More on the Obama Administration Scandal That the Washington Press Corps Tried to Bury

Featured image We wrote last night that the story Scott–and no one else–has been reporting for the last week has been confirmed. The computers in the Executive Office of the President have been down for two weeks because they were hacked by a foreign power–the Obama administration now says Russia–and administration technical personnel are having trouble bringing them back on line. This is a huge story, obviously, and it is inconceivable that »

A conversation with Christopher DeMuth

Featured imageIn the newly posted installment of Conversations with Bill Kristol, we meet up with the formidable public intellectual Christopher DeMuth (complete video below, broken into six chapters here, transcript here). As president of the American Enterprise Institute from 1986 to 2008, DeMuth built AEI into a powerhouse. He currently serves as a distinguished fellow at the Hudson Institute. In this conversation, Kristol and DeMuth discuss political thinkers including Edward C. »

Is the Washington Press Corps Covering Up Another Obama Administration Fiasco? [Updated]

Featured imageLast week, we got information from a source in the Executive Office of the President that the EOP’s computer system had been down for, at that time, a week. Federal IT personnel evidently were having trouble identifying and fixing the problem that had brought the computer system down (although email and internet access had been restored), and EOP employees were instructed to say nothing about it. Scott followed up with »

Who’s a Chickenshit?

Featured imageIn case you missed it, the Obama administration (a “senior administration official”) has gone on record calling Benjamin Netanyahu a “chickenshit.” Somehow, that seems like a poor–not to mention vulgar–turn of phrase. The Netanyahu family is not known for its “chickenshit” qualities. Let’s just say that in his youth, Benjamin did not belong to a “Choom Gang.” Mark Hemingway responds on Twitter: Sure, that chickenshit PM was IDF special forces, »

Something happening here

Featured imageWe have been reporting since this past Thursday that the Executive Office of the President has been hit by computer network issues suggestive of hacking, though we have yet to receive a response to any of the several inquiries we submitted to the White House press office. The White House has now chosen to leak the story to Reuters tonight: Suspicious cyber activity has been detected on the computer network »

What’s Wrong With ‘American Studies’ in One Sentence

Featured imageAmerican Studies is intended to be a cross-discipline combining literature, history, political science, and one or two other fields (anthropology and philosophy perhaps), and that’s what it did when I emphasized the field through the History and Government departments at Claremont more than 30 years ago. It was a wonderful way of having truly interdisciplinary discussion on key issues past and present. But today, like so many other areas in »

The Coming Democratic Crackup?

Featured imageRepublican gains next week look to be substantial, and if my hunch is correct the GOP will exceed expectations and probably sneak up on at least one Senate race currently thought out of reach, like New Mexico or Michigan. And they’ll probably nab a few House seats that Democrats think are safe. Then the question will turn to recriminations on the left. The Koch brothers will come in for the »

CBS declines to answer

Featured imageSharyl Attkisson has been working on her memoir recounting her ordeal at CBS News roughly since she left the network earlier this year. The fact that her she had a book coming out and the contours of her critique of CBS News are no surprise. She has publicly discussed them for months. The book is scheduled for publication on November 4, but the New York Post has obtained a copy »

It’s Time to Stand Up For American Workers

Featured imageToday Peter Kirsanow, a Civil Rights Commissioner, wrote President Obama to urge him to abandon the executive amnesty that is planned for after the election. Kirsanow’s letter focuses on the damage an amnesty, and increased legal immigration, will do to American workers, especially African-Americans and STEM workers. First, here is Kirsanow’s letter in its entirety. Then I will excerpt some paragraphs, omitting the extensive footnotes: Executive Amnesty Letter October 2014 »

The German Disease: Coming Soon to a Country Near You?

Featured imageThe cover of this week’s edition of The Economist, nearby, combines a lot into a little. Above all, it has a Monty Python reference. You can never go wrong with a Monty Python reference. Overseas the macro news is bad. Germany’s sluggish economy may take the rest of the Eurozone down with it. Japan, which has been unsuccessfully fighting deflation for two decades now, has just issued bonds with negative »

This is your country: A case study

Featured imageWhen we last checked in on the “Corruption in 30 seconds” video contest sponsored by the left-wing loons of MoveOn and MAYDAY.US, our friends at American Commitment had claimed victory for their spot highlighting the epic hypocrisy of billionaire of Tom Steyer and his hundred-million dollar understanding with Democrats around the country. MoveOn/MAYDAY urged applicants to “make a 30-second ad to wake up America to the crisis of big money »

Is Minnesota Evidence of a GOP Wave?

Featured imageWith one week to go before the election, public sentiment seems to be breaking in the Republicans’ favor. Time will tell: projections depend on turnout models, and the Democrats are making hysterical efforts to turn out their base, as well as counting on voter fraud in key states. But will 2014 be just a satisfactory year for the GOP, or will there be a wave that includes unexpected victories? I »

Something happening here? cont’d

Featured imageWe have conveyed the report of a reader we believe to be a knowledgeable source regarding a serious problem affecting the computer network serving the Executive Office of the President. We have called and written the White House press office seeking a response to the report since this past Thursday morning. The White House has failed to respond. In his most recent message, our source reports: EOP employees told to »

Still “Time for Choosing”

Featured imageA very fun day today at the Reagan Library, reviewing the 50th anniversary of Reagan’s “Time for Choosing” speech.  The dean of Reagan-era journalists, Lou Cannon, and his son Carl Cannon, nowadays making his own mark in journalism at RealClearPolitics and elsewhere, joined me for a terrific panel discussion.  Amy Otto of TheFederalist.com tweeted out this photo: I’ll post up the complete text of my lecture, though I shortened down »

The Most Stunning News Story of 2014

Featured imageBack in June 2013, we covered the hacking of at least one of reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s computers by persons unknown. CBS, which, as we now know, was anything but supportive of Attkisson, verified that the intrusion(s) had taken place: A cyber security firm hired by CBS News has determined through forensic analysis that Sharyl Attkisson’s computer was accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions late in 2012. »

Shaheen’s shame

Featured imageNew Hampshire Democratic incumbent Senator Jeanne Shaheen had a thought so important she couldn’t refrain from blurting it out during challenger Scott Brown’s closing argument in their Manchester debate yesterday (video below). The thought: “Koch brothers.” That really does condense the message this campaign season, and not just for Shaheen herself. She’s also speaking for her fellow Democrats addressing their low-information partisans all around the country. This is what it »

How Many Elections Will Democrats Steal Next Week?

Featured imageHow extensive is voter-fraud, especially among non-citizens? Just bring up the question, or suggest we need to have voter-ID at the polls like every other advanced democracy, and the answer will be instantly supplied: You’re a racist. But as Dan McLaughlin points out over at The Federalist, Democrats seem to win a suspiciously high number of close elections, well beyond what a random statistical trial would suggest. There’s a bombshell »