Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Why didn’t Jeanine Pirro reveal her ties to Donald Trump? [UPDATED]

Featured image Yesterday, I complained about what I called the mindless responses by some Fox News commentators to the National Review’s “Against Trump” issue. Some of the responses weren’t just mindless, they were also obnoxious. One the most obnoxious ones came from Judge Jeanine Pirro. She ranted: “The National Review needs to get in line with the rest of the Republicans. How dare they trash the front-runner Donald Trump!” But Trump doesn’t »

Let’s hear it for the “hawkish upstart”

Featured image There isn’t much in the current political scene that brings a smile to my face, but the opening paragraph in this Politico article did: Sen. Tom Cotton, the hawkish upstart who’s already made waves railing against the Iran nuclear deal and government surveillance programs, is now leading a new rebellion against a bipartisan effort to overhaul the criminal justice system — hoping to torpedo one of the few pieces of »

Mindless responses to National Review’s “Against Trump” essays

Featured image Fox News is a large outfit with plenty of on-air personalities. So it’s natural that some of them are pro-Donald Trump, or at least anti-anti-Trump, and that therefore some reacted negatively to National Reviews “Against Trump” issue. The problem is the mindlessness of some of the negative reactions. John Daly documents them at NR’s Corner. Take Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro. She said on Twitter: “The National Review needs »

Can our government measure snow?

Featured image Any government, nor matter how otherwise incompetent, should be able to measure snow. And our current government, which aspires to control so much and which likes to talk about “settled science,” certainly shouldn’t be flummoxed by whatever nuances coming up with an accurate snow measurement might entail. Yet, according to the Washington Post, “it has become apparent. . .through multiple conversations with the weather observers at Reagan National Airport, that »

Let’s hear it for Senator Perdue

Featured image When Democratic presidents nominate leftist minority group members to the federal bench, it’s win-win for them. Either they get a leftist confirmed plus the right to brag about how much they’re doing for minorities or the Democrats can castigate Republicans for being mean to minorities. The nomination of Dax Lopez to the federal district court for the Northern District of Georgia is a classic example. Lopez is Hispanic (and Jewish »

Will Hillary be indicted?

Featured image Andy McCarthy joins former Attorney General Michael Mukasey in sensing that there’s a good chance Hillary Clinton will be indicted. He writes: Jim [Comey, the director of the FBI] is tough, he is smart, and if there is a case to be made here, he will make it. And if he makes it, it will be bulletproof. Of course, making the case would not mean the FBI could force attorney »

The gloves come off, but why did it take so long?

Featured image Check out Ted Cruz’s excellent new ad attacking Donald Trump over eminent domain. This is the kind of information Trump’s rival candidates should have started putting out months ago when it became clear that Trump is for real. Instead, by and large they (1) indulged in the fantasy that Trump would fade away, (2) worried that Trump would fight back to their detriment, and/or (3) attacked lesser candidates (but better »

As Clinton email scandal moves to new level, former AG Mukasey predicts a criminal charge

Featured image Katherine Herridge and Pamela Browne of Fox News are reporting that at least one of the emails on Hillary Clinton’s private server contained extremely sensitive information identified by an intelligence agency as “HCS-O.” This code is used for reporting on human intelligence sources in ongoing operations, according two of the Fox reporters’ sources. Here is what a December 2013 policy document released by the Office of the Director of National »

British star pushes back against Oscar racism charge [Updated]

Featured image I’ve been a fan of Charlotte Rampling ever since I saw “Georgie Girl” nearly 50 years ago. So I was delighted to see that she is criticizing claims that this year’s Oscar nominations are unfair to African-Americans. Rampling, who was nominated for best actress for her performance in “45 Years,” says the charge is unfair to the white actors nominated. Indeed, the charge is “racist to whites,” in her opinion. »

Ettore Scola, RIP

Featured image Ettore Scola, the brilliant Italian film director, has died. He was 84. Scola is probably best known for “A Special Day” starring Marcelo Mastroianni and Sophia Loren. Mastroianni plays a gay man about to be deported by Mussolini’s government. Loren is the repressed wife of a Mussolini supporter. The movie is about their brief, random encounter. My favorite Scola film, though, is “We All Loved Each Other So Much.” This »

John Kerry: Some sanctions relief money will go to terrorism

Featured image John Kerry admitted the obvious today. Speaking at Davos, he said that some of the $55 billion (his figure) in sanctions relief money for Iran will be used to promote terrorism: I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC [Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps.] or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists. You know, to some degree, I’m not going to sit here »

Is the establishment “rushing to support ” Trump? [UPDATED]

Featured image Ted Cruz is campaigning on the idea that the “establishment” is uniting behind GOP frontrunner Donald Trump. He told reporters in New Hampshire: We’re seeing something remarkable happening in this Republican primary. Right now, the Washington establishment is abandoning Marco Rubio, they’ve made the assessment that Marco can’t win this race, and the Washington establishment is rushing over to support Donald Trump. We’re seeing that happen every day, and Mr. »

An unlikely member of the “vast right wing conspiracy”

Featured image Hillary Clinton, through a spokesperson, has accused Charles McCullough III, the Intelligence Community Inspector General, of working with Republicans to attack her. Referring to McCullough’s statement to Senators that at least several dozen of the emails Clinton sent and received while she was secretary of state contained classified material at the highest levels, the Clinton spokesperson told CNN: I think this was a very coordinated leak. Two months ago there »

“13 Hours” — The Washington Post’s jaundiced take

Featured image Scott reports that “13 Hours,” Michael Bay’s film about the Benghazi attacks, attracted only a small crowd at the Grandview Theater in St. Paul, Minnesota. Nationally, though, the movie seems to be doing well. It earned around $20 million during the holiday weekend. That’s not quite as good as “Lone Survivor” ($25 million) and nowhere close to “American Sniper” ($107 million), both of which opened during the corresponding weekend. But »

Hillary is weirding out young feminists

Featured image Last month, writing about the possible role of Bill Clinton’s sex scandals in this year’s presidential campaign, I said: There are dozens of lines of attack against Hillary Clinton, nearly all of which will resonate with folks who already dislike her. The trick for the GOP nominee will be to select the handful that are likely resonate with other voters. I’m not certain what these lines of attack are, but »

Trump on Libya, then and now

Featured image During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump has come down hard on the Obama administration for intervening in Libya to help topple Muammar Qaddafi. Trump says, for example, that the world would be better off with Qaddafi in power. Indeed, he has argued that “frankly there is no Libya; it’s all broken up; they have no control; nobody knows what’s going on.” Trump probably isn’t far wrong in his assessment. However, »

Supreme Court to hear executive amnesty case

Featured image The Supreme Court decided today to review a decision adverse to the government in the legal challenge to President Obama’s overhaul of the nation’s immigration rules. At issue is a program that would allow as many as five million illegal immigrants who are the parents of citizens or of lawful permanent residents to apply for a program under which they would receive work permits and avoid the possibility of deportation. »