Trump administration

Deep State Outed by . . . The NY Times?!?!

Featured image As if we didn’t have enough explosive material flying around this week, the New York Times has just posted the following story: Rosenstein Suggested He Secretly Record Trump and Discussed 25th Amendment By Adam Goldman and Michael Schmidt WASHINGTON — The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, suggested last year that he secretly record President Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed »

A Scientist For a Scientific Post? The Horror! [Updated]

Featured image I am a week late with this one, but that probably is OK because more likely than not, you missed it too. A week ago, it was reported that President Trump was naming Princeton atomic physicist William Happer to the National Security Council as senior director for emerging technologies. CNN, at the link, performed the expected hit job: William Happer, a Princeton atomic physicist and prominent skeptic questioning whether humans »

Hassett has it!

Featured image Listening to Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Kevin Hassett discuss the effects of the Trump administration’s tax, regulatory and economic policies, one might infer that rationality reigns in the White House. On Rosh Hashanah Hassett addressed the White House press briefing to review the ISM Purchasing Managers’ Index, durable goods, employment and other statistics to bolster the proposition that we need more Trump. I have posted the CNBC video below. »

Feel Good Story of the Week

Featured image I was going to suggest that the most snuggly, feel-good story of recent days was the latest ratings for CNN, which have fallen more than 20 percent over the last year and continued to fall over the summer, such that it now ranks behind the Discovery Channel and HGTV. Makes sense: why tune in to CNN for manure if you can get better manure for your private garden from HGTV? »

I am not Anonymous

Featured image I am not Anonymous, the author of the New York Times op-ed column by a senior administration official denouncing President Trump. I am not a senior administration official and I have no unexpressed thoughts left after writing under my own name for Power Line every day for the past 16 years. Indeed, it has been my goal in life to make the name “Scott Johnson” distinctive to me rather than »

The Ghost of Richard Darman

Featured image Although the internet tells me that Richard Darman, the éminence grise of the “deep state” during the Reagan-Bush years, died in 2008, apparently he is alive and working in the Trump White House.* Or at least his ghost is haunting the White House mess. I was on airplanes again yesterday afternoon crossing the country, arriving late at night on the east coast, and hence missed the afternoon firestorm over the anonymous »

“Senior official in Trump administration” rips Trump in New York Times op-ed

Featured image Today, the New York Times ran on op-ed by an anonymous person it described as a senior official in the Trump administration. The title of the piece was “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.” The subtitle was “I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.” I want to offer the following observations »

And Now For Something Completely Different: Sarah Sanders in Full

Featured image I think press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders may be my favorite person on Trump’s staff. I love they way she treats the White House press corps with such cool contempt, which is what they deserve. So it is a great delight to see the folks at Bad Lip Reading do their own rendition of Sanders in action that really does convey the effectual truth of the dynamic of the White »

The News You Didn’t Hear This Week

Featured image So, President Trump had a terrible week. CNN, and the rest of the prestige press, told us so. It’s only a matter of time before Trump is brought down. A crisis of the regime is imminent. You can tell things are serious because the stock market . . . hit a record high! Strange how, aside from the Cheerleaders of the Tape at CNBC, we heard so little about this »

Trade wars: Easy to claim victory in, not so easy to win

Featured image Ramesh Ponnuru checks in the trade war. He disagrees with President Trump that America is winning. Ponnuru doesn’t see victory in the EU’s promise to talk with the U.S. about eliminating tariffs: Trump episodically claims that he wants zero trade barriers all around, and it’s a good thing that we’re going to have talks with the EU about liberalization. But we didn’t need to place tariffs on steel and aluminum, »

Ishmael Jones: A modest proposal

Featured image The pseudonymous Ishmael Jones is a former CIA case officer and author of The Human Factor: Inside the CIA’s Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture. Last year we posted his column below in the context of the proliferation of leaks attributed by reporters at the New York Times and the Washington Post to “current and former officials.” Given the White House announcement today that President Trump is considering revoking the security clearances of »

Breaking: Scott Pruitt Out at EPA

Featured image The campaign against Scott Pruitt at EPA (more stories in the New York Times than it ran on the scarcity of women at Augusta a decade ago—clearly planned and planted by the environmental establishment) has finally borne fruit: Pruitt has resigned today. I haven’t kept up with the running list of Pruitt’s alleged and real mis-steps, but the best account I heard of his tenure as EPA administrator is that »

Affirmative action today…(3)

Featured image The Department of Education has posted the rescission of Obama era federal regulatory guidance documents encouraging educational institutions to discriminate on the basis of race under cover of the “diversity” and “affirmative action” shibboleths. We previewed the rescission yesterday here. The Department of Education has now posted it here. It comes in the form of a “Dear Colleague” letter signed by senior officers of the Department of Education and the »

Thoughts on Trade

Featured image The Dow Jones has shed nearly 1,000 points over the last couple weeks, ostensibly over fears of an escalation of trade tensions between Trump and our major trading partners, some of whom have begun imposing retaliatory tariffs of their own. (Though who really can say exactly what moves the stock market on any given day or week—talk about fake news). Trade wars seldom work out very well, but if anyone »

The Immigration Fracas: Paging Daniel Boorstin!

Featured image Watching the collective media and political class freak out over the “crisis” of immigration enforcement at the border sent me to my bookshelf to dust off Daniel Boorstin’s classic 1961 book, The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America. Step back for a moment from the whack-a-mole problem of sorting out fact from fiction in this current drama; the way this is playing out is a perfect case study in »

Give Him the Boot: The Derangement of Never-Trumpers

Featured image There are plenty of reasons to be generally skeptical of President Trump, and especially to be critical of his trade policy and the recent announcement of seeking to require electric utilities to buy electricity from coal and nuclear power plants (though this particular thing requires separate comment). But Max Boot abuses the privilege. Here’s his tweet related to his latest Washington Post column attacking Trump’s abandonment of traditional Republican lip »

Trump top 10 (or so), cont’d

Featured image I have sought to articulate some of the reasons I am grateful that Trump is president. I’m not sure it is a useful exercise, but I want to register my gratitude. I have formulated my list in telegraphic style on a provisional basis subject to revision, here (part 1) and here (part 2). My number 1 reason remains “President Hillary Clinton — not.” The rest are bullet points in no »