Obama administration

Dana Milbank’s fantasy

Featured image Dana Milbank, the Clown Prince of the Washington Post, argues that having an “all-Republican Congress” might help President Obama. By all-Republican Congress, Milbank means a majority Republican Senate to go along with the majority Republican House. Milbank reasons that with Republicans in control of both chambers, they would pass conservative legislation on matters such as immigration, health care, the budget, and abortion. Obama could then veto that legislation, thereby enhancing »

Mr. Abu Khattala regrets

Featured image In its continuing campaign to break down our defenses, the Obama administration is treating alleged Benghazi mastermind Ahmed Abu Khattala as a criminal rather than an enemy. Having delivered him to federal custody in Washington, prosecutors have filed a document supporting the continued pretrial detention of Mr. Abu Khattala (as the New York Times calls refers to him in its report). The Times has posted the document here. The Times »

Buyer’s Remorse: Obama Now Rated Worst Modern President

Featured image This Quinnipiac poll, released today, is getting a lot of press. Understandably so: Quinnipiac polled 1,446 registered voters nationwide, and a plurality of 33% tagged Barack Obama as the worst president since World War II. Such historical ratings are always biased toward the recent past, of course; 28% said George W. Bush was the worst. In a head-to-head comparison with Bush, 40% say Obama is worse, while 39% think Obama »

Obama’s war on women persists

Featured image The Washington Post reports that the average male employed at President Obama’s White House earns significantly more than the average female. The average male makes $88,600 per year; the average female makes $78,400. According to the Post, the gap exists not just in low and mid-level jobs, but also among those who work at the highest echelons of the White House. The “pay gap” is, of course, a staple “war »

James Risen would prefer not to

Featured image New York Times reporter James Risen has excellent sources in the intelligence community. If you are a disgruntled intelligence officer or official and want to preserve your anonymity while undermining a top secret program or aiding the enemies of the United States, Risen is your go-to guy. Risen’s accomplishments in this area have been overshadowed by the emergence of Edward Snowden, but Risen should not be forgotten. We know of »

SCOTUS Smacks Obama Again, But . . .

Featured image Today’s the Supreme Court ruled unanimously against the Obama Administration’s abuse of the recess appointment power in NLRB v. Canning.  Unanimous!  And not for the first time.  Think back to Sackett v. EPA two years ago, where a similarly unanimous Court ruled that the EPA had grossly exceeded its legal authority, or the Utility Air Regulatory Group decision on Monday, which, although 5 – 4, held that the EPA can’t »

The 1st Quarter Decline in GDP: Cold Weather, Or Bad Policy?

Featured image This morning, as Steve noted, the Commerce Department revised its estimate of 1st quarter GDP to show a shocking 2.9% annualized decline. The White House tried to spin the awful numbers, arguing that the drop was largely accounted for by cold weather. (Does this mean that we should look forward to global warming as an economic boon?) But Senator Jeff Sessions got much closer to the heart of the matter »

The war Obama believes in

Featured image In the adjacent post, I say that when your project is the “fundamental transformation” of the United States, as Obama’s is, you can’t necessarily divulge all the details. On one front of the transformation, however, Obama and his crew have been relatively forthright. They openly profess a “war on coal.” Indeed, it may be the only “war” they believe in. In the video below, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy openly professes »

The great unraveling

Featured image In one of the PBS series that engages American history (was it The American Experience? Frontline? I don’t remember and can’t find it online), the producers took a look back at the Carter administration. The show I’m thinking of would have been broadcast some 20 years ago. Former Vice President Mondale was interviewed for the show. In a clip toward the end, Mondale recited a litany of woes that beset »

A pardon for Bowe Bergdahl?

Featured image When Bowe Bergdahl was first released, the administration’s line seemed to be that he had suffered enough as a Taliban prisoner, and thus that the U.S. would not likely punish him as a deserter even if that’s what he turned out to be. But as the deal came in for strong criticism and evidence mounted as to Bergdahl’s betrayal, the line changed. We were assured by the military that Bergdahl’s »

Americans Agree: Obama Is An Incompetent Who Has Made America Weaker

Featured image This joint Democrat/Republican poll reported by the Washington Post reflects what I take to be the consensus on Barack Obama’s failed presidency: A majority of voters say the Obama administration is less competent than Bill Clinton’s and a plurality say it is less competent than George W. Bush’s according to a new Fox News poll released Wednesday. Sixty-eight percent say the Obama administration is less competent that the Clinton administration. »

I beg your pardon

Featured image The ceremony in the Rose Garden celebrating the return of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl must be the most misbegotten photo op of all time. In addition to President Obama, both Bergdgahl mère and père spoke. It seemed to me bizarre beyond belief, a photo op gone wrong. Was Mr. Bergdahl vetted? Did anyone in the White House notice that Mr. Bergdahl seems to have gone over to the other side? As »

Choking on the administrative state

Featured image Glenn Reynolds and Todd Zywicki have written most recently about the Department of Justice’s Operation Choke Point. Operation Choke Point is vaguely described as a Department of Justice initiative to starve disfavored businesses of financial services, but there is no official account of the program; it is shrouded in secrecy, to borrow Professor Zywicki’s description. Glenn refers to the apparent targeting of the (legal) porn industry by Operation Choke Point. »

Meanwhile in Kabul

Featured image Today comes word that the White House blew the cover of the CIA station chief in Kabul by identifying him in a list submitted to Washington Post White House bureau chief Scott Wilson and other reporters covering Obama’s trip to Kabul. Wilson copied the list in the pool report that he disseminated to 6,000 recipients (“including foreign media, not taking part in the trip”) before noting the reference to the »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image We have one competitive advantage over the New York Times that John overlooked in his adjacent post: we have Ammo Grrrll, and they don’t. They have, well, you name him or her. We will not abide any discrimination on the basis of sex in selecting the Times’s worst op-ed columnist. This morning Ammo Grrrll declares ENOUGH! She writes: So now, the Obama Administration feels that – of all the problems »

The Failure of Obamanomics In Three Charts

Featured image Democrats are spinning April’s relatively good jobs numbers as a victory for the administration. The reality, however, is that the current recovery is the weakest of modern times, as economic growth, after more than five years of Democratic Party policies, stands at near zero. The Senate Budget Committee offers the following three charts, which show how the Obama administration’s government-centric policies stack up against the Reagan administration’s free enterprise approach, »

The real unemployment, cont’d

Featured image Walt Whitman famously observed to a friend in 1863 that “the real war will never get in the books.” Whitman knew what he was talking about, so the proposition can’t be discounted. But in the case of the Civil War, if the real war hasn’t gotten into the books, it’s not for lack of trying. Louis Masur even made a good book out of Whitman’s challenge. I have Whitman’s feeling »