Notes on Flynn’s ouster

Featured image I have a few thoughts about the resignation of Ret. Gen. Michael Flynn. First, I’m calling it an “ouster” because it appears to be the result of a campaign against him. Indeed, Eli Lake calls it a “political assassination.” Lake quotes Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House intelligence committee, as follows: “”First it’s Flynn, next it will be Kellyanne Conway, then it will be Steve Bannon, then it will »

Chutzpah: AP Decries “Softball” Questions

Featured imageNow that we have a Republican president, the press has gone oppositional. Today, the Associated Press complains that President Trump isn’t taking antagonistic enough questions during his press conferences: “News conferences raise issue of Trump seeking softballs.” President Donald Trump managed to avoid questions about hot-button issues facing the White House — such as the future of national security adviser Michael Flynn and a North Korean missile launch — in »

Flynn out

Featured imagePaul speculated last night that Lt. General Michael Flynn’s days as President Trump’s National Security Adviser might be numbered and that the number might be low. It turned out that the number was zero. General Flynn submitted his resignation late yesterday after meeting with Trump chief of staff Reince Priebus. The Washington Post has been out front of this story. The Post’s Greg Miller and Phil Rucker report on Flynn’s »

The case of Margarita Del Pilar Fitzpatrick

Featured imageOf course noncitizens never vote, a faithful reader sarcastically writes. Our reader practices immigration law and directs us to the Seventh Circuit opinion in Fitzpatrick v. Sessions, hot off the press yesterday in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The Seventh Circuit opinion briefly summarizes the factual background: Margarita Del Pilar Fitzpatrick, a citizen of Peru, had lived in the United States for three years when »

Trump is off to a good start with Japan

Featured imageWhat is the most important trait in a U.S. president? Regard for the Constitution, I believe. What’s second? Probably the ability to distinguish between friendly countries and leaders and unfriendly countries and leaders, and to conduct foreign policy accordingly. The distinguishing part isn’t always easy. Every president is likely to make a mistake or two. The second part — conducting foreign policy accordingly — shouldn’t be too difficult. President Reagan »

Michael Flynn on the hot seat [UPDATED — WaPo talks of blackmail]

Featured imageWhite House press secretary Sean Spicer said today that President Trump is still “evaluating the situation” regarding Michael Flynn, his national security adviser. This statement suggests that Flynn is in hot water with Trump. Flynn’s problem arises from allegations that he communicated with Russian officials about sanctions before Trump took office. In response to these allegations, Flynn may have been less than fully candid with Vice President Pence when he »

Democrats: We’re Making Progress!

Featured imageEver since Donald Trump was inaugurated, the Democrats have tried hysterically, but with a stunning lack of success, to frustrate his ability to assemble an administration. Given their lack of control over any branch of the federal government, it is hard to see what the endgame of the Democrats’ strategy might be. Michael Ramirez sums up how the Democrats have fared so far. Click to enlarge: »

Our Fascist Moment—and Theirs

Featured imageAll of this talk from the left of Trump being a fascist is so much twaddle—or projection, since the left tacitly approves of Mussolini’s version of it (“Everything inside the state; nothing outside the state”). But even if there was some truth to the idea, liberals—or at least liberal academics—would be the last to figure it out. How do I know this? Because I’ve checked the academic literature on Hitler »

The trouble with Calhoun

Featured imageHaving previously declared that the name of Calhoun College was to survive the grand renaming project undertaken by the university, President Peter Salovey was at pains to explain why the university had changed its mind. What was once Calhoun College is now to be Hopper College. What happened? Roger Kimball explores the question in the Wall Street Journal column “Yale’s inconsistent name-dropping” (accessible here via Google). In the column Roger »

Washington Post demonstrates importance of voter ID laws

Featured imageLittle agitates Democrats more than claims of voter fraud. Such fraud is a hardy perennial of American politics. Our history is full of examples, such as Mayor Daley’s Chicago. Yet, Democrats want us to believe that, notwithstanding solid evidence to the contrary, it’s not a problem in modern American politics. The reason is obvious. Democrats don’t want laws and procedures to protect against voter fraud because they want to preserve »

Why Is Saturday Night Live News?

Featured imageEvery Sunday morning, the Associated Press has a news story about the prior evening’s Saturday Night Live show. Today’s story is headlined Host Alec Baldwin, ‘SNL’ cast skewer Trump White House. Well, yes, they do that every week. Last Sunday’s AP headline told us that someone I had never heard of–Melissa McCarthy–was mocking White House press secretary Sean Spicer. And it isn’t just the Associated Press. Many news outlets breathlessly »

No Vote Fraud, Eh?

Featured imageDemocrats hotly deny there is any vote fraud taking place in American elections. Funny that only Democrats seem sensitive about this charge. The asymmetry of outrage suggests something, I think. Once upon a time, Chicago Democrats justified their shenanigans by charging that downstate Illinois Republicans stole votes, too. And maybe they did. Consider this note from our friend Roger Beckett, executive director of the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University in »

Now Is the Time for All Good Power Line Readers. . . (Updated)

Featured imageHave I mentioned before that I have a new book coming out? I can’t remember. Just in case I haven’t: Patriotism Is Not Enough will be officially published next week, on February 21, but Amazon is already shipping it starting yesterday, which means you could have your copy by Thursday! And if every Power Line reader orders a copy, it will make the best-seller list, and I might just be tempted »

Liberals bemoan the demise of last-minute Obama regs

Featured imageIt was never a secret that, once inaugurated, Donald Trump would immediately begin undoing regulations that took effect in the last months of the Obama administration. We knew that, for such regulations, Trump would ask Congress to use the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to bypass filibusters in the Senate to overturn recently issued regs. President Trump and Congress have undertaken this process. The Washington Post is not amused. »

Washington Post solicits anti-Trump activists

Featured imageI wrote here about the Washington Post’s solicitation of sob stories from people who say their lives were adversely affected by President Trump’s executive order on immigration. I called it the journalistic equivalent of ambulance chasing. The Post is at it again. Now, it is soliciting activists. Here is the introduction to a questionnaire that follows a silly story about a random woman from Pennsylvania who attended the anti-Trump march »

Is It “Deeply Offensive” to Enforce the Law?

Featured imageIt is, apparently, if the law relates to immigration. At Penn State, someone put up posters urging students and others to report violations of the immigration laws. This is the poster: Is it a civic duty to report illegal aliens? That is certainly a defensible position. In general, citizens should cooperate with law enforcement. But Penn State’s administration didn’t see it that way: “The posters are unsigned and appear to »

Al Jarreau, RIP

Featured imageI am so sad to observe the passing of the singer Al Jarrreau today in Los Angeles at the age of 76. Matt Schudel does a good job of paying tribute to Al in the Washington Post obituary . Margalit Fox provides a more ambivalent take in the New York Times obituary. I want to add a local note on Al’s death. Al was a native of Milwaukee. Once he »