Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff


Featured image If we learned that George W. Bush or Barack Obama had extramarital sex with a porn star and caused hush money to be paid to her, the news would be a big deal. Why? Because it would overturn the view many of us hold of an aspect of their character. Reports that Donald Trump had extramarital sex with porn star Stormy Daniels and caused hush money to be paid to »

Strange doings on tobacco road

Featured image On Friday night, I watched the ACC tournament semifinal game between North Carolina and Duke. It was my first viewing this season of these college basketball powerhouses. Two things surprised me. First, Duke, famous for its hard-nosed man-to-man defense, played a zone. Second, North Carolina’s oft-maligned Theo Pinson was dominating the game as kind of point-forward. The day before, Pinson had scored 25 points against a nationally-ranked Miami team. Against »

EEOC and left-wing judges strike a blow against religious freedom

Featured image The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has agreed with the EEOC that a funeral home engaged in unlawful discrimination when it fired a male funeral director who was “transitioning” to female and dressing as a woman at work. The case is EEOC v. Harris Funeral Homes. The opinion is by Karen Nelson Moore, a Clinton appointee and one of the most left-wing federal appeals court judges in »

Trump’s 2013 letter to Putin

Featured image A front-page story in the Washington Post informs us that, in 2013, Donald Trump wrote a note to Vladimir Putin inviting him to attend the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow. As the Post puts it, “Donald Trump was so eager to have Vladi­mir Putin attend the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow that he wrote a personal letter to the Russian president inviting him to the event, according to multiple »

New York Times and Washington Post have helped promote Russia, for a price

Featured image Facebook has come under heavy fire from the New York Times and the Washington Post for uncritically spreading Russian misinformation. But Lee Smith makes a strong case that the Times and the Post are guilty of the same offense on a larger scale. These organs spread Russian propaganda via “Russia Beyond the Headlines,” a multi-page full-color broadsheet laid out just like a newspaper and distributed for newspapers like the Times »

The pros and cons of talking with Kim Jong Un

Featured image So President Trump’s bellicosity towards North Korea hasn’t led to nuclear war, after all. Instead, from all that appears, it has led to the negotiating table and face-to-face talks between the president and Kim Jong Un. But is that a good place for the U.S. to be? And will it lead to a denuclearized North Korea? Let’s keep in mind that North Korea has benefited significantly from past talks with »

What does Stanford have against the American flag?

Featured image Stanford University has denied the College Republicans’ request for a new logo on T-shirts because it shows an “altered version” of the American flag. Stanford said it “does not approve the use of the American (or other flag) on product also featuring our trademarks (including the Stanford name).” Jennifer Kabbany of NRO’s College Fix consulted Stanford’s lengthy trademark guide on the university’s website. Using a word search, she found no »

Congress unlikely to assert its constitutional role on tariffs

Featured image Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution gives Congress the power “to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises.” At times during our history, Congress has exercised that power with a vengeance. For example, in the late 1800s, William McKinley made his legislative name writing tariff legislation. To be sure, tariffs have foreign policy implications and can even affect national security. Thus, it’s not unreasonable that the executive wants »

Poll: Democratic incumbents trail in five Senate races

Featured image Last year at this time, many Republicans were optimistic about the opportunity to pick up enough Senate seats in 2018 to approach, or maybe even reach, a filibuster-proof majority — i.e. 60 seats. After all, ten seats held by Democrats in states carried by President Trump would be in play. By the end of the year, however, many Republicans were questioning whether the GOP could pick up enough seats to »

For Maryland Dems, it’s girl-seats and boy-seats

Featured image The Maryland Democratic party is setting aside half of certain elected positions for women. Men will be unable to run against women for these posts. Similarly, women won’t be able to run against men for the other half of the slots. The jobs in question are on Democratic “central committees,” regarded as a stepping stone for more important and prestigious elected positions. In Maryland, and elsewhere, women lag behind men »

DOJ sues California over sanctuary state measures

Featured image The Justice Department has filed suit against the state of California over its policies that protect illegal immigrants from U.S. immigration authorities. The lawsuit challenges the legality of three separate California laws. First, the California Values Act (SB 54) strictly limits state and local agencies from sharing information with federal officers about criminals or suspects unless they have been convicted of serious crimes. Second, the Immigrant Worker Protection Act (AB »

Why won’t Georgia protect Christian speech on campus?

Featured image Georgia’s public colleges and universities have been using unconstitutional speech zones to suppress Christian speech in a state where traditional Christians make up a large part of the citizenry. The most notorious case involves Gwinnett College. Its speech zone policy has been challenged in court, and Attorney General Sessions has directed the Department of Justice to file a “statement of interest” supporting the challenge. One would think that a bill »

Inclusion riders, quotas, and confusion

Featured image Yesterday, I commented on actress Frances McDormand’s call for Hollywood stars to insist on “inclusion riders” in their contracts. These riders, as I understand them, would condition starring in a film on the producer’s willingness to hire a certain percentage of minorities and women for the production. Stacy Smith, originator of the idea, has explained that this means “for on-screen roles that are supporting and minor, they have to be »

A victory for the law: Maryland judge upholds DACA phaseout

Featured image Yesterday, Judge Roger Titus ruled that President Trump’s phaseout of the Obama-era DACA program is legal. Judge Titus is a senior federal district court judge for the district of Maryland. He’s one of the best district court judges I ever practiced before. However, it would take only a moderately able, fair-minded judge to rule as Judge Titus did in this case. Judge Titus’ opinion is here. It takes a few »

The Clintons’ tentacles: they’re everywhere

Featured image Remember Alexander Downer, the Australian diplomat whose report on conversations at a London bar with George Papadopoulos is said to have triggered the FBI’s concern about links between the Trump campaign and Russia? The Hill reports that Downer was behind a big contribution to the Clinton Foundation. According to the Hill’s John Solomon and Alison Spann, Downer played a key role in securing $25 million in aid from his country »

Stop Hollywood before it discriminates again

Featured image I didn’t watch the Academy Awards last night. Like Steve, I haven’t watched this extravaganza in decades. Reportedly, Frances McDormand, in the speech that followed her award as best actress, endorsed the use of “inclusion riders.” Apparently, these are clauses that highly sought-after actors stick into their contracts. They demand “diversity” in the hiring of other employees. The need for such riders, if need there be, implies that Hollywood — »

How Trump is enforcing immigration law

Featured image Today was supposed to be the day that President Obama’s illegal DACA order expired. However, a lawless leftist judge contrived to find that President Trump’s revocation of Obama’s illegal order somehow was, itself, illegal. Thus, DACA remains in effect for now, protecting more than 600,000 illegal immigrants from deportation. A much larger group, the so-called Dreamers who differ from the DACA population because they didn’t come forward pursuant to the »