Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

George Stephanopoulos’ dubious apology

Featured image George Stephanopoulos has issued an apology of sorts for failing to disclose his contribution to the Clinton Foundation, as he tried to grill Peter Schweizer over his investigative reporting about the Clinton Foundation. Stephanopoulos said this: I made charitable donations to the foundation in support of the work they’re doing on global AIDS prevention and deforestation, causes I care about deeply. I thought that my contributions were a matter of »

Demonstrators protest obviously justified shooting in Madison

Featured image Yesterday, in Madison, Wisconsin, the Dane County district attorney announced that police officer Matthew Kenny will not face criminal charges in the shooting death of Tony Robinson. As John has explained, the district attorney’s decision could not rationally have been otherwise given the facts of the case. Robinson, who was convicted of armed robbery last year, was high on mushrooms and other drugs. He acted violently towards several individuals, prompting »

“The Seduction of Hillary Rodham” — Hillary’s radicalism

Featured image Hillary Rodham was, famously, a Goldwater Girl in high school. However, as David Brock showed in his 1996 book “The Seduction of Hillary Rodham,” she was a Rockefeller Republican when she arrive at Wellesley College. By the time she graduated, Hillary was a far-left radical. Brock connects Hillary’s radicalism with the teachings of two extreme left-wingers of the day: Carl Oglesby and Saul Alinsky. Oglesby, a Marxist theoretician who became »

Barack Obama, pathetic at three levels

Featured image Yesterday, as John noted, President Obama took a swing at Fox News during a conference on poverty. Obama said: Sadly, I think there’s been an effort to either make folks mad at folks at the top or to make folks mad at folks at the bottom. And I think the effort to suggest that the poor are sponges, leeches, who don’t want to work, lazy, undeserving, got traction. And look, »

Jeb Bush on the invasion of Iraq

Featured image Jeb Bush is taking heat for his response to a question by Megyn Kelly about the Iraq war. Here is the exchange: Kelly: Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion? Bush: I would have, and so would have Hillary Clinton, just to remind everybody, and so would have almost everybody that was confronted with the intelligence they got. Kelly: You don’t think it was a mistake? »

Britain’s excellent new sports minister

Featured image Fresh off of his electoral victory, British Prime Minister David Cameron has named MP Tracey Crouch as Minister for Sport. Crouch is an FA (Football Association) qualified soccer coach. She has coached a girls’ team for the past eight years, and is described as “a keen footballer herself.” During a Tory-Labour match she reportedly embarrassed Labour’s shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy by putting a penalty kick through his legs. As »

“The Seduction of Hillary Rodham,” Part One

Featured image Peter Schweizer’s new blockbuster, Clinton Cash, has sent Hillary Clinton’s backers into overdrive as they attempt to find holes in Schweizer’s formidable research. If you haven’t seen it yet, you should check out our interview with the author. Media Matters is leading the charge against Clinton Cash. Ironically, its founder, David Brock, once wrote a book about Hillary Clinton. He called it The Seduction of Hillary Rodham. At the time »

Mosby doubles down on demagoguery

Featured image Yesterday, Marilyn Mosby, the prosecutor who brought charges against six Baltimore police officers accused of mistreating Freddie Gray, sat on stage at a Baltimore concert in which Prince performed a protest song about Gray and the recent unrest in the city. As I understand it, the concert was in honor of Gray, and Prince called Mosby and her husband to the stage. Based on the reports I’ve seen, I would »

Saudi King blows off Obama

Featured image Saudi Arabia has announced that its new monarch, King Salman, will not attend meetings at the White House with President Obama or a summit of Arab leaders at Camp David. The king will instead send Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who is the interior minister, and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is the defense minister. The main reason cited for the King’s abstention — the summit meeting overlaps »

Liberals block the most promising path in Baltimore

Featured image Many liberals and some conservatives would like to force a major reduction in the prison population, even though current incarceration rates contributed significantly to sharply reduced crime rates. One objection to the crusade to reduce incarceration is high recidivism. Nearly 70 percent of released prisoners are arrested within three years. To deal with this objection, proponents of reform call for rehabilitation and training programs for prisoners. They sometimes talk as »

My take on Britain’s general election

Featured image I was surprised that so many were surprised by the Conservative Party’s victory in the British election. The two key drivers in most national elections are (1) the state of the economy and (2) the quality of the candidates. The state of the British economy provided no basis to believe that voters wanted a change. As Frank Luntz points out, unemployment was low and economic confidence high. As for the »

What really ails our cities

Featured image My impression is that Baltimore was particularly hard hit by the last recession and hasn’t really recovered. But, as I have argued, this doesn’t mean that cities hit less hard are immune from the kind of rioting that followed the death of Freddie Gray. Colbert King of the Washington Post makes this point. He contends that Washington, D.C., which is nearly recession-proof, shares the same basic ills as Baltimore, and »

Freddie Gray’s knife, Part Two

Featured image The prosecutor in the Freddie Gray case contends that it was not unlawful for Gray to be carrying his knife — a “spring-assisted, one-hand-operated” device — and that therefore it was improper to arrest him. I argued here that the prosecutor is likely wrong because Baltimore city law makes it unlawful to “possess any knife with an automatic spring or other device for opening and/or closing the blade. . . »

Freddie Gray’s knife, Marilyn Mosby’s bias

Featured image One of the charges brought by prosecutor Marilyn Mosby in the Freddie Gray case is false arrest. The police arrested Gray for carrying an illegal knife, but Mosby has announced that Gray’s knife was not an illegal switchblade under Maryland law. Defense attorneys contest this claim. They have filed a motion to inspect the knife. Who is right about the knife? Without having seen the knife, I can’t say for »

Fareed Zakaria’s recurring dream

Featured image Fareed Zakaria argues that with Israel ascendant and largely unthreatened, it now has “an extraordinary strategic opportunity” to bring about a Palestinian state. Just how Israel would go about this — i.e., what concessions it should make — Zakaria doesn’t say. Zakaria’s premise is that reality in the Middle East “has changed dramatically in Israel’s favor.” He cites “the disappearance of the Arab threat” (Iraq, Syria and Egypt are “in »

Netanyahu forms government with no votes to spare

Featured image In March, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won a decisive victory at the polls. Yesterday, he announced that he had finally scraped together a coalition of 61 Knesset members — the bare minimum required — with which to govern. What happened? In essence, Netanyahu was unable to persuade either of two big party bosses to back him. Avigdor Lieberman of the right-oriented Yisrael Beytenu (Israel Is Our Home) party leader has »

Report: Freddie Gray task force perceived no homicide

Featured image CNN reports that the Baltimore police investigation into the death of Freddie Gray doesn’t support some of the charges, including the most serious, filed by Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. The police investigators thought that, at most, manslaughter charges might be warranted. Yet, Mosby charged Caesar Goodson with second degree murder. CNN also reports that, according to the police, homicide investigators, after being briefed by the medical examiner’s office, »