Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Schumer talks tough on Obamacare; does he have a good hand?

Featured image Yesterday, I observed that Chuck Schumer’s tough talk on the Supreme Court is backed up by a hand consisting of. . .nothing. Schumer is no Paul Newman, so for him nothing isn’t a cool hand. Schumer is also talking tough about Obamacare. He insists that Democrats will not help Republicans replace the Affordable Care Act. He anticipates, therefore, that repeal will produce a disaster. He intends to call that disaster »

Schumer talks tough on Supreme Court, but has a losing hand

Featured image Chuck Schumer has declared that he intends to oppose any Supreme Court nominee who falls outside the judicial “mainstream,” even if this means keeping the seat formerly occupied by Justice Scalia vacant until after the 2018 elections. The vow is similar to Mitch McConnell’s promise not to move on Merrick Garland’s nomination, with this key difference — McConnell was (and is) the majority leader; Schumer is not. To be sure »

Son of civil rights leader prosecuted by Sessions endorses the Senator

Featured image In a piece called “Washington Post unwittingly destroys the ‘Sessions is a racist’ slander,” I reviewed the evidence set forth in an article that supports the slander and the evidence that undercuts it. The undercutting evidence is overwhelming. It includes, but is hardly limited to, the testimony of African-Americans, including several from Alabama, who have known and/or worked with Sessions over the years. Evidence on the other side of the »

Mike Pence: Trump will hit the ground running fast

Featured image Vice president-elect Pence met this morning with House Republicans. According to what I’ve been told by a member who was present, Pence said that Donald Trump will cut short his inauguration parade so he can go to the Oval Office and rescind many of President Obama’s executive orders. In addition, as I understand it, Trump will take immediate action to begin undoing some of the administration’s regulations. There are limits »

Blaming “them”; it’s the new American way

Featured image Many readers will recall the Trump rally in North Carolina where a 79 year-old elbowed a young African-American protester. The old man, John Franklin (“Quick Draw”) McGraw was unapologetic. “We don’t know if he’s ISIS; we don’t know who he is,” McGraw said. “The next time we see him, we might have to kill him.” The next time McGraw saw the protester, Rakeem Jones, was in a Fayetteville, North Carolina »

Freakout in Alabama

Featured image Left-wingers associated with the NAACP are occupying the Mobile, Alabama office of Senator Jeff Sessions to protest Sessions’ nomination as attorney general. The protesters, apparently a dozen or so in number, say they will continue their sit-in until Sessions withdraws as a nominee for attorney general or they are arrested. As usual, the left is breaking new ground in incivility. I can’t recall this tactic ever being used against a »

Ford cancels plan for Mexican plant; WaPo refuses to credit Trump

Featured image Ford CEO Mark Fields announced today that Ford has canceled plans to invest $1.6 billion in a new plant in Mexico. Instead it will produce the vehicles the Mexican plant would have manufactured at facilities in Michigan and Illinois. The move is expect to create approximately 700 jobs in the U.S. The Washington Post buries this news in an article about Trump “targeting” American automakers, especially General Motors, by threatening »

The fix was in for Jim Kim

Featured image Joe Asch at Dartblog has the story of how President Obama engineered the reappointment of Jim Kim ten months prior to the end of his term as president of the World Bank. Readers may recall that Kim served briefly as president of Dartmouth College. We wrote about that particular disaster here, here, and here. When Kim moved on to the World Bank in 2012, Scott stated that Dartmouth’s problem is »

Tough times at the Clinton Foundation? [UPDATED]

Featured image My friend Jim Scanlan informed me that Bill Clinton has promised to “personally triple” donations to the Clinton Foundation. Sure enough, here’s the pop-up on the Foundation’s website in which Clinton does so. If you follow the links that lead towards donating, you learn that Clinton will “triple” donations “up to [the Foundation’s] goal of $200,000.” According to this report, Clinton Foundation chairman Bruce Lindsey also announced in an email »

The president-elect need not be a potted plant [UPDATED]

Featured image Ruth Marcus, the liberal Washington Post columnist, advises Donald Trump that “there can be only one president at a time.” This slogan raises, but does not answer, the question of what the president-elect should say or do when the lame duck takes highly controversial action with which his successor-to-be strongly disagrees. More on that in a moment. But first, let’s share a laugh over Marcus’ invocation of Richard Nixon in »

Obsessed with Israel; oblivious to genocide

Featured image That’s how the World Values Network summaries the Obama administration’s foreign policy. A good summary, though it excludes President Obama’s other dark obsession — appeasing Iran. What follows is the content of the World Values Network’s newspaper ad that appears under the title quoted above, and under pictures of Samantha Power, Susan Rice, John Kerry, and President Obama — a quartet described as one that “will live in infamy as »

Books for 2016 and beyond

Featured image Tevi Troy offers his selections for the best books of 2016. At the top of the list is Yuval Levin’s Fractured Republic, which I discussed here (Steve’s podcast with Yuval is here.) It is certainly among the best books I read this year. So is Tevi’s own contribution, Shall We Wake the President?. Ross Douthat of the New York Times offers a different sort of list — “books for the »

Cops killed less, got killed more in 2016

Featured image The Washington Post declares: “Despite ongoing national scrutiny of police tactics, the number of fatal shootings by officers in 2016 remained virtually unchanged from last year when nearly 1,000 people were killed by police.” There are a few problems with this declaration. First, by the Post’s count, the number of fatal shootings by officers decreased by more than 3 percent this year — down from 991 to 957. Second, the »

How not to appeal to the white voters Hillary lost

Featured image The Democrats lost the presidential election this year due to a shortage of votes from two main groups: African-Americans and working class Whites in the industrial Midwest. Thus, you might think that in choosing a new DNC chairman, Democrats would select someone with appeal to both groups. After all, the chairman will be the face of the Democratic party for a while. The Democrats, though, likely will select either Keith »

British PM repudiates Kerry’s attack on Israel

Featured image British Prime Minister Theresa May has criticized John Kerry’s oration on the state of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Kerry called Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition “the most right-wing in Israeli history, with an agenda driven by its most extreme elements.” And, of course, he condemned Israeli settlement building as a threat to the “two-state solution.” May responded that her government “[does] not believe that it is appropriate to attack the composition of the »

Mounting evidence of administration dishonesty over U.N. resolution

Featured image Evidence that the Obama administration is being dishonest regarding the anti-Israel U.N. resolution continues to emerge. This article by Adam Kredo in the Washington Free Beacon shows there is good reason to believe that, contrary to the administration’s claims, Team Obama was a major architect of and driving force behind the condemnatory resolution. Kredo cites the following: * There is evidence from multiple sources that Joe Biden phoned Ukraine’s president »

Trump’s response to Obama’s Russian hacking sanctions

Featured image Donald Trump has issued a brief statement about President Obama’s decision to take retaliatory measures against Russia in response to its alleged hacking of DNC and John Podesta email accounts. Trump said: It’s time for our country to move on to bigger and better things. Nevertheless, in the interest of our country and its great people, I will meet with leaders of the intelligence community next week in order to »