Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

DOJ tells Baltimore cops what pronouns they must use

Featured image Jim Scanlan describes the compliance nightmare that looms for the Baltimore Police Department as a result of the consent decree the City reached with the Justice Department. The events that led to the decree are well known. It stemmed from the death of Freddy Gray through injuries sustained in police custody. There was no convincing evidence that the police did much wrong, and prosecutors were unable to convict any of »

What will Trump’s new travel ban look like?

Featured image The Trump administration has decided not to continue litigating over its executive order on travel. Instead it will issue a new order that addresses the main concerns expressed by the Ninth Circuit. What changes will this entail? Jacob Sullum at Reason identifies the three changes he expects to see. First, he says, the new order will explicitly exclude lawful permanent residents from the travel ban. The key word here is »

An all-star weekend worth missing

Featured image This is the NBA’s all-star weekend. The NBA is holding it in New Orleans. Originally, Charlotte was to be the host city. However, the league moved it because it disagrees with North Carolina’s law regarding bathroom usage. The law in question nullified a Charlotte ordinance that required businesses to allow transgender individuals who have not taken surgical and legal steps to change the gender noted on their birth certificate to »

On Israel, Trump confuses only the confused

Featured image The Washington Post claims that President Trump’s remarks about Israel have led to confusion about how he views the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians. Reporters William Booth and Anne Gearan say that Israelis are confused, and they cite conflicting interpretations of Trump’s several statements. But Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, whom the Post also quotes, gets to the bottom of the alleged confusion. She says “everyone interprets this as »

HP pressures law firms to engage in discrimination

Featured image Kim Rivera, the chief legal officer and general counsel of HP Inc., has sent a letter to law firms that represent that company. The letter “mandates” (HP’s word) that these firms meet racial, ethnic, and gender quotas she has set for them. Rivera states that HP will withhold up to 10 percent of any amount invoiced by the law firms if they “do not meet or exceed our minimal diverse »

Anti-Trump reporter gets unwelcome surprise

Featured image April Ryan is a reporter for American Urban Radio Networks. Last week, after a tense exchange with White House aide Omarosa Manigault, she leveled several accusations. Ryan claimed that Manigault told her she was among a group of reporters on whom the White House is keeping dossiers with negative information. She claimed that she felt “physically intimidated” by Manigault. She described Manigault’s behavior as threatening enough to be “Secret Serviceable,” »

Puzder withdrawal feeds “turmoil” narrative

Featured image Andrew Puzder withdrew from consideration for the Labor Secretary position on Wednesday. He had lost the backing required from Senate Republicans because he once hired an illegal immigrant for domestic work. The Trump resistance organ known as the Washington Post promptly declared that Puzder’s withdrawal “throw[s] the White House into more turmoil.” I don’t know that the White House is in turmoil. If it is, the Puzder affair won’t add »

Isn’t this a wee bit premature?

Featured image It’s less than a month into President Trump’s term, yet Richard Epstein, the distinguished law professor, says it’s time for Trump to resign. Certain conservatives, and “classical liberals” as Epstein calls himself, have fantasized about a Trump exit since shortly after his entrance to the political scene. (I wished for it, but never expected it). Some fancied that, having boosted his brand, he would drop out of the primaries. Some »

Popovich pops off on Trump

Featured image Gregg Popovich is a marvelous basketball coach; probably one of the three best the NBA has ever seen. His accomplishments with the San Antonio Spurs — a team he has led to five NBA titles — are remarkable. Lately Popovich has indulged in political commentary. To be more precise, he has taken to blasting President Trump. There is plenty to dislike about Trump, but Popovich’s comments are of the knee-jerk »

Ready for Warren?

Featured image Charlotte Allen at the Weekly Standard reports on the marketing of Elizabeth Warren. It includes a book, The Fight Is Our Fight; a webpage, “Help us elect Elizabeth Warren for president in 2020”; and a Facebook page, “Ready for Warren.” But is America ready for Warren? A new survey finds her running behind President Trump by six points, 42-36. A poll taken almost four years before the next presidential election »

Pelosi and Cummings peddle fake news on Gen. Flynn

Featured image This will come as a shock, but Nancy Pelosi and Elijah Cummings want to make political hay out of the Gen. Michael Flynn affair. They want us to believe that Flynn’s conversation with the Russian ambassador is just the tip of a large iceberg of secret, nefarious communications between Team Trump and the Russkies. Never mind that there isn’t even anything nefarious about Flynn’s conversation as reported by those who »

What softball questions?

Featured image I want to pick up on John’s point about media outrage over the questions President Trump fields from reporters, and in particular the ones he took yesterday during his session with Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister. John focused on AP, but of course this outlet was not alone in displaying chutzpah. On CNN, a media talking head expressed outrage that President Trump took no questions about Flynn, and no »

Notes on Flynn’s ouster

Featured image I have a few thoughts about the resignation of Ret. Gen. Michael Flynn. First, I’m calling it an “ouster” because it appears to be the result of a campaign against him. Indeed, Eli Lake calls it a “political assassination.” Lake quotes Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House intelligence committee, as follows: “”First it’s Flynn, next it will be Kellyanne Conway, then it will be Steve Bannon, then it will »

Trump is off to a good start with Japan

Featured image What is the most important trait in a U.S. president? Regard for the Constitution, I believe. What’s second? Probably the ability to distinguish between friendly countries and leaders and unfriendly countries and leaders, and to conduct foreign policy accordingly. The distinguishing part isn’t always easy. Every president is likely to make a mistake or two. The second part — conducting foreign policy accordingly — shouldn’t be too difficult. President Reagan »

Michael Flynn on the hot seat [UPDATED — WaPo talks of blackmail]

Featured image White House press secretary Sean Spicer said today that President Trump is still “evaluating the situation” regarding Michael Flynn, his national security adviser. This statement suggests that Flynn is in hot water with Trump. Flynn’s problem arises from allegations that he communicated with Russian officials about sanctions before Trump took office. In response to these allegations, Flynn may have been less than fully candid with Vice President Pence when he »

Liberals bemoan the demise of last-minute Obama regs

Featured image It was never a secret that, once inaugurated, Donald Trump would immediately begin undoing regulations that took effect in the last months of the Obama administration. We knew that, for such regulations, Trump would ask Congress to use the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to bypass filibusters in the Senate to overturn recently issued regs. President Trump and Congress have undertaken this process. The Washington Post is not amused. »

Washington Post solicits anti-Trump activists

Featured image I wrote here about the Washington Post’s solicitation of sob stories from people who say their lives were adversely affected by President Trump’s executive order on immigration. I called it the journalistic equivalent of ambulance chasing. The Post is at it again. Now, it is soliciting activists. Here is the introduction to a questionnaire that follows a silly story about a random woman from Pennsylvania who attended the anti-Trump march »