Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

The Trump bounce

Featured image Steve has observed that recent polls show Donald Trump running only slightly behind Hillary Clinton. He also suggests that Trump might really be ahead of Clinton, but that some respondents aren’t expressing their support for the tycoon to pollsters. However, when it comes to projecting a winner in November, there’s a countervailing consideration. Trump probably has received a bounce by virtue of having locked up the nomination and ended the »

Media alert

Featured image I will appear today on Todd Herman’s radio show on AM 770 KTTH in Seattle. I’m scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time. We will be discussing President Obama’s fair housing power grab, otherwise known as Affirmative Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH). I’m looking forward to it and hope that some of you will be able to listen. »

Hillary’s long limp to the nomination continues

Featured image It’s amusing to watch Hillary Clinton, whose nomination for president is assured, struggle to eke out occasional victory in Democratic primaries. Tonight, Clinton appears to have eked one out in Kentucky. With nearly all of the votes counted, she leads Bernie Sanders by fewer than 2,000 (out of more than 420,000 cast). Oregon also held its primary today. Sanders will almost surely win this one. He’s up 53-47 with more »

Susan Collins moves to prevent AFFH defund

Featured image Sen. Susan Collins has filed an AFFH amendment that instead of defunding the program, as Sen. Mike Lee’s amendment would do, provides that the Department of Housing and Urban Development cannot “direct a grantee to undertake specific changes to existing zoning laws as part of carrying out” enforcement of AFFH. The amendment is designed to give Senators a means of pretending to defend localities and municipalities against AFFH, without actually »

An opportunity to stop AFFH [UPDATED]

Featured image Senator Mike Lee has proposed an amendment that would defund President Obama’s overreaching and coercive Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation. The amendment is expected to reach the Senate floor this week. The Lee Amendment is straightforward. It simply says that community development block grants, which have been around for more than 40 years, can be spent by local communities as they see fit to put affordable housing where they »

Judge refuses to accept brief raising free speech issues stemming from “fair housing” case

Featured image I have written many times about how “regionalism” and its handmaiden “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” (AFFH) are, in effect, an attempt by the left to dictate the way Americans will live. A scheme this radical is bound to produce strong local opposition. Therefore, though deeply disturbing, it’s not surprising that regionalism and AFFH have resulted in an attempt to tell an elected local official what he will say. I described »

Obama still making it up as he goes along

Featured image President Obama spoke today with local reporters from around the country about the stalled Supreme Court nomination of his Supreme Court nominee, Merrick Garland. As America Rising Squared (AR2) reports, the president got several facts wrong (which, says AR2, has become the new normal for this Administration). Obama told reporters that “in the past, [Garland] has been confirmed unanimously by the Senate for the current position that he holds.” Not »

Supreme Court to parties in “Little Sisters of the Poor” — work it out yourselves

Featured image The Supreme Court has issued a unanimous per curiam opinion in the Little Sisters of the Poor case. Rather than deciding the legal issues before it, the Court vacated the judgment of the Court of Appeals, which was adverse to the Little Sisters, and sent the case back to that court so the parties can be given “sufficient time to resolve any outstanding issues between them.” Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor »

Financial analyst alleges Clinton Foundation fraud

Featured image The Clinton Foundation finds itself under new scrutiny, this time pertaining to its financial disclosures. Wall Street analyst Charles Ortel is uploading a series of reports showing what he alleges is fraudulent activities by the Foundation. Ortel says he has the documentation to demonstrate Clinton entities have broken state and federal law and have never undergone outside audits, as is required. Ortel’s conclusions are based on what he describes as »

Undecided

Featured image Hard core conservatives tend to be puzzled by, and maybe even contemptuous of, undecided voters. They wonder how, for example, anyone could have been undecided about whether to vote for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, given the sharp philosophical and policy differences between the two. Presumably, most hard core liberals feel the same way. I’ve never been perplexed by undecided voters. Some people base their vote largely on an assessment »

Let New Europe be New Europe

Featured image I’m back from my trip to “New Europe,” specifically to Prague and Krakow. I highly recommend both cities to potential tourists, and I find the concept of New Europe apt. Poland and the Czech Republic suffered grievously from the two great scourges of the 20th century — Nazism and Communism. So far, they have avoided the scourge of the present century — radical Islam. They have avoided it because Muslims »

Off To the “New Europe”

Featured image For the better part of the next two weeks, I will be in what used to be called Eastern Europe. We’re visiting Prague and Krakow. Nowadays, I think this part of the world is called Central Europe. But Donald Rumsfeld famously referred to it as New Europe to contrast countries like Poland and the Czech Republic, which backed U.S. intervention in Iraq, with countries like France and Germany. More than »

Obama still clueless in Iraq

Featured image Over the weekend, protesters stormed into Baghdad’s Green Zone, chasing out Iraqi officials. The MSM has portrayed this as a huge blow to the Iraqi government, putting in doubt its prospects for surviving and putting in jeopardy the war against ISIS in Iraq. I’m not sure how reliable these assessments are. I also question whether the reporting, which treats the protests as mainly a reaction to government corruption, gets at »

Tom Cotton on the revised leniency for drug felons bill

Featured image Senator Tom Cotton was instrumental in rallying Republican Senators against the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act late last year when momentum seemed to augur its passage. Thanks in large measure to the efforts of Senator Jeff Session and Senator Cotton, the bill was stopped in its tracks. Now Team Leniency for Drug Felons is trying again, with a revised version of the legislation. Relying on a lengthy analysis by Sen. »

What not to do if Trump is nominated

Featured image Here’s the latest from George Will on Donald Trump. Will describes the damage Trump will inflict on the Republican Party if he is the presidential nominee, and notes that the damage already inflicted is “extensive.” I agree. However, it seems to me that the great columnist is badly misguided when it comes to prescribing how conservatives should respond if the GOP nominates Trump. In Will’s view: Were [Trump] to be »

Democrats channel Herman Cain

Featured image Politico reports that the White House and its allies are about to commence a new campaign to get a hearing and a vote for Judge Merrick Garland. They’re calling it the 9-9-9 campaign: nine states, during nine days, to push for a court with nine justices. The nine states are ones where Democrats think they might be able to pick up Senate seats this Fall. In addition, to the usual »

Baltimore’s shrinking police department

Featured image The Baltimore Sun reports that in the year since the death of Freddy Gray, 271 sworn members have left Baltimore’s police department. Only 86 have been hired. The department currently has 284 vacant positions in a force of around 2,300. It’s not difficult to understand the mass resignations (about 3 every 4 days). Gray’s death was followed by riots in which police officers were told to stand down in the »