Donald Trump

From Russia with crud (2)

Featured image When the Trump campaign (allegedly) conspired with Putin to engineer the unlikely defeat of Hillary Clinton, did Putin get anything in return? Apparently not. The story line refuses to cohere. In the world according to the Democrats, however, if the facts don’t fit you must not acquit. You must recommit. Two months ago the sober Hudson Institute Distinguished Fellow and foreign policy historian Walter Russell Mead impolitely noted that “Trump »

Donald Trump Asks a Good Question

Featured image Yesterday the Democrats organized Tax Day rallies across the country, where lefties demanded that President Trump release his tax returns. They generally weren’t well attended, but they achieved their principal purpose, which was to generate headlines in friendly newspapers–i.e., all of them. It was a coordinated national effort, so President Trump asked the obvious question: “Someone should look into who paid for the small organized rallies yesterday. The election is »

Blues for Brooke Baldwin

Featured image CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin badly wanted Syrian guest Kassem Eid to trash President Trump. Eid is a 2013 gas attack survivor who now lives in Germany. Baldwin tried to recover after Eid did the unthinkable and actually expressed gratitude to Trump for the American reprisal targeting the Syrian air base from which this week’s sarin gas attacks had been launched by Assad. Baldwin was prepared with video cued up and »

The O’Donnell hypothesis

Featured image Michael Doran (@Doranimated) is the sagacious senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, author of Ike’s Gambit and former (G.W.) Bush administration National Security Council senior director. Among his invaluable essays on the Age of Obama are “Obama’s secret Iran strategy” and “Our man in Moscow” (that would be Obama’s buddy Vlad the Impaler). Doran generously declares this the moment when the left totally lost its mind (screenshot below). There is »

“Beyond a red line”

Featured image Asked yesterday by AP reporter Julie Pace about Syrian President Assad’s sarin gas attacks on the town of Khan Sheikhoun on Tuesday, President Trump responded: “It crossed a lot of lines for me. When you kill innocent children, innocent babies, babies, little babies, with a chemical gas that is so lethal, people were shocked to hear what gas it was, that crosses many, many lines, beyond a red line. Many, »

Touchy about Susan Rice

Featured image Former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau demonstrates his verbal finesse on behalf of Susan Rice in connection with the “unmasking” controversy. Like his former boss — indeed, like Rice herself — he’s a strong believer in the persuasive power of the ipse dixit. If you say so. Got it. Students of ancient history may recall that it was Rice’s job (straight, no chaser) to know the events leading to the murder »

Susan Rice unmasked, cont’d

Featured image The Daily Caller’s Richard Pollock advances the story of the day: Former President Barack Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice ordered U.S. spy agencies to produce “detailed spreadsheets” of legal phone calls involving Donald Trump and his aides when he was running for president, according to former U.S. Attorney Joseph diGenova. “What was produced by the intelligence community at the request of Ms. Rice were detailed spreadsheets of intercepted phone »

Susan Rice unmasked, cont’d

Featured image Kim Strassel devoted her weekly Wall Street Journal column this past Friday to “What Devin Nunes knows.” In today’s reported editorial “Susan Rice unmasked” — I would guess it was written by Strassel — the Journal follows up: A U.S. intelligence official confirms to us the bombshell news, first reported Monday by Bloomberg, that Ms. Rice requested the name of at least one Trump transition official listed in an intelligence »

Senator Klobuchar corrects

Featured image Yesterday in “Senator Otis regrets” I quoted the Washington Times story on the White House event hosted by President Trump this past Tuesday evening. I commented sarcastically on Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and quoted the article noting her absence from the event along with that of several other Democratic Senate leaders. This morning Senator Klobuchar’s spokesman writes to correct the record: “I wanted to let you know that Sen. Klobuchar »

Senator Otis regrets [updated]

Featured image I posit “Senator Otis” as my generic Senate Democrat — Amy Klobuchar, for example, who specializes in vacuous amiability, or Al Franken, who specializes in condescension and snark, to pick two nonrandom names. Senator Otis and his friends are prime subjects of the campaign to portray President Trump as a leader beyond the bounds of civilization. He is not legitimate. He is not to be treated as if he is. »

Anti-Trump protesters use pepper spray on pro-Trump marchers [UPDATED]

Featured image A “Make America Great Again” march today in Huntington Beach, California turned violent when anti-Trump protesters, who were trying to block the march, used pepper spray against march participants. According to this report from the Orange County Register: As the marchers, many in MAGA hats or carrying American flags, walked down the bike path from Pacific Coast Highway and Warner Avenue, about a dozen protesters wearing black masks formed a »

Are There Still Trump Cards to Play?

Featured image Liberals are gloating that the defeat of the American Health Care Act means that Trump’s presidency is over. “The stunning collapse of the Republican health-care bill now imperils the rest of President Trump’s ambitious congressional agenda,” the Washington Post says this morning. It was surely a blunder to unveil a hastily-prepared health care bill that the Republican leadership thought could be simply rammed through, and this raises questions about whether »

Trump demands Friday vote on Obamacare

Featured image My mantra on health care reform has been that it’s more important to do it right than to do it fast. President Trump disagrees. He insists that the House vote on Speaker Ryan’s (and his) flawed legislation tomorrow. After negotiations broke down today, Trump delivered an ultimatum: Pass the bill tomorrow or I’m moving on from Obamacare repeal. Congress can repeal and replace Obamacare even if the president moves on. »

Among the Claremont crowd

Featured image We recently posted a link in our Picks to the article the Chronicle of Higher Education article by Jon Baskin on “The academic home of Trumpism,” but I would like to pause over it here. I take it that the “home” referred to in the headline refers to the Claremont Colleges. The article nevertheless focuses on the the place of our friends at the Claremont Institute and its flagship publication »

“The most powerful person in Washington”

Featured image That’s what Eli Lake calls James Comey. Why? Because with the FBI’s investigation of alleged collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, Comey “will in a practical sense determine the legitimacy of our elected president.” When President Trump, just a few days after taking office, decided to retain Comey as FBI director, I questioned whether this was a good decision from Trump’s perspective: Comey, independent and stubborn as hell, has »

So, Were Trump’s Tweets Right After All?

Featured image Today House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes told reporters that, as has long been rumored and reported, one or more intelligence agencies did collect communications of members of President Trump’s campaign during the Fall of 2016: Members of the intelligence community collected “incidental” communications of the Trump transition team during legal surveillance operations of foreign targets, a top Republican lawmaker said Wednesday afternoon. House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., »

Analyze this

Featured image Politico reports on a story with manifold ramifications: Members of the Donald Trump transition team, possibly including Trump himself, were under surveillance during the Obama administration following November’s election, House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes told reporters Wednesday. Nunes said the surveillance appears to have been legal, incidental collection and that it does not appear to have been related to concerns over collusion with Russia. Nunes is going to the White »