Author Archives: Paul Mirengoff

Jessie Liu, an update

Featured image Jessie Liu is President Trump’s nominee for Associate Attorney General. This job is prestigious but usually not highly consequential. Liu likely has more impact in her current position as U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C. Liu is well qualified to be Associate Attorney General. However, in this post I raised a concern over her role as Vice President of the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) at a time that NAWL »

D. C. contemplates changing name of Wilson High

Featured image Woodrow Wilson High is a public school in Washington, D.C. It used to be an elite school. In the 1960s, Wilson was considered as good as any public high school in the area. Its television quiz show team was one of the five best my senior year (better than the good team I competed on). I believe my class at Dartmouth contained four kids from Wilson, not many fewer than »

No White House “full confidence” declaration for Acosta

Featured image White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined today to say that President Trump has full confidence in Labor Secretary Alex Acosta. Instead, she told reporters that Acosta’s involvement in a 2007 plea deal with alleged serial sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is “currently under review.” I’ve been told that Acosta was the subject of a vigorous discussion involving Trump and some of his top advisers. At this meeting, according to »

Trump is right, we need an executive order on campus free speech

Featured image During his speech at the recent CPAC conference, President Trump thrilled the crowd, many of whose members were college students, by announcing that he plans to issue an executive order to protect freedom of speech on campus. My friend Stanley Kurtz has devoted years to fighting for campus free speech. Who better to evaluate Trump’s idea? Writing for NRO, Stanley concludes that “yes, there are many potential problems with federal »

I hope there are no statues of John Dingell

Featured image I never met John Dingell, the long-long-serving congressman from Michigan who died last month. My main recollection of him is the fear he struck in lawyers of my acquaintance with the investigations he conducted as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations (he also chaired the full Committee). Some Washington law firms had what they called “a Dingell practice” devoted to helping clients cope with »

Trump will seek $8.6 billion more for wall

Featured image President Trump will request from Congress at least $8.6 billion to build additional sections of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. This money is in addition to the $1.3 billion Congress appropriated earlier this year and the approximately $7 billion Trump “appropriated” via his declaration of a national emergency at the border. Trump will seek the $8.6 billion as part of his proposed 2020 budget. The budget also calls for »

Struggle sessions

Featured image Peggy Noonan advises us to “get ready for the coming struggle session.” What’s a struggle session? The term comes from Communist China’s cultural revolution of the 1960s. Noonan explains: In the struggle sessions the accused, often teachers suspected of lacking proletarian feeling, were paraded through streets and campuses, sometimes stadiums. It was important always to have a jeering crowd; it was important that the electric feeling that comes with the »

Wayne Rooney under fire for visiting Trump White House

Featured image Wayne Rooney, arguably the best English soccer player of his generation, now plies his trade in Washington D.C. for DC United. Barron Trump, the president’s youngest son, is a rabid soccer fan (of Arsenal, but we forgive him) who, reportedly, has played for DC United’s youth team. Thus, it came to pass that, at Barron’s urging, Rooney was invited to attend last year’s White House Christmas party. Rooney did attend, »

U.S. Women’s soccer team sues for equal pay

Featured image The 1996 Olympic Games were held in Atlanta, but some of the soccer matches took place at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. I took our family to see a doubleheader — a women’s match between Brazil and Norway and a men’s match between Ghana and South Korea. The two women’s teams were among the five best in the world at that time. The two men’s teams probably would have been »

Ilhan Omar: Obama was just a pretty face; “hope and change” was an illusion

Featured image Having escaped condemnation for her anti-Semitic remarks, and indeed having avoided even a straight resolution condemning anti-Semtism itself, Rep. Ilhan Omar has gone on the attack. That’s not surprising, but some might be surprised at the target of her latest attack. This time, it’s not Jews. This time the target is former president Barack Obama. The New York Post reports: Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar ripped former President Barack Obama in »

The politics of the Democrats’ “anti-hate” resolution

Featured image Yesterday, the House passed a meaningless, vacuous resolution condemning hate in many of its forms. House Democrats were unable to bring to a vote a specific anti-anti-Semitism resolution and never seem seriously to have contemplated a resolution condemning Rep. Ilhan Omar, who caused the fuss with her blatantly anti-Semitic remarks. The anti-hate resolution was a pathetic response. If a Republican congressman had made anti-black comments, would House Democrats have responded, »

When climate change really was catastrophic [UPDATED]

Featured image Archaeologists in Peru have found what they say is the site of the largest child sacrifice in the world. According to the Washington Post, about 140 children were slaughtered at the site in the mid 1400s. The children all were killed in the same way. Their chests were slit open. This was done, researchers say, to remove their hearts. Researchers have found a second site nearby that may contain as »

Good thing there are no statues of Joe Biden

Featured image The Washington Post reports on an interview a Delaware newspaper conducted with Joe Biden in 1975. On the subject of race, Biden stated: I do not buy the concept, popular in the ’60s, which said, ‘We have suppressed the black man for 300 years and the white man is now far ahead in the race for everything our society offers. In order to even the score, we must now give »

Dems won’t let Fox News televise their debates

Featured image The Democratic National Committee has decided to exclude Fox News Channel from televising any of its candidate debates during the 2019-2020 cycle. So reports the Washington Post. The stated reason for this decision is a report by Jane Mayer in the New Yorker that Fox News is too cozy with President Trump. Fox News at times has been too cozy with Trump. But I don’t think this is the real »

Dressing up [UPDATED, WITH APOLOGY]

Featured image Argument by attire seems to be the latest sorry development in our discourse. Many female congressional Democrats dressed in white for President Trump’s state of the union address. The white supposedly symbolized female suffrage, or something. It looked like a form of protest. In New Hampshire, a few male Republican state legislators who oppose gun control legislation wore pearls to a session of the House of Representatives in which citizens »

High-level DOJ nominee was VP of group that opposed Alito’s nomination

Featured image The Trump administration has nominated Jessie Liu to be Associate Attorney General. This is the number three position at the Justice Department, behind the Attorney General (William Barr) and the Deputy Attorney General (Jeffrey Rosen). On paper, Liu seems well-qualified for the job. Currently, she’s the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. She has held important positions at Main Justice and the Treasury Department. But there is at least »

The Democrats’ bad faith attacks on Kenneth Lee

Featured image Kenneth K. Lee is President Trump’s nominee to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Lee is well-qualified for the job. He clerked for Judge Emilio Garza of the Fifth Circuit; served as Associate White House Counsel to President George W. Bush and as special counsel on the United States Senate Judiciary Committee; and now is a partner at a prestigious law firm. In addition, he has taught law as an »