Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Report: 9/11 moment of silence moved up because Obama got restless

Featured image The Daily Caller reports that a moment of silence remembering the September 11 victims at a Pentagon memorial service began early in order to accommodate a restless President Obama. The report, by Peter Hasson, is based on a Defense Department source. The moment of silence was supposed to occur at 9:37 a.m., the time of day when the Pentagon was hit. But the moment of silence was moved up. Hasson’s »

Washington Post explains how federal government “could resist President Trump”

Featured image Donald Trump’s comeback in the polls has the Washington Post rattled. Yesterday, its editorial board basically called, Bernie Sanders like, for a moratorium on discussing Hillary Clinton’s emails so that the focus can be on Donald Trump’s “manifest unfitness for office.” But Clinton’s willingness to put her personal interests ahead of the national security and her unwillingness to discuss the matter honestly after she was found out are good grounds »

The tragic reality of sentencing reform

Featured image Steve Cook is president of the National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys. He has been a key figure in the fight against softer sentencing for federal drug felons and the early release of such felons. Writing in LifeZette, Steve explains why the sentencing reform legislation being pushed in Congress would have tragic consequences for innocent Americans. He writes: Not all crimes are preventable — but some are. The serious »

Thwarted in attempted show of disrespect for U.S., female soccer star lashes out

Featured image I don’t follow women’s soccer closely. However, I’ve seen enough of the U.S. team to know that if there’s an act to get into, Megan Rapinoe, the flamboyant star midfielder, is probably going to get into it. Thus, it wasn’t surprising when she decided to emulate Colin Kaepernick and disrespect America by refusing to stand for the National Anthem. Bill Lynch, the owner of the Washington Spirit against whom Repinoe’s »

Colin Powell’s email to Hillary casts her in even worse light

Featured image Democrats are touting an e-mail exchange between Colin Powell and Hillary Clinton as some sort of a defense of Clinton’s use of private email to conduct State Department business. However, Shannen Coffin at NRO shows that what Powell told Clinton actually makes her conduct even harder to defend. Why? Because, as Coffin says, “the e-mail exchange confirms that Clinton was aware that her private server circumvented federal records laws from »

Where’s the evidence we “owed” Iran the money we paid?

Featured image The Obama administrations and others wishing to defend the president’s decision to hand over $400 million in cash to Iran on Jan. 17 and $1.3 billion more in cash in two subsequent shipments insist that the payment was not a ransom. It was, instead, a payment of money the U.S. “owed” Iran, they say. Indeed, we got a bargain because the money settled a claim that was worth substantially more, »

Our undecided electorate

Featured image I think everyone recognizes that the presidential race has tightened considerably in the past two weeks. Hillary Clinton’s national lead is down to around 3 points and, as one would expect, the swing states are pretty consistent with the national margin. But here’s something I think many people don’t realize or haven’t focused on. Around 20 percent of the electorate is either undecided or saying it will vote for someone »

Ruth Ginsburg embarrasses herself again

Featured image Ruth Bader Ginsburg, having recently expressed regret for commenting on a matter she shouldn’t have (the candidacy of Donald Trump) is at it again. At an event at Georgetown Law School, Ginsburg complained about the Senate’s inaction on the Merrick Garland nomination. She said: I do think cooler heads will prevail, I hope sooner rather than later. The president is elected for four years not three years, so the power »

Lessons from last night’s forum

Featured image I didn’t watch NBC’s “Commander-in-Chief Forum” last night. The less I see of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the happier I tend to be. I can tell, though, that it must have gone reasonably well for Trump. How? Because the moderator, Matt Lauer, has come under fire from liberal journalists. The attacks on Lauer stem in part, I believe, from a desire to signal to Lester Holt and other debate »

Jim Comey’s strange memo to FBI employees

Featured image Bill and Hillary Clinton have ruined more than a few lives and reputations during their 40 year march to power, wealth, and (in Bill’s case) sexual gratification. Is James Comey their latest victim? It’s probably too early to tell. But after reading the memo Comey sent to FBI employees, I think it’s fair to say that he’s not loving life right now. I found the memo defensive, thin-skinned, and a »

Timeline suggests Team Clinton obstructed justice

Featured image Perhaps the most significant news from the FBI’s pre-Labor Day document release was the revelation that Team Clinton began wiping Hillary’s server shortly after the New York Times broke the story that she had one. As I noted here, the Times revealed in early March that Clinton used a private email server. The wiping occurred later that month. There’s more to the story, though. Almost immediately after the Times’ report »

Darren Seals, Ferguson protest leader, killed

Featured image Darren Seals, a leader in the protest against the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, was found dead in a burning car in St. Louis County yesterday. The arson squad responded to a car fire and, after extinguishing it, found Seals’ body. He had been shot. Naturally, the case is being treated as a homicide. According to the St. Louis American, Seals recently uploaded a Facebook Live video saying that »

Why did the DOJ back Cheryl Mills’ specious privilege claims?

Featured image Shannen Coffin sees Cheryl’s Mill’s participation in Hillary Clinton’s FBI interview as “Exhibit A for those who wonder whether [the] interview was all for show.” Count me among those wondering, all the more so after reading Coffin’s piece. Writing in the Weekly Standard, Coffin explains: Mills was hip-deep in the events at the heart of the FBI’s criminal investigation and was herself a material witness who had previously sat for »

Outgoing D.C. police chief decries under-incarceration

Featured image Cathy Lanier is leaving her job as police chief of Washington, D.C. to become the NFL’s head of security. She is well-regarded in the District and her tenure as chief is considered successful. Were it otherwise, the NFL would not be entrusting her with its top security post. On her way out, Lanier had some harsh things to say about criminal justice in D.C. “The criminal justice system in this »

Hillary’s State Dept. cemented lucrative gig for Bill

Featured image The Washington Post reports that Bill Clinton made millions of dollars through an “honorary” job with a for-profit education firm. This doesn’t strike me as problematic. If a company thinks the Bill Clinton name is worth millions to it, why not pay the millions? And, if you’re Bill Clinton, why not accept them? But here’s the rub: Hillary Clinton used her position as Secretary of State to help cement the »

Good grief, John Kerry

Featured image President Obama has become a laughingstock in Moscow, Beijing, Tehran, and wherever else serious people are paying attention. But it is John Kerry, one suspects, who draws the biggest guffaws. Consider the Syria deal Kerry, with White House approval, presented to Russia in July. According to the Washington Post the proposal was this: the U.S. would share intelligence and coordinate its bombing of terrorists targets with Russia and Russia would »

Obama commutes 111 more sentences including Oakland drug kingpin’s

Featured image The Obama jailbreak continues apace. Last week the president commuted the sentences of 111 more federal prisoners. We’ll probably have more to say about the latest batch felons Obama has put back on our streets. However, I want to focus now on just one of them — Darryl Lamar Reed, a.k.a. “Lil D” of Oakland, California. In 2014, as Debra Saunders reminds us, the Obama administration said that inmates applying »