Will the Mueller Switch Project Collapse?

Featured image The sentencing of General Michael Flynn could turn out to be the Waterloo of the Mueller Switch Project. The feds never could have convicted Flynn of perjury or lying to government officials–they don’t even have a transcript of what he said to the FBI! As a criminal case, it was always a non-starter. The Justice Department initially had no intention of prosecuting. But then, after Robert Mueller took over the »

Redact this

Featured imageOn Friday night the FBI released a heavily redacted two-page summary that former FBI Director James Comey used to brief then President-elect Donald Trump in January 2017 regarding the so-called Steele Dossier on Trump’s ties to Russia. I have embedded the document below via Scribd. Politico procured the document released Friday night in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Politico’s Josh Gerstein and Kyle Cheney report on the document here. »

Experts weigh in on decision striking down Obamacare

Featured imageJohn wrote last night about the ruling by a federal judge in Texas that Obamacare is unconstitutional in its entirety. Judge Reed O’Connor reasoned: (1) because Congress has repealed the penalty assessed against those who decline to buy health insurance, the Individual Mandate can no longer be fairly read as an exercise of Congress’s Tax Power; (2) because the Individual Mandate could only be justified constitutionally as an exercise of »

Soul of a bigot

Featured imageDespite her incredibly rapid ascent up the greasy pole, Minnesota Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar holds herself out as a victim of bigotry and intolerance. As is frequently the case in dealing with devout leftists, however, what we have here is a serious case of projection. In the tweet below, Omar posts a photo of Vice President Pence caught in the act of blinking his eyes during last week’s Oval Office meeting »

Miss Universe Preview: The First Trans Contestant

Featured imageI haven’t done my usual Miss Universe previews this year, mostly due to having been on vacation. But the pageant is worth a last-minute look–the finale will be televised tomorrow–because, as it happens, the Miss Universe pageant represents peak 2018. The big news story is the presence of Miss Spain, Angela Ponce, the first transgender person to qualify for the competition. Ms. Ponce has undergone the requisite surgery, and her »

China’s slumping economy adds new dimension to trade war

Featured imageThere’s good news and bad news from China. It’s the same news: China’s economy is slowing. China’s retail sales are growing at the slowest rate in 15 years. Industrial production reportedly is slumping too. Forecasts are for reduced economic growth. This year, reported growth will be around 6.6 percent. The forecast for next year is 6 percent, and many are now wondering whether it will reach that mark. The case »

Farewell to the Standard

Featured imageI join John and Scott in mourning the closure of the Weekly Standard. Yes, there are other  excellent conservative magazines, but the Standard was, as the name obviously conveys, about the only weekly. And frequency matters. It’s putative replacement, the expanded Washington Examiner magazine (for which I have also written) will probably be more DC-focused, and likely won’t have any of the great cultural feature writing and book reviews that the »

Include me out

Featured imageA friend has forwarded the email below from Bowdoin College Senior Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity Michael Reed. The email sets forth Bowdoin’s Lived Name Initiative. Is it permitted to ridicule this scheme and its supporting apparatus? Rod Dreher gets the ball rolling in “The stupidity of ‘inclusivity.'” The point here is to abolish gender classifications and foist artificial pronouns down our throats. As our informant notes, it part »

The Week in Pictures: Photo Op Edition

Featured imageYou almost have to feel sorry for Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer—especially Schumer—for thinking that they were just going to have the typical all-smiles photo op in the Oval Office with Trump this week, only to have Trump decide to turn the Oval Office into an Oval WWF ring. I’ve never seen experienced pols like Pelosi and Schumer ask to turn off the cameras. This has to be a first »

Weekly Standard, RIP

Featured imageThe Weekly Standard has been shut down. Rod Dreher’s view is similar to mine: Fairly or not, Bill Kristol is the brand. That’s simply the truth — and when Kristol did ugly, indefensible things, like accusing Tucker Carlson of defending slavery, it reflected on the magazine, even though he was no longer its editor. The Standard was relentlessly anti-Trump, which I never understood. Never-Trumpism strikes me as a mental disorder. »

Trump names Mulvaney acting White House chief-of-staff

Featured imageMick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, will become the acting White House chief of staff at the end of the year. So tweeted President Trump. I have previously called White House chief-of-staff under Trump the worst job in official Washington, D.C. But now I’m not sure which is worse, chief or acting chief. Mulvaney is a good pick. As I noted here, he’s been an important »

Well Houellebecq That!

Featured imageYou may have to go all the way back to the late 20th century to recall an article in Harper’s magazine that was worth reading, but the current issue features an article from the controversial French novelist Michel Houellebecq that defends Donald Trump (“Donald Trump Is a Good President“) in ways that will drive just about everybody out of their minds. Houellebecq is the author of, among other works, a »

At number 1, no ordinary Joe

Featured imageThe Dartmouth Alumni Magazine has toted up its 15 most-read stories of 2018. Coming in at number 1 is Emily Esfahani Smith’s profile of Joe Rago (Dartmouth ’05), Wall Street Journal editorial board member, 2011 Pulitzer Prize winner at age 28 for his brilliant editorials on Obamacare, gone at age 34 of sarcoidosis. I am in awe of what Emily did in this profile, both bringing Joe back to life »

Death of the Standard: A personal note [with concurrence by Paul]

Featured imageI was a charter subscriber to the Weekly Standard in 1995 and have kept up my subscription ever since. Founded by Bill Kristol, Fred Barnes and John Podhoretz, the Standard delivered smart journalism produced by many of the best conservative writers (including the three founders). Among the stellar writers and reporters on its staff I would cite Andrew Ferguson (in a class by himself), Christopher Caldwell, Philip Terzian, Matt Continetti »

Federal Judge Rules Obamacare Unconstitutional [with comment by Paul]

Featured imageVia Drudge, federal judge Reed O’Connor, in Ft. Worth, Texas, has declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, apparently in its entirety. You may remember that Obamacare survived constitutional scrutiny by the skin of its teeth when the Supreme Court, led by Chief Justice Roberts, held that the penalty the act imposes for failure to buy health insurance is a tax, and therefore is constitutional. That holding discreetly bypassed the fact »

The Real War On Christmas

Featured imageMark Steyn wrote on Wednesday about the terrorist attack on the Christmas market in Strasbourg: Yesterday, the usual “known wolf” – that’s to say, known to the highest levels of the French security apparatus – killed three [A fourth victim has died and a fifth is brain dead.] and wounded a dozen more in this year’s first attack on a Christmas market – in Strasbourg. The jihadist yelled …oh, go »

Flynn’s fate (6)

Featured imageThe Special Counsel has filed his reply memo in the matter of the sentencing of Michael Flynn in compliance with Judge Sullivan’s order. I have embedded the memo and attachments as redacted below. Please take the following comments as provisional in nature and check my own comments against the document itself. Reading these materials quickly this afternoon, I observe that the only document contemporaneous with the interview is one page »