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Everyone behaving badly

Featured image One of my favorite law professors once said, after returning from a conference in Las Vegas, that the place made him wonder not just whether America will survive, but whether it should. America survived the Las Vegas of the early 1970s, and I believe we will survive the Washington of the mid 2010s. But I wonder. Consider the last weeks of the Obama administration. The New York Times has reported »

Leonard Leo: We’re not that stupid

Featured image Leonard Leo is President Trump’s adviser for the Supreme Court (on leave from the Federalist Society). Leonard has forwarded a statement reacting to the report that Democrats are looking to cut a deal on filibustering judicial nominations: “Democrats must be delusional to think that Leader McConnell or any of his Republican colleagues would reward Democrats for their awful treatment of Neil Gorsuch by agreeing to a 60-vote threshold for future »

N.Y. Times lends opinion page to strange conspiracy theorist

Featured image Glenn Greenwald has said that “many media figures and online charlatans are personally benefiting from feeding the base increasingly unhinged, fact-free conspiracies,” notably “a Trump/Russia conspiracy for which, at least as of now, there is no evidence.” Among those he references are Rachel Maddow and Ken Gude of the Center for American Progress. I would add another name — Louise Mensch, journalist, digital media executive at the News Corporation, and »

Trump picks strong critic of Putin for key post

Featured image Lost in all the fake news about President Trump’s alleged affinity for Russia is the real news that he has tapped a harsh critic of Vladimir Putin to be the White House senior director for Russia and Europe. The Putin-critic he reportedly has selected is Fiona Hill, a former intelligence officer now with the Brookings Institution. Hill was on the National Intelligence Council from 2006-09, serving under Presidents Bush and »

Patriotism-Palooza

Featured image About that certain book you might have heard mentioned once or twice, I’m finally back from a whirlwind trip doing the usual book promotion stunts in New York and Washington. Here’s a few highlights for folks who haven’t quite got their fill: Turns out yesterday (Wednesday) was a two-fer for Power Liners on the Seth & Chris Show on Patriot Radio. As Paul has mentioned, he was on talking about »

Why Is Democratic Governor Outraged that Trump Ceded Power to States?

Featured image I wrote this post on the Center of the American Experiment web site, but I think it has interest for a national audience, so I am reproducing it here. It is about the Trump administration’s withdrawal of the Obama administration’s “guidance” on co-ed bathrooms and showers. The question I pose is, why would a Democratic governor be outraged that a Republican president has ceded power to his state? Here is »

This is what democracy looks like

Featured image Rep. Jim Jordan is a star. And not just because he had the good taste to hold a presidents’ day town hall meeting at the home of the vastly underrated Warren Harding. Jordan displayed his star quality by patiently fielding questions from protesters who swarmed the event. Crashing the town hall meetings of conservative congressmen has become the rage among left-wing protesters. Dave Weigel of the Washington Post aptly calls »

Fake Science Gets Smoked—and What It Means for Climate Change

Featured image Cast your mind back to the late 1990s, when trial lawyers and state attorneys general were after the tobacco companies for what resulted in the “Master Settlement Agreement” by which the tobacco companies agreed to pay tribute of billions of dollars to the states for decades to come in exchange for relief from the uncertainty of endless private and public litigation. I think it was a great deal for Big »

Crime: Don’t Look Now, But. . .

Featured image Official federal crime statistics for 2016 from the Dept. of Justice won’t be available for several more months yet, but The Economist has done some data collecting on its own from big cities in the U.S. The findings about rising murder rates are not good: The Economist has gathered murder statistics for 2016 for the 50 cities with the most murders. These places contain 15% of the country’s population and around »

Podcasts New and Old

Featured image The Weekly Standard today outs “Decius,” author of the infamous “Flight 93 Election” article last fall, and one of the pillars of the Journal of American Greatness. It’s Michael Anton, who has joined Trump’s National Security Council. Anton, careful readers may recall, made a podcast appearance here a while ago, taking about his previous work on California politics, the Beach Boys, and Machiavelli. We didn’t discuss his “Decius” work in »

Yesterday in football history

Featured image On January 26, 1992, the Washington Redskins defeated the Buffalo Bills 37-24 in Super Bowl XXVI. The game was played in Minneapolis. The victory marked the third time in 11 years that Joe Gibbs’ Redskins won the Super Bowl (Washington hasn’t played in one since). The three Super Bowl winners were led by three different quarterbacks — Joe Theismann, Doug Williams, and Mark Rypien. They also had three different featured »

An instant thaw of U.S.-Israeli relations

Featured image President Trump is fond of saying of almost any problem he identifies “this stops right now.” Unfortunately, many of the problems in question are not so tractable. But there’s one problem Trump has stopped already — the bad blood between the U.S. and its great ally Israel. The Washington Post reports that the president talked by phone today with Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Trump described the conversation as “very »

In Lieu of a Podcast

Featured image Last night Jim Bohannon kindly spent an hour with me on his national radio show on the Westwood One radio network talking about a certain forthcoming book, which I know everyone has pre-ordered. Jim is jumping the gun a little bit, since the book doesn’t come out for another month yet, and he used my old affiliation at Pepperdine University, but I didn’t want to spend scarce radio time correcting »

Green Weenie of the Week: Eric Holthaus

Featured image Another week, another pile of Green Weenie Award prospects. But we have an early winner. Eric Holthaus, an environmental stenographer who calls himself a “reporter” (don’t worry—I’ve never heard of him either), posted up a 15-part Tweetstorm a few days ago about how depressed he is about climate change, which prompted him to seek therapy.   A sensible counselor might have suggested Holthaus find a better line of work. I »

Judge Bright looks back

Featured image From 1979 to 1981 I served as a law clerk to Judge Myron Bright of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Judge Bright was appointed to the bench by President Johnson in 1968. He lived to be the longest-serving federal judge in the United States, having heard some 7,000 cases before he died last month at the age of 97. He was a remarkable man. I »

The latest from Berlin: Anis Amri? Whodat???

Featured image Two photos of suspected Berlin truck terrorist Anis Amri have now been posted at the German Bundeskriminalamt website. The BKA has requested the public’s assistance to locate him here. According to the German tabloid Bild, the Tunisian government refused to replace Amri’s passport, although requested to by the German government, because he was unknown to them: Wie BILD erfuhr, hatte der Tunesier im April 2016 ein Asylantrag gestellt, wurde vom »

Mid-Week in Pictures: Electoral College Graduation Edition

Featured image People are working overtime to produce good visual material about the liberal faceplant over the Electoral College results yesterday, and since this will be old news by Saturday, it seems to me a special edition of the Week in Pictures is justified: Amazingly, Scott Adams drew this Dilbert cartoon 26 years ago. . . And finally as a special bonus: »