Trump Insiders Denounce Democrat Leaks

Featured image The Free Beacon has an interesting story, based on interviews of unnamed Trump administration officials, about the Obama minions, some still embedded in the bureaucracy, who are leaking furiously to the Washington Post and the New York Times: A new wave of leaks targeting the Trump administration has actively endangered ongoing intelligence and military operations being conducted by the United States and its allies, sparking anger and concern inside and »

Seattle Discovers Gravity Is Not Socially Constructed

Featured imageWell not quite gravity, but close enough for post-modernist work. You know how liberals like to attach taxes on cigarettes so we’ll buy fewer of them, and on alcohol so we’ll drink less, etc? Funny, though, how the basic lesson of supply and demand and price sensitivity falls by the wayside when it comes to the minimum wage. We’ve commented on this invincible ignorance repeatedly (such as here, here, here, »

Persecution and the Art of Cake Baking

Featured imageI’m on the road today, departing shortly on a flight to Munich, and then connecting on to Bulgaria tomorrow (long story—I’ll try to post updates when I get internet access), but I’m keeping an eye out for Supreme Court news, especially the hoped-for retirement announcement of Justice Kennedy. One announcement from the Court today is important: they are taking up the appeal of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, which had »

The merits and me

Featured imageReading the Supreme Court’s per curiam (unsigned) opinion in the Trump v. IRAP (Fourth Circuit) and Trump v. Hawaii (Ninth Circuit) “travel ban” cases today, I was struck by this. The Court unanimously stayed most of the injunctive relief granted by the lower courts in the two cases. In doing so, however, the Court doesn’t even address the usually key factor of likelihood of success on the merits. Apart from »

Supreme Court allows watered-down version of travel ban to take effect

Featured imageA lot went down this morning at the Supreme Court, as was to be expected considering that this was the last day of the Court’s term. First, the Court decided to allow a limited version of President Trump’s already limited ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries to take effect. In technical terms, it partially stayed lower court decisions striking down the ban. The Court also agreed to decide »

The administrative threat

Featured imageResearching the constitutionality of the regime of administrative law, I came across a notice early in 2014 that Philip Hamburger’s Is Administrative Law Unlawful? was forthcoming in hardcover from the University of Chicago Press (it’s now available in paperback). “The audacity of hope” had nothing on the audacity of Hamburger. Indeed, the audacity of Hamburger was a cure for the audacity of hope. The question he posed in the title »

Is Neil Gorsuch the Next Justice Thomas?

Featured imageThe Associated Press gives us good news about Justice Neil Gorsuch’s tenure on the Supreme Court so far, but can’t resist smearing Justice Clarence Thomas along the way. First the good news: To see where Justice Neil Gorsuch might fit on the Supreme Court, watch the company he keeps. Gorsuch has already paired up four times with Justice Clarence Thomas — the court’s most conservative member — in separate opinions »

The Next Liberal Lamentation

Featured imageWhat’s the most hated Supreme Court decision on the left of the last few years? Why, Citizens United, of course, which leftists blame for just about every bad imaginable. Aggrieved leftists often compare it to the Dred Scott decision—seriously, they do. So if Justice Anthony Kennedy announces his retirement from the Court tomorrow, can we expect to see liberal headlines saying, “Left Celebrates as Author of Modern ‘Dred Scott’ Decision »

Democrats, FBI Collaborated on Trump Smear

Featured imageThe New York Post has an explosive report on the infamous “dossier” that tried to smear Donald Trump in order to swing the presidential election to Hillary Clinton. The source of the dossier is a Democratic Party opposition research firm called Fusion GPS: The Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month threatened to subpoena the firm, Fusion GPS, after it refused to answer questions and provide records to the panel identifying »

Strange death of Europe

Featured imageDouglas Murray (@DouglasKMurray on Twitter) is associate editor of Britain’s Spectator and a senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute. He is a prolific columnist. Gatestone has compiled his columns for the institute here. Murray’s new book is The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam. It is a book full of portents and warnings for us. Murray launched his book with a lecture at the Heritage Foundation last week posted »

The DeMatha-NBA pipeline

Featured imageOn Thursday, the Philadelphia 76ers made Markelle Fultz the first pick in the NBA draft. Fultz played his high school ball at DeMatha, the long-time power house that came to national prominence under legendary coach Morgan Wooten more than 50 years ago with its victory over Lew Alcindor’s Power Memorial team . Despite playing for DeMatha, Fultz flew a bit under the radar in local circles. That’s mainly because he »

The Senate health care bill: Yuval Levin’s take

Featured imageYuval Levin takes a close look at the Senate health care bill. He agrees with those of us who don’t consider it a repeal of Obamacare, Rather, like the House bill, the Senate version “addresses discrete problems with Obamacare within the framework it created, while pursuing some significant structural reforms to Medicaid.” Levin believes, as I do, that “the cause of good policy (almost regardless of your priorities in health »

Mets promote Tim Tebow

Featured imageIt looks like I missed my chance to see Tim Tebow play minor league baseball. The New York Mets have promoted the former Heisman Trophy winner from Columbia (South Carolina) in the South Atlantic League (“Low A”) to St. Lucie in the Florida State League (“High A). Tebow’s performance for Columbia didn’t warrant the move. He was batting .222, with an on-base percentage of .311 and a slugging percentage of »

Analyze this

Featured imageA long-time reader and retired FBI agent of vast and relevant experience comments on Paul Sperry’s New York Post column, discussed by John in the adjacent post. The emphases in his quote from Sperry’s column are his: I remain convinced that the FISA warrants that were twice sought to target associates of Trump (and possibly Trump himself) are the key to blowing up the Russia narrative. As Andy McCarthy regularly »

Our leading hate group

Featured imageThe concept of a “hate group” could be useful. In practice, however, it is like the concept of “hate speech,” applied to shut down heterodox speech and confine the public square to dissemination of officially approved thought. The concepts somehow overlook the likes of the hilariously misnamed Southern Poverty Law Center and its works, which direct something far beyond the Orwellian Two Minutes Hate to the likes of Charles Murray »

California Dreaming

Featured imageSadly for those of us hoping California would go full commie as an object lesson for the rest of the nation, the state legislature has shelved the proposed $400 billion single-payer health care bill. Democrats are naturally blaming Trump, because the scheme would require a bunch of waivers from the Administration to go into effect, but the real reason is that it’s a total lunatic idea, and there a just »

Charles Grassley: Chuck Schumer lied about Russia investigation

Featured imageOn Thursday, Sen. Charles Grassley accused Sen. Chuck Schumer of lying about the FBI Russia probe. Grassley didn’t use the term “lying,” but there is no other way to read his remarks. Grassley, the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, explained that then-FBI director Comey told him and Dianne Feinstein, the Committee’s ranking member, that President Trump was not under investigation by the Bureau. Grassley said that, in addition, Comey »