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

Featured image Last night, I suggested that, pending a review of the just-released batch of emails from Hillary Clinton’s server, we should contemplate the 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’s Email Scandal? Rush Limbaugh Made Her Do It!

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 »

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 »

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 »

More sleepless nights for Team Clinton as additional classified documents are released

Featured imageThe State Department has just released a batch of about 7,000 emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server. Approximately 150 of them are redacted because they contain classified information. The classified emails deal with Haiti, China, and Sudan, among many other subjects. A preliminary analysis by Fox News, presented on Megyn Kelly’s program, found that some of the information on Clinton’s server was inherently classified. Fox’s analysts cited a memo transmitting »

Poll: Trump and Carson tied in Iowa

Featured imageOver the weekend, I discussed a Bloomberg-Des Moines Register poll that puts Dr. Ben Carson within 5 points of Donald Trump (23-18) among likely Iowa caucus-goers. I speculated that Carson was a better fit than Trump for Iowa Republicans given his geniality and unfeigned social conservatism. Now, a freshly-minted Monmouth poll has Carson tied with Trump at 23 percent. According to Monmouth, this marks the first time since late July »

The Socialist Dream Will Never Die (2)

Featured imageA reader of my post last week on “The Socialist Dream Will Never Die” writes in reminding me of the late Leszek Kolakowski, the great Polish philosopher who broke with Communism in the 1970s, and produced the magisterial three-volume treatise, Main Currents of Marxism, originally published in 1978, when Communism and the Soviet Union were still on the march. Main Currents walked through the evolution of Marxism from before Hegel »

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 »

Russia and China Are Using Hacked Data to Identify and Neutralize U.S. Agents

Featured imageThis is one of the great scandals of the Obama administration–really, of the post-war era. But our Democratic Party media, fearful of what may be coming in next year’s presidential election, have consistently downplayed it. The Los Angeles Times reports: “Foreign spies use hacked data to identify U.S. intelligence agents.” Foreign spy services, especially in China and Russia, are aggressively aggregating and cross-indexing hacked U.S. computer databases — including security »

NOAA Meteorologist: Politics and Money Drive Global Warming Hysteria

Featured imageDavid Dilley has been a meteorologist for 40 years, 20 of which he spent with NOAA. At NoTricksZone, he writes about how government money and political pressure have distorted climate research: For over 15 years an inordinate proportion of government and corporate research grants have been awarded to universities for a single specific purpose: to prove human activities and the burning of fossil fuels are the main driving mechanisms causing »

Accused murderer of Texas deputy sheriff had extensive criminal record

Featured imageWe frequently hear that America suffers from over-incarceration. We should not dismiss these claims out-of-hand. But neither should we dismiss the possibility of under-incarceration. It’s also possible that we are incarcerating lots of people who shouldn’t be jailed but at the same time failing to hold many who should be in prison. My sense that we may be under-incarcerating stems in part from reports about the criminal records of certain »