Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

No, Obama is not culpable for the Jerusalem Synagogue Attack

Featured image Our “picks” section today featurs an article by Jeff Dunetz claiming that President helped incite Tuesday’s deadly attack on a Jerusalem synagogue. It’s a provacative piece worthy of your attention. I disagree, however, with the view that Obama helped incite the attack or is otherwise culpable for it. Obama has not, of course, advcoated that Palestinians attack Israeli Jews. Moreover, Obama hasn’t said anything that rationally justifies attacks. Dunetz focuses »

Boehner hires anti-executive power extremist to represent House in Obamacare suit

Featured image The House of Representative has chosen law professor Jonathan Turley to represent it in a lawsuit against the Obama administration. The suit challenges changes the administration made to Obamacare without congressional authorization. The hiring of Turley has been praised by some conservatives because Turley is a liberal. He voted for Obama in 2008, supports national health care, and so forth. Turley’s status as a liberal may, indeed, be one reason »

Gruber, who? Gruber, the guru

Featured image Steve Rattner was known as the Obama administration’s “car czar.” He served as the president’s chief adviser on the auto industry and he headed up the Cash for Clunkers program. Rattner should know an Obama administration policy architect when he sees one. Rattner saw one in Jonathan Gruber, the Obamacare architect who has been caught on tape disclosing the dishonesty behind the venture, and who must therefore be relegated to »

Will Hillary Clinton get the moonbeam treatment?

Featured image Will Hillary Clinton face a serious challenge from the left if (as seems almost certain) she seeks the Democratic nomination for president? I assume she will face a challenge. The hard left represents a major component of her party, and is unlikely to be without a champion during the primary season. But a serious challenge requires a serious challenger. Who fits that description? Not Socialist Bernie Sanders. Not former Maryland »

What happens if we dont reach a nuclear deal with Iran?

Featured image If, as seems likely given that the mullahs have already gotten so much of what they want from the West, no nuclear deal is reached with Iran by the upcoming deadline, what happens then? Mark Dubowitz and Reuel Marc Gerecht of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies considered the question in a column for the Wall Street Journal. They discuss five scenarios. First, the U.S. might give up on diplomacy »

The odds are against a nuclear deal with Iran, thankfully

Featured image The Washington Post reports that, as the “deadline” for a nuclear deal with Iran approaches, there is major doubt about whether such a deal can be reached. Michael Ledeen shares that doubt. Michael reasons that, although Obama wants a deal for the usual, narcissistic reasons, “Supreme Leader” Khamenei does not want one. Iran’s economy is doing well enough now that sanctions regime has started to crumble. Why come to terms »

Mary, Mary, what you’ve come to

Featured image It’s a gloomy, rainy Monday in Washington, D.C. But the rain hasn’t deterred protesters from descending on Mary Landrieu’s stately Capitol Hill townhouse to protest the Louisiana Senator’s support of the Keystone XL oil pipeline (photo below). The protesters reportedly are standing in Landrieu’s yard. They have also deposited an ugly mock black plastic pipeline on her property. The police are on hand, but have done nothing to keep the »

Contradicting Dianne Feinstein’s sham report on CIA interrogation

Featured image We have written about the Senate Intelligence Committee’s forthcoming “Feinstein Report,” an attack on the Bush-era CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques. By all accounts, the report will conclude that the CIA regularly tortured terrorism suspects, lied to Congress about it, and gained no valuable information as a result. I view the report as not only a political document — the latest salvo in the war between Democrats on the Senate Intelligence »

United Arab Emirates designates CAIR as terrorist organization

Featured image We’ve written many times about the Council on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR). It claims to be “a leading advocate for justice and mutual understanding” whose mission “is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.” Many have been deceived by these claims. For example, as I noted, here, CAIR was among the groups that sponsored the recent »

A Captain’s performance

Featured image Wayne Rooney made his 100th appearance for England in yesterday’s Euro 2016 qualifying match against Slovenia. Only eight players have played more matches for England. Rooney should surpass Steve Gerrard (115 appearances) as England’s most “capped” outfield player. And, as Rooney is still only 29 years old, Goalkeeper Peter Shilton’s record of 125 appearances is also in jeopardy. Rooney wore the captain’s arm band yesterday, as he has since Gerrard »

If you like your health insurance plan, you must pay more to keep your health insurance plan

Featured image The New York Times reports that many Americans with health insurance purchased under Obamacare will face substantial price increases next year — in some cases as much as 20 percent — unless they switch plans. The Times report is based on data released by the Obama administration on Friday, just hours before the health insurance marketplace opened to buyers seeking insurance for 2015. According to the Times, “the new data »

Why conservatives should be wary of criminal sentencing reform

Featured image The war on standards in America proceeds on multiple fronts. Employers are under pressure to lower employment standards; public schools to lower student discipline standards; colleges to lower admissions standards; banks to lower lending standards, and so forth. America’s most basic standards are those embodied in its criminal laws. These standards are enforced through the penalites (usually in the form of prison sentences) associated with non-compliance. Conservatives generally have tried »

For the Iranian regime, Obama’s the one

Featured image The Iranian regime has always had a pretty good handle on American politics. In 1979-81, it realized that Jimmy Carter was a pushover and that Ronald Reagan meant business. Hence the release of the American hostages immediately after Reagan took office. In 2003-04, the regime realized that George W. Bush meant business. Hence its apparent temporary backing off of its nuclear weapons development program. Soon thereafter, however, the regime saw »

Say goodnight, Mary

Featured image Here is a poll to brighten your day. Bill Cassidy leads Mary Landrieu by 16 points, according to a survey by Magellan Strategies. The poll was taken for the Cassidy campaign, but the results don’t seem far-fetched. If you add Cassidy’s share of the vote on November 4 (41 percent) to the 14 percent share received by the other Republican in the race (Rob Maness), you get a landslide of »

Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch — is there a meaningful difference?

Featured image The nomination of Loretta Lynch for Attorney General elicited praise from many familiar with her work as a prosecutor. From some conservatives, it brought relief that President Obama hadn’t nominated Tom Perez. And nearly everyone is relieved that Eric Holder will depart. But there was a time when Holder received the same kind of praise Lynch is getting now. Indeed, he was something of a golden boy during his time »

To fight amnesty, say no to a long-term budget deal

Featured image According to several reports, President Obama is poised to announce a plan to issue work permits to 4.5 million or more illegal immigrants. This move should throw a major kink into the plan of congressional Republican leaders to pass a long-term budget deal during the lame duck session. The Republican leadership’s desire for a long-term deal is not surprising. No sensible Republican wants another government shutdown. Moreover, other things being »

Mary, Mary, where you goin’ to?

Featured image As John noted yesterday, Senate Democrats have agreed, after six long years, to hold a vote on the Keystone Pipeline. They hope by doing so to save Mary Landrieu, who is the clear underdog in the Louisiana Senate runoff election against Bill Cassidy. The move will also appeal to Joe Manchin, the centrist West Virginia Senator whom Republicans would love to add to their caucus. Harry Reid’s unwillingness to permit »