Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

McConnell on Green New Deal: Let’s vote

Featured image Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he plans a floor vote on the Green New Deal resolution proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and endorsed by many congressional Democrats. McConnell wants Senate Democrats to go on record on this radical proposal. He especially wants those running for president and those who may face tough reelection campaigns in 2020 to do so. Would such a vote be a stunt? You could call »

Gordon Banks, RIP

Featured image Gordon Banks died yesterday at the age of 81. Banks was an English goalkeeper, considered the best England has ever produced. In fact, he makes any credible list of the world’s all-time top-10 keepers, usually in the top half. Banks was in goal for England when it won the 1966 World Cup. In the final, the only match I ever saw him play, West Germany put two goals past him. »

Promoting intellectual diversity on campus, a legislative proposal

Featured image Stanley Kurtz has devoted the past few years to working tirelessly throughout the U.S. to persuade state legislatures to pass effective legislation protecting campus free speech at public universities. He has made progress. I wrote about this project here and here. Now, Stanley has a new, related project. He’s trying to address the lack of intellectual diversity on American campuses, which he sees as the cause of the free speech »

Trump reacts to border deal

Featured image President Trump says he’s not happy about the border deal congressional leaders have reached. He shouldn’t be. However, Trump also predicts there will be no government shutdown and insists he will build a proper wall. He stated: Am I happy at first glance? The answer is no, I’m not, I’m not happy. It’s not going to do the trick, but I’m adding things to it and when you add whatever »

Trump considering moving funds around to build wall

Featured image In a post late last night about the tentative agreement between congressional Republicans and Democrats on border security, I discussed some of President Trump’s options if/when the deal becomes final. However, I omitted one option. Ed Morrissey notes that Trump might “redirect money from DHS to build more border barriers, which might not require an emergency declaration.” Nancy Cook and Eliana Johnson discuss this option in an article for Politico. »

Such a deal

Featured image Congressional leaders reportedly have reached a tentative deal on immigration/the border. The deal apparently would grant just $1.375 billion for 55 miles of fencing along the border. President Trump seeks $5.7 billion for more than 200 miles. In addition, the deal reportedly reduces an overall cap on detention beds maintained by ICE. Republican staffers are saying that ICE would have enough money and flexibility to maintain its current detention levels, »

Did Cory Booker flip Grassley on sentencing reform?

Featured image Sen. Cory Booker likes to portray himself as someone who can work with Republicans. During a stump speech in Iowa, televised by CSPAN, Booker used the recent leniency legislation for federal felons as an example. There’s no doubt that this legislation was a genuinely bipartisan effort. And I’m sure that Booker, as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and consistent advocate of leniency for felons, played a role in »

Phonies on parade

Featured image The defining characteristic of the Democratic presidential field in its current configuration is the phoniness of the candidates. This characteristic is shared by all of the major entrants. Consider: Elizabeth Warren claimed to be an Indian. She isn’t. Kamala Harris claims to have been a “progressive prosecutor.” She wasn’t. Amy Klobuchar holds herself out as “Minnesota Nice.” She isn’t. Klobuchar’s mistreatment of staff members is legendary. In 2015, Harry Reid, »

Don’t sleep on “Spartacus”

Featured image In every presidential election cycle, there’s a sleeper — a candidate not expected to get far who catches fire. Sometimes that candidate goes all the way. Barack Obama and Donald Trump did. Other times the candidate falls short, but only after exceeding expectations and, to one degree of another, giving more heralded candidates a scare. Examples are Howard Dean, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, and Bernie Sanders. Sen. Cory Booker might »

William Barr, from unanimous Democratic support to none

Featured image Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of William Barr for Attorney General. His nomination now moves to the Senate floor where, in all likelihood, Barr will be confirmed very soon. The vote in the Judiciary Committee was 12-10. Every Democrat on the Committee voted against Barr. This is the same William Barr whom the Senate confirmed unanimously three times during the Reagan-Bush years. The last of these »

Virginians profit from blackface scandal

Featured image The good people of Virginia are about to get a reward for enduring the sh*tshow that has been playing out in the Commonwealth. They are going to get a tax cut. I’m not sure they deserve it. After all, Virginians elected the Northam-Fairfax-Herring slate. But they did so with imperfect knowledge about the trio, so let’s not be churlish. The tax break affords Virginians $1 billion in relief. According to »

Judge Ho crushes it

Featured image The moral argument against employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is, I believe, compelling. Accordingly, there’s a plausible argument that such discrimination should be outlawed. However, there is no credible case that Congress has outlawed it. This hasn’t stopped liberal judges from finding that Congress did so in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Never mind that this Act was passed at a time when »

Second Justin Fairfax accuser comes forward, alleges rape

Featured image In analyzing the allegation that Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor, Justin Fairfax, committed sexual assault in 2004, I’ve argued that, in the absence of corroborating evidence, Fairfax’s denial should be credited, or at least should keep him in office. If a second credible accuser came forward, I added, the matter would have to be viewed differently. Now, a second accuser has emerged. The Daily Beast reports that Meredith Watson claims she was »

“Cold War,” best Cold War movie ever?

Featured image David French and Jonah Goldberg ask what’s the best Cold War movie ever. French selects “Hunt for Red October.” Goldberg presents this list: 1. “The Lives of Others” 2. “Right Stuff” 3. “Dr. Strangelove” 4. “Fail-Safe” 5. “Red Dawn” 6. “Hunt For Red October” My vote goes to “The Lives of Others”. But now there’s another contender, one I put in second place. It’s a Polish film called, fittingly, “Cold »

Frank Robinson, RIP

Featured image 1956 was my first year as a baseball fan. It was also Frank Robinson’s rookie year. He was Rookie of the Year. Not only that, he belted 38 home runs, tying the record at the time for rookies. Even now, the only National League rookie to have hit more is Cody Belllinger, who hit 39 in 2017. Robinson also led the league in being hit by pitches (20). He would »

DOJ opens probe of Acosta’s deal with Jeffrey Epstein

Featured image The Department of Justice has opened an investigation into Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta’s role in negotiating a disgraceful plea deal with Jeffrey Epstein, who has been accused of molesting dozens of underage girls. Thanks to Acosta, then the U.S. attorney in South Florida, Epstein, who could have faced life imprisonment for sex trafficking, managed to plead to only two state prostitution charges. Epstein served served just 13 months in »

Justin Fairfax’s accuser speaks

Featured image We now know who it is that has accused Justin Fairfax, Virginia’s lieutenant governor, of sexual assault. The accuser is Vanessa Tyson. She’s a professor of politics at Scripps College in California and a fellow at Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. Tyson describes herself as a proud Democrat, which suggests (but does not prove) she has no motive to make false allegations against a rising star »