Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

“Fair Housing” comes to Hillary’s home town

Featured image It’s not uncommon for constituents to visit their elected officials to ask for relief from government abuse. Yesterday, an elected official visited a constituent for the same purpose: Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino walked up to the gated entrance to the Clinton home in this leafy hamlet on Friday, telling the guard he wanted to see Hillary. . . . Astorino, a Republican, had summoned reporters to the cul-de-sac outside »

Why Donald Trump was a Democrat

Featured image Donald Trump was asked today to explain why, in his words, he has identified more with Democrats than with Republicans. The answer, he claimed, is that the economy crashed in 2008 because of mistakes made by President Bush. This may be a good answer (or the best one available) from a political perspective. Trump is appealing primarily to disaffected Republicans who believe the GOP hasn’t stood up for them sufficiently »

Congressional Democrats poised to give Iran deal their support

Featured image From the time that the nuclear deal with Iran (minus the two side deals) was published, I’ve thought that it will receive substantial support from congressional Democrats. Even before the deal was reached, I assumed that Dems, by and large, would likely support it. They march pretty much in lockstep with the administration, especially on issues of vital importance to Obama. Once the details were made known, it seemed clear »

John Kerry on the Iran deal: a litany of lies

Featured image Lee Smith, writing for the Weekly Standard, accuses Secretary of State John Kery of “making stuff up” with respect to the nuclear deal with Iran. Smith (or the headline writer) is being polite. Kerry is flat out lying. Let’s look at some examples. First, having given up on “anytime, anywhere inspections,” Kerry now claims that this was never the administration’s position and that, in fact, the concept is unknown to »

In Texas, an illegal immigrant crime wave

Featured image Christian Adams reports that an internal report by the Texas Department of Public Safety, obtained by PJ Media, finds that illegal immigrants have committed hundreds of thousands of crimes, including nearly 3,000 homicides, in Texas. According to the Department of Public Safety’s analysis, foreign aliens committed 611,234 unique crimes in Texas from 2008 to 2014, including thousands of homicides and sexual assaults. The report states: From October 2008 to April »

Poll: Clinton trails three Republican contenders in key states

Featured image If this news doesn’t have Joe Biden, Al Gore, or Elizabeth Warren seriously considering entering the presidential race — and serious Democrats urging them to do so — then nothing will. According to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll, Hillary Clinton trails Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Scott Walker in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia. Two of the three Republicans Clinton trails are neither well known nor in possession of a »

Washington Post brings back venomous anti-conservative to cover presidential election campaign

Featured image The Washington Post has rehired Dave Weigel. He is covering the presidential campaign for the paper. In his last stint with the Post, Weigel covered the conservative movement. However, he lost his job due to vicious comments he posted on Journolist about major conservative figures and the conservative movement in general. When Rush Limbaugh was rushed to the hospital with chest pains, Weigel quipped, “I hope he fails,” a reference »

A conservative American in Paris

Featured image One of the highlights of my recent trip to France was an evening with Power Line reader James Gillespie and two other members of “Republicans Overseas France,” an organization that James heads. Republicans Overseas France has a Paris-based membership of more than 100, with a hard core of one-third to one-half that number. (James concedes that the Democratic counterpart organization, its membership swelled by American students in Paris, is larger.) »

John Kasich enters the race

Featured image Yesterday, John Kasich became the 16th Republican entrant in the presidential race (assuming one counts Donald Trump as a Republican). As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Kasich was an important player in Newt Gingrich’s conservative revolution of the mid-1990s. As governor of Ohio, Kasich has produced a record strong enough to see him reelected last year by a 2-1 margin in a swing state. This resume should »

Menendez alleges Justice Department lied to grand jury in his case

Featured image Sen. Robert Menendez’s defense team has leveled what look like substantial allegations of misconduct against the Justice Department, which is prosecuting him for alleged corruption. According to the Washington Post, Menendez claims, based on internal FBI documents, that the lead DOJ prosecutor in his case allowed an FBI agent falsely to testify to the grand jury that it was “perfectly clear” that in meetings with top DHS officials, Menendez sought »

John Kerry is “disturbed” that Iran remains Iran

Featured image Towards the end of the nuclear negotiations with Iran, the mullahs’ negotiators talked about the possibility of cooperating strategically with the U.S. on regional matters, in the event the sides reached a deal. Even “Supreme Leader” Ali Khamenei joined in, declaring that “if the other side avoids its ambiguity in the talks, it’ll be an experience showing it’s possible to negotiate with them on other issues.” This was an enticing »

Trump’s latest stunt

Featured image Politics continues to resemble pro wrestling, at least whenever Donald Trump is involved. His latest stunt was to give out Lindsey Graham’s cell phone number during an event in South Carolina, the Senator’s home state. After the event, according to Dana Bash of CNN, Trump explained that he wants the people of South Carolina to be able to call Graham so that maybe he can “do something.” Trump quickly added »

A Greek farce explained

Featured image I haven’t written about the saga of the new Greek bailout, which occurred while I was on vacation. Steve discussed it here. It was a strange saga. The leftist government rejected a bailout package, choosing instead to put the deal to a vote by the Greek people. Greece, its prime minister Alexis Tsipras, proclaimed, is the birthplace of democracy, so Greeks should decide democratically whether to accept the deal the »

Wayne Rooney to return to Everton

Featured image Wayne Rooney will play once again for Everton, the team for whom he debuted so spectacularly in 2002 as a 16 year-old, before moving to Manchester United in 2004. Unfortunately, Rooney will don the Royal Blue jersey for only one game — the testimonial match for Everton legend Duncan Ferguson. Rooney explained: As a young lad growing up in Croxteth, Duncan Ferguson was a hero of mine. As a young »

Dodd-Frank’s not so happy anniversary

Featured image Tomorrow marks the fifth anniversary of Dodd-Frank. In honor of the occasion, Veronique de Rugy looks at some of the commentary documenting her contention that “the legislation has overwhelmed the regulatory system, stifled the financial industry, impaired economic growth, and done nothing to correct the pernicious effects of ‘too big to fail.’” There is this excerpt from a Wall Street Journal column by Jeb Hensarling, chairman of the House Financial »

When politics imitates pro wrestling

Featured image Donald Trump is providing plenty of entertainment as he seeks the Republican presidential nomination. Unfortunately, the entertainment resembles that supplied by the TV wrestlers of my youth during “intermission interviews.” Just about everything was fair game during these “interviews” which I enjoyed far more than the actual matches. The more personal the taunting, the better. I can’t say that the taunts hurled by the wrestling villains of the early 1960s »

Another alternative to Obama’s Iran deal

Featured image One alternative to President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran that I don’t think we’ve discussed is for Congress to reject it and send him back to bargaining in the hope that he and John Kerry can negotiate a better one. I haven’t discussed this alternative because I consider it futile. Not because Iran won’t agree to a deal less favorable it to than the one on the table. Obama and »