Dr. Willie Soon Responds

Featured image We 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Triumph of the leftist will

Featured imageThe Supreme Court held oral argument in King v Burwell yesterday. The Supreme Court has posted the transcript of the oral argument here. At issue in King is the legality of the IRS’s provision of tax credits in Obamacare exchanges established by the federal government. As Professor Jonathan Adler writes in USA Today, the case “presents a straightforward case of statutory interpretation.” As such, it’s not a hard case; it’s »

Clinton’s reckless and possibly criminal quest for secrecy

Featured imageHillary Clinton’s private email account, the only email account she used for State Department business, continues to spark commentary on the internet. Attorney Shannen Coffin wonders whether Clinton committed a felony. He points out that federal criminal law makes it a felony when any custodian of official government records “willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same.” The crime is punishable by up to three years »

On Hillary’s Emails, Marie Harf Struggles But Hillary Explains

Featured imageHillary Clinton’s personal email system is the big story of the day. We have belatedly learned that Hillary had no official State Department email account during her tenure as Secretary. Instead of using the government’s email system, she had a server installed in her home and administered her own private email account. Some of her aides also had accounts on Hillary’s private system, which used the domain name clintonemail.com. At »

King v. Burwell: a discouraging mid-argument report [UPDATED] [WITH FINAL UPDATE]

Featured imageEric Citron at Scotusblog provides a mid-argument report on King v. Burwell, the vital Obamacare case being heard by the Supreme Court today. According to Citron, the petitioners, who argue that subsidies are not available on the federal exchange faced a troubling question from Justice Kennedy, on whose vote the case may very well turn. Kennedy, says Citron, “expressed deep concern with a system where the statute would potentially destroy »

Who is Eric Hoteham? [Updated With Twitter Account]

Featured imageIn its excellent story this morning on the private email account Madam Hillary set up for official business during her tenure as Secretary of State, the Associated Press notes this telling detail: It was unclear whom Clinton hired to set up or maintain her private email server, which the AP traced to a mysterious identity, Eric Hoteham. That name does not appear in public records databases, campaign contribution records or »

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 »

Lindzen contra Grijalva

Featured imageThe wretched Democratic Rep. Raúl Grijalva has sent letters to seven university presidents based on his concerns about the heterodox climate-related testimony of professors at the institutions. He has sought “detailed records on the funding sources for affiliated researchers who have opposed the scientific consensus on man-made global warming,” as the Washington Post’s Joby Warrick put it in “House Dems: Did Big Oil seek to sway scientists in climate debate?” »

Is this “Eric Hoteham”?

Featured imageThis morning the AP identified one “Eric Hoteham” as the mysterious gentleman who registered the Internet address for Madam Hillary’s private email server at the Clintons’ Chappaqua home. That would be the server that housed Madam Hillary’s official State Department emails “as early as August 2010.” (The AP story doesn’t sort out other details that must have applied to her official business email before then.) This morning I thought that »

Dem Filibuster Succeeds, House Gives Up On Defunding Executive Amnesty

Featured imageThe news was so heavy yesterday that I held off on commenting on the House vote to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the end of the fiscal year, with no exclusion of the administration’s executive amnesty. Some observations on the vote: 1) The roll call was 257 to 167, with all Democrats voting “yes,” but only 75 Republicans. This has prompted speculation about Boehner’s standing with his caucus. »

Why no deal is better than Obama’s deal

Featured imageI found Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress persuasive in all but one respect. I question Netanyahu’s claim that the alternative to the deal Obama seems prepared to settle for is “a better deal.” It believe that the Iranian regime’s overriding goal is to obtain nuclear weapons. If that’s the case, Iran will not agree to a deal that significantly impedes its ability to reach this goal. It follows that the »

Democrats respond to Netanyahu (video edition)

Featured imagePresident Obama let it be known that he didn’t watch Prime Minister’s historic speech to the joint session of Congress yesterday. Netanyahu came to present the case against the nuclear deal with Iran that is in process. Obama has made concession after concession that would abrogate sanctions against Iran and facilitate Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons. Netanyahu sought to explain why that was the case and why it wasn’t a »