Author Archives: John Hinderaker

Trump’s Views on Jerusalem Horrify the Press

Featured image Tomorrow, President Trump will speak publicly about the status of Jerusalem. During the campaign, he promised to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel’s capital, which is required by law unless the president issues a waiver on national security grounds–as every president has done since the law was passed. Apparently “U.S. officials” are telling reporters that Trump will say Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, a much more modest step »

A Possible Defense of Michael Flynn [with comment by Paul]

Featured image Like everyone else, I have puzzled over why General Michael Flynn apparently lied to the FBI when he had no reason to do so. We may never know the answer to that question, but here are a few possibly unrelated pieces of the puzzle: 1) Via InstaPundit, Michael Ledeen speculates about what drove Flynn’s guilty plea: While working with General Michael Flynn on The Field of Fight, I interviewed many »

Supreme Court Stays Enforcement of Orders Enjoining Travel Ban

Featured image Today the U.S. Supreme Court gave the Trump administration a major victory, staying the orders of two lower courts that enjoined enforcement of the president’s revised travel ban. This means that the orders can be enforced, and travel from the affected countries can be banned or limited, while the courts continue to process appeals in the two cases. You can read the Court’s two orders here and here. They were »

Where the Global Warming Debate Stands

Featured image The scientific debate over Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming continues to rage. In my opinion, the realists are thrashing the hysterics, but for a more neutral view, check out this essay by Rupert Darwall, the author of The Age of Global Warming: A History (2013) and Green Tyranny: Exposing the Totalitarian Roots of the Climate Industrial Complex (2017). Darwall’s essay is balanced and thorough. You really should read the whole thing. »

Dershowitz: Mueller’s Charge Against Flynn Is Evidence of Weakness

Featured image This video of Alan Dershowitz on Fox & Friends yesterday is worth three minutes of your time, if you haven’t already seen it. Dershowitz agrees with our assessment that Mueller’s plea agreement with Michael Flynn indicates that he doesn’t have a case. He adds a further point that we haven’t made: the last thing any prosecutor wants to do is force his key witness to plead guilty to lying. That »

FBI Stonewalls Corruption Probe

Featured image The Obama administration corrupted everything it touched, including the FBI. A scandal is brewing, and the FBI, predictably, is responding with the Obama playbook: it is stonewalling. Byron York has the story: House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes has issued an angry demand to the FBI and Department of Justice to explain why they kept the committee in the dark over the reason Special Counsel Robert Mueller kicked a key »

Dems Are Shocked to Learn that Federal Government Runs a Deficit

Featured image It is comical to see Democrats feigning outrage over the claim (likely false) that the GOP tax reform plan will add to the national debt. Talk about a head-snapping about face! Where was the Dems’ concern about debt when the Obama administration ran up $10 trillion of it? The fertile mind of Michael Ramirez has spawned not one, but two cartoons on the subject: First (click to enlarge): And second: »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be on Larry Kudlow’s radio show tomorrow at 10:30 Eastern, 9:30 Central, talking about Robert Mueller’s apparent fizzle with regard to General Flynn. It will be fun; you can listen on line here or lots of other places on the web, and the show is on the radio in almost all major (and not so major) markets. Don’t miss it! »

Charge Against Flynn Is More Evidence that Mueller Has Nothing

Featured image News media are breathlessly reporting that Gen. Michael Flynn has agreed to plead guilty to lying to the FBI. You can read the Statement of the Offense here. The false statements alleged by the government seem rather pathetic: 1) Flynn falsely told an FBI agent that he didn’t ask the Russian ambassador to “refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions” the U.S. had just imposed, and 2) that »

Liberals Attack Sen. Cotton For Wanting to Enforce the Law

Featured image Rumor has it that Rex Tillerson will soon be out as Secretary of State, to be replaced by current CIA Director Mike Pompeo. The rumor holds that Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas is slated to take Pompeo’s place as CIA Director. I am not sure why anyone would want to leave the Senate for the CIA; maybe Cotton is tired of having to defer to John McCain, Susan Collins et »

How Hateful Are the Democrats? This Hateful

Featured image You can’t make this stuff up: Vogue, a reliable Democratic Party outlet, has gone crazy over First Lady Melania Trump’s White House Christmas decorations: Melania Trump unveiled the White House holiday decorations on Monday, which are, as some people on the internet have noticed, very, very white. White decorations at Christmas? The horror! No, wait, that was the Obamas in 2015. Never mind… This is truly beyond the pale: In »

The New York Times Lobbies for the Democratic Party

Featured image I’m not easily shocked these days, but what the New York Times did today was stunning. It lobbied against the Republican tax bill via Twitter. These are some of the Times editorial board’s tweets from earlier today: This morning, the Times editorial board is tweeting here to urge the Senate to reject a tax bill that hurts the middle class & the nation's fiscal health. #thetaxbillhurts — NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) »

Will There Ever Be An Accounting On North Korea?

Featured image Today North Korea launched an intercontinental ballistic missile that stayed airborne for close to an hour and flew farther than any previously tested by that country. Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters that the Kim regime now has the ability to to hit “everywhere in the world basically.” And, of course, the regime has nuclear weapons. Further: The US believes Pyongyang may be able to put a miniaturized warhead on »

On Pocahontas, Sarah Sanders Gets the Last Word

Featured image Earlier today, Paul wrote about Elizabeth Warren’s claim that President Trump’s referring to her as “Pocahontas” was a racial slur–a claim that I think is ridiculous, as I said when I added my two cents’ worth to Paul’s post. During today’s White House press briefing, several Democratic Party reporters tried to take up the cudgels on behalf of their party and Sen. “Fauxcahontas” Warren. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders responded admirably. »

Sadly, the Koch Brothers Aren’t Buying Time, Inc.

Featured image Meredith Corporation, a major magazine publisher headquartered in Iowa, has agreed to buy Time, Inc. for a little under $3 billion. The New York Times sheds tears over the transaction, referring to Time, Inc. as “the publisher of once-prestigious magazine titles including Time, Sports Illustrated and People.” Did they suddenly become non-prestigious now that the company is being bought by Meredith? Perhaps so. The Times explains that “Time Inc. is »

Roy Moore For Senate!

Featured image I wouldn’t have voted for Judge Roy Moore in the Republican primary, and I tend to view him with distaste. But in the special election coming up in a couple of weeks, if I were an Alabama voter, I would cast my ballot for him enthusiastically. Why? Two reasons. But first, the latest poll results from Alabama, via WBRC TV. This appears to be a meaningful poll, as it surveyed »

For Christmas: Feminist Baby!

Featured image Included in Target’s selection of books for young children is one titled Feminist Baby, by Loryn Brantz, a writer on feminism and body image for Buzzfeed. If you have always thought that at bottom, to be feminist is to be obnoxious, this book supports your view. A feminist child apparently is one that would normally be described as ill-behaved. This one, I don’t even understand. How is it feminist to »