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Amy Klobuchar, giant of the Senate

Featured image Former funnyman and current Minnesota Senator Al Franken titled his best-selling memoir Al Franken, Giant of the Senate. He posed for the book’s self-mocking cover. The title and the photograph make a small concession to self-awareness, or to the public relations value of pretending self-awareness, but he deserves credit for the thought. It’s a joke. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar pretends no such self-awareness. With the active assistance of her hometown »

Logic. . .

Featured image is oppressive, patriarchal, and probably racist. At least it is in the increasingly numerous instances where it undermines the liberal narrative. So I hesitate to point out that the following two things both can be true: (1) neo-Nazis are despicable and must take blame for the violence in Charlottesville and (2) the antifa left-wingers share responsibility for some of the violence. President Trump has affirmed both propositions. Should he have »

Media Alert

Featured image I will guest host Laura Ingraham’s radio show tomorrow and Friday. The show runs live from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. Eastern, and is heard at other times in some geographies. We will have a good lineup of guests tomorrow including Dr. Herb London, but there will also be time to talk about issues of the day, including Charlottesville. It will be a good show, and I hope you can »

Counter this

Featured image In today’s Star Tribune Stephen Montemayor takes up the fate of the Minnesota edition of the Obama administration’s Countering Violent Extremism Program. The Obama administration’s approach to the problem of radical Islamic terrorism was fraught with stupidity and euphemism. The Trump administration has reform of CVE on its plate. Montemayor takes up the subject with the local angle in his article “As Washington debates how to counter terrorism, Minnesota groups »

Talking ten theses, with footnotes

Featured image On Monday our friend Seth Leibsohn invited me to appear on Phoenix AM 960’s Seth and Chris Show yesterday afternoon. Seth asked me to discuss my post on the law, the leaks and the New York Times. My discussion with Seth frames the background to my “Ten theses on leaks.” What is to be done? In my view, the Trump Department of Justice must pick its best case to prosecute »

For AG Sessions, ten theses on leaks

Featured image This past Friday Attorney General Sessions held a news conference to announce the Justice Department’s dedication to stopping the flood of leaks of classified information that is undermining the Trump administration and damaging our national security. The transcript of Mr. Sessions’ statement at the press conference is posted here. What is to be done? This was the only potential reform of policy or practice mentioned by Attorney General Sessions: “[O]ne »

Tom Friedman Has a Stopped Clock Moment

Featured image You know what they say about a stopped clock being right twice a day? Tom Friedman, the New York Times‘s second most predictably dismal columnist, had one such moment in yesterday’s column. You knew something was up from the lede, which began with “I was talking the other day to. . .” Already you’re groaning: will it be a taxi driver, a celebrity intellectual, or the Swiss store clerk with »

At the Times, self-parody strikes deep

Featured image In today’s New York Times Matthew Rosenberg seeks to disparage and undermine DCIA Mike Pompeo. Rosenberg’s article runs on page one under the headline “Trump’s Man in the C.I.A. Adds a Political Tone.” At the Times, self-parody runs deep. This is what we have in Rosenberg’s profile. It purports to present Pompeo’s “mixed reception” at the CIA without a single quote to this effect from inside the agency. It brings »

All the Speculation That’s Fit to Print

Featured image Over the weekend, the New York Times published a story on Republicans who supposedly are angling for their party’s 2020 presidential nomination: “Republican Shadow Campaign for 2020 Takes Shape as Trump Doubts Grow.” The story was, of course, part of the paper’s daily war on President Trump. Its purpose was to cause “doubts” about President Trump’s being the GOP nominee in 2020 to “grow.” The Times article contains no actual »

(DHS) Magical mystery tour: Doing the work the Star Tribune won’t do (2)

Featured image Last week I wrote about the 2016 edition of the annual Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport tour conducted for Somalis only by officers of Customs and Border Protection in the Department of Homeland Security. The tour gives local Somali Muslim community leaders a behind the scenes look at security and processing at the airport. The post and the redacted documents provided by CBP in response to my FOIA request are here. »

Media Alert

Featured image I will be on the Mike Gallagher radio show at 10:30 Eastern tomorrow morning, talking about my post, Do the Democrats know how much trouble they are in?. If you don’t know where to listen to Mike in your area, you can listen to the show online here. »

When Bush begged the Times

Featured image Yesterday in “Is the Times a law unto itself?” I wrote that President Bush begged then New York Times managing editor Bill Keller not to publish the Pulitzer Prize-winning story by James Risen and Eric Lichtblau disclosing the existence of the National Security Agency’s Terrorist Surveillance Program (TSP). Bush made his plea at a meeting with Keller, Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. and then Times Washington bureau chief Philip Taubman »

Is the Times a law unto itself?

Featured image Yesterday on FOX News Special Report, Chris Wallace led a panel discussion of Attorney General Sessions’s press conference announcing the Trump administration’s efforts to suppress leaks of classified information. Video of the segment is below. In the course of the segment Charles Krauthammer addresses the applicable law in a manner that is extremely misleading. This is what he had to say on the legal issues (my transcription): I thought we »

Associated Press Smears Stephen Miller [Updated]

Featured image Yesterday’s dustup between presidential aide Stephen Miller and CNN’s Jim Acosta, which Scott wrote about here, has turned into one of the silliest kerfuffles in memory. (Video is at the link, a transcript of yesterday’s press briefing is here.) The idea that a poem somehow stands in the way of reforming our immigration system (the salient features of which, by the way, date only to 1965) is absurd. Yet the »

(DHS) Magical mystery tour: Doing the work the Star Tribune won’t do

Featured image St. Paul’s Hassan “Jaamici” Mohamud is a legal assistant who withdrew as a member of Mohamed Farah’s defense team in the case of the “Minnesota men.” The “Minnesota men” made headlines around the country when they were charged and subsequently convicted of seeking to join ISIS in Syria. Hassan Mohamud wears many hats. His home base is the Minnesota Da’wah Institute, where he serves as the imam. Mohamud was born »

Accosting Acosta

Featured image CNN reporter Jim Acosta loves the limelight at the White House press briefings and doesn’t particularly mind if he makes a fool of himself in the process. Of course, it helps not to know when you’re making a fool of yourself. At today’s White House press briefing Acosta sought to debate White House adviser Stephen Miller on the merits of the of the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy »

Trump has the communications director he deserves

Featured image When I first heard about Anthony Scaramucci’s call to Ryan Lizza, I figured Scaramucci had talked to the left-wing reporter to get the message out that he is prepared to fire the entire communications staff in order to stop leaking. I assumed he wanted Ryan Lizza to report this. However, lacking self-control and being a bad guy, he ended up spewing foul language about Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon. (As »