Trump Admninistration

Trump revokes Brennan’s security clearance

Featured image President Trump has revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan. The White House cited “erratic conduct and behavior” by Brennan. I have mixed feelings about this move, but favor it on balance. We certainly shouldn’t want to see former officials lose their security clearances just because they criticize the president robustly. For example, the Trump administration reportedly is reviewing the clearance of Michael Hayden, former director of »

Stephen Miller’s insufferable uncle

Featured image Politico has published a opinion piece by David Glosser called “Stephen Miller Is an Immigration Hypocrite. I Know Because I’m His Uncle.” Glosser’s piece is a shrill, hyper-personal rant of the “Give me your tired, your poor” genre. But for Glosser’s status as Stephen Miller’s uncle, I don’t think Politico would even have considered running it. Glosser’s great-grandfather came to America from what was then Russia and now is Belarus »

Shocker: Trump lashes out at Omarosa

Featured image To no one’s surprise, President Trump has blasted Omarosa Manigault, the ridiculous woman to whom he gave an important White House job. Here is what Trump said: Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time. She never made it, never will. She begged me for a job, tears in her eyes, I said Ok. People in the White House hated her. »

Alex Acosta draws praise from key Obama-era DOL official

Featured image Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta has done almost nothing to disturb the hard-left agenda implemented by his predecessor, Tom Perez. Thus, it’s not surprising that he’s receiving praise from a key member of the Perez team. Seth Harris, who served as a deputy and acting labor secretary during the Obama administration, had this to say about Trump’s labor secretary: Acosta understands how government works, he has no interest in blowing »

Trump offers limited relief from Obamacare coercion

Featured image In a post called “One Families’ Obamacare Tale — Mine,” I described how Obamacare deprived my wife of the medical insurance that fits our needs. Our tale is interesting, I think, but a bit complicated. I discussed it fully in the original post. Essentially, my wife needed “catastrophic insurance” to fill a gap in her insurance plan. In the pre-Obamacare market, we were able to purchase a fairly reasonably priced »

ALJs: myths and realities

Featured image On July 10 of this year, the White House issued an executive order giving agency heads the authority to select their own administrative law judges (ALJs). The Washington Post editorial board expresses concern that, under this executive order, political appointees will pick like-minded ALJs to better serve their agendas. The order threatens the independence and professionalism of those charged with overseeing thousands of administrative decisions a year, the Post’s editors »

Shocker: Nation not as irate as Washington about Helsinki

Featured image In a report that should come as news to no one, the Washington Post informs us: [P]ublic reaction nationally [to the Helsinki summit] appears more muted than in Washington, where Trump faced withering bipartisan criticism for appearing to side with Putin over U.S. intelligence agencies at a July 16 news conference in Helsinki. Imagine that. For the record, Trump did not appear to side with Putin over U.S. intelligence agencies. »

Pruitt blew it

Featured image That’s Ramesh Ponnuru’s assessment, and I agree with it. Ponnuru writes: EPA administrator Scott Pruitt had enemies who were out to get him because he is a Republican, a conservative, a high-ranking member of the Trump administration, and an environmental deregulator. But it wasn’t liberals, the media, or deep staters who made him get large raises for his top aides, deny that he knew about it, and then admit that »

Poll: Americans approve of Trump’s handling of most key domestic issues

Featured image A new poll by the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard (CAPS) and The Harris Poll places President Trump’s approval rating at 47 percent. That’s the highest the number has been in more than a year, though it isn’t great. But Trump’s approval rating on key issues and subject areas may be more consequential than his general approval rating. Why? Because if Americans like the job he’s doing on, »

Chai Feldblum’s term expires, yet she lingers on

Featured image Chai Feldblum’s term as EEOC Commissioner has just expired. Readers may recall that Feldblum is the architect of President Obama’s radical LGBT agenda, which she has pushed relentlessly at the EEOC. President Trump nonetheless renominated Feldblum for another term as commissioner (it would be her third). She was part of a package that included two Republicans. Sen. Mike Lee put a hold on Feldblum’s nomination, and I believe he’s been »

A Supreme Court nominee by July 10? [UPDATED]

Featured image Reuters reports that President Trump may nominate a replacement for Justice Kennedy before July 10. That’s when Trump is scheduled to leave the U.S. for his trip to Europe. Reuters cites, “a White House official” as its source. I think there’s a good chance that Trump will, indeed, select his nominee before he departs for Europe. The goal should be to get a Justice confirmed by the beginning of October »

In winning trade battles we might lose the war

Featured image Yesterday, Steve linked to and discussed an article in which Irwin Stelzer argues that President Trump might win the trade disputes he has incited, and that winning them might even be “easy.” The article is significant because as Steve noted, Stelzer is not a fan of Trump. In addition, Stelzer is an astute observer of economic matters. As a counterpoint to Stelzer’s article, I recommend this piece by David Goldman. »

George Will’s misguided case for voting against the GOP this year

Featured image What is American conservatism? Is it an attitude, an aesthetic and/or sensibility, an approach to living? Or is it a set of policy preferences — limited government interference in our lives, lower taxes, judges who don’t invent rights, a strong military, etc.? For me it is both. But one’s opinion as to which of these strands predominates will likely determine one’s view of President Trump. Conservatives who view conservatism as »

On pardons

Featured image The editors of the Washington Post are upset that President Trump pardoned Dinesh D’Souza. They also express concern that Trump might pardon Martha Stewart and Rod Blagojevich. I have no problem with the D’Souza pardon. The Obama administration threw the book at D’Souza for a relatively small campaign finance law offense that, as I understand it, normally results in a slap on the wrist. It did so, in all likelihood, »

The smearing of Fred Fleitz

Featured image Fred Fleitz has been appointed chief-of-staff of the National Security Council. Power Line has frequently linked to Fleitz’s work, particularly on Iran and the nuclear deal. We welcome his appointment. Naturally, those who view foreign policy from a vastly different perspective don’t welcome it. And that’s fine. They have every right to attack Fleitz’s positions and the way he has expressed them. But as is its wont, the left has »

Trump takes on the bureaucracy with civil service reform

Featured image On Friday, President Trump signed three executive orders aimed reforming the federal bureaucracy. The first order makes it easier to fire incompetent federal employees. The second limits the amount of time federal employees can be paid for union work. The third requires federal agencies to negotiate union contracts in less than a year. Last year, Congress passed a law that made it easier for the Department of Veterans Affairs to »

Put up or shut up on the Trump threatens democracy claims, Part Two

Featured image In my first post on this subject, I argued that 15 months into the Trump presidency, those who claim he’s a threat to democracy should have to point to actions he’s taken that support this assertion. I then submitted that Trump’s actions do not support claims that he threatens free speech, flouts the rule of law, assaults minority rights, or colludes with foreign adversaries. In this post, I’ll argue that »