Biden Administration

Time for Civil Disobedience?

Featured image News item: Biden Administration is prohibiting a July 4 fireworks celebration at Mount Rushmore. Previous July 4 fireworks celebrations at Mount Rushmore had proceeded as a joint venture between the state of South Dakota and the National Park Service. Gov. Kristi Noem has filed suit against the Biden Administration. News item: Pentagon refuses to issue a parking permit for the annual Memorial Day “Rolling Thunder” motorcycle rally. COVID risk is »

Not quite live from Phoenix

Featured image Phoenix’s James T. Harris hosts The Conservative Circus on News Talk 550 KFYI. He holds down the fort on a morning show that must be the Phoenix equivalent of KTLK’s Justice & Drew within the world of iHeartMedia. In mid-April Harris posted video of the homeless encampments in downtown Phoenix and contrasted the plight of Phoenix’s homeless with the illegal aliens occupying a nearby Holiday Inn. A Phoenix reader alerts »

Today in Slow-Joe Replay

Featured image News item: The Biden Administration is going to restrict travel from India starting next week. But last year, candidate Biden said this: Meanwhile, who needs slow-motion replay when you have stellar moments like this in real time: »

Fake news, NY Post style

Featured image I took the New York Post cover story by Laura Italiano that ran with the tabloid headline “Kam on in” at face value. I have treated the Post as a trusted source, but it turns out that this story appears to be fake news. The following correction is now appended both to Italiano’s original story and to a follow-up story by Mark Moore: Editor’s note: The original version of this »

Sizing Up the Political Scene: “Wokeness Is a Problem, and Everybody Knows It”

Featured image I’ve been working up to a long piece here about the extraordinary political scene, starting with the premise that it’s one thing for Progressive Twitter to run the New York Times, and quite another when Progressive Twitter runs the entire Democratic Party. But that’s where we are. (P)resident Joe Biden has sold out wholly to the Progressive mob, full stop. Biden won the presidency (yes, I know—if he won) by »

High confidence that Kerry is lying

Featured image In my early morning assessment of the credibility of John Kerry’s denial of Javid Zarif’s leaked disclosures, I cited my own initial exposure to Kerry’s lies. I also referred without elaboration to the circumstantial evidence that weighs in favor of the credibility of Zarif’s disclosures in this case. Since I wrote this morning, Jim Geraghty has now weighed in with a detailed assessment of the circumstantial evidence in today’s NR »

Speaking of genocide

Featured image It is news of a kind that President Biden has now recognized atrocities against Armenians as “genocide.” The Associated Press has three reporters with a byline (including the excellent Matthew Lee) on its story covering this development. As the AP notes at the top, the genocide in issue is a matter of history. It was perpetrated by the rulers of the Ottoman Empire in the early twentieth century. You might »

Kam on in [updated]

Featured image Laura Italiano’s New York Post cover story isn’t much longer than the headline — “Kamala isn’t at the southern border — but migrant kids are getting Veep’s book” — but it packs a punch. Here is the heart of it: Vice President Kamala Harris hasn’t been to the border to address a crisis she was tasked to help fix — but a children’s book she wrote is waiting there for »

Biden vs. American History

Featured image The Biden administration is seeking to institutionalize critical race theory in American education. Thus, on Monday Biden’s Education Department promulgated a proposed rule on American History and Civics Education. The rule “proposes two priorities for the American History and Civics Education programs, including the Presidential and Congressional Academies for American History and Civics (Academies) and National Activities programs….” More broadly, it shows the direction the administration will go as it »

Today in Punitive Liberalism

Featured image I’ll just let Barron’s magazine take up the story: Everything was going fine for the stock market on Thursday—and then an anonymously sourced report hit that detailed how President Joe Biden planned to raise taxes on the wealthy, causing the major indexes to sink into the red. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 321.41 points, or 0.9%, while the S&P 500 fell 0.9%, and the Nasdaq Composite declined 0.9%. The small-cap »

Psacking psystemic pstupidity

Featured image I’ve been avoiding the news because it is so damn stupid, but this Daily Mail story distills the essence in a clarifying way. New York Post reporter Steven Nelson is the man with the plan: Jen Psaki dodged a reporter’s question Wednesday and cut him off abruptly when she was asked if President Joe Biden plans to address his role in systemic racism while a senator for more than three »

A history to be proud of

Featured image The Biden administration and Democrats all over the country now promulgate the charge that “systemic racism” permeates our country and that this racism is woven into our founding documents. Earlier this week, for example, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter quoted from the Supreme Court’s ignominious Dred Scott case to make the point. Democrats have essentially taken up the mantle of Chief Justice Taney in Dred Scott. They approve of Taney’s »

Immigration and the Essential Cravenness of Joe Biden

Featured image Nothing so surely signals the essential emptiness of Joe Biden than his rapid flip-flop Friday on raising the cap on the number of asylum seekers the United States will accept. At first the Biden Administration announced that they would not lift the relatively low cap that Trump had adopted, but following “outcry” from “Progressives,” Biden did a pirouette worthy of Bolshie ballerina and said he’d now lift the cap. One reason »

How Joe Biden created the border crisis

Featured image Byron York begins his article on the present border crisis this way: Anyone paying attention to the news knows the situation on the U.S.-Mexico border is terrible. Anyone who actually visits the border discovers it is worse than that. Byron bases this statement on his visit to the border, during which he accompanied a group of GOP House members. The observations in his report support his conclusion. But why is »

What’s Going On In the World?

Featured image When we look out on the world scene and how the Biden Administration is positioning itself, everyone should keep in mind the summary statement of former Defense Secretary and CIA director Robert Gates (no one’s idea of a partisan firebrand, as he’s been serving presidents of both parties since the Carter Administration): Joe Biden, Gates said, “has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the »

Israel conducts successful cyber attack on Iranian nuclear facility

Featured image With Donald Trump out of office and Joe Biden desperately trying to strike a deal with Iran, the mullahs are ramping up their nuclear program. Thus on Saturday, with great fanfare, Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani, unveiled the centrifuges designed to produce enriched uranium needed for nuclear weapons. Israel had other ideas. It responded by crashing the electrical grid at Iran’s Natanz facility, where the centrifuges are located. Iran at first »

Are Liberals Getting Dumber?

Featured image I know, it is a silly question. But seriously, some news items over the weekend really make me wonder. First up, the New York Times—a former newspaper, as Andrew Klavan likes to remind us—has run an “explainer” about the growing universe of potential personal pronouns. The first expansion took us up to something like 60 or so, but now we have moved on to “neopronouns” (seriously), which takes us way »