Trump Admninistration

Jack Goldsmith on the deep state

Featured image Jack Goldsmith, writing in the Guardian, tells us that the “deep state” is real and dangerous. His assertions carry weight for two reasons. First, Goldsmith should know. He was a high ranking Justice Department official — head the Office of Legal Counsel — during part of the George W. Bush administration. This placed him in the middle of issues regarding national security, electronic surveillance, and the like. He also worked »

The FBI Escalates Its War on the Trump Administration

Featured image Scott wrote earlier about the FBI’s raid on the home and office of President Trump’s long-time lawyer, Michael Cohen. I want to add my own thoughts in a separate post. News reports indicate that the FBI raid resulted, at least in part, from a referral by Robert Mueller. The subject of the raid included “payments to the former porn actress known as Stormy Daniels.” Good going, Bob–you were assigned to »

Trump Is Now More Popular Than Obama

Featured image Media hostility to President Trump has been unremitting since he secured the Republican nomination. It didn’t stop, or even slow down, with his inauguration. The many achievements of his young administration haven’t given the press pause, either: his coverage continues to be just about 100% negative. What, then, to make of the fact that Rasmussen Reports, which conducts the only daily presidential approval poll of likely voters, finds Trump at »

Education Department will rescind its Guidance on school discipline. . .later

Featured image Four years ago, the Obama administration promulgated a Dear Colleague letter on school discipline. It was a joint Department of Justice/Department of Education production. The Dear Colleague Letter applies a disparate impact analysis to school discipline. Its premise is that discipline should be meted out in the same proportion to students of all races. Non-discriminatory treatment isn’t enough. DOJ/DoEd wanted to see equal results. The Obama DOJ/DoEd policy is perverse. »

Citizenship question in census brings U.S. into line with worldwide practice

Featured image Yesterday, writing about the Commerce Department’s decision to ask about people’s citizenship in the 2020 census, I wrote: “Any country, especially one in which immigration is hotly debated, ought to have a good idea of how many citizens and how many non-citizens make up its population.” But do other countries ask about citizenship when they take a census? The answer, apparently, is: yes. Hans von Spakovsky writes: [E]ven the United »

2020 census will ask about citizenship

Featured image The Commerce Department has announced that the 2020 census will ask about people’s citizenship status. The Justice Department had requested the reinstatement of this question. The question obviously should be asked. Any country, especially one in which immigration is hotly debated, ought to have a good idea of how many citizens and how many non-citizens make up its population. The census should be used to get at this question. It’s »

Trump Fought the Swamp, and the Swamp Won [with comment by Paul]

Featured image If you are of a certain age, you may remember a song by the Bobby Fuller Four called “I Fought the Law.” It was not one of the top cultural milestones of the 1960s, but it was catchy. The refrain went, “I fought the law, and the law won.” That refrain has been going through my head, in a different form, ever since President Trump signed the omnibus spending bill »

Why conservatives should reject the Chai Feldblum package deal

Featured image Momentum is building against the renomination of Chai Feldblum as an EEOC commissioner. Glenn Beck has attacked the nomination. Various conservative organizations have called on their members to contact the White House to express opposition. The American Family Association, with Sandy Rios in the lead, has a petition opposing the nomination with more than 80,000 signatures. You can sign it by going here. With the nomination on the rocks, Carrie »

Trump hasn’t drained his own swamp

Featured image Today, the Washington Post reported that President Trump ignored the advice of his national security advisers when he congratulated Russian President Vladi­mir Putin on his reelection. According to the Post, there was a section in Trump’s briefing materials that said, in all-capital letters, “DO NOT CONGRATULATE.” There are three elements to this story: Trump ignoring his advisers, Trump congratulating Putin, and at least one of his advisers leaking the story »

Yesterday morning with Sandy Rios

Featured image On Tuesday morning, I was the guest of Sandy Rios on her radio program “Sandy Rios in the Morning.” We discussed the re-nomination of Chai Feldblum for EEOC commissioner. Here is a link to the show. I find that my effectiveness on radio and television is usually directly proportionate to how well-prepared the host is on the subject at hand. Sandy was brilliantly prepared and I was satisfied with my »

Is Jeff Sessions’ job safe?

Featured image Probably not. I doubt that anyone’s job is safe in the Trump administration. However, the Washington Examiner reports that the attorney general has received assurances from the White House that his job is safe. That’s the good news. The bad news is that John Kelly, who gave Sessions the assurances, may not be safe for long in his job of chief-of-staff. There are good reasons why Sessions may not be »

Democrats’ Obstructionism Is Unprecedented

Featured image When the Democrats say, “He’s not my president,” they aren’t kidding. Most Democrats still refuse to accept the result of the 2016 election, and their party consistently refuses to extend to President Trump the routine cooperation that makes our democracy function. The most blatant example of this is the Democratic minority in the Senate. The Democrats under Chuck Schumer have abused longstanding Senate rules and courtesies in a way that »

Scott Pruitt for Attorney General? Let’s hope not

Featured image Within limits, personnel churn in an administration has advantages. Removing poor performers or folks who resist the president’s agenda seems like a no-brainer. And when an outsider assumes the presidency with a shallow bench of supporters, we shouldn’t be surprised to see turnover early on. Churn doesn’t necessarily entail chaos, but it fosters uncertainty and intrigue. Accordingly to this story in the Washington Post by four — count them, four »

The death penalty for some drug dealers?

Featured image At the campaign rally in Pennsylvania last week, President Trump seemed to advocate the death penalty for some drug dealers. Now, reportedly, the administration is finalizing a plan for responding to the opioid crisis that includes capital punishment for dealers in some cases. Politico says: According to language circulating this week, the Trump administration will call for the death penalty as an option in “certain cases where opioid, including Fentanyl-related, »

DeVos DOE clings to perverse Obama-era policy on school discipline

Featured image Four years ago, the Obama administration promulgated a Dear Colleague letter on school discipline. It was a joint Department of Justice/Department of Education production. More than a year into the Trump administration, the letter still stands. The fault lies with Betsy DeVos’ Department of Education. The Justice Department under Jeff Sessions strongly supports recalling the Dear Colleague letter. I’m told, however, that the DOE is pushing back. The DOE’s pushback »

Gina Haspel: Tom Cotton’s take

Featured image Last night, I noted the reactions of several key players to Gina Haspel’s selection to be Director of the CIA. The signals, as I read them, were mixed. Today, Sen. Tom Cotton told me that Gina Haspel will be a good Director. The Senator also endorsed Haspel, along with Mike Pompeo, in a public statement: Gina Haspel is also an excellent choice to become the new CIA Director. A true »

Mona Charen gains a strange new respect

Featured image I have always admired Mona Charen. I continue to admire her even though I don’t agree with her Never Trump position. I admire Mona for speaking out at CPAC against the invitation it issued to Marion Marechal-Le Pen. I admire her for warning a CPAC audience not to look the other way at sexual harassment when conservatives commit it. Now that Mona is a Never Trumper who has spoken out »