Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Panel named for initial executive amnesty appeal

Featured image The Fifth Circuit has announced the panel that will hear the Obama administration’s request to lift Judge Hanen’s preliminary injunction of the president’s Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (“DAPA”). The panel consists of Judges Jerry Smith (Reagan appointee), Jennifer Elrod (George W. Bush appointee), and Stephen Higginson (Obama appointee). This is not a good panel for the government. Elrod is a rising star conservative judge. »

Media alert

Featured image I will be appearing on Seth Leibsohn’s radio show tonight around 5:00 Mountain Time. We plan to discuss Hillary Clinton’s announcement and the Iran “deal.” Seth broadcasts his show on 960 the Patriot in Phoenix. I’ve always enjoyed talking with him over the years and it should be fun again this evening. »

Why “big law” won’t defend the constitutionality of bans on gay marriage

Featured image Not long ago, in the context of the controversy over Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, I complained that corporate America won’t stand up to the increasingly totalitarian tactics of the gay rights movement and its leftist supporters. This is not surprising, I added, because “history teaches that corporations are hardly a bulwark against totalitarianism.” What’s true of corporations is true in spades of their handmaidens, big law firms. I worked »

The wishful thinking at the heart of Obama’s Iran deal sales pitch

Featured image Jackson Diehl of the Washington Post elegantly explains why Obama’s impending deal with Iran is too risky. He argues that (1) if Iran doesn’t change its ways, the consequences of the regime possessing nuclear weapons, as President Obama admits it will be able to in around 13 years, will be unacceptable and (2) it’s unlikely that a nuclear detente with Iran will produce a change in the regime’s ways. Obama »

This day in baseball history — Lefty debuts

Featured image The 1965 baseball season opened on April 12. By far the wildest game of the day took place at Wrigley Field, where the Chicago Cubs hosted the world champion St. Louis Cardinals. Fans had every right to expect a pitchers duel. World Series hero Bob Gibson was on the mound for St. Louis. For the Cubs it was ex-Card Larry Jackson, coming off a 24-11 season. But Jackson failed to »

Hillary’s campaign is already improved over last time

Featured image Soon after Hillary Clinton entered the 2008 presidential race, a pro-Clinton ad appeared on Power Line. It turned out that the Clinton campaign had bought ads on the 50 most read blogs (or some such cut off). I should have realized then and there that Clinton would run an incompetent campaign. Whatever our standing in the blog readership ratings, there aren’t many Democratic primary votes to be gained on Power »

Mullahs undermine Obama’s “framework” PR campaign

Featured image President Obama’s nuclear “deal framework” with Iran received strong initial approval from the mainstream media. The Washington Post news pages, for example, included several favorable accounts in the days just after word of the framework came down. Critics of the framework were slow off the mark, it seemed to me. Many consider the negotiations, as Obama has pursued them, so self-evidently misguided as to eliminate the need for analyzing in »

Is Iran rational and would that be good enough?

Featured image Fareed Zakaria argues that (1) “at the heart of the concerns surrounding the deal with Iran is [the] simple question [of] whether Iran is rational” and (2) Iran’s foreign policy has, for decades, been rational. Zakaria also takes critics of President Obama’s “deal” to task for claiming both that Iran is not rational and prescribing a policy — racheting up pressure — that presupposes Iran’s rationality. Zakaria’s analysis is shallow »

John McCain and those newly released Lois Lerner emails

Featured image According to Judicial Watch, documents it has released show that top staffers from the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee met with Lois Lerner and others in a “marathon” meeting to discuss concerns raised by Senators John McCain and Carl Levin that IRS was not reining in political advocacy groups in response to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. The meeting took place 11 days prior to Lerner’s admission at an ABA »

Report: Hillary changed stance on trade deal after donations to Clinton Foundation

Featured image The Hillary Clinton email saga, and in particular her explanations of it, appear to have hurt her soon-to-be-announced candidacy. Polling by Quinnipiac shows now Clinton struggling in the key states of Colorado, Iowa and Virginia. Quinnipiac’s Peter Brown finds it “difficult to see Clinton’s slippage as anything other than a further toll on her image from the furor over her e-mail.” I agree. In the long run, however, scandals associated »

Ted Cruz surprises the establishment again

Featured image When Ted Cruz officially entered the presidential race a few weeks ago, I wrote that the pundit-oddsmakers were undervaluing his prospects for success. As a favorite of the GOP’s large conservative base, it seemed clear to me, as I later suggested in one of our podcasts, that if Cruz isn’t a Tier 1 candidate, he’s no worse than Tier 1A. Now comes word that, in one week, super PACs backing »

Huge loophole belies Obama’s sunny claims about his Iran “deal”

Featured image President Obama is pitching his impending nuclear deal with Iran on the theory that it will enlarge the mullah’s “breakout time” from two or three months to a year, for a decade. I’m skeptical enough about expert opinions, especially in a highly politicized context, to wonder how seriously we should take these breakout time estimates. Do we really know how soon Iran could obtain a nuclear device under hypothetical circumstances? »

Military sites will be off-limits to inspectors, Iran announces

Featured image We can add a new item to the list of issues as to which Iran’s stated view of the nuclear “deal” differs from President Obama’s claims. The list already included such matters as when sanctions will be lifted, centrifuges, enrichment, and even plutonium — all key components. Now, says Michael Rubin, there is disagreement about whether inspectors will have access to major sites where work is conducted to further the »

Rand Paul backpedals, but the embarrassment continues

Featured image Yesterday, in announcing his run for the presidency, Rand Paul demonstrated his unfitness for the office by calling for the repeal of any law that “disproportionately incarcerates people of color.” In effect, as John and I pointed out, Paul thereby called for the repeal of virtually every criminal law. Paul’s team has now “clarified” his statement. The campaign told Byron York that the Senator’s words were misunderstood: “Sen. Paul was »

Poor officiating mars otherwise excellent NCAA tourney

Featured image Last night, the NCAA crowned its 2015 men’s basketball champion. As is often the case, the crown went to the high-quality team that played the best defense. Unexpectedly, from a pre-tournament perspective, that team was Duke, a squad that know-it-all John Feinstein had said “thinks defense is what you put around your backyard.” This tournament, though it sagged a bit in the middle, was excellent. Opening Thursday featured lots of »

Rand Paul remains an embarrassment

Featured image Rand Paul has been trying to improve his presidential prospects by posing as something of a defense hawk and as less than a full libertarian on social issues. However, in announcing his presidential bid today, Paul again betrayed his lack of seriousness, while demonstrating the threat his presidency would pose to America. In his speech, Paul stated: I see an America where criminal justice is applied equally and any law »

Obama bargains against his alleged self

Featured image The Washington Post’s editors point out that President Obama’s hard sell of a “deal” not yet reached with Iran might well weaken the U.S. negotiating position. Obama says that important details remain to be worked out. They include the connection between implementation by Iran of its promises and the lifting of sanctions; how inspectors can obtain access to new suspected nuclear sites; and how they can get answers to questions »