Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Poll: Buttigieg is third in Iowa

Featured image Monmouth University is out with a poll of likely Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa. There are no surprises at the very top. Joe Biden leads with a hefty 27 percent and Bernie Sanders is next with 16 percent. These are the two best known members of the likely field and they are prime representatives of the Party’s two wings — establishment and hard-leftist. In third place, though, stands a relative unknown »

Acosta DOL seeks to impose radical diversity agenda on law firms

Featured image The Obama Labor Department is now in its eleventh year. The first eight were under the direction of President Obama’s Labor Secretaries, most notably Tom Perez. The remainder are under the direction of Alex Acosta, President Trump’s choice for the job. The latest manifestation of the DOL’s left-liberalism under Acosta is its warning to law firms that they must become more diverse or else risk losing contracts with the federal »

April madness

Featured image There was some hand-wringing when this year’s Final Four materialized. No Duke, no Kentucky, no North Carolina. No Zion, no Ja Morant, no Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga’s Japanese star, to market. Nor did the tournament have a Cinderella. Yes, Auburn and Texas Tech are unheralded programs, but that’s because they’re usually also-rans in power conferences. They don’t resemble VCU, George Mason, or the Butler of a few years ago. Worse yet, »

Barr: I need to explore spying on the Trump campaign

Featured image Attorney General William Barr is testifying before the Senate Appropriations Committee today. A little while ago, he talked about the subject of spying on Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. Barr stated: I am going to be reviewing both the genesis and the conduct of intelligence activities directed at the Trump campaign during 2016 and a lot has already been investigated. . .by the office of the Inspector General. But one of »

Netanyahu wins

Featured image That’s how it looks, anyway. The ballots of soldiers, prisoners, and hospital patients have not yet been counted. With all the other votes in and counted, Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party has apparently captured 35 seats in parliament. The main opposition party, Blue and White, appears to have won the same number. But parties willing to form a new government with Netanyahu in charge have won enough additional seats to give »

Allegation: Two cabinet members wanted to oust Trump via 25th amendment

Featured image James Baker is the former general counsel of the FBI. Last October, he was interviewed by members of the House about the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the election and related matters. Rep. Doug Collins has just released a transcript of the interview. Baker testified about the idea of Rod Rosenstein possibly wearing a wire to record President Trump, a matter that has received much attention. In addition, he »

Is Pete Buttigieg “intersectional” enough?

Featured image Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is in many ways the most impressive member of the Democratic presidential field — a low bar, to be sure. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and took an unpaid seven months leave from his job as mayor to serve in Afghanistan. He was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal for his counterterrorism work there. Buttigieg is also »

The Israeli election is too close to call

Featured image Israel held elections today. Both sides are claiming victory. Neither can claim it conclusively. Exit polls suggest that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party will win 33 seats in Parliament while the Blue and White Party of former military chief of staff Benny Gantz will win 37 (though one exit poll shows the two parties winning the same number of seats). However, it takes 60 seats to form a government. »

Northam says “no” to animal cruelty, “yes” to infanticide

Featured image Last week, Ralph Northam, Virginia’s embattled governor, signed legislation that makes animal cruelty a Class 6 felony, punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 and a prison sentence of up to five years. That’s okay, I guess. Animal cruelty should be punished harshly in extreme cases. But what about extreme cruelty to humans? Northam supports legislation that, as he described it, permits such cruelty in the form of infanticide. »

Beto O’Rourke: U.S.-Israel relationship must transcend Netanyahu

Featured image Campaigning in Iowa, Beto O’Rourke had this to say about Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and the U.S.-Israel relationship: The US-Israel relationship is one of the most important relationships that we have on the planet. And that relationship, if it is to be successful, must transcend partisanship in the United States, and it must be able to transcend a prime minister who is racist. Much of the reporting on this statement »

Why the Equality Act of 2019 is dangerous legislation

Featured image Last month, Democrats introduced the Equality Act of 2019. It would modify existing civil rights legislation to ban discrimination against LGBTQ people in employment, housing, public accommodations, jury service, education, federal programs, and credit. It sounds good. No one should favor discriminating in employment, housing, etc. based on sexual orientation, etc. But there are serious problems with the Equality Act of 2019, such that Republicans should prevent its passage in »

The limits on what can be disclosed from Mueller’s report

Featured image Congressional Democrats keep demanding that the entire Mueller report be made available. They aren’t doing this in the interest of transparency and the public’s right to know. Democrats are still complaining that the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal yielded more than a statement of no prosecution. If Dems had gotten their way, we would know nothing more about what the Justice Department discovered or believed. The Democrats want full »

A good deed does not go punished

Featured image Dave Williams works at a paper mill in the Liverpool area of England. He’s worked there since the age of 16. For more than two decades, Williams has worked overtime in order to pay for seasons tickets to Everton soccer matches for himself and his four sons. Phil Jagielka is a defender for Everton. When he was in his early teens, Everton released him from its youth academy. But after »

Ocasio-Cortez under fire for faking “black” accent

Featured image Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has drawn criticism for departing from her usual accent in telling a predominantly black audience that there’s nothing wrong with serving in low skill jobs. She stated: I’m proud to be a bartender, ain’t nothin wrong with that. There’s nothing wrong with working retail, folding clothes for other people to buy. There is nothing wrong with preparing the food that your neighbors will eat. There is nothing »

Joe Biden opens the door

Featured image It’s suddenly commonplace for feminists to say of Joe Biden that “he doesn’t get it.” The statement, though, is question-begging because the word “it” covers a lot of ground, much of which is controversial. What’s fair to say about Biden is that he hasn’t been paying attention. It’s not just that Biden is making light of his touchings of women and girls. Consider this excerpt from a Washington Post story »

Report: Tribe deals Elizabeth Warren out of casino bid

Featured image Last year, I wrote about how Elizabeth Warren, in a reversal of position, was backing an Indian gaming bill tied to special interests. The bill is called the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act. It aims to circumvent legal obstacles currently thwarting the Mashpee Wampanoag’s attempts to establish a casino in Massachusetts. Warren had been a consistent opponent of legalized gaming. I suggested that her reversal was a transparent attempt »

Magic, Mateen, and Jumpin’ Johnny Green – Michigan State’s all-time basketball greats

Featured image Michigan State last made the Final Four in 2015. At that time, I wrote that its coach, Tom Izzo, “typically builds his teams around outstanding guards, especially at the point, and a tough forward in the 6-7 to 6-8 range.” This, I noted, is “a winning formula, especially during tournament time.” This year’s MSU team was constructed the same way, with junior Cassius Winston at the point, junior Joshua Langford »