Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Judge Bates’ power grab

Featured image Scott has embedded the opinion of Judge John Bates in NAACP v. Donald J. Trump. Judge Bates ordered the administration to restart the DACA program within 20 days because, in essence, he doesn’t think much of the administration’s policy reasons for ending the program. I have plowed through the opinion. It reminds me of the scene in “Duck Soup” where Groucho Marx (Rufus T. Firefly) refuses to hear a matter »

FBI continued to get info from Steele after terminating formal relationship

Featured image Because Christopher Steele, author of the bogus anti-Trump dossier, supplied confidential information to the media, the FBI formally terminated him as a source. Therefore, FBI personnel were not supposed to accept information from him. But Byron York reports that the FBI continued to use Steele as a source. In fact, it did so on 12 separate occasions: [The FBI] devis[ed] a system in which Steele spoke regularly with Bruce Ohr, »

More of Sarah Jeong’s greatest hits

Featured image Steve has written about the vicious anti-white tweets by Sarah Jeong, the latest addition to the New York Times’ board of editors. But Jeong’s hatefulness extends beyond whites. Amber Athey of the Daily Caller calls attention to tweets by Jeong’s about killing men, and also to tweets in which Jeong called for “banning the police” and expressed her animus towards police officers through profanity. “Cops are a**h***s,” Jeong explained in »

The New York Times — enemy of white people

Featured image Steve has written about how the New York Times hired Sarah Jeong to be part of its editorial board, even though it knew Jeong has written a series of vicious, foul-mouthed attacks on white people, collectively. The Times excuses Jeong ravings on the theory that she was merely “imitating the rhetoric of her harassers” on the internet. Rubbish. As John Sexton counters: First, the tweets aren’t all replying to other »

2018 World Cup review

Featured image I haven’t written anything about the soccer played in Russia during the 2018 World Cup. This was my way of protesting against the Cup being held in Putin’s thugocracy. I did not want to promote the event, even in a very small way. However, several readers have asked me to comment on the tournament. Now that it’s over with, I see no harm in offering a few thoughts and naming »

National Archives: We can’t produce all Kavanaugh docs until end of October

Featured image The National Archives said today it won’t be able to produce the full cache of documents regarding Brett Kavanaugh that Senate Republicans have requested. The documents in question are all of those from Kavanaugh’s time as an associate White House counsel under George W. Bush. Apparently there are at least 900,000 such documents that need to be reviewed. The Archives says it will be able to review only about one-third »

Trade wars: Easy to claim victory in, not so easy to win

Featured image Ramesh Ponnuru checks in the trade war. He disagrees with President Trump that America is winning. Ponnuru doesn’t see victory in the EU’s promise to talk with the U.S. about eliminating tariffs: Trump episodically claims that he wants zero trade barriers all around, and it’s a good thing that we’re going to have talks with the EU about liberalization. But we didn’t need to place tariffs on steel and aluminum, »

Grassley: No Kavanaugh hearing until September [UPDATED]

Featured image Sen. Charles Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told Hugh Hewitt today that there almost certainly will be no confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh until September. Hugh asked Grassley whether there is even “a 10 percent chance” that his committee will hold hearings on Kavanaugh in August. “I don’t think so,” Grassley replied. He said it appears “early September would be the earliest” the hearings will take place. The »

Misdiagnosing the opioid crisis

Featured image According to the Maryland Department of Health, a record 2,282 people died in Maryland from unintentional drug-and-alcohol-related intoxication in 2017. That’s more than double the number of such deaths in Maryland in 2014. Keep that year in mind. 88 percent of the intoxication deaths in Maryland in 2017 were opioid-related. Opioid-related deaths include deaths due to heroin, prescription opioids, and nonpharmaceutical fentanyl. Large increases in the number of fentanyl-related deaths »

Should Trump meet the mullahs? [UPDATED]

Featured image Fresh off his meeting with Kim Jong Un, President Trump is talking about getting together with Iran’s leaders “whenever they want” and “without preconditions.” Is this a good idea? I don’t think so. I favored Trump meeting with Kim, but there are at least two important distinctions between North Korea and Iran. First, North Korea has nuclear weapons. Iran doesn’t. I think it’s important to establish some sort of dialogue »

An experimental approach to deciding extra inning ball games

Featured image I read somewhere that this year non-pitchers are pitching an unprecedented number of innings in major league baseball games. A manager might call on a non-pitcher (a catcher, infielder, or outfielder) to pitch if he has used all of his relief pitchers or if the game is so far out of reach that he doesn’t want to burn his remaining relievers. It seems odd at first blush that we’re seeing »

Report: North Korea is working on new missiles

Featured image According to the Washington Post, U.S. spy agencies are seeing signs that North Korea is constructing new missiles at a factory that produced the country’s first intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the United States. The Post cites “officials familiar with the intelligence.” It also provides a commercial satellite image, taken on July 7, showing the factory in question. The photo includes a vehicle the Post says is similar to »

Rand Paul will vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh [UPDATE: MORE GOOD NEWS]

Featured image Sen. Rand Paul announced today that he will support Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Paul had said he was on the fence. Most of us expected that Paul would back Kavanaugh in the end, but it’s good that he’s now on record and good that he didn’t drag out whatever suspense he might have created. Sen. Paul said this: After meeting Judge Kavanaugh and reviewing his record, I »

Maryland governor’s race reveals Democratic fault line

Featured image Although Maryland is one of America’s bluest states, it has a Republican governor. In 2014, we elected Larry Hogan. It was only the second time in 48 years a Republican had won that office here. We haven’t had a Republican Senator since 1987. This year, the Democrats nominated Ben Jealous to run against Hogan. Jealous, formerly the head of the NAACP, is a hard leftist. He favors debt-free college, a »

No anti-Kavanaugh groundswell in Maine or Alaska

Featured image The hope of Democrats that they can stop the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh rests largely on two moderate Republican Senators, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski. So far the signs regarding these two aren’t encouraging for Democrats, though we’re still relatively early in the process. Democrats recall that during the fight over repealing Obamacare, Collins and Murkowski bucked the GOP leadership and, along with Sen. John McCain, defeated legislation that would »

Impeach Rod Rosenstein?

Featured image I don’t think any of us has commented on the articles of impeachment filed against Rod Rosenstein by a small number of conservative House Republicans. My comment is that there is no case for impeaching Rosenstein. I’ll give my reasons in a moment. I assume the articles were filed in order to focus attention on the fact that the Department of Justice hasn’t produced documents requested by the House at »

Leaving the “Obama Department of Labor” before it reaches year eleven

Featured image Ondray Harris, the director of the Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), has resigned after just eight months in this position. OFCCP audits government contractors across a wide range of industries to ensure compliance with workplace affirmative action and nondiscrimination laws. The Obama administration used OFCCP to apply radical views of anti-discrimination law to a vast swath of the nation’s employers. Bloomberg reported the resignation. It stated »