Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

No bias evident in key Trump U rulings

Featured image Donald Trump’s attack on Gonzalo Curiel, the judge in the Trump U case, isn’t a legal argument or strategy. It’s venting, plus an attempt to go on the offensive regarding a political line of attack which almost certainly will be raised against him by Hillary Clinton. Even so, I thought it would be worthwhile to see whether Judge Curiel’s key rulings in the case suggest bias against Trump. Because I »

Hillary and the Vince Foster suicide [with a note]

Featured image Donald Trump has revived the matter of Vince Foster’s suicide, calling claims of possible foul play “very serious” and the circumstances of Foster’s death “very fishy.” Trump added, “I don’t know enough to really discuss it” but “I will say there are people who continue to bring it up because they think it was absolutely a murder.” As he often does, Trump is barking up the wrong tree, and irresponsibly »

The real Ali

Featured image Gerald Early, a professor of English and African and African-American studies, explodes some of the mythology surrounding the late Muhammad Ali. The first myth is that Ali was a civil rights advocate or activist. Not so: The Nation of Islam, which Ali joined in 1964, was, if anything, against the civil rights movement and, as a separatist group, opposed to racial integration. The Nation also thought that whites were unnatural »

Ex-Secret Service Officer: White House staff lived in fear of Hillary

Featured image Emily Smith of the New York Post reports on some of the revelations in Crisis of Character, the soon-to-be-released book by former Secret Service agent Gary Byrne about life at the White House with Hillary Clinton. I discussed the book briefly here. According to Byrne, Hillary Clinton would be friendly one moment and then go into a rage. She repeatedly screamed obscenities at her husband, Secret Service personnel and White »

Ex-Secret Service agent blows whistle on Hillary

Featured image Donald Trump is a nasty piece of work, but is he nastier than Hillary Clinton? I expressed doubt that he is at the end of this post. In a few weeks, Crisis of Character by former Secret Service agent Gary Byrne, a “tell-all” book about Hillary’s time at the White House, will be released. “What I saw [at the White House] in the 1990s sickened me,” says Byrne. “I want »

What Trump’s attack on Judge Curiel tells us

Featured image What to make of Donald Trump’s attack on Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over the Trump U case? Is it a counterintuitive litigation strategy? Is it, as Steve suggests, an attack, witting or not, on the premise of diversity? Is it, as the Washington Post and many others say, new evidence of his unfitness for the presidency? In my view, it isn’t really any of the above. Rather, Trump »

Ali, my take

Featured image I wasn’t going to write about Muhammad Ali so soon after his death because I don’t have much nice to say about him. But I changed my mind because of (1) the non-stop lionization of him in the media and (2) the posts on the subject by Steve and John. I agree with Steve that Ali was Donald Trump before there was Donald Trump. Beyond that, I’ll simply offer what »

Weldon Angelos finally released from prison; why did Obama leave him there so long?

Featured image Weldon Angelos was the poster prisoner for opponents of mandatory minimum sentencing and those who want the minimums reduced. And for good reason. Angelos was unjustly sentenced under the mandatory minimums to 55 years in prison after being convicted for selling marijuana. Are there other instances of unjust sentences under the minimums? Almost certainly. Yet, advocates of sentencing leniency seem hard-pressed to find them. Of the cases cited in the »

Scrubbing words is nothing new for Team Obama

Featured image In a post called “On the Iran deal, lies upon lies,” I discussed the deletion by the State Department from an archived video of an exchange in which spokeswoman Jen Psaki effectively admitted that the administration lied about its nuclear negotiations with Iran. Summarizing the situation better than I did in my post, Jake Tapper explains: There was a first lie told to us about the secret talks between Iran »

Hannity surges on Trump’s coattails

Featured image I haven’t watched a minute of Sean Hannity’s Fox News program since he went in the tank for Donald Trump. I rarely watched him before that. I haven’t been missed. According to Steve Guest of the Daily Caller, Hannity has enjoyed a ratings surge. Guest says that Hannity in now number two at Fox News, ahead of Megyn Kelly, whom Trump has trashed. From the numbers Guest cites, it’s not »

Job growth stalls

Featured image One of the reasons I have thought Hillary Clinton probably will be elected president, assuming she’s not indicted, is the state of the economy. It’s pretty good now, and Americans recognize this. The relatively good economy explains why President Obama’s approval rating his risen. It’s borderline decent now. This hasn’t seemed to help Hillary’s poll numbers, but likely would once we get to crunch time. Today, however, comes a new »

Last month in baseball history — the most important trade of the ’60s? [UPDATED]

Featured image On May 8, 1966, the St. Louis Cardinals obtained slugging first baseman Orlando Cepeda from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for left-handed pitcher Ray Sadecki. I was out of the country on the anniversary of the deal, but don’t want to miss the opportunity to commemorate what was arguably the most consequential baseball trade of the decade. To understand the deal, we need to look back to 1964 when »

Paul Ryan endorses Donald Trump

Featured image House Speaker Paul Ryan says he will vote for Donald Trump in November. Ryan says he will do so because he “feel[s] confident [Trump] would help us turn the ideas in [the Republican House] agenda into laws to help improve people’s lives. This is an endorsement. Ryan isn’t going to vote for Trump merely because he’s the GOP nominee or because he is marginally less bad than Hillary Clinton. No. »

Grassley not hurt by Garland standoff

Featured image When President Obama nominated Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court, I think he understood that the Republican Senate would not confirm the judge, at least not before the November election. Obama hoped instead that Republican intransigence would hurt GOP Senators up for reelection this Fall. Blocking Garland required the assistance of Sen. Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Grassley is up for reelection. I never seen good evidence »

On the Iran deal, lies upon lies [revised]

Featured image The State Department acknowledged today that an archived video of a December 2, 2013 press briefing was intentionally edited to remove a portion of a conversation about the Iran nuclear talks. Previously, the Department had tried to blame the removal on a “glitch.” The deleted segment of the briefing featured Fox News reporter James Rosen asking then-State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki whether the Obama administration had lied about having secret »

ACLU leader quits after daughters encounter men in the women’s restroom

Featured image Maya Dillard Smith, interim director of the Georgia chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, has resigned over the ACLU’s position on who can use which public restrooms. The resignation occurred after her two daughters were traumatized by encountering men in the women’s restroom. Dillard Smith explained: I have shared my personal experience of having taken my elementary school age daughters into a women’s restroom when shortly after three transgender »

California poised to adopt ultra-leftist K-12 history curriculum

Featured image Stanley Kurtz reports that California is on the verge of approving a new and sharply leftist K-12 curriculum framework for history and social sciences. The move, he adds, “has national implications, since textbooks retooled to fit California’s changing history frameworks are often used much more widely.” Stanley describes the new California curriculum this way : On immigration, it is anti-assimilationist; on family and sexuality, it is radically anti-traditionalist; on terrorism, »