Trump Admninistration

Judge Chuang : social justice warrior and servant of the Democrats

Featured image The first adverse ruling on President Trump’s second immigration/travel order came from a district court in Hawaii. That state is considered by many to be most liberal in the U.S. However, I doubt it’s more liberal than my home town, Bethesda, Maryland. Bethesda is the suburb of choice for young leftists with families who come to the Washington, D.C. area in the hope of promoting “social justice,” or at least »

Ryan Zinke: Another Great Trump Appointment

Featured image The day’s news is mostly pretty grim, so here is a feel-good story from Independent Journal Review. An IJR reporter spent Tuesday with newly-appointed Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. Washington was mostly shut down on Tuesday after a minor snowfall, but that didn’t stop Secretary Zinke. Among other things, he helped shovel the steps of the Lincoln Memorial: Zinke, a former Navy Seal, didn’t find a few inches of »

Sec. Mattis drops Anne Patterson

Featured image We wrote here (per Eliana Johnson) about White House pushback against the selection of Anne Patterson for the position of undersecretary of defense for policy. As ambassador to Egypt in the Obama administration, Patterson strongly backed Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood government. I’m happy to report (per the Washington Post) that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has withdrawn Patterson as his choice for the Pentagon policy post. Mattis did so »

The Press Is Hurting Trump

Featured image Or, some would say, Trump is hurting himself. Either way, there are troubling indications that President Trump is losing his battle with the Democratic Party press. See, specifically, Rasmussen Reports’ polling. I don’t know whether Rasmussen is any more “right” than other pollsters, but it follows a consistent protocol and publishes a three-day rolling average of likely voters, which I think makes it a valuable barometer of trends. And the »

Trump team is slow to fill key positions

Featured image John Fund reports that the vast majority of sub-Cabinet slots that require Senate confirmation are vacant because of what Fund calls “a personnel crisis in the Trump White House.” [President] Trump has named only 20 sub-Cabinet-level positions, including two who withdrew — a list that includes nominees for ambassadorships, counsel positions, and commissioners, according to a tracker from the Washington Post and Partnership for Public Service. CNN reports that “Trump »

A dangerous candidate for the top DOJ civil rights job, Part Two

Featured image Prominent conservatives have expressed to me their alarm over the prospect that Harmeet Dhillon will be tapped for Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. However, I have also received pushback from a few of her supporters. In this post, I will address the arguments they make in defense of selecting Dhillon. But first, I will note that the supporters in question have not denied any of the statements of fact »

The Luger lobby

Featured image Andrew Luger is the United States Attorney for Minnesota. Appointed by President Obama at the suggestion of one or the other of Minnesota’s two Democratic Senators, he had no reason to think that his days in office would continue in the Trump administration. When I ran into him in the downtown Minneapolis skyway a few days after the election, I asked him if he knew what he was going to »

Environmental justice under Trump

Featured image I have argued that “social justice” is a nonsensical term. Justice has always been understood in our tradition as justice for the individual, qua individual. When a person goes to court, either in a criminal or a civil case, our system strives to provide him with a result that is fair given what he has done or failed to do. This is what we understand justice to be. Thus, when »

A dangerous candidate for the top DOJ civil rights job

Featured image The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice was at the center of much of President Obama’s “transformative” agenda. It took a leading role on issues ranging from local police practices, to voting procedures, to transgender matters, to employment quotas, to immigration. In all instances, the Civil Rights Division advanced the left’s position. The amount of mischief the Civil Rights Division can produce is vast. One of the great »

Iraq omitted from new travel order. Why?

Featured image John discussed the Trump administration’s revised travel order in a post below. He says it looks bullet proof, and so it does. However, I can’t help but suspect that if the same judges who reviewed the original order rule on its successor, the outcome might well be the same, with new concerns providing the basis for an anti-administration ruling. This time around, though, I’m confident the administration is prepared to »

Trump’s New Travel Order Looks Bulletproof

Featured image President Trump rescinded his original travel order today, and replaced it it with a new one that is tailored to meet the legal objections that the first order encountered. The order is at the bottom of this post in its entirety, so you can read it for yourself. The order is generally similar to the first one, but Iraq is now treated differently from the other six countries of concern. »

The Cotton proviso

Featured image Appearing on FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace this morning, Senator Tom Cotton splashed cold water on the report that the Obama administration was granted a FISA court warrant this past October giving counterintelligence permission to examine the activities of “U.S. persons” in Donald Trump’s campaign with ties to Russia. This after a June 2016 request for a FISA warrant was supposedly denied. He hasn’t seen any evidence supporting the »

Thank God for the Stupid Party

Featured image There’s an old story, likely apocryphal, of the Russian visitor to the U.S. Senate shortly after the Soviet Union imploded in the early 1990s who asked a Republican staff member to explain America’s two-party system. The answer: “It’s very simple. In America we have the Evil Party and the Stupid Party. Sometimes these two parties get together and do something really evil and stupid. That’s called bipartisanship.” True enough. And »

Cedric the congressman: Not funny

Featured image Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana’s Second District is no Cedric the Entertainer, but he’s trying. He was trying to be funny when he disparaged Kellyanne Conway with a vile sexual innuendo at the Washington Press Club Foundation Wednesday night (video below). Looking around online for a video to verify the quote, I found New Orleans Times-Picayune columnist Jarvis DeBerry’s decent assessment of Richmond’s remark in “Cedric Richmond owes Kellyanne Conway »

Fake news: A case study, cont’d

Featured image In “Fake news: A case study,” I cited and quoted Lee Smith’s Weekly Standard column reporting on the resignation of Rumana Ahamed from the NSC staff. Ahmed claimed in a well publicized piece for the Atlantic to have resigned in protest from the staff of the NSC as a matter of principled opposition to President Trump. Smith called out Ahmed and the Atlantic for promulgating fake news. The Atlantic took »

The confusion of the Dems [updated]

Featured image W atching President Trump’s speech to the joint session of Congress this past Tuesday evening, one could not help but be struck by the reactions of the Democrats. As Trump hewed closely to a largely patriotic and inspirational tone, he sowed confusion. They went in thinking that their hysteria would carry the day, but nothing in Trump’s performance supported them. They didn’t know quite how to react. Their confusion was »

The Sessions connection

Featured image Today’s skirmish in the war on the nascent Trump administration is the Washington Post’s “Sessions met with Russian envoy twice last year, encounters he later did not disclose.” The Post reports that Attorney General Sessions met with the Russian ambassador twice last year while the presidential campaign was in progress, once in July and once in September. The second such meeting took place in Senator Sessions’s Senate office. Senator Sessions »