The “prebranding” of Hillary Clinton

Featured image The New York Times reports that Hillary Clinton used a personal email account — and only a personal email account — to send emails in connection with government business while she was Secretary of State. According to the Times: Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers »

Barack Obama, the answer to Ayatollah Khamenei’s prayers

Featured imageRay Takeyh, who served in the Obama administration focusing on Iran, has an illuminating piece on how Iran’s “Supreme Leader” is “patiently negotiating his way to a bomb.” Absent military intervention, Ayatollah Khamenei was always going to pursue his nuclear bomb. But it now looks like he will be able to pursue it in the most advantageous manner possible — with American cooperation. Takeyh explains: After years of defiance, Khamenei »

Is Scott Walker ready for prime time?

Featured imageIn my view, the big question in Republican presidential politics is how Scott Walker will perform as a candidate. As I wrote a few weeks ago, Walker has already proven that he can deliver red meat in a prepared speech. He proved it again at CPAC last week. But can Walker impressively discuss and eventually impressively debate the broad range of issues that will present themselves during the course of »

Netanyahu’s moment, part 4

Featured imageObama national security adviser Susan Rice spoke at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington this evening. In the video below, Rice frankly avows the Obama administration’s support for Iran’s “domestic enrichment capacity” and pursuit of “peaceful nuclear energy.” We are advised that we have to define deviancy down in the name of realism: “We cannot let a totally unachievable ideal stand in the way of a good deal.” Translation: Unfortunately: »

Keep the Internet Free, Part 3

Featured image“Net neutrality” is one of those technical-seeming issues about which it isn’t hard to make up one’s mind. Four good reasons to oppose it: 1) It is a solution to no known problem. 2) Why would we want the federal government to control the internet? 3) MoveOn.org and the Daily Kos are for it. 3) In Glenn Reynolds’ words, “Nothing says forward looking for the 21st century like a regulated »

Taken to the Cleaners

Featured imageMichael Ramirez satirizes President Obama’s impending nuclear deal with Iran. Click to enlarge: Actually, Ramirez gives Obama the benefit of the doubt by assuming that his facilitation of Iran’s nuclear program is inadvertent. It seems at least as likely that Obama shares the mullahs’ goal of Iran as a regional hegemon. »

Netanyahu’s moment, part 3 (video corrected!)

Featured imagePrime Minister Netanyahu spoke this morning at the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington. I have posted the video below (20 minutes). This speech is a warm-up to the main event tomorrow morning before a joint session of Congress. In this speech Netanyahu tactfully takes the highest ground possible consistent with his mission. “My speech is not intended to show any disrespect to President Obama or the esteemed office that »

A “Political Football”? He Would Know

Featured imageSo our totally self-aware secretary of state, John Karrie (who fought in Vietnam, you may not know, against Genghis Khan or somebody), said yesterday that he doesn’t want Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to become “a political football.”  I wonder why that might be?  Oh yeah—this: »

Meet Rich Weinstein

Featured imageThe legality of the mechanics of Obamacare as implemented comes before the Supreme Court for oral argument this week in King v. Burwell. The issue is one of statutory construction about as difficult (i.e.., not) as the one that came before the Court in United Steelworkers of America v. Weber. The Court got it laughably wrong in Weber. The case is important as a demonstration of how easy it is »

Is the Government Mandating Incompetent Banking?

Featured imageFor years, I heard from my friends in the banking industry that the government was requiring them to make bad loans. They could stand it, on account of Freddie and Fannie taking the risk off their hands and transferring it to the taxpayers, at least as far as mortgages were concerned, although the bad loans didn’t end there. We all know how that turned out. Dodd-Frank, legislation that was passed »

Did Obama Threaten to Shoot Down Israeli Jets? [Updated]

Featured imageThat is the explosive claim made by a Kuwaiti newspaper, ostensibly based on “well-placed sources,” presumably Israeli. Take it for what it may be worth; this account is from Israeli National News: The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report Saturday, that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2014 by threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could »

Climate Haters Gotta Hate

Featured imageI’ve had on my spindle for a month now this article by the WaPo’s Chris Mooney (author of the egregious Republican War on Science) about how the climate change debate is . . . polarized! Apparently Mooney discovered that climate change alarmists and climate “skeptics” really don’t like each other. Stop the presses! Clearly with Mooney we are in the presence of no ordinary mind. On the surface the story »

Ben Carson For Senate

Featured imageSenator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland announced today that she will not seek a seventh term. That opens up, I think, a great opportunity for Dr. Ben Carson, who I believe lives in Maryland, having been associated with Johns Hopkins for many years. Dr. Carson has talked about running for president. He is a great guy and a tremendous asset to the Republican Party, but administering the executive branch is not »

A conversation with James Ceaser

Featured imageIn the latest of his Conversations, Bill Kristol draws out the eminent political scientist James Ceaser on the philosophy of constitutionalism on which the American experiment is founded as well as the development of American political parties with which it must live. The video is also posted and broken into chapters here; the transcript is posted here. The video continues here with Ceaser’s discussion of his teachers Harvey Mansfield, James »

Netanyahu’s moment, part 2

Featured imageI’ll be posting notes in anticipation of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress tomorrow. This is the second in what I think will be a series of three or four such notes. Bill Kristol’s Weekly Standard editorial “Netanyahu’s moment” provides the theme. Prime Minister Netanyahu will be speaking at the annual AIPAC policy conference in Washington today. C-SPAN is televising much of the policy conference and posting videos. C-SPAN 2 »

Christians Fight Back Against ISIS

Featured imageThe Telegraph has a good article about Syria’s Christians, who are trying to defend themselves against the depredations of ISIS. (What’s more, it’s the beginning of the month, so you can actually read it–the Telegraph has a bizarre business model that causes articles published early in the month to have 10 to 20 times as many readers–I’m guessing here–as articles published at the end of the month. But that’s a »

The net neutrality crack-up

Featured image“The net neutrality crack-up” is the headline put by the Wall Street Journal over Holman Jenkins’s column on the FCC production of this past week. If you can’t access the column directly, you can access it indirectly here via Google. As long as we’re on the subject, let’s continue with the conclusion of Jenkins’s column: Which brings us to the pusillanimous Tom Wheeler. We don’t use the adjective lightly. Let’s »