Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Nikki Haley, star

Featured image President Trump has made some outstanding appointments (although one of the best, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recently offered to resign in the face of criticism from the president). Right now, my favorite Trump appointee is U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley. In the tradition of our best U.N. ambassadors — Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Jeane Kirkpatrick — Haley has been a powerful voice against U.N. hypocrisy. Most notably, she has denounced U.N. »

What Comey will say

Featured image The Senate Intelligence Committee has released the prepared remarks that former FBI director James Comey intends to present when he testifies tomorrow. Comey plans to testify that President Trump personally sought his “loyalty” while also pressing to “lift the cloud” of the Russia investigation. Comey will describe a January 27 dinner where, he says, Trump told him: “I need loyalty. I expect loyalty.” In addition, he plans to say that »

ISIS terrorists attack in Tehran

Featured image The Washington Post reports that gunmen stormed two major sites in Tehran today. They killed at least 12 people and wounded another 42 in gunfire and suicide blasts in parliament and at the tomb of Ayatollah Khomeini (the Post calls this a “revered shrine”). ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks. According to the Post, this is the first serious terrorist attack in Iran. Past attacks have been confined to minor »

Washington Post peddles Palestinian propaganda, Part Two

Featured image Last week, the Washington Post dedicated an entire section of the paper to airing Palestinian grievances and talking points. The section was called “Occupied: Year 50.” This week, the Post was back with more, turning the first five pages of its Sunday “Outlook” over to Dan Ephron so he could whine about Israeli settlements. I don’t recall anyone ever getting five pages in “Outlook” to write, or in this case »

Did Obama tell the truth about Russia’s election meddling?

Featured image During a news conference last December, President Obama claimed that Russian interference in the 2016 election ended after he told Russian President Vladimir Putin to “cut it out” in early September. In Obama’s telling, he warned Putin of “serious consequences” if Russian interference continued. As a result the interference ceased. Here is what Obama told the American public: What I was concerned about in particular was making sure [the DNC »

Tim Tebow is still a hero in small town America

Featured image Tim Tebow was a Heisman Trophy winning college football player and, briefly, a starting quarterback in the NFL. Nowadays, he’s a football analyst for ESPN. Tebow has been mocked and vilified by some on the left. Why? Because he openly displays his Christian faith. Last weekend, Tebow came to Hagerstown, Maryland. He came as a member of the Columbia (South Carolina) Fireflies, a New York Mets farm team in the »

Trump’s tweets and the travel ban case

Featured image I agree with Scott that President Trump’s tweet attacking his Justice Department was disheartening. It shows Trump at his worst — trashing his own team and refusing to accept responsibility for his actions. He was the one who signed the “watered down, politically correct” executive order. From a lawyers’ perspective, Trump is the client from hell — a point made, though not in these words, by Alan Dershowitz and David »

Europeans respond to terrorist attacks with tougher gun control laws [UPDATED]

Featured image Some say the Europeans have been slow to make changes to combat the rise of Islamist terrorism. But it’s not true that the EU has been unresponsive. According to the Washington Post, after the 2015 terror attacks in Paris, France pushed the European Union to enact even tougher anti-gun policies than the stringent ones already in place. The European Commission initially proposed a complete ban on the sale of weapons »

Ammo Grrrll on Kathy Griffin

Featured image Yesterday I wrote about Kathy Griffin’s weepy press conference in which she portrayed President Trump not as the offended party in her beheading fantasy picture, but rather as the latest in a long line of “older white man” who have tried to derail her career in comedy. I wondered whether Power Line’s resident female comedian, “Ammo Grrrll,” agreed with Griffin’s claim that women face great difficulty making their way in »

Washington Post covers up left-wing violence in Portland

Featured image After the election of a president it hates, the Washington Post adopted as a slogan “democracy dies in darkness.” But “darkness” isn’t a problem in our society. With the media explosion of the past few decades and the constant glare of the news cycle, the problem, if any, is confusion. The danger is being blinded by the lights. But adopting the slogan “democracy dies in darkness” should carry with it »

Two edgy comedians; two very different offenses

Featured image Last week, two left-wing entertainers found themselves in trouble for their expression. In one case, the offense was slight; in the other, it was serious. Bill Maher committed the slight offense. During an exchange on his show with Sen. Ben Sasse, Maher indicted his aversion to hard labor by calling himself a “house n****r.” Maher quickly added that this was “a joke,” as it obviously was. Sasse seemed neither amused »

A showdown over sugar

Featured image When it comes to the debate between free trade and protectionism, I generally side with free trade. When it comes to NAFTA, I’m not persuaded that the agreement has been the “disaster” President Trump labels it. But whatever one’s stance on trade agreements, it’s important to call out and punish those who abuse them. In fact, it’s imperative that free-traders do so. Otherwise, opponents of future agreements will have a »

Freakout at the American Public Health Association

Featured image We’ve presented a few of the hysterical comments by leftists to news that President Trump is pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement. Trita Parsi, the pro-Iran apologist, tweeted: “Trump just declared war on the very idea of life on earth.” Stephen Walt, the Israel hater, tweeted: “Trump Secret Plan for Middle East Peace: make the whole region to hot for anyone to live in.” I doubt that »

Freakout in Paris

Featured image Here is another contender for most over-the-top reaction to President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord. Francois Hoisbourg, described as a French defense expert who advised President Macron during his campaign, said: We have just witnessed President Trump putting an end to European-American relations. Something must have been lost in translation — sanity. Insane though it may be, the Washington Post, in a story by Michael »

Ted Cruz crushes bizarre attack on Paris withdrawal

Featured image It is beyond my power of discernment to identify the most over-the-top comment criticizing President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord. But this tweet by a Harvard professor named Joyce Chaplin is surely a contender: The USA, created by int’l community in Treaty of Paris in 1783, betrays int’l community by withdrawing from #parisclimateagreement today. Chaplin teaches American Studies. Yet, she appears not to know how »

Post “fact-checkers” swing and miss at Trump’s Paris accord speech

Featured image By now, most people understand that “fact-checkers” for organs like the Washington Post are just liberals trying to package their talking points under a byline they hope will bolster their waning credibility. That’s certainly the case with this Washington Post “fact check” (by Glenn Kessler and Michelle Ye Hee Lee) of President Trump’s explanation for withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement. This howler appears in the second paragraph: Trump also »

Paris was yesterday

Featured image It’s official. President Trump is pulling the U.S. out of the Paris agreement. Here’s the story in the Washington Post. You can almost see tears being shed by reporters Philip Rucker and Chris Mooney. The White House’s written statement to reporters says: The Paris Accord is a BAD deal for Americans, and the President’s action today is keeping his campaign promise to put American workers first. The Accord was negotiated »