Trump Admninistration

Race discrimination at Yale

Featured image Last week, I reported that the Department of Justice has sued Yale University for discriminating against Whites and Asian-Americans in undergraduate admissions. Today, I want to look more specifically at what the DOJ’s complaint alleges. At the outset, it’s worth noting the differences between the DOJ’s race discrimination suit against Yale and the race discrimination suit brought by private plaintiffs against Harvard. My sense is that the Harvard case was »

The outlier speaks

Featured image The knives are out in Washington for newly appointed White House COVID-19 task force member Dr. Scott Atlas. Joy Pullman explains why they’re out to get him in the Federalist column “Media Gunning For Scott Atlas Because He Keeps Exposing Coronavirus Lies.” Laura Ingraham invited Dr. Atlas to respond to the latest attacks on her show last night in the segment below. The fallacious Dr. Fauci is one of the »

Why did it take so long?

Featured image It’s great news, as John says, that the Trump administration has issued a memorandum barring all federal agencies from “training” their employees in critical race theory or white privilege. However, it’s fair to ask why such a memorandum was issued so late in President Trump’s first term. As the memorandum notes, “executive branch agencies have spent millions of taxpayer dollars to date ‘training’ government workers to believe divisive, anti-American propaganda.” »

Report: Trump is tired of Jared’s woke sh*t

Featured image Jonathan Swan reports that President Trump has told people he regrets following some of Jared Kushner’s political advice — including supporting criminal justice reform — and will stick closer to his own instincts from now on. Swann cites three people who allegedly possess “direct knowledge of the president’s thinking.” I don’t know whether Trump is, in fact, tired of Kushner’s “woke sh*t,” as one source put it. I know I »

Barr speaks

Featured image The Obama administration’s investigation and of the Trump presidential campaign — and the continuation of the investigation into the Trump presidency itself, by the executive branch instrumentalities of law enforcement and intelligence — is the greatest scandal by far in American history. We have never seen anything remotely like it. With any luck, Attorney General Barr and United States Attorney John Durham will get to the bottom of it. They »

The press secretary the White House press corps deserves [With Comment by John]

Featured image It’s always gratifying when the White House press corps gets the White House press secretary it deserves. In Kayleigh McEnany, I believe the White House press corps has that press secretary. As evidence, I point to the video of today’s press briefing, beginning a little after the 26 minute mark. JOHN adds: Wow, was that a great performance! The press slung BS at McEnany, and she slung it right back! »

Yet another media smear

Featured image If you consume what the mainstream media dishes out, then you are probably aware of claims by many of its outlets that the Trump administration tapped “a dog breeder,” Brian Harrison, to run its response to the Wuhan coronavirus. “Special Report: Former Labradoodle breeder was tapped to lead U.S. pandemic task force,” Reuters blared. “Not a Joke: The Trump Admin Hired a Dog Breeder to Run Its Coronavirus Task Force,” »

The Wuhan coronavirus and religious liberty

Featured image The city of Greenville, Mississippi issued an order prohibiting communal religious services. The prohibition was a response to the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. The prohibition applied no matter what social distancing methods churches used to ensure against spreading the virus. Greenville aggressively enforced its order. On April 8, police officers broke up a service held in a church parking lot in which there was no person-to-person physical contact. Violating social distancing »

Trump hasn’t ended Obama’s war on the suburbs

Featured image We have often written about AFFH, which stands for “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.” AFFH gives the federal government a way to re-engineer nearly every American neighborhood. It enables the feds to impose a preferred racial and ethnic composition; densify housing, transportation, and business development in suburb and city alike; and weaken or cast aside the authority of local governments over core responsibilities from zoning to transportation to education. Another way »

The administrative state marches on at the Trump Department of Labor

Featured image I haven’t written much about the Department of Labor since Alex Acosta resigned as Secretary of Labor. However, in this post, written after Gene Scalia became the new Secretary, I complained that the DOL was still pursuing its specious “pay discrimination” case against Oracle. The culprit is the Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). During the Obama administration, OFCCP became a bastion of leftism. It pursued radical theories »

On the removal of Sondland and Vindman

Featured image Two of the key witnesses in the Trump impeachment have been removed from their positions. Gordon Sondland is out as Ambassador to the European Union. Lt. Col Alexander Vindman has been reassigned from the National Security Council to the Pentagon. Democrats are crying foul, of course. But was it improper for Trump to take these personnel actions? Sondland’s case seems easy to me. Ambassadors serve at the pleasure of the »

Virtue signaling can carry a cost

Featured image Last night on our Power Line VIP program, Steve noted that the Department of Homeland Security plans to deny the privileges of its Global Entry and other Trusted Traveler Programs to New Yorkers. The Global Entry program enables American citizens and permanent residents who travel abroad to avoid long customs lines when they return to the U.S. As I understand it, to determine who qualifies as a “trusted traveler,” the »

Trump wins in court on border wall

Featured image Last month, a federal district court judge issued an injunction against using $3.6 billion dollars of Pentagon funds to construct more border wall. Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in a very brief opinion, reversed that decision and lifted the injunction. No one should be surprised to learn that the district court judge who blocked the use of the funds, David Briones, was appointed by President »

This year in judicial confirmations

Featured image 2019 was a banner year for confirming federal judges — an accomplishment that will reverberate long after many of the leading stories of the year, including impeachment, have been largely forgotten. Let’s start with federal district court judges. These positions didn’t used to be considered politically charged. Confirmation of district court nominees once was routine. That’s no longer true. District judges are actively participating in the anti-Trump resistance. They are »

The Obama Labor Department in its eleventh year?

Featured image One of my biggest grievances with Alex Acosta’s stewardship of the Department of Labor was his pursuit, based on indefensible statistical analyses, of compensation discrimination claims against Oracle and other high tech Silicon Valley companies. I discussed the flaws in the Labor Department’s analyses here. These actions were filed in January 2017, just as the Obama administration was coming to an end. The idea was to force the Trump Labor »

Nikki, Rex, and the General

Featured image According to the Washington Post, Nikki Haley claims in her new book that Rex Tillerson and Gen. John Kelly tried to recruit her to undermine President Trump in an effort to “save the country.” President Trump has tweeted an endorsement of Haley’s book and urged his followers to order a copy or attend her book tour. Has Trump read the book or is he relying on the “fake news Washington »

Let’s be clear-eyed about Turkey

Featured image Two things can be true: (1) President Trump’s decision to pull back U.S. forces in northwestern Syria was a good decision; (2) Turkey is an ally in name only and no friend of America. I don’t believe the first statement is true. However, the pullback is a done deal. We can argue about its merit, and I expect to keep doing so, but arguing won’t change the outcome. By contrast, »