Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

The situational doggedness of Jim Acosta

Featured image Decades ago, after Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn took up residence in the United States, he noted that some of the same journalists he now observed behaving so rudely toward government officials in America had acted like pussycats when they were assigned to the Soviet Union. His comment, though very likely true, may have been a bit harsh. The fact that a journalist isn’t prepared to risk his freedom in a foreign country »

Fake news wrapped in weasel words from the Washington Post

Featured image President Trump today condemned “all types of racism and acts of violence.” That’s a good thing. However, the Trump-hating Washington Post seized on the occasion to condemn Trump for alleged “racially tinged” statements. “Racially tinged” is a weasel phrase. A statement is either racist or it isn’t. When the statement pertains, however loosely, to race but isn’t racist, those obsessed with race or, in this case, Trump-hatred call it “racially »

Omarosa stays in character, switches sides

Featured image If it’s fair to judge public figures by the company they keep, and I think to some extent it is, then President Trump fares poorly. No one better exemplifies the poor company Trump has kept than Omarosa Manigault Newman. With no apparent qualification beyond her status as a reality television personality, Manigault became Director of African-American Outreach for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. After Trump’s victory, she became Assistant to the »

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, airhead

Featured image Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, girl socialist, may know what the Gini coefficient is, but she doesn’t know much else. The Washington Post fact checked a series of recent claims by Ocasio-Cortez and found all of them to be false. Let’s look at each claim: 1. “Unemployment is low because everyone has two jobs. Unemployment is low because people are working 60, 70, 80 hours a week and can barely feed their family.” »

Alex Acosta draws praise from key Obama-era DOL official

Featured image Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta has done almost nothing to disturb the hard-left agenda implemented by his predecessor, Tom Perez. Thus, it’s not surprising that he’s receiving praise from a key member of the Perez team. Seth Harris, who served as a deputy and acting labor secretary during the Obama administration, had this to say about Trump’s labor secretary: Acosta understands how government works, he has no interest in blowing »

Kavanaugh hearings set to begin Sept. 4

Featured image Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley announced today that hearings on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh will begin on September 4. He expects three or four days will be required to complete them. This timetable may be sufficient to have the full Senate vote on Kavanaugh nomination in time for him to join the Court when its term begins on October 1. If not, then he should be able to »

Leftism’s dire consequences, Chicago edition

Featured image Earlier today, I wrote about how Philadelphia’s sanctuary city policy caused a child to be raped. Philadelphia authorities refused ICE’s request to detain a previously deported illegal immigrant. Instead, they released the man, who then committed rape. This was clear case of the left’s agenda trumping concerns for public safety. The consequences were dire for the illegal immigrant’s victim. But leftism is also producing dire consequences for entire communities. Areas »

Child raped because “sanctuary” Philadelphia released criminal ICE wanted [With Comment by John]

Featured image Last night, Department of Homeland Security head Kirstjen Nielsen appeared on Sean Hannity’s program to discuss the outrageous story of a girl who was raped by an illegal immigrant released from prison instead of being held, as ICE had requested. Mike Brest of the Daily Caller reports on the interview, which I didn’t see. Here’s what Hannity said: Let me tell the audience about a case that we just found »

Steele, Simpson, and Ohr linked with Russian oligarch

Featured image Byron York reports: Emails in 2016 between former British spy Christopher Steele and Justice Department official Bruce Ohr suggest Steele was deeply concerned about the legal status of a Putin-linked Russian oligarch, and at times seemed to be advocating on the oligarch’s behalf, in the same time period Steele worked on collecting the Russia-related allegations against Donald Trump that came to be known as the Trump dossier. The emails show »

Don Lemon’s dumb response to being called dumb

Featured image When President Trump assumed office, I resolved to begin watching CNN’s talk shows. Why? Because I wanted to make sure I heard reasoned criticism of the new administration. After about two weeks, I concluded that there was precious little reasoned criticism of Trump to be found on CNN. Typically, the network served up bloated panels with each member trying to outdo the others in mindlessly attacking the new president. Finding »

Winning ugly

Featured image On Monday night, the Clearwater Threshers defeated the Tampa Tarpons 1-0 in a minor league baseball game without the benefit of a hit, a walk, a hit batsman, or a runner reaching base due to an error. How did they manage this? The key was the new rule in the minor leagues for deciding extra inning games. I discussed it here. Under this rule, which conceivably could come to the »

Leftism by inaction at Acosta’s DOL

Featured image I have documented the fact that Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta studiously avoids making policy and personnel decisions that might alienate leftists. Because Acosta’s predecessor, Tom Perez, made the Labor Department a central player in President Obama’s quest radically to transform America, Acosta’s unwillingness to rock the boat is a major victory for the left. The Administrative Review Board (ARB) epitomizes Acosta’s passivity. The ARB is, in effect, the Labor »

A less than encouraging win for the GOP [With Comment by John]

Featured image As John noted last night, Republican Troy Balderson appears to have defeated Democrat Danny O’Connor in the special election in Ohio’s 12th congressional district. The result isn’t official because there are a large number of provisional and absentee ballots to consider, but it looks very good for Balderson. If one views this election as an indicator of Republican prospects this Fall, however, the result looks less good. The Washington Post’s »

How the media embraced en masse fake news about Trump Tower meeting

Featured image On Sunday, I exposed as “fake news” a New York Times article touting President Trump’s “admission” that the purpose of his son’s meeting with a Russian lawyer was to obtain negative information about Hillary Clinton. In fact, Trump’s statement wasn’t news at all. He said the same thing more than a year ago. Moreover, the Times, misstated Trump’s “admission.” It characterized his statement as an admission that the meeting “focused” »

Sarah Jeong equated Trump and Hitler “before it was cool”

Featured image Sarah Jeong, the New York Times’ latest addition to its editorial board, is a thought leader. She says so herself. In December 2017, Jeong boasted “I was equating Trump to Hitler before it was cool.” A month earlier, this rising journalism star had tweeted “how f**king prescient was I on Trump = Hitler.” It may be cool to equate Trump and Hitler, but it is also extraordinarily stupid. Hitler hated »

Is Rudy Giuliani helping or hurting President Trump?

Featured image Jill Abramson, the left-wing journalist, contends that Rudy Giuliani has become “a dangerous liability” for President Trump. Giuliani certainly isn’t impressing many lawyers or other close observers with the bombast and sometimes flawed or superficial analysis he employs in defense of the president. But that doesn’t necessarily make him a liability, as I argue below. Nor does Abramson impress with statements like this one: [Giuliani] keeps messing up. On. . »

Trump offers limited relief from Obamacare coercion

Featured image In a post called “One Families’ Obamacare Tale — Mine,” I described how Obamacare deprived my wife of the medical insurance that fits our needs. Our tale is interesting, I think, but a bit complicated. I discussed it fully in the original post. Essentially, my wife needed “catastrophic insurance” to fill a gap in her insurance plan. In the pre-Obamacare market, we were able to purchase a fairly reasonably priced »