The Star Tribune chides Omar

Featured image I think if Rep. Ilhan Omar were a Republican, her hometown newspaper would be ferreting out fellow Republicans for their response to her frankly expressed deep thoughts on Israel. As it is, the Star Tribune fails even to report them. I tried to do the work that the Star Tribune won’t do in the City Journal column “A question for Democrats.” Omar was in the national news last week with »

Sunday morning coming down

Featured imageTomorrow is the anniversary of the birth of singer/songwriter Richie Havens. Richie died in 2013 at the age of 72. I want to take a walk down memory lane with a few videos and a fan’s notes this morning. Richie grew up in Brooklyn singing with a choir in church and with doo wop groups on street corners. He crossed the river to figure out how to make a go »

Trump takes “no” for an answer

Featured imageEarlier today, John discussed President Trump’s proposed compromise to end the partial government shutdown. As he notes, the Democrats rejected it out of hand. Trump must have expected them to. The three years of relief for the DACA population falls far short of the Democrats’ goal. If the Dems are ever going to fund Trump’s wall, it will require far more substantial concessions than those Trump made today. In pushing »

It’s time for the Senate GOP to go nuclear

Featured imageA combination of Democratic obstructionism and Jeff Flake flakiness has conspired to create a backlog of federal judicial nominees awaiting a vote in the Senate. Flake, it will be recalled, decided to bottle up all judicial nominees in committee towards the end of 2018 because Majority Leader McConnell wouldn’t allow a vote on legislation to “protect” Robert Mueller. Mueller needs no protection. He’s not going to be fired, as the »

Nathan Glazer, RIP

Featured imageSad news today of the passing of the sociologist Nathan Glazer at the age of 95. Glazer was among those liberal social scientists who, starting in the late 1960s, began having serious second thoughts about the liberal policy paradigm. As the New York Times puts it in its obituary notice: Mr. Glazer’s turn to neoconservatism followed an almost paradigmatic path. Throughout the 1950s, and even after he went to work »

The President’s Immigration Olive Branch

Featured imageIn a 15 minute speech this afternoon, President Trump once again described the crisis at the Southern border and offered a compromise proposal to the Democrats. It wouldn’t resolve immigration issues, he said, but it would address the immediate crisis at the border and allow the government to reopen. It was an excellent speech, and well delivered. It was, I think, Trump at his best–the Democrats can only hope that »

Rob Woutat, RIP

Featured imageI am shocked and saddened to learn this morning of the accidental death of Rob Woutat on January 11. I was a student of Rob’s over a period of five years at St Paul Academy in St Paul, from the first year he taught English. In addition to English classes with him I was in six plays he directed over my last three years in high school. He wrote me »

BuzzFeed, buzz off

Featured imageOn Thursday evening BuzzFeed posted a story with the attention-grabbing headline “President Trump Directed His Attorney Michael Cohen To Lie To Congress About The Moscow Tower Project.” CNN ran with the story essentially nonstop yesterday. Below is CNN New Day’s tweet with a video clip of the show’s interview with BuzzFeed reporter Anthony Cormier discussing his story yesterday morning. The excitement was palpable. “If true,” Trump was toast. Democrats couldn’t »

The Week in Pictures: House of Carbs Edition

Featured imageWhat can you say about a week that began with stacks of fast-food cheeseburgers in the White House and ended with Trump putting Nancy Pelosi on the no-fly list? I’d say it means Season 3 of The Trump Show is going to be lit. It’s only January. By summer, as the Democratic 2020 presidential field fills out, it is likely that liberals will be on the verge of clinical insanity. »

Talkin’ ’bout the ominous Omar

Featured imageRep. Ilhan Omar is in the news this week and our friend Seth Liebsohn has followed our coverage of her over the past two-and-a-half years. Seth invited me on his show to discuss Omar this afternoon. The audio clip is below, courtesy of Seth. I thought some readers might find it of interest. I made a few inadvertent misstatements in the course of my remarks, although I correctly cited my »

Trump balances need to sanction Russia and desire to please allies

Featured imageThe Trump administration will lift sanctions against companies controlled by an ally of Vladimir Putin. The Putin ally is Oleg Deripaska, a metals oligarch who apparently has ties to Paul Manafort. Does Trump’s decision mean that he’s doing Putin’s bidding? No. The sanctions are being lifted at the request of our European allies, who are concerned that the action against Deripaska’s companies has created havoc in the global market for »

A tale of two letters

Featured imageThe Washington Free Beacon has compiled a classic supercuts video (below) contrasting the media treatment of Nancy Pelosi’s letter to President Trump rescheduling his State of the Union address with Trump’s retaliatory letter grounding Pelosi’s scheduled takeoff on an international trip using a government aircraft. Andrew Kugle’s accompanying Free Beacon story is “A tale of two letters.” Long story short, in unison: Pelosi good, Trump bad. It’s almost funny. »

Useful idiots, Kristof edition

Featured imageLo these many years since the Russian Revolution and the collapse of the Soviet Union, the New York Times is still doing public relations for Communism. The most recent example — I find it almost unbelievable — is Nicholas Kristof’s January 18 Times column “Why Infants May Be More Likely to Die in America Than Cuba” (accessible here on Outline). Kristof writes: Cuba has the Medicare for All that many »

What we have learned so far (7)

Featured imageHouse sources leaked the testimony of Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr to Congress last year. Ohr himself was a conduit for the Steele Dossier and Russian meddling in the presidential election of 2016 if the dossier is taken at face value, as the FBI purported to take it. John Solomon broke the story of Ohr’s testimony here. Sara Carter had more here. Kim Strassel devoted her weekly Wall Street »

It’s Open War on Christianity

Featured imageWe have been writing about the growing anti-Semitism of the Democratic Party, but don’t kid yourself: the Left hates Christianity more than it does Judaism. The Left’s bigotry has manifested itself over the last few days in connection with Karen Pence, the vice-president’s wife. David French explains (links omitted): Karen Pence is a believing Christian woman. She took a part-time job at a private Christian school. And this, believe it »

What’s Lindsey Graham up to?

Featured imageThe short answer is politics. The claim by Rep. Ilhan Omar that Sen. Graham is “compromised,” is beyond stupid. Omar cites “the way [Graham] is behaving” towards President Trump. Graham was a major critic of Trump at one time, but now often supports the president. But Graham sometimes does not support him. Just yesterday, he criticized Trump’s decision to cancel Nancy Pelosi’s junket. Recently, he criticized Trump’s decision to withdraw »

Rabbis Protest Omar Appointment to Foreign Relations

Featured imageWe wrote here about the fact that Nancy Pelosi has appointed Ilhan Omar to the House Foreign Relations Committee, notwithstanding Omar’s vicious hostility toward Israel, one of America’s key strategic partners, and her apparent anti-Semitism. Among other things, Omar is a supporter of the “BDS” movement that seeks to delegitimize Israel as an independent nation. Today the Coalition for Jewish Values, which represents more than 1,000 rabbis on issues of »