Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Hillary warned audience that “hackers break into personal email accounts”

Featured image Attempting to defend her use of a private email server, Hillary Clinton has sought to minimize the obvious security risk that doing so posed. She describes her system as “effective and secure,” and notes that it was “on property guarded by the Secret Service.” Her campaign website proclaims: The security and integrity of her family’s electronic communications was taken seriously from the onset when it was first set up for »

A Biden-Warren ticket?

Featured image It speaks poorly of Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren that neither has entered the presidential race. Hillary Clinton’s vulnerability has been evident for quite some time, if not all along. Yet neither Biden nor Warren have had the guts to challenge her. That role fell to a pugnacious, Brooklyn-born socialist with little to lose. But Biden and Warren may be about to team up. The two met this weekend. Together, »

The Iran deal and the Israeli veto [UPDATED]

Featured image This weekend, CNN reported that in recent years, Israeli leaders planned three attacks on military targets in Iran. CNN based this story on an audio recording with former Defense Minister (and one-time Prime Minister) Ehud Barak. The recording was leaked to an Israeli television station. Why didn’t Israel carry through with the planned attacks? In the first case (2010), Israeli military leaders reportedly nixed the idea. The head of the »

Empire populism

Featured image The Republican party of Kentucky has approved a rule change that will allow Rand Paul to run for president while seeking reelection to the Senate. That’s the good news for Sen. Paul. The bad news is that, according to the RCP poll average, Paul’s share of the GOP vote stands at 4.3 percent. This puts him a three-way tie for 8th place with Mike Huckabee and John Kasich. That’s quite »

Federal appeals court rips DOJ for misconduct in police prosecution

Featured image In the anarchy following Hurricane Katrina, a group of heavily armed New Orleans police officers was dispatched in response to an emergency call reporting shots being fired at police. Arriving amid chaos, police officers shot and killed two unarmed men, one of them developmentally disabled, and wounded four other unarmed civilians. All of the victims were Black. Four of the seven officers eventually charged are Black or Hispanic. The other »

We oughta look at Donald Trump, but through which lens?

Featured image There’s a scene in the movie Rocky (the original) in which heavyweight champion Apollo Creed is fooling around in his hotel suite while a television in the background shows a news report of Rocky training in a meat locker, pounding in earnest on dead animal flesh. Creed’s trainer says, “Hey, champ, you oughta come and look at this boy you’re gonna fight on TV. It looks like he means business.” »

Two signs that Kasich’s conservatism is tepid

Featured image This has been a good summer for the non-career politicians — Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorini — in the GOP presidential field. But it’s also been a good summer for longtime politician John Kasich. In fact, Kasich, who entered the race late, is now second in the RCP poll average in New Hampshire. He’s fractionally ahead of Jeb Bush but trails Donald Trump by a wide margin (24.7-11.0) »

Clinton server contained “Born classified” information

Featured image Hillary Clinton’s current defense of the fact that, contrary to her initial defense, her email server contained classified information is that the information wasn’t “marked” classified at the time she received it. (Clinton apparently still denies sending classified information, period). The implication is that because the information wasn’t marked classified, it wasn’t classified, and therefore she did nothing problematic when she received it on a private server. The argument is »

Is Iranian self-inspection a game-changer in Congress?

Featured image Will the news that Iran has negotiated the right to self-inspect the Parchin facility, where it is believed to have experimented with high-explosive detonators for nuclear arms, cause the nuclear deal to fail in Congress? In other words, will enough Democrats reject the deal to enable the Senate and the House to override President Obama’s veto of Congress’s rejection of the deal? The answer, I’m pretty sure, is no. Some »

Bad polling news for Hillary Clinton

Featured image The latest Quinnipiac poll is full of fascinating information, much of it unfavorable to Hillary Clinton. Among the highlights are: In Florida, Bush tops Clinton 49-38 percent; Rubio leads Clinton 51-39 percent; Trump leads her 43-41. In Ohio, Rubio leads Clinton 42-40, but Bush trails her 39-41 and Trump trails 38-43. In Pennsylvania, long a Blue State, Rubio and Bush lead Clinton 47-40 and 43-40, respectively, but Clinton beats Trump »

Report: Iran to self-inspect its Parchin facility

Featured image Earlier this week, on news that international nuclear inspectors will be permitted into Iran only if they receive approval from the regime, I wondered “what’s next, blindfolds for the inspectors?” Apparently, I was too optimistic. AP reports that Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site at which it has been accused of developing nuclear arms. This arrangement is part of a secret agreement between »

The loose ends accumulate, Part Two

Featured image Richard Pollock of the Daily Caller reports that Department of State officials refused to identify to a congressional committee the “chain of custody” – the complete list of people who had access to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server. The request for this information, made by the House Select Committee on Benghazi last spring, was always reasonable. Now that we know Clinton’s private server contained classified, and »

Electability, Shmelectability?

Featured image In an article called “All the Electable Republicans Are Losing,” Kristin Soltis Anderson points out that the candidates whom the polls deem most likely to beat Hillary Clinton are faltering in GOP polling. She has in mind Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush, both of whom are struggling, while candidates presumed to be unelectable, like Donald Trump and Ben Carson, have surged. The title of the article is somewhat misleading. Kristin »

Trump’s immigration folly

Featured image I think it’s fair to describe Power Line as hard-line on immigration. Back when Marco Rubio was plugging amnesty on shows like Fox News talk shows, with little push back and few if any appearances by opponents of amnesty, we were speaking out against the Schumer-Rubio legislation and I was harshly critical of Senator Rubio. But hard-line is one thing; foolish is another. Which brings me to Donald Trump’s immigration »

AP U.S. History — reports from the front lines

Featured image I’ve written frequently about the College Board’s efforts to indoctrinate high school students with a left-wing narrative of American history, via its framework for teaching AP U.S. History. What’s been missing from my reports is the views of those on the front line — the teachers upon whom the College Board’s framework has been imposed. Stanley Kurtz fills this gap with reports from two stellar history teachers, Elizabeth Altham and »

Report: Iranian intelligence agency must approve all nuclear inspectors

Featured image The more we learn about President Obama’s nuclear deal, the more farcical the deal becomes. Today, reports Adam Kredo of the Washington Free Beacon, a senior Iranian official declared that international nuclear inspectors will only be permitted into the country once they receive approval from the Islamic Republic’s Intelligence Ministry. Is this an accurate statement of what was agreed to? I don’t know; we aren’t allowed to see the complete »

Hillary falls below 50 percent among Democrats

Featured image A Fox News poll finds that Hillary Clinton is favored by only 49 percent of Democrats. Bernie Sanders’ support is at 30 percent. That’s quite a swing from June, when Clinton led Sanders by 61-15. Clinton’s 19 point lead is still substantial. But in August 2007, she held a bigger lead over Barack Obama. Back then, she was ahead 48-26. In 2007, the race was much closer in states with »