What to make of the White House counsel’s cooperation with Mueller

Featured image The New York Times reports that White House Counsel Don McGahn was interviewed for something like 30 hours total by Robert Mueller’s team. According to the Times, President Trump agreed to have McGahn questioned by Team Mueller without conditions or limitations. I have several observations about the Times’ article. First, the decision not to object to the interview of McGahn, or at least try to negotiate ground rules and limitiations, »

Another slippery attempt to paint Trump as a racist

Featured imageThe Washington Post ran a front page story today called “As Trump hurls racial invective, GOP is quiet.” The story begins with this sentence: The president of the United States had just lobbed another racially charged insult — this time calling his former top African American adviser a “dog” — but Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) had no interest in talking about it. (Emphasis added) Notice how the Post backs away »

More Scenes from the College Apocalypse

Featured imageTwo more colleges have just announced cuts in whole departments that conform to my thesis that the politically correct social sciences and humanities are going to wither and die in favor of STEM subjects and practical subjects like business and economics. First up is Goucher College in Maryland, a small liberal arts college that was once a women’s college but which went co-ed in the 1980s. (Jonah Goldberg was in »

A Policeman’s Sister Speaks

Featured imageLast night I wrote about an incident in St. Paul earlier this month, in which two police officers fatally shot a man named William Hughes. The St. Paul police have released body cam video of the incident–generally viewed as fully exculpating the officers–which I embedded and commented on. The video shows the dangerous conditions and life and death decisions that law enforcement officers must confront. In my post, I wrote: »

The Todd trap

Featured imageRudy Giuliani appeared this morning on Meet the Press on behalf of President Trump. Host Chuck Todd asked why President Trump won’t just sit for a friendly interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller and tell the truth. What’s so hard about that? Truth is truth; Trump can avoid any alleged “perjury trap” by sticking to it. But it’s not that simple. “Truth isn’t truth,” Giuliani responded. “Mr. Mayor,” Todd countered. »

I Left My S— in San Francisco

Featured imageThe late novelist Walker Percy used to wonder about why the suicide rate was so high in San Francisco, the most beautiful city in the world by his reckoning. I wish we had Percy still with us today—for many reasons—but especially to update his observations on how San Francisco’s decadence and dysfunctions are a reflections on the defects of the human soul. Even The Guardian, the British leftist rag, is »

Either Ohr

Featured imageThe mind-boggling scandal of the Obama administration’s treatment of the Trump presidential campaign continues to unravel, but you’d never know from taking in your news via the mainstream media. Former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr is scheduled to testify under oath this week before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees on August 28. Ohr seems to have served as a conduit for Christopher Steele’s continued service to the FBI »

“Enemies lists,” then and now

Featured imageThe Trump-hating mainstream media claims that President Trump has an enemies list. It’s possible that he has one, but the list of people whose security clearance is under review isn’t it. An enemies list would be longer and would include, for example, Jim Acosta. The list in question is simply a group of people who may not deserve the privilege of having a security clearance now that they are not »

Revoking Brennan’s clearance: The right move for the wrong reason

Featured imageAndy McCarthy argues that there were excellent reasons to revoke the security of John Brennan, but that President Trump revoked it for the wrong reason. Trump, McCarthy says, revoked the clearance as an act of revenge for Brennan’s harsh criticism of him — an improper basis for taking such action. I think Andy is probably right about Trump’s motive and certainly right about the propriety of revoking a security clearance »

Burr under the saddle

Featured imageThe confidence of the oleaginous Mark Warner in his colleague Richard Burr gives me my doubts. Burr is the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee who has kept up a bipartisan vibe in the committee’s investigation of Russian interference in the election. The parallel House committee operating under Chairman Devin Nunes has filed its Report on Russian Active Measures. Burr’s committee labors on. I have my doubts about Burr, but »

The Week in Pictures: Omnibus Funhouse Edition

Featured imageThis was one of those weeks that defies an obvious theme. The “independent” media beclowns itself—again—and the “white supremacists” turned out a massive crowd of . . . 30 people . . . in Washington, while what really captivated the nation was a stolen airplane. I don’t like to make light of an obviously troubled person who committed (a non-terrorist) suicide with an airplane, but there was something almost endearing »

Ellison off the brink

Featured imageJohn observed that Minnesota Attorney General candidate Keith Ellison — incumbent Fifth District representative and deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee — might have been on the brink of being forced off the DFL ticket by domestic abuse allegations that surfaced this past weekend. I don’t think so. The rules of the game have never applied to Ellison and and they aren’t going to be applied now. Yesterday the »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured imageThis past Sunday we went to see the great Stax artist William Bell perform at the Dakota Jazz Club in downtown Minneapolis. Bell is 78 years old. He returned to the scene in triumph with his 2016 recording This Is Where I Live, winner of that year’s Grammy for Best Americana. Not blues, not rhythm and blues, not soul — Americana, as Bell proudly mentioned a couple of times during »

So, You Want to Be a Police Officer?

Featured imageOn the night of August 5, a man named William Hughes was shot and killed by two St. Paul police officers. The officers were responding to a 911 caller who said there were multiple gunshots on the second floor of a duplex. After Hughes’s death, his family, along with the usual suspects, demanded “the release of [body camera] footage, data from 911 calls and a third-party investigation into the shooting.” »

Is Trump Winning Again?

Featured imageBack in June Paul and I both noted the view of economist Irwin Stelzer, who is no fan of Trump, that Trump might in fact win a trade war with China, because Trump has the better poker hand. And I concluded, “File this one away for further reference.” Well lookie here, on the front page of the Wall Street Journal today: U.S., China Plot Road Map to Resolve Trade Dispute »

The Brennan factor (2)

Featured imageHolman Jenkins finds press coverage of the origin of the FBI counterintelligence investigation wanting. Today he elaborates on this theme in his Wall Street Journal column “The press abets a coverup.” The counterintelligence investigation has been taken over by Robert Mueller. Mueller is to unravel the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with the friends of Vladimir Putin. One problem, if the Steele Dossier os taken at face value: only the Clinton »

Desperate Dems say they’ll go to court to get Kavanaugh papers [UPDATED]

Featured imageI must say I enjoy watching Senate Democrats throwing a fit over their inability to get millions of pages of Brett Kavanaugh-related documents in time for his confirmation hearing. Apparently, the Dems can’t find anything in the many hundreds of judicial opinions Judge Kavanaugh has written or signed that will come close to sinking his nomination. Thus, they have pinned their hopes on finding a “gotcha” in some paper Kavanaugh »