Mendendez’s moment

Featured image If New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez is guilty of the corruption charges that he will apparently be faced with shortly, it would represent a disgrace to his office and a loss to those of us who oppose the catastrophic foreign policy of President Obama. I cannot help but hope that the charges are false or wonder why they have been leaked today, before they have been handed up. As the »

Will Obama’s deal with Iran bind our next president?

Featured imageA reader wonders whether, assuming that President Obama does not submit his nuclear deal with Iran to the Senate for ratification, the deal would bind our next president. In my opinion, it would not. The administration apparently does not intend to submit the deal to Congress. Secretary of State Kerry justifies this decision on the theory that the president has the inherent authority to execute foreign policy. If so, the »

Mark Falcoff: More thoughts on Cuba

Featured imageMark Falcoff is resident scholar emeritus at AEI. He is the author of several books including Cuba the Morning After: Confronting Castro’s Legacy. He writes further to posts for us on Cuba, most recently, here and here: The story has kind of disappeared from the headlines, or even the second page, but the efforts of the Obama administration to reestablish relations with Castro’s Cuba continues apace. All kinds of people »

Koch to Democratic Senators: Get Lost!

Featured imageThe Democrats’ campaign to smear climate realists is not going well. Congressman Raul Grijalva is taking a beating, and Dr. Willie Soon has struck back against the climate hysterics who are persecuting him. As part of their smear campaign, Democratic Senators Boxer, Markey and Whitehouse wrote to Koch Industries to request information, covering the last 10 years, “about Koch Industries’ payments made in support of scientific research and scientists, as »

Someone misled us on AQ’s demise

Featured imageThe Wall Street Journal carries an important column by Steve Hayes and Tom Joscelyn on the status of al Qaeda. The column is “How America was misled on al Qaeda’s demise.” The column is behind the Journal’s subscription paywall but accessible here via Google. One of the central themes of President Obama’s campaign for reelection in 2012 rested on the proposition that he had essentially defeated al Qaeda. By one »

13 questions for Hillary Clinton [Plus one more]

Featured imageThe mainstream media won’t let up on Hillary Clinton (nor should it). Ruth Marcus poses 13 questions about Clinton’s use of private email at the State Department: 1. Why did you make the decision to use a personal email account rather than government email upon becoming secretary of state? 2. Why did you believe this approach was necessary and/or preferable to using an official email account? 3. Did others working »

The Climate Beclowning Continues

Featured imageFar be it from me to prevent a mediocre leftist Democratic congressman from beclowning himself like Rep. Grijalva, but today the whole story jumped more sharks than Sharknado I & II combined when the Malibu Times, a local sheet devoted chiefly to Kardashian sightings and Bruce Jenner accident reports, ran the headline, “Pepperdine Professor Investigated by Congressman.” Do you think the Malibu Times follows these Capitol Hill stories that closely? »

Clinton reportedly told State Dept. personnel not to use private email

Featured imageFox News is reporting that in a 2011 State Department cable, Hillary Clinton instructed employees not to use personal email. The cable cited security reasons. All the while, as we now know, Clinton was using only her personal email to communicate electronically about State Department business. The cable, which bears Clinton’s electronic signature, reportedly states that employees should “avoid conducting official Department from your personal e-mail accounts.” It also states »

A Simple Question About Iran

Featured imageWe keep hearing from Democratic critics of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech that if we don’t reach an agreement with Iran, then the path will be clear for Iran to have a bomb soon.  Explicit is the idea that even a bad agreement is better than no agreement. Hold on a minute.  Isn’t there something missing here?  I thought “all options were on the table.”  Obama has said this repeatedly.  Now »

Hillary sacked ambassador who opted for private email

Featured imageMark Hemingway of the Weekly Standard calls our attention to the case of Kenya Scott Gration, the former U.S. ambassador to Kenya. He abruptly “stepped down” in 2012, prompted by a withering evaluation from the State Department, then under the direction of Hillary Clinton. The report found multiple concerns with Gration’s performance. One of them was the following: Because the information management office could not change the Department’s policy for »

Old Americans for Freedom

Featured imageThe Wall Street Journal’s “Notable and Quotable” section this morning reminds us that M. Stanton Evans was the author of the “Sharon Statement,” the founding manifesto of Young Americans for Freedom. It is called the “Sharon Statement” because it was adopted at a meeting at William F. Buckley’s home in Sharon, Connecticut. I was not even two years old at the time of its writing, so I took no notice »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured imageAmmo Grrrll returns with a familiar question: DIDJA EVER NOTICE? She writes: Didja ever notice that bad comics will overuse this convention? I have accumulated a number of ideas that don’t necessarily merit a whole column on their own but yet are things that I want to comment upon. As an exercise in nostalgia for my old job, I thought it might be fun to use many of the clichés »

Did the Obama Administration Lie to the Federal Court About Implementation of Executive Amnesty?

Featured imageWe wrote here about State of Texas et al. v. United States, in which 26 states sued to enjoin the Obama administration from implementing its illegal executive amnesty program. On February 16, Judge Andrew Hanen granted the states’ motion for a preliminary injunction, barring the administration from taking any steps to effectuate the changes to the nation’s immigration laws that had been announced by the administration: [T]his temporary injunction enjoins »

Dr. Willie Soon Responds

Featured imageWe wrote here about the Left’s effort to smear Dr. Willie Soon, who has written for many years about the Sun’s role in variations in the Earth’s climate. (How controversial can you get?) The smearing of Dr. Soon was a warm-up for the Democrats’ assault on the Magnificent Seven climate realists, a group that includes our own Steve Hayward. Dr. Soon has now released this statement in response to the »

The Most Trusted Man in America on Climate Change

Featured imageHeh.  Walter Cronkite—the Most Trusted Man in America, don’t forget—on the topic of climate change, in 1972.  Just 25 seconds long.  Heh, again: »

King v. Burwell, the day after

Featured imageThe consensus following oral argument in King v. Burwell is that the votes of two Justices are in play. Based on the questioning, it seems clear that the four-judge liberal bloc will vote to affirm the decision that Obamacare subsidies may be granted to those using the federal exchange. Justices Scalia and Alito appear set to vote to reverse that decision. Justice Thomas did not ask questions — his usual »

Hillary: Go Ahead, Show Them the Emails!

Featured imageIn a typical burst of Clintonian chutzpah, Hillary tweeted yesterday: I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible. Of course, if she really wanted the public to see the emails she sent and received as Secretary of State, all she had to do was follow the relevant laws and procedures, and use »