Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Eric Holder’s unpersuasive attack on the Ferguson police department, Part Two

Featured image The Department of Justice’s angry condemnation of the Ferguson police department asserts systemic racism in the enforcement of certain laws. I argued here that the DOJ’s report fails to show such racism, though it may exist. But the DOJ’s report takes its criticism even further. It is concerned that even the facially neutral application of certain laws by the Ferguson justice system is discriminatory because of the impact on African-Americans. »

A prelude to madness [UPDATED]

Featured image Whether you’re ready for it or not, March Madness is here. This week will feature the conference tournaments (some of which got underway last week) that will help determine the field for the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s College Basketball tournament. Tonight, I’ll be watching the final of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament between William & Mary and Northeastern. And I’ll be pulling for William & Mary, my older daughter’s »

Barron’s AP Test Prep Guide equates Clarence Thomas with Fascists

Featured image I’ve been warning for some time about the College Board’s effective mandate that AP U.S. History be taught from a hard-left perspective. But this report by Eric Owens of the Daily Caller leaves me stunned: The latest version of a top-selling study guide for the Advanced Placement European History exam explains the French Revolution with a chart which identifies Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as a fascist and pairs him »

Experience counts, but which way does it cut for Hillary Clinton?

Featured image The first political slogan I can recall was Richard Nixon’s insistence during his 1960 presidential campaign that “Experience Counts.” Nixon didn’t need to explain what his experience as vice president in the popular Eisenhower administration counted for. However, Eisenhower himself took some of the luster away from the slogan when, upon being asked for an example in which Nixon contributed a major idea that he adopted, Ike asked for a »

Eric Holder’s unpersuasive attack on the Ferguson police department, Part One

Featured image Last week, the Justice Department announced, with little fanfare, that Darren Wilson was justified in shooting Michael Brown. The Department found “no credible evidence” that Brown was attempting to surrender when Wilson shot him. So much for “Hands up, don’t shoot.” It made for good theater, but it was a lie. Also last week, the Justice Department, with much fanfare, announced that the Ferguson police department for which Darren Wilson »

Did Netanyahu’s speech help his electoral prospects?

Featured image Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu appears to have become more popular at home as a result of his speech to Congress last week. However, his prospects in the upcoming Israeli elections seemingly remain where they were before his address. These are the paradoxical findings of a poll taken on Wednesday and Thursday for the Jerusalem Post. According to the poll, the percentage of Israelis who say they want Netanyahu to remain »

Will Obama’s deal with Iran bind our next president?

Featured image A reader wonders whether, assuming that President Obama does not submit his nuclear deal with Iran to the Senate for ratification, the deal would bind our next president. In my opinion, it would not. The administration apparently does not intend to submit the deal to Congress. Secretary of State Kerry justifies this decision on the theory that the president has the inherent authority to execute foreign policy. If so, the »

13 questions for Hillary Clinton [Plus one more]

Featured image The mainstream media won’t let up on Hillary Clinton (nor should it). Ruth Marcus poses 13 questions about Clinton’s use of private email at the State Department: 1. Why did you make the decision to use a personal email account rather than government email upon becoming secretary of state? 2. Why did you believe this approach was necessary and/or preferable to using an official email account? 3. Did others working »

Clinton reportedly told State Dept. personnel not to use private email

Featured image Fox News is reporting that in a 2011 State Department cable, Hillary Clinton instructed employees not to use personal email. The cable cited security reasons. All the while, as we now know, Clinton was using only her personal email to communicate electronically about State Department business. The cable, which bears Clinton’s electronic signature, reportedly states that employees should “avoid conducting official Department from your personal e-mail accounts.” It also states »

Hillary sacked ambassador who opted for private email

Featured image Mark Hemingway of the Weekly Standard calls our attention to the case of Kenya Scott Gration, the former U.S. ambassador to Kenya. He abruptly “stepped down” in 2012, prompted by a withering evaluation from the State Department, then under the direction of Hillary Clinton. The report found multiple concerns with Gration’s performance. One of them was the following: Because the information management office could not change the Department’s policy for »

King v. Burwell, the day after

Featured image The consensus following oral argument in King v. Burwell is that the votes of two Justices are in play. Based on the questioning, it seems clear that the four-judge liberal bloc will vote to affirm the decision that Obamacare subsidies may be granted to those using the federal exchange. Justices Scalia and Alito appear set to vote to reverse that decision. Justice Thomas did not ask questions — his usual »

Clinton’s reckless and possibly criminal quest for secrecy

Featured image Hillary Clinton’s private email account, the only email account she used for State Department business, continues to spark commentary on the internet. Attorney Shannen Coffin wonders whether Clinton committed a felony. He points out that federal criminal law makes it a felony when any custodian of official government records “willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same.” The crime is punishable by up to three years »

King v. Burwell: a discouraging mid-argument report [UPDATED] [WITH FINAL UPDATE]

Featured image Eric Citron at Scotusblog provides a mid-argument report on King v. Burwell, the vital Obamacare case being heard by the Supreme Court today. According to Citron, the petitioners, who argue that subsidies are not available on the federal exchange faced a troubling question from Justice Kennedy, on whose vote the case may very well turn. Kennedy, says Citron, “expressed deep concern with a system where the statute would potentially destroy »

Why no deal is better than Obama’s deal

Featured image I found Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress persuasive in all but one respect. I question Netanyahu’s claim that the alternative to the deal Obama seems prepared to settle for is “a better deal.” It believe that the Iranian regime’s overriding goal is to obtain nuclear weapons. If that’s the case, Iran will not agree to a deal that significantly impedes its ability to reach this goal. It follows that the »

MSM mainstays cut Clinton no slack over her email account

Featured image If the mainstream media were applying the sort of scrutiny to Hillary Clinton it has applied to Republican presidential candidates, we would by now have seen articles in the New York Times and the Washington Post about Whitewater, Travelgate, and the 1993 health care reform debacle. We would also have been treated to disparaging stories about Clinton dating back to her days as a Goldwater Girl. But the MSM’s fondness »

Netanyahu’s message to Congress, and to the President

Featured image Strip away the politics associated with Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress and this simple reality remains: Netanyahu had an urgent, much needed message to deliver about Iran. This morning Netanyahu delivered that message forcefully, persuasively, and to great applause from members of both political parties. A few dozen Democratic members, including a hugely disproportionate number of African-American congressman but also (according to Fox News) half a dozen Jewish members, »

U.S. boots on the ground in Iraq after all

Featured image The Washington Post reports that some former U.S. troops have taken up the fight against ISIS in Iraq: [A] growing band of foreigners [is] leaving behind their lives in the West to fight with new Christian militias against the Islamic State extremist group. The leaders of those militias say they have been swamped with hundreds of requests from veterans and volunteers from around the world who want to join them. »