Obama administration

On Guns, the White House’s Cluelessness Is Staggering

Featured image During Thursday’s press briefing, White House spokesman Josh Earnest was asked about the record sales of firearms on Black Friday, apparently in response to the San Bernardino murders. He responded that this fact is “ironic” and “tragic”: Q. … And I just wonder if the President feels as if what’s happened may actually be giving motivation or momentum to gun rights advocates rather than his position. A. Well, I guess »

If not overnight, when?

Featured image President Obama has done great damage to to the rule of law, to American national security, to race relations, and to our health care system. We are mired in an era of pitiful economic growth that feels like stagnation. He has vastly expanded government dependency, but he counts this an accomplishment. Obamacare is a Rube Goldberg contraption of untold destruction. It’s hard to assess where Obama has done the most »

What Obama Said, and What He Should Have Said

Featured image Tonight, President Obama gave a brief address from the Oval Office on the San Bernardino terrorist attack. I am pretty sure he went on television because the Democratic Party’s polling showed that his initial equivocations about workplace violence and gun control were deeply unpopular with American voters. So what did he say? If you didn’t watch it, you can read the transcript here. The salient point, I think, is that »

Vet this

Featured image Reality refuses to conform to the Obama agenda. Indeed, reality is inimical to it. It is why he seeks to protect us from the truth. We can’t be trusted with it. He knows we will use the truth against him to foil his grand designs. It is why he sold Obamacare on blatant lies. Let us take the case of Jihad Bonnie and juxtapose it with the case that Obama »

The decriminalization delusion

Featured image Heather Mac Donald has made herself the most valuable player supporting law enforcement in the teeth of the generation-long movement against it originating in the American Civil Liberties Union. The movement has now culminated in Black Lives Matter and embedded itself inside the Obama administration. Celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary, City Journal has just published Heather’s powerful new essay on the subject under the title “The decriminalization delusion.” I asked City »


Featured image Is it possible that Madam Hillary’s personal email was not successfully wiped from the server she has now “voluntarily” turned over to the FBI in connection with its investigation of no one in particular? Several media reports suggest that FBI has recovered at least some of the emails. The New York Times flatly states: “F.B.I. investigators have recovered work-related and personal emails that Hillary Rodham Clinton said had been deleted »

An Earnest deflection

Featured image Madam Hillary has produced a voluminous amount of falsehoods about her email setup as Secretary of State. It’s hard to identify a true word she has spoken on the subject. Among her statements is the assertion that President Obama knew about it. He certainly would have received emails from her ClintonEmail address. Obama himself, however, has said he learned about Madam Hillary’s arrangement along with the rest of us when »

On Race, Obama Gets An “F”

Featured image Barack Obama was elected to be our First Black President. That was, really, his only claim to fame; he was unqualified for the office by experience, ability and work ethic. Electing Obama was supposed to put a capstone on two generations of racial progress. That was the main reason millions of people voted for him. Somehow, though, it hasn’t worked out that way. Rasmussen Reports recaps its recent findings: only »

Renaming the Mountain

Featured image President Obama has announced that he is renaming Mt. McKinley Mt. Denali, a change which comes as no surprise. If the Democrats are willing to pretend that their two most important leaders, Jefferson and Jackson, never existed, what hope does a long-gone Republican president have? I do agree, however, with Michael Ramirez’s suggestion about one mountain for which Obama is, to a greater extent than any other leader in our »

CRB: Our false messiah

Featured image Today we continue our preview of the new (Summer) issue of the Claremont Review of Books. Subscribe here for the heavily subsidized price of $19.95 and get online access thrown in for free. Yesterday we featured CRB editor Charles Kesler’s meditation on “The Obama transformation versus the Reagan revolution.” University of Virginia Professor James Ceaser deepens our consideration of the Obama phenomenon in his review “The one.” The review is »

Breaking: Judge Blocks New Obama Water Regulations

Featured image While we await the legal challenge to Obama’s greenhouse gas scheme, today a federal judge moved to block the EPA’s attempt to re-write the Clean Water Act and defy a key Supreme Court ruling from a decade ago. From The Hill just a few hours ago: A federal judge in North Dakota acted late Thursday to block the Obama administration’s controversial water pollution rule, hours before it was due to »

Is The Administration’s Position on Global Warming Scientific?

Featured image Across a broad range of issues, liberals ignore the relevant science. Perhaps global warming is foremost on this list. For an elegant, brief statement of why this is true, let’s turn to climate scientist Judith Curry. This is an excerpt from her observations on Obama’s “Clean Power Plan.” Do you think Obama’s messaging about climate change is true to the science? Well, the one thing you don’t hear President Obama »

Liberals Should be Careful What They Wish For

Featured image We have written extensively about the Obama administration’s war on the suburbs, an important part of its project of “fundamentally transforming” America. Investors Business Daily writes: Under a sweeping new federal housing mandate, the Obama administration threatens to withhold funding for cities and counties that fail to remove local zoning laws and other potentially “discriminatory barriers” that restrict low-income housing in wealthy neighborhoods. More than 1,200 municipalities will be impacted »

A hack hacked (and fired)

Featured image Twitchy captures a classic 2012 tweet of Obama OPM Director Katherine Archuleta, the nominal leader of an agency that has now been the victim of two Pearl Harbor-size hacks by President Obama’s Chinese friends. Archuleta’s tweet is the digital equivalent of an exploding cigar. Twitchy comments: Today’s a busy day for those pointing and laughing at the people who mocked presidential candidate Mitt Romney over his warnings about Chinese hackers »

AIPAC enters the fray

Featured image Until now the Obama administration seemed to have domesticated and neutered AIPAC, the proudly pro-Israel lobbying group. Michael Oren’s memoir Ally, published this past Tuesday, confirms this impression. Attending the annual AIPAC Minnesota dinner in Minneapolis last month, however, I was struck by the strong position taken on the imminent Iran deal. AIPAC set forth five criteria for an acceptable deal that would obviously obligate the organization to oppose the »

From the mixed-up files of Jonathan Gruber

Featured image You have to wonder if the Obama administration has ever uttered a true word about Obamacare. I say no. President Obama has shifted the prevarications into overdrive in anticipation of the Supreme Court’s imminent decision on the IRS’s regulatory revision of the Obamacare law in King v. Burwell. On the issue before the Court in the case, we await a true word from the Obama administration, but we’re not holding »

In which Michael Oren gets the Alinsky treatment

Featured image Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren is the author of the new book Ally: My Journey Across the American Israeli-Divide, to be published this coming Tuesday. Through the courtesies of Random House, I obtained and read an advance copy of the book in order to interview Ambassador Oren for a Power Line podcast that should be posted this weekend. I hope you will read the book and »