Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Another reason why liberals hate Trump

Featured image Steve has started a series called “Why do liberals hate Trump?” The first installment is here. I look forward to reading the subsequent ones. I think one reason why liberals hate Trump is the same reason why many conservatives dislike him: He’s not one of theirs and he’s an awful guy. Suppose Trump were the Democratic nominee running against, say, Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio. Might not conservatives hate Trump »

Memo sheds new light on Clinton-Russia uranium scandal

Featured image Of all the Clinton Foundation/Clinton cash scandals, the one I’ve always considered most disturbing involves the Russians gaining control over a large share of America’s uranium. Relying on a New York Times report, I wrote about this scandal here. Newly uncovered State Department documents shed additional light on this scandal. But before getting to the new material, I’ll summarize what the New York Times reported. What we knew already In »

U.S. women’s soccer scores a Solo own goal [UPDATED]

Featured image Hope Solo has for years been the goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s soccer team and one of the team’s high profile stars. She’s also the bad girl of the sport and, arguably, all of American women’s sports. At the 2007 World Cup, the U.S. coach foolishly benched Solo for a semifinal game against Brazil, which the United States lost 4-0. Solo blasted the coach and disrespected veteran U.S. keeper Briana »

Why Obama turned his back on the “green revolution” in Iran

Featured image Most readers, I’m pretty sure, recall that in the summer of 2009, after the dubious election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iranians began an uprising. They hoped for support of some kind from the United States. That that support didn’t come. Instead, as Eli Lake reminds us, President Obama publicly downplayed the prospect of real change, saying that the candidates whom hundreds of thousands of Iranians were risking their lives to support »

University of Chicago to students: no safe spaces here

Featured image To me, the University of Chicago has always represented the gold standard in academic rigor and excellence in American academia. Having never attended this institution, or even visited it, I don’t know whether it deserves to be thought of this way. But my encounters with many a graduate of the University, including some fairly recent ones, has done nothing to disturb my impression, which dates back to the Saul Bellow-Allan »

Where Trump needs to get to on immigration

Featured image As John suggests, the immigration issue seems to be tying Donald Trump in knots right now. There’s poetic justice in this. Trump rode to front of the Republican pack in significant part because of the irresponsible and callous stance he took on this subject, bashing his leading opponents for taking positions Trump seemingly now would like to take. But Trump should be able to execute a fairly soft landing on »

Russell Wilson avoids sack on alleged wedding move

Featured image Russell Wilson’s wedding planner says that the quarterback’s wedding to Ciara was originally going to take place in North Carolina but the couple opted for Paris, and when that didn’t work out, a castle in England. I wrote about this claim here. Wilson was asked today to confirm the wedding planner’s account. According to this report, Wilson responded: I’m just going to simply talk about, I just believe Jesus loves »

The worst Democratic presidential nominee until now

Featured image Scott argues that Hillary Clinton is the worst Democratic nominee for president ever. I think Scott has a good case if we confine ourselves to the period since the Civil War. My nominee for the worst nominee in the past 152 years until Hillary is James Cox. He ran for president in 1920 against Warren Harding. Harding, though underrated, was no great shakes. However, America did not err when it »

Annals of Clinton corruption

Featured image The new batch of emails showing that the State Department gave special access to top Clinton Foundation donors while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State inspired Judicial Watch to recount the facts surrounding Claudio Osorio. He’s a Clinton Foundation donor who leveraged his “generosity” to get $10 million from the government with help from the Clinton State Department. Osorio is now serving a 12-year prison sentence after scamming the government »

A terrorist attack in Roanoke

Featured image A man in Roanoke County is in custody after attacking a couple in an apartment complex. The man, Wasil Farooqui, slashed the victims with a knife while allegedly shouting “Allahu Akbar.” The couple doesn’t know Farooqui. Apparently he selected them at random to be attacked. The male victim has neck wounds, but the police says this doesn’t look like an attempted beheading. The victim apparently has wounds all over his »

Wedding planner vouches for Russell Wilson’s political correctness

Featured image Russell Wilson is the star quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks. Recently, he married someone called Ciara, an attractive singer, model, etc. The wedding took place in Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England. Not bad. The Wilson-Ciara wedding was planned by celebrity wedding planner Mindy Weiss. In an interview with a publication called The Knot, Weiss gave her version of the backstory on the wedding. According to Weiss, the pair originally planned »

Title IX is not why U.S. women dominated at Rio

Featured image When American women achieve notable success in athletics it’s never long before precincts of the feminist left attribute the success to the federal government. Now, following the 2016 Olympics, Jennifer Rubin, the house conservative at the Washington Post, peddles this notion in a piece called “Why American women dominated in Rio.” Rubin does so in the usual way; she cites Title IX. The argument is specious at several levels. Title »

Emails show that Clinton Foundation donors got improved State Dept. access

Featured image For once, the front page of the Washington Post isn’t dominated by reports about Donald Trump scandals real and imagined (the latest Post probe had a team of reporters poring over local property records to check the value of Trump’s golf courses). Instead, the Post shifts its attention to the question of access by big Clinton Foundation donors to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The story is called “Emails reveal »

Colin Powell refuses to take fall on Clinton email scandal

Featured image Colin Powell has spent most of this century trying to get back in the good graces of liberals who can’t forgive him for his role in the second Iraq war. He’s attempted this mainly by bashing Republicans and accusing them of racism. Never mind that Republicans were the ones who promoted him to positions that it’s far from clear he would have obtained but for his race. The problem with »

Where does Trump now stand on illegal immigration?

Featured image Over the weekend, BuzzFeed reported that “in a reversal, Trump indicate[d] to Hispanic leaders [an] openness to legalization for [illegal] immigrants.” Trump allegedly did this during a Saturday meeting with his “Hispanic advisory council,” a body he recently threw together. The Trump campaign promptly disputed BuzzFeed’s account. A campaign spokesman said: Mr. Trump said nothing today that he hasn’t said many times before, including in his convention speech—enforce the laws, »

A call for less conservative-on-conservative disparagement

Featured image Andrew Klavan of PJ Media observes that conservative “NeverTrumpers” tend to be younger than conservatives who are willing to bite the bullet and vote for Trump. He speculates that this is because “for the young, there very much does seem to be a future in which the conservative movement can rebuild no matter what damage Hillary wreaks on the nation.” For the old, “this may not be the last election…but »

Trump’s finally raising money, but is he spending it?

Featured image Yesterday, I questioned the extent to which the Trump campaign is getting the candidate’s message out. The campaign, I noted, wasn’t on the air waves in Virginia and North Carolina, two potential battleground states. Today, the Washington Post reports that although Trump nearly matched Hillary Clinton in fundraising last month, he doesn’t seem to be spending the money. According to Post reporters Matea Gold and Anu Narayanswamy: [N]ew Federal Election »