Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Report: Trump will begin draining his swamp

Featured image According to Trey Yingst of One America News Network, Team Trump has identified three sources of the leaks flowing so liberally from the White House. He also reports that “multiple people” will be fired when President Trump returns from his trip abroad. Why haven’t the leakers already been fired? Yingst says it’s because their names are “being run by the Office of Government Ethics.” (What that means, and for what »

Explosion in Manchester kills at least 19 [WITH MULTIPLE UPDATES]

Featured image At least 19 people have been killed in an attack at a concert outside of Manchester Arena in England. Fifty others are reported injured. British authorities consider the attack to be terrorism. The Greater Manchester police issued this statement: Just before 10.35pm on Monday 22 May 2017, police were called to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena. So far 19 people have been confirmed dead, with around 50 others »

Should the U.S. take decisive military action in south Syria?

Featured image Last week, U.S. planes attacked a pro-Assad convoy in southern Syria. The convoy had violated a restricted zone around a base where United States and British Special Forces train Syrian rebels to fight ISIS. I wrote about the attack here, noting that the area in question is of strategic importance to Assad, Syrian rebels, Iran, Russia, and the U.S., and hence a likely future battleground quite apart from the fight »

Obama foreign policy, RIP

Featured image I usually leave the cartoon beat to John and Steve. However, this one is too good to pass up. It’s from a Saudi outlet, and features Uncle Sam laying a wreath at what I’m told is the tomb of former president Obama’s policy towards the Middle East. Priceless. »

Fake reformer wins fake election

Featured image That’s the headline of Eli Lake’s story on the victory of Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani’s in this weekend’s election. Lake calls the election fake because the Iranian president lacks anything like the power we ordinarily associate with a president: As anyone who pays attention to Iran knows, the real power in the country resides with the unelected supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, and the security services, which operate more like rival »

Trump’s Saudi Arabia speech — a good day for the president and the U.S.

Featured image Here is the text of President Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia to heads of dozens of Muslim-majority states. The speech is excellent. Trump’s approach to the Muslim world in this speech aligns, in general terms, with his approach to other less than friendly world actors. As with China, to name one, Trump eschews past hostile rhetoric and assumes (or pretends to) the best in the hope of securing assistance in »

Report: Dominicans Control Boston Heroin Trafficking

Featured image The Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC), an arm of the Boston Police Department, has released its “2016 Heroin Overdose Report.” The findings regarding heroin overdose are disturbing, though probably not surprising. I want to focus on certain findings in the BRIC report regarding drug traffickers. According to the report, only 39 percent of those arrested for Class A Trafficking claimed to have been born in the United States. 26 percent »

Nut Job III — drain your own damn swamp

Featured image The latest anonymous leak/news story, the New York Times’s “nut job” scoop, troubles me for at least three reasons. First, it’s disturbing that this kind of leaking occurs. In one week, among other leak-grounded stories, (1) Politico reported, based on a leak that must have originated with someone close to President Trump, that the president screamed at the television in response to a story about the FBI’s Russia investigation and »

A victory for charter schools in Los Angeles

Featured image Charter school backers have won a majority of seats on the board of the Los Angeles Unified School District for the first. The story is here, in a Los Angeles Times article. You have to dig it out, though. The Times leads off by talking about talking about “wealthy charter school advocates” and by giving voice to the unhappiness of a losing candidate. Deep into the story, the Times finally »

Time to “lawyer up”

Featured image Earlier today, I questioned Eli Lake’s view that Rod Rosenstein did President Trump a favor by appointing Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russian involvement in the U.S. election, etc. This Wall Street Journal editorial contends that Rosenstein did no favor to anyone other than the Democrats and their allies. The Journal argues: While the [appointment of Mueller] will provide some short-term political relief, not least for Mr. Rosenstein, »

U.S. planes hit pro-Assad military convoy

Featured image The New York Times reports that American warplanes in Syria attacked a pro-government convoy today, after it ignored warnings and violated a restricted zone around a base where United States and British Special Forces train Syrian rebels to fight ISIS. American officials say that more than 20 vehicles drove within 18 miles of the al-Tanf base in southern Syria which houses the American and British Special Forces. This constituted a »

Did Rosenstein do Trump a favor?

Featured image Eli Lake argues that Rod Rosenstein did President Trump a favor by appointing Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead the Russia investigation. Lake says the appointment has quieted a crisis that was consuming Trump’s presidency. He may be right. Certainly, Rosenstein’s move will serve the administration’s short term interests — as well as Rosenstein’s, who suddenly was under vicious attack for doing no more than writing a memo about »

Trump breaks campaign promise on Israel

Featured image In March 2016, addressing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, Donald Trump said that, as president, he would move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Trump called that city “the eternal capital of the Jewish people.” Now, however, President Trump has decided to keep our embassy in Tel Aviv. A senior White House official explained: “We don’t think it would be wise to [move] it at this time” »

DOJ appoints Robert Mueller special counsel for Russia investigation

Featured image Robert Mueller, a former prosecutor who served as the FBI director from 2001 to 2013, has been appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to serve as special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the U.S. election, etc. Rosenstein explained: In my capacity as acting attorney general, I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a special counsel to assume responsibility »

Presidential power and its possible abuse in the Trump-Comey context

Featured image David McIntosh, president of the Club for Growth, today defended the right of President Trump to direct the FBI investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 presidential campaign and possible wrongdoing by Michael Flynn. McIntosh, a co-founder of the Federalist Society, made the defense at the Federalist Society’s “Executive Branch Review Conference.” He said: President Trump acted appropriately if he gave guidance to Director Comey on an investigation. It is »

MSNBC attacks Kellyanne Conway; the Washington Post snipes at her husband

Featured image Last November, Hillary Clinton failed to become America’s first female president. Instead, Kellyanne Conway became the first female to manage a successful presidential campaign. Many will never forgive her. Attacks on Conway have centered on the notion that, in the words of Mika Brzezinski, she “shill[ed] for Trump in extensive fashion.” But that’s the job of anyone who represents a political candidate. The real beef is with Donald Trump, whom »

Preliminary thoughts on the “Comey memo” [UPDATED]

Featured image I want to pick up on a point John made in a post earlier tonight regarding the New York Times’ claim that President Trump asked James Comey to stop the Flynn investigation. John wrote: [W]hat if Comey hadn’t been fired? Would we have heard anything about. . .alleged efforts by the president to influence the Flynn investigation? Presumably not. The conversation documented by the memo took place in February, and »