Trump administration

The Shutdown as Opportunity to Shrink Government

Featured image Democrats and the media—but I repeat—are moving into full panic-mongering mode about the continuing government shutdown. NBC News reports this morning that we could be facing “economic doomsday” if the shutdown continues for several more weeks. I immediately went into the body of the story to see who or what evidence was cited in support of this apocalypse, and found to no surprise the solitary testimony of Mark Zandi, a »

Trump Throws a “Tantrum”

Featured image According to Democrats and the news media (but I repeat myself), President Trump threw a tantrum and stormed out of a meeting with congressional leaders today.  Here’s how The Hill reports it: Republicans said tense negotiations over resolving the government shutdown at the White House ended when President Trump stormed out of the meeting with a stern warning to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA.): “Don’t call my bluff.” “It ended with »

Report: Rosenstein will be out soon

Featured image A local D.C. news outlet has tweeted that “Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave his role in the coming weeks.” There’s nothing surprising about this report, which is consistent with what I’ve been hearing for some time. With any luck, a new Attorney General will soon be in place. He will want and deserve a new Deputy. What’s surprises me is that Rosenstein lasted as long as »

Acosta accosted

Featured image Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway took questions from the press in advance of President Trump’s Oval Office speech last night. C-SPAN has posted Conway’s 13-minute exchange with reporters here. Insanely smug and offensive, CNN’s Jim Acosta taunted Conway in his patented style. “Can you promise that the president will tell the truth tonight? Will he tell the truth?” Acosta asked as Conway spoke with reporters about the speech outside the White »

Shutdown Politics

Featured image As recently as Tuesday, it looked as though President Trump and Congressional Republicans had given up on holding out for $5 billion to finance construction of a border wall as part of the current spending package. Mitch McConnell derided the idea of a shutdown, and said the administration is “extremely flexible on this issue.” That caused extensive blowback from the right. Ann Coulter, for one, referred to President Trump as »

When Judge Sullivan hears about this…

Featured image Yesterday DHS Secretary Nielsen announced an administrative reform of the enraging asylum scam that is aided and abetted by the Democrats (video below). RCP has posted video along with the transcript of an excerpt of her announcement in testimony to Congress yesterday. “Aliens trying to game the system to get into our country illegally will no longer be able to disappear into the United States, where many skip their court »

Secretary Mattis’s letter

Featured image I have thought that Defense Secretary James Mattis is part of a national security dream team in the Trump administration. I therefore view his departure from the administration, whether voluntary or not, as an unhappy development. Attention must be paid. Secretary Mattis’s letter of resignation (embedded below) makes the departure a particularly unhappy development. The letter is shockingly blunt in its criticism of President Trump, although the criticism resides in »

Judge Sullivan rides again

Featured image On Tuesday Judge Emmet Sullivan made a big splash with his wild talk in court about General Flynn. Michael Ledeen explores the meaning of Judge Sullivan’s wild talk in “The real story of the Flynn hearing.” Michael offers a perfectly plausible explanation, but there is no charitable explanation for Judge Sullivan’s loose talk from the bench about Flynn’s possible treason and selling out his country and all the rest. Apology »

Trump Administration Undermines Obamacare

Featured image With the Democrats in control of the House, nothing useful will come out of Congress in the next two years. That means that progress in domestic policy will have to come via regulation and executive action. Happily, the Trump administration is very strong on this front. An underreported story is the administration’s regulatory reform of Obamacare. Here, the administration is implementing ideas that were developed in think tanks like my »

Secretary Nielsen reports

Featured image We have been following the progress of the so-called caravan that has now reached Tijuana and Mexicali. Most recently, John noted Sunday’s attempted breach of the border between Tijuana and San Diego. Via DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s Twitter feed, I see that Secretary Nielsen has issued a statement “regarding the recent crisis on our southern border.” The statement is posted here on DHS’s Facebook page, though not on the DHS »

Caravan update

Featured image The so-called migrant caravan, or some part thereof — an opportunistic figment of President Trump’s imagination, according to the talking heads among the mainstream media — has arrived in Tijuana. Hard news has nevertheless kept coming to such an extent that it has been difficult to keep up. I take it that we have here a test of wills between President Trump and the caravan supporters. In reverse chronological order, »

Mooch Moves? Now I’ve Seen Everything

Featured image I don’t even know how to classify this item. If you thought those ten days during which Anthony Scaramucci was Trump’s communication director were a distant memory, well have we got the video for you! Scarmucci is back, explaining his brief 10 days in the White House during a visit to the New York Post through . . . interpretive dance. He call them “Mooch Moves.” This is peak post-modernism »

Can Federal Spending Be Cut?

Featured image Federal revenues are booming, yet deficits are rising again because spending is booming even more. President Trump, unhappy about growing deficits, says he will ask all cabinet officers to find five percent in spending cuts for next year. Sounds like a good proposal, but the linked USA Today story is devoted entirely to ridiculing it. You can’t cut federal spending, the reporters say: Congress spends money, not the president (true); »

Debating the Trump presidency

Featured image Professor Vincent Phillip Muñoz hosted my friend Charles Kesler and friendly acquaintance Jonah Goldberg in a debate on the merits of the Trump presidency from the perspective of the conservative cause. The discussion took place before a friendly audience at Notre Dame this morning under the auspices of Notre Dame’s Potenziani Program in Constitutional Studies. I watched it via live stream and greatly enjoyed it. I found it to be »

Crazy Days [Updated]

Featured image As the election approaches, it seems that everything is spinning out of control. Here is a partial selection from the last day or two. It came out that pink tutu-clad leftist Kyrsten Sinema, the Democrats’ nominee for the Senate from Arizona, once urged Texans to “stop your state from becoming Arizona” because Arizonans are “crazy.” BREAKING: LEAKED VIDEO: in a 2011 speech in TX, Democratic Senate candidate @kyrstensinema mocks Arizonans »

Nikki Haley resigns

Featured image Word comes this morning that Nikki Haley is resigning from her position as United States Ambassador to the United Nations. Axios broke the story here. No reason is given for her resignation. No one who knows why has spoken for public consumption. I will only say that Ambassador Haley’s departure is greatly disappointing. She has been a credit to the Trump administration and has proved an utterly compelling advocate for »

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 »