, with Michael Ramirez’s suggestion about one mountain for which Obama is, to a greater extent than any other leader in our »

Message to #BLM

Featured imageThe video by Michael Whaley (below) — “Message to the Black Lives Mater movement”— hasn’t gone viral yet, but it should and probably will. I found it on the RealClarPolitics honor roll here this morning. RCP identifies the man with the message as Michael Whaley. Who is Michael Whaley? I learn from BizPac Review that he is 27 years old and was honorably discharged from the Marines in 2012. He »

Hillary endorsed Blumenthal email attacking Netanyahu and Israel [UPDATED]

Featured imageThe latest trove of Hillary Clinton emails includes, to no one’s surprise, additional commentary from Sid Blumenthal. Nearly all of it is vicious. The Obama administration’s decision to exclude Blumenthal from a position at the Department of State certainly was a good call. It must also have been an easy one, inasmuch as the Obama campaign experienced Sid’s viciousness first hand. (While on the subject of good Obama calls, we »

CRB: Our false messiah

Featured imageToday we continue our preview of the new (Summer) issue of the Claremont Review of Books. Subscribe here for the heavily subsidized price of $19.95 and get online access thrown in for free. Yesterday we featured CRB editor Charles Kesler’s meditation on “The Obama transformation versus the Reagan revolution.” University of Virginia Professor James Ceaser deepens our consideration of the Obama phenomenon in his review “The one.” The review is »